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Scott asks Florida schools to review security measures
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Gov. Rick Scott spoke with reporters recently in his capitol office and expressed sympathy for the families of the children and school personnel killed in the school shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Scott said he sent a letter to school leaders around the state, asking them to review and enhance their school emergency plans. In Orange County, Mayor Teresa Jacobs is proposing a plan to post armed sheriff's deputies in all elementary schools in unincorporated Orange County. Middle and high schools in the county already have school resource officers on campus. More

Proposed law could cost $20 million to expand jail
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Assistant County Manager Lea Ann Thomas presented state lawmakers the county's top five concerns in the annual legislative delegation meeting. Among the concerns discussed was a legislative proposal to shift a number of state prisoners to county jails, which in Polk's case could add as many as 300 inmates to the current population, increasing the annual corrections budget by $7.5 million as well. Individual county commissioners have been assigned to these priorities, to oversee their progress throughout the year. New commissioner John Hall is the representative for the jail issue. More

Children learn 'block, kick, punch' as part of RADkids program aimed at protection
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Blocking. Punching. Kicking. A strong stance and a few loud words is all a kid might need. "So you can keep your body safe," said first grader Jacob Parrish. It's all a part of the RADkids program hosted by Tallahassee Police. It's a four day class that teaches children how to react during dangerous situations, including bullying, fire and gun safety or preventing abduction. More

Proposed bills call for ban on texting while driving
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Floridians may want to rest their thumbs on the road, if a texting ban becomes law this spring. State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, again filed a bill, SB 52, for the spring legislative session that, if approved, would ban texting while driving. An identical companion legislation, HB 13, has been filed in the House. An even more restrictive bill in the Senate, called the "Florida Ban on Communicating While Driving Law," SB 74, would prohibit texting and limit voice conversations to hands-free devices. Sponsored by state Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, SB 74 would allow for traffic stops when law enforcement sees drivers texting or talking on their cell phones. More

Sheriff's office hosts toy drive
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How many toys does it take to fill a limousine? The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office asked Brevard residents to help find out by participating in a toy drive. BCSO is working with Toys for Kids to collect toys for children whose families cannot afford to buy them presents this holiday season. Unwrapped toys were collected in a limousine then distributed to Brevard County children in need. Toys collected ranged from games and stuffed animals appropriate for infants to children up to 12 years old. More

FSA wraps up successful New Sheriffs Institute training for Florida's newest top cops
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The six-day program was held Dec. 2-7 and was kicked off with a Remembering Our Roots Ceremony held at the FSA Law Enforcement Memorial Wall. The sheriffs-elect then spent the rest of the week learning about various topics from industry professionals. Topics ranged from maintaining the integrity of the badge and dealing with personnel issues to their role in the legislative process and providing county jail services. The New Sheriffs Institute also is where they receive their Florida Sheriffs Manual, a 345-page reference tool that many sheriffs use daily. The week was capped off with a trip to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches' main campus in Suwannee County. More

Collier deputies perform 'Gangnam Style' holiday safety video
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The Collier County Sheriff's Office is celebrating the holidays in safety style. The sheriff's office has released its annual holiday safety video. The Sheriff's Office's two-and-a-half minute parody was part of its annual holiday safety video meant to share valuable tips. For the record, the sheriff's office recommends investing in an alarm, removing valuables from vehicles, walking in well-lit areas, avoiding drunken driving, getting a home security survey, protecting your identity, staying alert, reporting suspicious activity and waiting to send texts until you're done driving. More

Sheriff Lamberti honors heroics, bids farewell at awards ceremony
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A postal carrier, a rabbi, a SWAT sniper, 911 dispatchers, three Weston men who dove into a lake to rescue a motorist from a sinking vehicle and scores of quick-thinking deputies were among the more than 70 honorees recently recognized by Sheriff Al Lamberti in an awards ceremony at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Agency spokesman Jim Leljedal hosted the event before a sea of green and white uniforms, citing the honorees' bravery, selflessness, heroism and grace under pressure. Lamberti also promoted five deputies to sergeant. More

FCC approves text-to-911 proceeding
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FCC commissioners have approved a notice of proposed rulemaking that is expected to establish timelines for wireless carriers to enable emergency texting to 911 and lay a foundation for the migration to next-generation 911. "Today, we are taking an unprecedented step to make text-to-911 available in all parts of the country," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement. "For the first time, we are proposing specific requirements and timeframes that will add text capability to the 911 system; expand the accessibility of 911 for all Americans, including millions of people with disabilities; and mark the first major milestone in the nation's migration to next-generation 911." More

Next-generation handcuffs deliver electric shocks, drugs to detainees
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Definitely an interesting, if not controversial, invention for the field of law enforcement, a new set of handcuffs delivers electric shocks like a Taser. Recently covered in detail on Patent Bolt, a patent application for an advanced set of handcuffs was published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark office in late November. Filed by a group called Scottsdale Inventions during late 2010, technology that could potentially go into the handcuff design includes an accelerometer, location sensing device, microphone, camera and a biometric sensor to measure a detainee's physical state. However, the group also has designed the handcuffs to house electrodes that would deliver an electric shock to a detainee. More


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