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Retired Florida deputy has second career probing dog attacks
Bradenton Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The retired Jacksonville sheriff's lieutenant relies on forensic tools such as bite molds and measurements, necropsy results and saline swabs. His goal: to determine why a dog mauled a person, and whether it should be rehabilitated or destroyed because of its behavior. His second career began soon after he retired in 1999 after 22 years with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. First he became a trainer. Then he started thinking about dog behavior and realized there weren't any standardized law enforcement investigation procedures for dog bites. Now he travels the country to help animal control departments, lawyers and police agencies with dog-mauling investigations. More



Heroes in our schools: Sheriff's office honors 10 students with Do the Right Thing awards
Naples News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Richard Wiegold was in the right place at the perfect time. The Gulf Coast High School junior heard someone yelling for help inside one of the homes he approached. Wiegold went inside and discovered the 91-year-old resident lying on his floor with a broken hip. Wiegold called 911 and stayed with the man until help arrived. For his heroic deeds, Wiegold was honored as the overall winner for the month of October at a Do the Right Thing awards ceremony. The Collier County Sheriff's Office adopted the program in January 1988, and has thanked hundreds of children for acts that reinforce good behavior, positive acts and outstanding accomplishments in the community. More

BSO: Semi-annual sweep nabs 231
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A two-day sweep of Broward County by federal, state and local law enforcement led to 231 arrests, the Broward Sheriff's Office announced. Among the seized property: approximately 199 cannabis plants from four grow houses; an additional 75 pounds of cannabis; more than 200 grams of cocaine; more than 180 oxycodone pills as well as illegal weapons, the agency said. The crackdown was county-wide and focused on stopping street-level narcotics sales; prostitution; sexual predators of children and contractors working without licenses, according to BSO. More

Synthetic drugs continue to raise concern
Northwest Florida Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the past two years, the synthetic marijuana commonly known as spice, has become more prevalent in the military and in Okaloosa County. Recently, the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, with support from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Niceville Police Department and the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco conducted four simultaneous search warrant raids on specialty shops around the county that are selling controlled substances commonly known as "Spice" and "bath salts" as part of their business practice. More

Putnam sheriff to have deputies trained in handling mentally ill after fatal shooting
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Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy said he will begin a program to train all of his deputies in handling the mentally ill following July's police-involved fatal shooting of Alfred Dobson Jr. during a disturbance call in Pomona Park. Hardy said the shooting was a catalyst for the program, though he believes his deputies followed proper procedure after Dobson attacked. More



Northwest Florida State College data breach compromises 300,000 students and employees
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The breach, which occurred between May 21 and Sept. 24, was uncovered by an internal review by the school in early October. After becoming aware of the breach, NWFSC launched an investigation with an outside consultant and an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office cybercrimes expert. The compromised data of Bright Futures students (who may be attending NWFSC or other Florida state colleges or universities) included names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, gender and ethnicity. In addition to names, birthdates and SSNs, the stolen employee data included direct deposit routing and account numbers. More

10 deadly mistakes in vehicle operations
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While law enforcement deaths are down significantly from 1975, the profession continues to be plagued with an enemy that is equally as tragic as violence. Roadway-related deaths have been the leading on-duty law-enforcement killer since 1997 and it is time we add a new list of 10 errors in the minds of today's warriors. More

Florida CFO and Broward sheriff announce more arrests in 'Operation Dirty Money'
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Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti announced an additional arrest as part of continuing enforcement efforts under "Operation Dirty Money," Evelio Suarez, 47, husband of current defendant Zairis Cruz, was arrested on multiple charges including conspiracy to commit workers' compensation fraud and grand theft. During this investigation approximately $1 million was seized. Suarez was booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail and is being held on $250,000 bond. If convicted on all charges, he faces up to 150 years in prison. The charges against Suarez will be prosecuted by the office of Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle. More

Nation's longest-serving sheriff hopes to hand badge over to son
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It now seems like a lifetime ago that a young man in Circleville, Ohio, first pinned the Pickaway County sheriff's badge to his shirt. It was 1965, and he had just beaten the man who took the office from his daddy four years earlier. The young man is 80 now, with a lawman son of his own. But Dwight E. Radcliff is still wearing that badge. He is believed to be the longest-serving sheriff in the United States. More

Federal justice cuts threaten core protections for youths
The Crime Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The federal funding cuts approved under the Continuing Resolution for this next year and the further cutbacks likely under the impending sequestration threaten to substantially undermine the implementation of the landmark Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act. One of the key core protections in the JJDPA law is the jail removal protection, which requires states to keep children under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, out of adult jails or lockups. More


 



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