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Hillsborough Sheriff's Office donates bicycles to Youth Ranches
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VideoBrief The Community Outreach Division of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office traveled to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Youth Villa in Bartow Nov. 13 to donate a trailer load of bicycles. The 40 bicycles were donated by Walmart and refurbished by God's Pedal Power Ministry. The bicycles were warmly received by the Youth Villa staff and the girls, who were quick to eye their favorite ride. More

Crime down in Polk County
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Crime went down in Polk County during the first half of the year, dropping 6.6 percent compared to the first six months of 2011, according to a recently released report. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement published its uniform crime statistics report; in addition to the overall drop, it shows Polk residents have seen an 18.6 percent decrease in violent crimes. Polk's numbers follow a trend in Florida, which shows overall crime reducing by 3.8 percent, the FDLE reported. More

Law enforcement turns to social media for evidence
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VideoBrief Pictures and posts on your social media network can be used against you. Whether you are using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram — anything you post is potential evidence and law enforcement is taking advantage. The Collier County Sheriff's Office and Naples Police Department have made at least four arrests this year by using social media to try and prove suspects committed a crime. If you do something illegal and decide to share it through social media, everything you post becomes public — making it fair game for law enforcement. Some argue searching social media is an invasion of privacy. But unlike searching a home or password-protected e-mail account, social media is considered public, so officers don't need a warrant or subpoena to search. More

Above and beyond: Sheriff's office corporal honored with Distinguished Public Service Award
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The Distinguished Public Service Awards, established nine years ago in a cooperative effort by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Naples Daily News, are designed to give those outstanding public servants a little of the recognition they deserve for their deeds and their efforts. This year's recipients are Lt. Bobby Allen (Collier County Emergency Medical Services), Sgt. Kristin Shiner (Collier County Sheriff's Office), Trooper John Catani (Florida Highway Patrol), firefighter Manny Morales (East Naples Fire Control and Rescue District) and Cpl. Carmine Marceno (Collier County Sheriff's Office). More

Miami-Dade detective named Florida Retail Federation Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
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Since its inception in 1974, the LEOY award has grown to be recognized among Florida law enforcement as one of the most prestigious honors bestowed on their profession. Nominations are sought annually from police or sheriff's departments, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. Detective Sebastian Monros of the Miami-Dade Police Department has been selected as the 2012 Florida Retail Federation Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. More

National trend toward meth problems not seen in Collier, Lee
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It's been seven years since Collier County has seen a large methamphetamine bust that sent two Immokalee brothers to prison, one for 15 years. Collier County sheriff's detectives seized enough meth from the Sotos to supply customers with more than 1,000 doses of the powerful addictive drug. Over 10 months, detectives seized $60,000 worth, 27 ounces of meth. Although meth is a problem nationally, local law enforcement officers, health and rehab professionals and child protection advocates say it never gained popularity in Collier and Lee counties. More

Lee County warns of bogus postal email fraud
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VideoBrief If you're planning on shipping holiday packages this season, beware. The Lee County Sheriff's Office wants to warn you about bogus emails claiming to be from the post office or other shipping companies. Fraud specialist, Beth Schell, with the sheriff's office, says the emails contain false information about a package that could not be delivered. Here's the most important thing: the USPS says it will never send an email regarding packages it cannot deliver. If you do click, it could activate a virus that can steal your personal information. More

Identifying and understanding domestic minor sex trafficking    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Adults engage minors in sex acts through intimidation, physical and psychological coercion and preying on their need for survival. Often DMST victims are mislabeled and do not receive the services they need. Law enforcement officers can change this making. More

Eddie Evans receives Distinguished Service Award    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wakulla County Sheriff Donnie Crum recognized Assistant State Attorney Eddie D. Evans with a Distinguished Service Award for contributing to the Florida Sheriffs Association for 25 years. Evans received a certificate "for contributing to better law enforcement." Evans is a resident of Sopchoppy and works for State Attorney Willie Meggs in the Tallahassee office. More


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