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6 Florida sheriffs' offices receive COPS hiring grants
Florida Sheriffs Association
"The COPS Office is pleased to assist local law enforcement agencies throughout the country address their most critical public safety issues," said Joshua Ederheimer, acting director of the COPS Office. "Funding from this year's program will allow many cities and counties to apply new, sworn personnel to issues related to violent crime, property crime and school safety."
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1st FSA Legislative Staffer of the Year award presented to Chase Daniels
Florida Sheriffs Association
As legislative aide to Senator Charles S. Dean, Chase Daniels greatly assisted FSA throughout session by ensuring Senate Bill 112 — relating to filing false documents against real or personal property — was drafted correctly and amendments were timely filed. Daniels' diligence and attention to detail guaranteed SB 112 would pass the Senate in the best possible form.
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Juvenile justice revamp would focuse on prevention, diversion
Florida Sheriffs Association
"We do more in our county without the civil citation than the civil citation would allow," Sheriff Grady Judd said. "I think it is a good alternative if you don't have a successful program in your county or judicial circuit."
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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.
 


Attorney General outlaws 4 synthetic drugs
Office of Attorney General Pam Bondi via WCTV-TV
Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed an emergency rule outlawing four new synthetic drugs, including one called "Crazy Clown." According to a Drug Abuse Warning Network report, more than 11,000 emergency room visits nationwide involved a synthetic cannabinoid product in 2010.
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Broward sergeant named Retail Officer of the Year
Florida Retail Federation
Recognizing his commitment to fighting retail crime and his contributions to the state's retail industry, Sgt. Richard Rossman of the Broward Sheriff's Office has earned the distinction of being named the 2013 Florida Retail Federation Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
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Children's identity theft legislation proposed
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"This KIDS Act is going to be a huge leap forward for law enforcement and others in protecting our children by allowing preemptively parents to go in and create accounts under their children's names and then freeze those accounts until some later date," Duval County Sheriff John Rutherford said.
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Florida Sex Offender Registry unveils new campus search
WTXL-TV
"To enhance public safety and in the spirit of cooperation, the Florida Legislature, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Florida sheriffs have created greater public awareness of sexual predators on our postsecondary campuses," said sponsor Sen. Eleanor Sobel.
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1st FSA Legislative Staffer of the Year award presented to Chase Daniels
Florida Sheriffs Association
As legislative aide to Senator Charles S. Dean, Chase Daniels greatly assisted FSA throughout session by ensuring Senate Bill 112 — relating to filing false documents against real or personal property — was drafted correctly and amendments were timely filed.

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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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How to protect yourself when walking alone
Florida Sheriffs Association
There are several precautions you can take to avoid putting yourself in a dangerous situation when walking. These include walking with a friend, staying alert, avoid wearing headphones and not approaching unfamiliar vehicles.

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Child prostitution: Horrible fate in Florida
The Ledger
"Collaboration and communication among authorities [and] organizations that serve at-risk populations and the community" are the keys to combating human trafficking. "Florida remains one of the most attractive destinations and transit points in the eyes of these predators," Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters went on to say.
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Senior law enforcement leadership program graduates 35
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
The graduating class includes senior managers representing state criminal justice agencies. The goal of the Senior Leadership Program is to help graduates continue to develop their leadership skills and to prepare Florida's criminal justice professionals for future challenges.
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Ivey: Understand how violent criminals operate
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey via Space Coast Daily
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey says: Criminals are opportunists who look for targets that can be easily taken, robbed or assaulted without resistance or an obvious ability to immediately summon help. By "hard" target, I am not just talking about physical abilities, but more importantly, the ability to see a potential attack before it starts to happen.
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