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Florida unveils new campaign to combat sex trafficking
WFTS-TV
"We're going to provide instant action to save the children," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. "This has got to stop." Attorney General Pam Bondi also stated, "In the entire country, our state is third, and we are going to do everything in our power to put them out of business."
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Brevard County sheriff talks about personal safety
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey via Space Coast Daily
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey says: Always face the attacker and, when possible, actually engage them in conversation. By doing so, you show strength and not fear, and also have the opportunity to once again demonstrate you are a "hard" target and not a "soft" target.
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Florida lawmaker wants tougher texting while driving law
Miami Herald via Bradenton Herald
On the first day of Florida's new law banning texting while driving, state Sen. Maria Sachs will hold a press conference to announce that she plans to file a bill to strengthen the state law. Sachs' bill would make texting while driving a primary offense.
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Feds: 'Silk Road' website, major marketplace for illegal drugs, shut down
WNBC-TV
According to the criminal complaint, undercover law enforcement officers made more than 100 purchases of drugs like cocaine, LSD and heroin from Silk Road vendors. In one two-month period, the FBI said there were more than 1.2 million messages exchanged through Silk Road.
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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.
 


Behind the badge: Kickoff of the Florida Sheriffs Commander's Academy
Florida Sheriffs Association
Steve Casey, executive director of the Florida Sheriffs Association says: I want to thank everyone involved in the development of the program to-date. I feel confident that this program will assist sheriffs greatly in preparing our next generation of leaders to come.
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Officials, 1st responders and organizations launch 'Safe Sleep Campaign'
Florida Department of Children and Families
The "Safe Sleep Campaign" expands on successful programs implemented by Ft. Lauderdale Fire-Rescue, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies of Broward County and Manatee County Sheriff's Office. The campaign will provide free, online continuing-education training to first responders about how to identify unsafe sleep situations and take preventative measures.
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Governor awards Medal of Heroism to Det. Gary Lavaron
Clay Today
Gov. Rick Scott said: I am honored to present Det. Gary Lavaron with the Medal of Heroism. Lavaron's bravery and sacrifice during the investigation demonstrates his commitment to public service and protecting his community. Despite the best efforts of first responders on that tragic day, Det. Dave White lost his life in the line of duty — and we'll honor White's memory and sacrifice forever.
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Hernando sheriff says Internet cafes reopening are still illegal
Tampa Bay Times
"Recent changes to the law make it clear that the Florida Legislature views these operations as unacceptable in the state of Florida," Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said in a statement. "I cannot, in good conscience, knowingly allow a business to clearly violate a law, especially when I have the support of the state attorney in the prosecution of these violations."
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TCSO awarded Loss Control Annual Safety Award for 2013
Perry News-World
Taylor County Sheriff L.E. "Bummy" Williams, along with the entire Taylor County Sheriff's Office, has been awarded the Florida Sheriffs Risk Management Fund Loss Control Annual Safety Award for 2013 for "excellence in risk management and loss control."
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Local Florida agencies get much needed influx of funding
WPEC-TV
More than $8 million dollars will go to 11 South Florida police departments and municipalities to hire more officers. The departments receiving a slice of the grant in South Florida include: The city of West Palm Beach, the Ft. Pierce Police Department, and the St Lucie County Sheriff's Office.
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Cigarette trafficking: A big problem in a small package
By Liz Murphy
The circumvention of a state's cigarette excise tax may not seem like a criminal enterprise worthy of serious attention from law enforcement. But Corporal Detective Johnny Capocelli of Virginia's Chesterfield County Police Department strongly disagrees. "This isn't a tax issue. This is about the criminal activities associated with cigarette trafficking," Capocelli says.

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Social media policies and strategies for your agency
By Liz Murphy
Social media is the future of how law enforcement agencies will interact with the communities they serve. But before you send out your first official tweet, you must establish rules that govern how your staff represents your agency to the public. It is a lot of work, but your effort will be rewarded.

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FSA Host First Commander's Academy
Florida Sheriffs Association
During the two week program, the commanders will be presented information on leadership, ethics, government in the sunshine, managing the office of sheriff, employee relations, effective discipline, fiscal administration and civil litigation. Other topics include jail administration, civil process management, warrants and extradition coordination, and courthouse security.

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Cigarette trafficking: A big problem in a small package
By Liz Murphy
The circumvention of a state's cigarette excise tax may not seem like a criminal enterprise worthy of serious attention from law enforcement. But Corporal Detective Johnny Capocelli of Virginia's Chesterfield County Police Department strongly disagrees. "This isn't a tax issue. This is about the criminal activities associated with cigarette trafficking," Capocelli says. "And it's so new that many law enforcement agencies aren't getting into it yet." Unfortunately, that is exactly what these criminals are counting on.
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Twitter starts alerts site for governments, law enforcement
The Washington Post
Twitter has become an important resource for updates on what's happening during crisis situations, and the company is now trying to make it easier for officials to share critical information when it matters most.
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New technology will help identify child predators
Law Enforcement Today
It seems that no matter where you go, you're likely to see someone using a smartphone. Wouldn't it be wonderful if federal law enforcement could use our love affair with technology to track down child predators? Thanks to the new Operation Predator App, that idea has become reality.
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Improving the relationship between officers and dispatchers
PoliceOne
Betsy Bratner Smith says: Let's be honest, there is no better example of a "love-hate relationship" than the daily interaction between street cops and their dispatchers. When things are going well, we love each other. When they're not, tempers flare, attitudes take a nosedive and we temporarily hate each other.
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