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Warrantless cellphone tracking is upheld
The New York Times
In a significant victory for law enforcement, a federal appeals court said that government authorities could extract historical location data directly from telecommunications carriers without a search warrant. The closely watched case — in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit — is the first ruling that squarely addresses the constitutionality of warrantless searches of historical location data stored by cellphone service providers.
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Polk county Sheriff Grady Judd named FSA president
Florida Sheriffs Association
Polk county Sheriff Grady Judd will be responsible for presiding over the association, working with the staff and board of directors to guide the efforts and direction of the 119-year-old nonprofit organization and its 67 sheriffs. Judd has served as chair for the FSA Board of Directors in addition to holding the positions of treasurer, secretary and most recently, vice president.
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2013 FSA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Florida Sheriffs Association
The Florida Sheriffs Association has announced that Marion county Sheriff's Master Deputy Tim Liberatore has been selected as the "2013 FSA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year." Liberatore was recognized at the FSA summer conference on Marco Island for his dedication to law enforcement and living out his oath to serve and protect the public.
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Back to school safety
Florida Sheriffs Association
Communication and partnership with parents, school staff and public safety providers are essential in enhancing school safety. One way to assist your district and schools with providing safety for your child is to review emergency plans provided by your local school board, transportation department or sheriff’s office with your child on a regular basis.
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Gov. Rick Scott signs legislation for the safety of Floridians
Florida Sheriffs Association
Gov. Rick Scott joined sheriffs and legislators from across the state for a ceremonial bill signing before the conference banquet. During the 2013 legislative session, FSA's legislative team worked vigorously with lawmakers to ensure the bills introduced in session are in the best interest of Florida citizens' safety and Florida's law enforcement officers.
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Social media and the police
By Brandon Elliott
Today, nearly everyone is actively part of some form of online social media, and police officers are no exception. Generally, police officers that take part in social media are smart about what they post and say online. We all know by now that the Internet can become an open record that anyone can see. Policies should be in place to regulate the officers' use of social media. If not issues could arise like the four police officers in Irvington, N.J., who have had charges filed against them by their department for composing rap videos and placing them on the Internet.
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Bay county deputies train for surf rescue
The News Herald
When the Bay County Sheriff's Office changed the way they patrol the beach, officials said that while there would be fewer deputies on the sand, the deputies on the beach would be better trained and equipped to rescue swimmers in trouble.
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New sheriff's unit to tackle economic crimes
Florida Today
The unit was a priority for Brevard county Sheriff Wayne Ivey when he took office. It is comprised of 11 members from different Brevard and federal agencies. They focus on preventing economic crimes, investigating crimes and advocating for victims by doing things like connecting them with the Federal Trade Commission or credit bureaus.
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Social media and the police
By Brandon Elliott
Today, nearly everyone is actively part of some form of online social media, and police officers are no exception. Generally, police officers that take part in social media are smart about what they post and say online. We all know by now that the Internet can become an open record that anyone can see.

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DJJ: Nominations for Human Trafficking Prevention Awards
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the Interagency Workgroup on Human Trafficking has announced the call for nominations for the Human Trafficking Prevention Awards. The awards program recognizes an outstanding advocate, prosecutor and law enforcement official working to prevent human trafficking in Florida.

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Ohio fugitive arrested in Florida
Coshocton Tribune
An investigation by the marshals service, Lake County Sheriff's Office and Mentor-on-the-Lake Police Department determined Willard Wigfield, 32, had cut off his bracelet, faked suicide and was on the run.

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Gov. Rick Scott praises first responders to Blue Rhino gas explosion
Orlando Sentinel
Gov. Rick Scott praised first responders involved in the Tavares propane plant explosion, while visiting briefly on a trip to Central Florida. "I'm sure what you went through was scary," Scott said. "I don't think people really realize the risk people take all the time in your job."
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Orange county: Testing Google Search Appliance for law enforcement
Government Technology
Orange County Sheriff's Office officials say they may be the first law enforcement agency to use the Google Search Appliance hardware this way. The tool is being used primarily to search relational databases, but it also can crawl most standard file systems and social media feeds. For example, the sheriff's office has tested it successfully with Twitter and RSS feeds.
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Florida Retirement System's DB fund returned 13.12 percent for fiscal year
Pensions & Investments
Florida Retirement System's defined benefit pension fund returned 13.12 percent on its investments for the fiscal year ended June 30, outperforming its customized benchmark by 1.11 percent. This is according to preliminary figures released by the Florida State Board of Administration, which oversees the plan.
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