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Shifting inmates burdens budgets
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A state cost-cutting proposal that would shift about 5,600 inmates from state prisons to county jails would blow a $100 million hole in the budgets of counties already suffering from revenue losses in a down economy, according to the Florida Association of Counties. The move was proposed by the state Department of Corrections as part of a budget exercise that requires agencies to find areas where they can cut costs. It would save the state about $47.7 million a year, according to documents filed with Gov. Rick Scott's office, by reducing the number of convicts who serve their sentences in state prisons by leaving them in county jails. More

New sheriff's training facility is state-of-the-art
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VideoBriefThe Escambia County Sheriff's Office has a new, state-of-the-art training facility housing a shooting simulator, mat room and a huge garage-like area called the "force on force" room, where officers can simulate everything from traffic stops to confronting a suspect down a dark alley. The training facility is not the only thing housed in this new building. Starting sometime in January, inmates and their families will have a new way of staying in touch, and it's as easy as picking up a phone. More

Teen Driver Challenge offers first-time drivers skills to stay safe
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VideoBriefStudents will be wrapping up their current semester and are looking forward to a two-week holiday break. This free time offers a great opportunity for parents to look into signing up their teen for the Teen Driver Challenge. This two-day course provides classroom and hands-on instruction for teens with their learner's permit or license. The program is offered free of charge through local sheriff's offices as well as a generous donation from State Farm. If the TDC is not available in your area please contact your local sheriff's office to bring the program to your county. More

Fallen deputies honored, new sheriffs sworn in
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A small ceremony honored several Florida deputies who died in 2012. Three Florida deputies died in 2012. They were remembered during the Florida Sheriff Association's "Remembering Our Roots" ceremony. The names of the fallen deputies will be added to a memorial wall next spring. Detective David White of Clay County was one of the deputies who died. He was killed in a shooting. There are about 350 names of deceased sheriffs and deputies on the wall. More

Collier Sheriff's Office collecting toys for abused, abandoned children
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For some, Dec. 25 will mark the end of a year that hasn't necessarily been merry and bright. The Collier County Sheriff's Office hopes to have collected toys for 150 children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected and are represented by Guardian ad Litem volunteers. Gifts donated to the Sheriff's Office "Celebrate With a Star" program this year will go to children assigned to the 20th Judicial Circuit's Guardian ad Litem program in connection with the Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida program. The Voices for Kids program helps make sure each advocate has financial and other resources for their child's health, educational and social needs. More

Sheriff to Progress Energy: 'Do the right thing; pay your taxes'
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Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy had a simple message for Progress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy: "Do the right thing; pay your taxes." The crux of the issue facing Dawsy and Citrus County government is the partial payment of a tax bill by Progress Energy, which only paid $19 million of its $35 million tax bill the property appraiser's office says is due to that office. That has put both county government and Dawsy in a financial pickle, together with taxpayers and local businesses. More

Judd Jog raises funds for United Way
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Nearly $3,000 was generated for United Way at the Judd Jog, held recently at the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The "chief" level corporate sponsor was Star & Shield. The "major" level sponsors were Legoland Florida and Beachbody. This year's event drew 116 runners. The sheriff's office reports having a plethora of volunteers from their human resource division members, their families and a group of explorers volunteering that day. More

Sheriff Jack Parker looks to his future as he retires as Brevard's top law enforcer
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Sheriff Jack Parker's demeanor changes when he talks about Jan. 7, 2013. That's his last day as Brevard County sheriff and the first time in almost 30 years he will not be in law enforcement. The 50-year-old opted not to run for a third term so he could spend more time with his wife and 15-year-old son. He's looking forward to having lazy days at home, vacationing without staying electronically connected to the office and simply living in the moment. If he knows his next career move, he's not saying. Instead, Parker says he'll see what opportunities are out there. More

Police officers to Congress: We need logs of Americans' text messages
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AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and other wireless providers would be required to record and store information about Americans' private text messages for at least two years, according to a proposal that police have submitted to the U.S. Congress. CNET has learned a constellation of law enforcement groups has asked the U.S. Senate to require that wireless companies retain that information, warning that the lack of a current federal requirement "can hinder law enforcement investigations." More

Philadelphia Police Department joins Pinterest
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While Pinterest users are busy pinning dinner recipes and instructions for DIY holiday décor, the Philadelphia Police Department is pinning perpetrators. In its latest efforts to utilize social media to catch criminals, the police department has joined Pinterest. But instead of dream houses and workout regimens, the department's boards are full of mug shots, handily divided up by division. Police made the announcement they'd joined the social media bigwig over Twitter, posting "PhillyPolice is now on #Pinterest. We have a board for your section of the city." More


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