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Florida marijuana amendment proposal flawed, bad impacts
Bradenton Herald
The Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition agrees with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi that the political committee People United for Medical Marijuana's proposed initiative petition being spearheaded by attorney John Morgan to amend the Florida Constitution is seriously flawed and would have a profoundly negative impact on the state of Florida.
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Bondi applauds law enforcement, residents for drug disposal event turnout
Florida Office of the Attorney General
"Thanks to our great law enforcement community and residents, 8.5 tons of unnecessary prescription drugs are now off of our streets and out of the hands of children. These drug take-back days are helping in our fight to end prescription drug abuse in Florida," stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
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FDA shift on painkillers was years in the making
The New York Times
The story behind the Food and Drug Administration's turnaround on the pain pills involved a rare victory by lawmakers from states hard hit by prescription drug abuse over well-financed lobbyists for business and patient groups — one that came during a continuing public health crisis.
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South Florida sex trafficking: WPTV's exclusive access to investigation
WPTV-TV
It's modern day slavery. Women and children are forced into becoming sex slaves. Florida has more people forced into human trafficking than just about any state in the country.
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How to protect your children from cyberbullying
FSA
Cyberbullying often occurs when a child uses the Internet, emails, text messages, social media websites, chat rooms or other digital technology to harass, threaten or humiliate another child. While some parents may feel limited in ways they can protect their child from such taunting, there are steps you can take to ending — or preventing — this type of abuse.
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Florida Sheriffs Institute Commanders Academy graduation announcement
FSA
Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, the president of the Florida Sheriffs Association said, "I'm proud of the FSA for anticipating the needs of Florida's sheriffs and developing this course of study which can serve as a model for the nation."
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Mock child abduction
WCTV-TV
"A child could go missing anywhere. It brings them all together, lets them work with each other and get to know the other CART team members," said Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel.
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Brevard sheriff issues telephone scam alert
Brevard County Sheriff's Office via Space Coast Daily
The scammer will claim that they have been arrested in another country or state and are in immediate need of bail money. In some cases, the caller will claim to be an attorney requesting the bail money for a friend or family member.
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2014 National Missing Children's Day poster contest
Missing and Exploited Children's Program
The annual contest creates an opportunity for schools, law enforcement and other child advocates to discuss the issue of missing and/or exploited children with children, parents and guardians, and to promote child safety.

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FSA Blog: Halloween safety tips
Florida Sheriffs Association
Just as you open the door, you realize your neighborhood has once again been invaded by hundreds of munchkins, goblins and little monsters all looking for a treat — and you forgot it's Halloween. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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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.

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Attorney General arrests woman for battery of assisted living resident
Florida Office of the Attorney General via Bay County Press
Cassandra Petronello Ormand, a medical technician and resident assistant at Sabal House Assisted Living Facility, was taken into custody for allegedly striking a resident of the facility. The investigation was led by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The Escambia County Sheriff's Office assisted with the arrest.
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Hendry County helps solve grisly Kimberly Lindsey murder
The Clewiston News via newszap.com
Sheriff Steve Whidden, whose department first handled the investigation when a U.S. Sugar crew found the body just south of Clewiston was taken aback by the grisly details. The case was both notable for its high profile and the savagery of the crime.
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Challenges for today's police chiefs: Establishing a foundation
By Rod Brown and Jim Pryde
The responsibilities of a chief of police are becoming more complex with each passing day. The position always had its challenges — leading an organization in highly fluid environments where the day can transform from standardized routine to chaotic crisis within mere moments. Still, in the past, there was also a greater sense of stability, especially in smaller communities where there was less turnover in population, where many citizens and officers were on a first-name basis and where the laws were more readily applied to community occurrences. Today's police chief faces a constantly shifting landscape.
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