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Governor appoints Brevard County major to state commission
Space Coast Daily
Maj. Susan M. Jeter of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office has been appointed to the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission by Gov. Rick Scott. "I was honored to endorse Maj. Jeter — along with the Florida Sheriffs Association — because of her incredible qualifications as a jail administrator, coupled with her dedication to serving the citizens of the state of Florida," said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
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FSA to launch blog
Florida Sheriffs Association
The Florida Sheriffs Association will be launching a blog in the coming weeks. In the interim, Executive Director Steve Casey was moved to write a special message to members and supporters of the Florida Sheriffs Association. Here are his thoughts on Florida's Missing Children's Day Ceremony.
Judd pushing for law targeting teens who video tape, encourage fights
Recently, a disturbing fight between two high school girls in Lakeland was caught on camera and quickly shared on social media. "You not only see that they're recording the fight, but you hear them screaming and hollering and encouraging the fight," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. "I think it encourages bad behavior."
Public pensions remain strong
Florida Sheriffs Association via The Lakeland Ledger
Near the end of August, the Florida State Board of Administration released an encouraging financial update on Florida's retirement plan for Florida deputies, law-enforcement and correctional professionals, as well as state workers.
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.
Retail group honors crime-fighting BSO sergeant
South Florida Sun Sentinel
Organized retail theft can put a pinch on consumer budgets. So it's worth taking notice when the Florida Retail Federation chose Sgt. Rich Rossman of Broward County — one of South Florida's most accomplished retail theft investigators — as its Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
DJJ to ask budget panel to stretch funds to address shortfall
The Florida Current
The Department of Juvenile Justice, facing a potential $54.5 million shortfall in its budget. The shortfall stems from a First District Court of Appeals ruling in June — after the current fiscal year budget was finalized and signed into law — that effectively reduced the amount of county payments to the agency for youngsters' stays at its juvenile detention facilities.
Florida lawmakers vow swift action to shield public from sex predators
South Florida Sun Sentinel via Orlando Sentinel
"If we need to spend money to have more civil commitment facilities so that sex predators are behind bars instead of on our streets, then we will do it," Rep. Don Gaetz said. "Our focus on sexual predators is going to be supercharged."
Pasco County avoids Facebook in missing children cases due to scams
The Associated Press via Naples News
When a child goes missing, turning to social media platforms like Facebook may seem like a great way to cultivate leads and disseminate information. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office no longer utilizes Facebook as a tool for locating missing children due to the potential for scams.
Protest of Zimmerman verdict resulted in $173,000 extra spent on security
The Associated Press via The Lakeland Ledger
When George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin, citizens staged a month-long protest at the Florida Capitol. The result of the protest was $173,000 being spent on extra security and overtime pay.
Sarasota County's new notification system for registered sex offenders
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has launched a new method of notifying citizens when a sexual offender or predator registers a local address for the first time, according to a news release. A sex offender or predator must register with the Sarasota County jail when he or she is released from jail or prison or moves.
How safe are your schools?
By H. Anthony Semone, Ph.D., and Harris Sokoloff, Ph.D.
School superintendents across the nation are working with staff, local police, fire officials and other experts to figure out how to make sure nothing like the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School happens in their districts. Although we are unlikely to be able to achieve that goal — sadly, one or more heavily armed and determined attackers will be nearly impossible to stop — we can get close.
Social network for law enforcement nearing completion
The Associated Press via New York Daily News
BlueLine, a Facebook-like social network for members of law enforcement, is the creation Bill Bratton. Bratton, former head of the Los Angeles and New York police departments, says the new platform will "go live" in October at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference.
Idaho police: The importance of law enforcement agency websites
IACP Center for Social Media
An agency's website is its Internet presence. A police agency with 20 officers or 2,000 officers can present itself as awesome and service-oriented depending on the agency's website. How our agency's website appears shows how seriously we take our business, where our focus is and what we want people to know or think about us.
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