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911 law intended to save lives
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The "911 Good Samaritan Act" provides immunity to people who seek medical assistance for individuals experiencing a drug-related overdose. Specifically, it prevents the person making the call for help from being "charged, prosecuted or penalized" for possession of a controlled substance while acting in good faith to save another life. Many overdose deaths occur in the presence of someone, usually a friend, who fails to call for help out of fear of the consequences. The purpose of the 911 law is not intended to stop people from abusing drugs, but to eliminate fear of being arrested and prosecuted over an overdose crisis. More

Florida Sheriffs Buyers Guide is Here
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The Florida Sheriffs Association has launched their newest resource to its members and the law enforcement community, the Florida Sheriff's Buyers Guide. The guide is housed on the FSA website or accessed directly at FSA developed this guide as a way to provide all law enforcement and corrections officers the ability to browse and purchase a wide variety of products and services in a single location. Categories range from administration and education to tactical equipment and uniforms. Make sure to bookmark this page on your computer for the next time your office is looking to make new purchase. More

Internet sweepstakes cafes say they will drop lawsuit against Hillsborough
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A lawyer for four Internet sweepstakes cafes says his clients plan to drop a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new Hillsborough County ordinance banning operation of simulated gambling devices used in their businesses. County officials say several other sweepstakes cafes also have closed their doors as code enforcement officers prepare to begin enforcing the law. Businesses that use the sweepstakes devices could soon be cited for code enforcement violations, subjecting them to fines of up to $1,000 a day for violations. More

Hillsborough Sheriff's Office cleaning up Clair-Mel, Palm River area
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Neighborhood activists like Ola Lott have been begging for help to clean up the Clair-Mel/Palm River area and their calls were answered. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office rounded up more than 12 people wanted on charges ranging from drugs to serious felonies. HCSO's Major Clyde Eisenberg says they've been focusing on the area for several years, reducing the serious crime rate in 2011 by 16 percent. He says they're already down by 14 percent so far this year. But Lott says more still needs to be done to bring back the neighborhood she's called home for the last 37 years. More

St. Pete Beach City Commission approves $1.5 million contract with sheriff
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The City Commission unanimously approved a $1.5 million contract with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday night, agreeing to replace its own police force with the larger law enforcement agency. As of 7 a.m. on Jan. 6, the city of St. Pete Beach will no longer have its own police department. At that hour, the blue uniforms of the police force will have completed their last shift, handing responsibility for the city's safety to the greens and whites of the Sheriff's Office. More

Tampa Bay making a difference through Sandy relief efforts
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For days, the Wesley Chapel Nissan dealership has been collecting donations for people recovering from Superstorm Sandy, and the nor'easter that followed. Customers have donated cans of food. A group called Support the Troops chipped in more than 200,000 boxes of cookies. The dealership itself bought generators. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office will provide an escort out of town as the group, with the help of The Lions Club, travels to Toms River, New Jersey. It's truly a team effort. More

Collier County Sheriff's Office joins fight against human trafficking
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"A Day Without Slavery" is a partnership between the Collier County Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the Collier County Sheriff's Office. The goal is to entertain kids and educate parents about the very real crimes happening in their community. Building trust with Law Enforcement is crucial aspect toward fighting human slavery. But also a difficult one. "In the countries they came from, Law Enforcement quite often was part of the problem, not part of the solution," said Chief James Williams with CCSO. More

Pinning the badge: Honoring our professional traditions    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are two times a badge is presented to an officer — the first upon graduating the police academy and the second upon being promoted — and both are very exciting times. The first time is as the recruit walks across the stage in a process that is the same or close to the same in every academy. They then walk a bit further and either their chief or sheriff presents them with the badge. After all the names are called, the new recruit class stands and gets sworn in. The second time is when the officer is promoted. Standard practice is that the highlights of that officer's career are read to the attending audience followed by inviting the officer to the stage to be presented with the new rank. More

Highlands County Jail staff honored for saving inmate's life
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A registered nurse and a Highlands County Jail detention deputy are both being honored for saving the life of an inmate on Aug. 14. According to reports, the inmate suffered some type of seizure and became unresponsive. Deputy Dale Vaughn and Registered Nurse Robin Sanders jumped into action using CPR and a defibrillator in an attempt to revive the inmate. The inmate remained unresponsive, but Vaughn and Sanders continued performing CPR until EMS arrived. Crews were eventually able to revive the man, but credit jail staff with saving his life. Both Vaughn and Sanders received the Sheriff's Office Merit Award for their life saving actions. More


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