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Orange County child-sex sting nets 31 men
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The Orange County Sheriff's Office made 31 arrests during an undercover child-sex operation that involved deputies posing as minors and communicating with men and soliciting them for sex. Detectives said nearly all the suspects live in Central Florida and were taken into custody when they arrived at the home with undercover officers during the weeklong sting. The sting, dubbed Operation Spiderweb 2, is the latest in a series of predator stings conducted by local agencies participating in the statewide Internet Crimes Against Children task force. More

8 of 11 Florida amendments failed to pass
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The Florida Legislature loaded up this year's historically long ballot with 11 lengthy and confusing constitutional amendments — only to see voters reject almost all of them. Eight of the amendments failed to get the requisite 60 percent vote, including a massive property tax overhaul, new abortion restrictions and a "religious freedom" proposal. The amendments made for long ballots, which clogged precincts and caused voters to wait for hours in some cases. It was the worst outcome for constitutional amendments since 1978, when all nine of the state's proposed amendments failed. More

Overall crime rate in state down in first half of 2012
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State officials say Florida's overall crime rate dropped by 3.8 percent in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period last year. But murders and forcible sex offenses increased slightly. Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey announced the figures in Tampa. Robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries and larcenies all declined. More

2 Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies receive lifesaving awards
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Sheriff Larry Ashley presented Lifesaving Awards to two Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies who went to the aid of an unconscious individual at Destin Commons on Oct. 7. Sheriff Ashley said the quick actions of Deputy Richard White and Deputy Tom Henry were critical in preventing the death of a man who had collapsed at a kiosk and was not breathing when they arrived. More

Sheriff's office gets tips after raid
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In the days after Broward Sheriff's deputies arrested nine youth football coaches and associates on felony bookmaking charges, more than 100 people called a special hotline set up for those concerned about crimes and gambling surrounding South Florida youth football. Lt. Frank Ballante said many are parents calling to thank the department for taking action, but the office has received several legitimate tips about youth-football-related crimes in Broward County and surrounding jurisdictions, including Miami-Dade County. More

Florida police and prosecutors choosing citations over arrests for minor offenders
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Some police and prosecutors around Florida are embracing a new approach in law enforcement that gives a break to people who make a dumb mistake and then face a lifelong criminal record. The Florida Smarter Justice Alliance says it's seeing growing support for the idea of giving adult civil citations to non-violent, first-time offenders facing misdemeanors such as trespass, disorderly conduct, and petty theft. More

Police role in storm response can focus on evacuation, rescue
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Law enforcement agencies have plans in place to deal with the unique challenges that natural disasters present, but an event on the scale of super storm Sandy could be particularly difficult for authorities along the East Coast. Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, Florida has worked through many hurricanes, including three within two months in 2004. His office has also dispatched deputies to assist other agencies during Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ivan. More

Tips: 1 stance, 3 uses
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As street cops we can break down three major areas in which we use some type of stance: field interviewing, fighting (obtaining control), and shooting. Though we pay a great deal of attention to the techniques that flow in and out from the stance, we pay very little attention to the stance itself. Many police academies and law enforcement agencies have a variation for each of the three areas described. Amaury Murgado's question is why? More

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office awarded grant to help with cold cases
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The U.S. Department of Justice and National Institute of Justice has awarded a $214,000 grant to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office to help with cold case investigations with a DNA link. Investigators will start reviewing all 37 eligible sheriff's office cold cases from 1995 through 2009. DNA evidence from the cases will be resubmitted for testing and compared to existing DNA databases. More


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