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Holiday safety tips from the Orange County Sheriff's Office
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This is a wonderful time of the year when families come together to share and celebrate the holiday season. It is also the time to shop, and in some cases, travel to be with your loved ones. Exercise additional caution, thieves are opportunists. The Sheriff's Office has brought together our local law enforcement agencies and partnered with private security and businesses to raise safety awareness. To reduce the chance of becoming the victim of a crime, be aware of your surroundings, keep your valuables hidden and secure, and lock your vehicle. Shop with friends and family members; there is safety in numbers. More

State Farm gives $2,500 grant for Brevard teen driving safety
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The Brevard County Sheriff's Office has partnered with Brevard County State Farm insurance agents to support the Celebrate My Drive initiative to keep teens safe on the road. State Farm has awarded the Sheriff's Office a $2,500 grant associated with the Celebrate My Drive campaign in support of the Sheriff's Office teen driver education and safety programs. BCSO offers the Teen Driver Challenge to promote driver education, awareness and hands-on driver training. Throughout Florida, State Farm has funded over $50,000 in similar grants. More

Florida Sheriffs Association 2013 Winter Conference & Exhibition
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The Florida Sheriffs Association 2013 Winter Conference and Exhibition is scheduled for Jan. 27-30 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach. This provides a great opportunity to come check out the latest and greatest technology in law enforcement from numerous vendors from across the country. There will also be several opportunities to attend training workshops on a wide variety of topics related to law enforcement. Activities for children and spouses will be available so you and your family can make a fun trip out of it. Register today as this event will sell out quickly. More

Attorney General bans more synthetic drugs
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A slew of new synthetic drugs has been deemed illegal in the state of Florida, according to an emergency order the attorney general issued. In response, deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office informed several local convenience stores and other shops that often sell the substances about the new bans and asked them to voluntarily hand over any of the banned merchandise. More

Port Charlotte takes students to 'shop with a cop'
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Vadim Melnichuk was selected by the school's guidance counselor to participate in the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Shop with a Cop program, which is held every year during the Christmas season. He was among 32 to 40 children who were each given a $100 gift certificate to wander the store with a law enforcement officer and choose gifts for themselves or family members. More

Treasure Coast sheriffs shudder at suggestion to leave more inmates in county jails to save state millions
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A state Department of Corrections suggestion to cut state prison costs at the multimillion-dollar expense of county jails and local taxpayers is unnerving Treasure Coast sheriffs. The state agency's latest annual cost-savings contingency plan includes a proposal to leave inmates in county jails, if they are sentenced to state prison with less than a year to serve there. That could affect thousands of inmates and save the state an estimated $47.7 million, according to state figures. But that could add $45 million to $75 million to county jail operations statewide, according to an estimate from Florida Sheriffs Association Assistant Executive Director Sarrah Carroll. More

More tools available for do-it-yourself crime fighting
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Law enforcement does not want civilians to don masks and capes and put themselves in harm's way. However, police do want people to be observant and communicative. On Nov. 14, a UPS driver, a bank manager and a bank customer combined efforts to help police and FBI agents catch three bank robbery suspects who were chased nearly 40 miles from Coral Springs to North Miami Dade. A fourth was arrested later that day. The civilians recognized suspicious activity and called 911 to report the bank robbery and the switching of getaway cars, Coral Springs Police Sgt. Joe McHugh said. "It couldn't have worked out any better for us," he said. "If we work individually as just a police department, we're not going to have as much success unless we work as a team with the community." More

Kudos to Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Bradenton Police Department for passing rigorous tests
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Kudos to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and the Bradenton Police Department. Both law enforcement agencies won reaccreditation over the past few months. This is no easy task but a demanding exercise whereby agencies are placed under a microscope to ascertain professionalism at the highest standards. The sheriff's office won national reaccreditation in a unanimous vote of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The organization sends inspectors onsite to review every level of an agency's operation and ensure compliance with 464 standards. Imagine that occurring in a civilian workplace. More

New sheriff lends support to families
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In already-tough times, those helping families in crisis depend on strong community partnerships to provide needed assistance. That was the message at a reception hosted by Eckerd, one of the country's largest privately funded nonprofit youth and family service organizations. Sheriff-elect Wayne Ivey and Brevard County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Mahl, who hears the county's juvenile dependency cases, discussed the vital role of partnerships in reaching struggling families. Mahl mentioned the horror stories "beyond what you see in the news," and how the community can aid in a family's recovery and children’s futures. More

Clay County Sheriff's Office discusses the dangers of online sexual predators for Dr. Phil show
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Two members of the Clay County Sheriff's Office sat down for an interview about the dangers of online sexual predators. According to the Clay County Sheriff's Facebook page, "Sgt. Pat Golemme and IT Section Manager Dominic Antoniello used Polycom equipment to record an interview for the Dr. Phil Show." The episode will air sometime in January and will focus on the dangers of online sexual predators and also hones in on an undercover sex sting conducted earlier this year. Operation Don't Play in Clay resulted in the arrest of nearly two dozen suspects. More


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