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Colleagues mourn officer killed in Obama motorcade
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The danger in seemingly banal police work of directing traffic and shutting down roadways gained new attention as colleagues mourned an officer who died while working on President Barack Obama's motorcade. Jupiter Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent, 55, was killed in West Palm Beach after his motorcycle was struck by a pickup truck while he prepared to shut down a stretch of Interstate 95 ahead of the motorcade. More

Taxi watch: Cab drivers trained to be lookouts for police at Port Everglades
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The Broward Sheriff's Office started training taxi drivers to be an extra pair of eyes on the road. The cabbies will look out for suspicious behavior and report any emergencies. "Our limo drivers and our taxi drivers are out on the streets, they know what's right and what’s wrong, what's supposed to be there and what's not supposed to be there. That's what we need, more eyes on the street," Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti said. More

Florida sheriff's chopper locates missing boaters
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The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office assisted in the rescue of two boaters who had been missing since Sept. 9. According to a CCSO report, four women and two men were on a 23-foot boat Sunday evening when the two men jumped into the water. The remaining passengers, as a joke, pretended to leave the men but then could not find them when they returned, the report states. More

Social media quick tips straight from the SMILE Conference
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In case you missed the 2012 SMILE (Social Media, the Internet and Law Enforcement) Conference in Richmond, Va., Sept. 10-12, Law Officer has compiled key social media tips from some of the speakers. These speakers are experts in the field and their advice is beneficial to all departments looking to utilize social media to increase community awareness and improve emergency responses. More

Deputies believe K-2 and Spice could be why a son attacked his mother at her Safety Harbor home
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A 65-year-old Safety Harbor mother is recovering at the hospital after her son choked and stabbed her, Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies say. For some unknown reason, according to deputies, Robert Payne placed his hands around his mother's neck and began choking her. Deputies report that Robert told them he had taken synthetic drugs, mentioning K-2 and Spice. He is also being treated at a local hospital. More

Gov. Rick Scott and FDLE host Florida Missing Children's Day ceremony
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Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott joined Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey and hundreds of law enforcement personnel, public officials and citizens for the 2012 Florida Missing Children's Day ceremony in Tallahassee. The annual event is an opportunity to remember Florida's missing children, recognize the state's efforts in the child protection arena and educate Floridians on child safety and abduction prevention. More

South Florida commemorates 9/11
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On Tuesday morning Miami-Dade Police officers and friends gathered at Tropical Park in Miami to commemorate 9/11. The 9/11 ceremony of remembrance brought some to tears as the names of those who died during the attack were read. Others stood tall, saluting during the presentation of the flags. "Whatever we have to do to pay tribute from the badges to the fire truck we’re going to continue to do," said Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti. More

BCSO hopes to host Teen Driving Challenge
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The numbers are chilling, but it's because of statistics like these that the Florida Sheriffs Association hosts the teen driver challenge. This course gives teens an opportunity to gain confidence behind the wheel. Teenagers perform extreme maneuvers in a controlled environment much like the deputy's themselves. Two Bay County Sheriff's Deputies went to Okaloosa County to train to be instructors for the challenge. More

Tampa makes public safety smarter
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One overlooked but critical part of Tampa's success with the RNC was the careful planning and coordination that the City of Tampa's public safety officials put in place to protect citizens and the more than 50,000 guests the convention brought to town. Sure, Tampa is no stranger to managing large-scale events like the Super Bowl, but the RNC had its own unique challenges. It spanned multiple days and had more government leaders and international guests. More

DUI sweep nets dozens of arrests
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The Manatee County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit participated in the National DUI Enforcement Wave sponsored by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and Florida Department of Transportation over two weeks anchored by Labor Day weekend. The 2012 DUI Challenge included a total of 1,700 hours worked and led to a wide range of arrests and citations. More

You OK? Training officers to check status of fellow officers could pay critical dividends
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"Are you OK?" In one form or another, it's a question we frequently pose in police work. There are different applications for it, each with its own response. Sometimes the reply is genuine. On other occasions, it's a method of deflecting concern. Over the years, RK Miller has been asked this question a number of times under a variety of circumstances. More

T-shirt connects Florida cold case to South Dakota
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A Florida sheriff's detective is taking a new approach to a 23-year-old murder case that might have a South Dakota connection. Pasco County Sheriff's detective David Boyer specializes in missing persons and has persuaded his supervisors to let him help identify a man whose skeletal remains were found in an orange grove in Dade City, Fla., in January 1989. More


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