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Orange County SWAT Commander wins big for charity on NBC reality show
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Tom Stroup of the Orange County Sheriff's Office made it to the season finale of "Stars Earn Stripes," but Stroup, a SWAT commander, and the celebrity he mentored, Nick Lachey, didn't last long. Lachey placed fifth in an elimination shootout, so he and Stroup were ejected from the show within the first 10 minutes. Still, Stroup and Lachey earned $30,000 for the Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation, which assists survivors of officers killed in the line of duty. More

Valor Awards honor Brevard heroes
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Lives saved and crimes solved were among the acts mentioned at the Fourth Annual Valor Awards, an event held to honor public safety personnel in Brevard County. The event, dedicated to the memory of fallen Brevard County Sheriff's Deputy Barbara Pill, was hosted by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront. More

Osceola County Sheriff's Office hopes new DNA labs will speed up cases
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In August, the Osceola County Sheriff's Office joined a short list of Central Florida departments with their own DNA pre-screening labs. The sheriff's office now hopes the new lab will mean swifter justice in cases. To preserve the chain of evidence, only four people have access to the lab: the three technicians trained to use it and their supervisor. The lab is locked at all other times. More

Sen. Greg Evers honored by Florida Sheriffs Association
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The Florida Sheriffs Association has presented their Legislative Champion Award for 2012 to Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker. Evers currently serves as chairman of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Sen. Evers has continuously worked to find common ground on contentious issues involving the sheriffs in his committee. More

Task force aims to end metal thefts in South Florida
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In a crime trend spurred by tough economic times, Space Coast law-enforcement officials say criminals are stealing metal for resale to scrapyards by cannibalizing A/C units, yanking out house wiring and pilfering a cornucopia of metallic items. Brevard County Sheriff's Agent Lee Wenner said these metal thefts provide "immediate gratification" — in other words, quick cash — for crack-cocaine addicts, prescription-pill abusers and other criminals. More

Tampa leaders ecstatic about results of RNC
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After two years of planning, tens of millions of dollars and four days of non-stop politics, Tampa city leaders are ecstatic with the results of the Republican National Convention. Only two protesters were arrested and no other public safety incidents happened during the convention, which lasted four days and was briefly put on hold by the threat of then-Tropical Storm Isaac. More

Charlotte County Sheriff's Office holds fundraiser for Special Olympics athletes
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Charlotte County Sheriff's Office employees held a fundraiser to raise money for Charlotte County Special Olympics athletes. Deputy Mark Schaible of the CCSO Traffic Safety Team and co-coordinator of the Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run thanked everyone who came out to support this cause, especially all of the athletes. More

Should all officers have cameras in patrol cars?
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The question of whether cameras should be standard fare in all police cars has come into sharp focus in recent months following a spate of incidents where the technology could have provided critical evidence in disputes about whether officers acted properly. The Manatee County and Sarasota County sheriff's offices equip only their DUI units with cameras. More

'Cocaine godmother' Griselda Blanco gunned down in Colombia
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Griselda Blanco, the drug kingpin known for her blood-soaked style of street vengeance during Miami's "cocaine cowboys" era of the '70s and '80s, was shot to death in Medellin, Colombia by a motorcycle-riding assassin. Blanco, 69, spent nearly two decades behind bars in the U.S. for drug trafficking and three murders, including the 1982 slaying of a 2-year-old boy in Miami. She was deported in 2004 to Colombia, where she maintained a low profile. More

3 arrested in Cocoa for murder and meth charges
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The Brevard County Sheriff's Office has arrested three women in reference to the death of Danielle Jacobs who was reported missing by her roommate on Aug. 30. Arrested and charged were Alexandria Janine Schmidt of Cocoa, Jessica Elizabeth Brewer of Cocoa and Dhanvantarivsin Cramer of Cocoa. The three women are currently being held with a no bond status at the Brevard County Jail Complex. More

Police say tattoo evidence helps catch more crooks
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Tattoo evidence isn't as high-tech as DNA evidence, or as new. And a tattoo alone probably won't send anyone to prison without additional evidence to support it. But tattoos have exploded in popularity, and police agencies increasingly photograph, catalogue and distribute them. These trends make it all the more likely that a few lines of ink can help solve a case. If a victim remembers the mugger had "THUG" tattooed on his knuckles, "we run it through the database to see if the tattoo can match anybody who's been arrested," said Sgt. James Sessa of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. More


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