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Florida keeps state retirement fund strong and viable
Florida Sheriffs Association via Ocala Star-Banner
In light of the current 13 percent return on our pension fund investments — while affording our employees the option of participating in a "defined-benefit" plan or the "investment" plan — your sheriffs want to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for continued effective and prudent management of these taxpayer dollars by the Florida State Board of Administration.
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Orange county sheriff honors boy who rescued girl from drowning as 'hero'
Orlando Sentinel
Orange county Sheriff Jerry Demings said Ethan swam into three feet of water to retrieve the child's limp body and pull it to the edge where two others helped lift the girl out of the pool.
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Alachua sheriff recognized by DEC for child protection efforts
Alachua County Sheriff's Office via Florida Sheriffs Association
Alachua county Sheriff Sadie Darnell said: "I am honored to champion the work of local, state and national Drug Endangered Children Alliances and Task Forces. DEC is a multidisciplinary partnership based on protecting children, and I believe it is incumbent upon law enforcement to help break the cycle of abuse and neglect of these children living in dangerous drug environments. It is our obligation to keep them out of harm's way."
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  Portable LED Displays

In the event of an emergency, even when the power lines are down, portable LED displays are a great way to get the word out. Sheriff's Offices in Texas are now using LED displays to advertise Sheriff's Auction items, display Most Wanted Posters, promote upcoming events, and for presenting valuable public service messages.
 


Metro infiltrates movement, uncovers plots to 'snatch,' execute officers
Las Vegas Sun
Two members of the anti-government Sovereign Citizens movement have been arrested and charged after undercover officers unraveled their plan to kidnap and execute police. The FBI calls Sovereign Citizens "a growing domestic threat to law enforcement."
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House panel boosts funds to combat prescription drug abuse
The Southwest Times Record
The House Appropriations Committee is putting more resources behind federal efforts to combat prescription drug abuse. The panel plans to provide $335 million in the next fiscal year for Drug Enforcement Administration regulatory and enforcement efforts aimed at reducing the illicit use of prescription medications.
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Dealers accountable for deaths due to drug overdose
The Associated Press via Akron Beacon Journal
Law enforcement agencies across the country are taking notice of the exponential increase of heroin-related deaths and responding in kind with more aggressive investigatory and prosecution tactics. And technology is playing a big role in tying dealers to overdose deaths.
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VCSO: 58 guns turned in to deputies at 'Kicks 4 Guns' event
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A handgun that had been reported stolen to a local police department in 2011 turned up in an annual turn-in-your-gun program with no questions asked. This was the fourth year that the Volusia County Sheriff's Office has participated in the "Kicks 4 Guns" program, and nobody is more pleased with the results than the county's top cop.
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LEGOLAND Florida presents 'First Responder Days'
LEGO via Florida Sheriffs Association
During the month of September, LEGOLAND Florida is running our ever popular "First Responder Days" promotion. Police, Fire and EMS personnel receive FREE admission to LEGOLAND Florida and can purchase up to an additional four tickets for $40 each.
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House panel boosts funds to combat prescription drug abuse
The Southwest Times Record
The House Appropriations Committee is putting more resources behind federal efforts to combat prescription drug abuse. The panel plans to provide $335 million in the next fiscal year for Drug Enforcement Administration regulatory and enforcement efforts aimed at reducing the illicit use of prescription medications.

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Additional detail on FSA vote to support 'Stand Your Ground'
Florida Sheriffs Association
Since the FSA president's statement was released, supporting the "Stand Your Ground law," the association has received overwhelming appreciation for our position and interest in detail on the recent vote. Attorney General Pam Bondi and Speaker Will Weatherford expressed the importance of law enforcement's expert perspective.

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Seminole county: Test safety program fits student with reflective, neon vests
WGOX-TV
When the time changes, those kids will be coming to school in the dark for a few weeks. The Seminole County Sheriff's Office hopes kids will wear the highly visible vests every day and not just when it's dark.

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50th anniversary of March on Washington will emphasize justice issues
The Crime Report
Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famed "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the topics of racism and criminal justice have been thrust back into the spotlight.
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President asks US Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches
The Washington Post
If the police arrest you, do they need a warrant to rifle through your cellphone? Courts have been split on the question, but now President Barack Obama's administration has asked the Supreme Court to rule that the Fourth Amendment allows warrantless cellphone searches.
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Homeland Security developing facial-scanning technology for police
Fox News
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is testing surveillance technology that could someday allow law enforcement to scan crowds with video cameras and identify people by their faces — in another advancement that could raise major privacy concerns.
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