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The agency responsible for taking care of the state’s thousands of untested rape kits says the DNA evidence testing in its labs is going well so far.

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The Florida Senate’s new budget chair is coming out in support of Governor Rick Scott’s plan to provide pay raises for the state’s law enforcement agencies.

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In the four-way Leon County Sheriff’s race, Democrat Walt McNeil has unseated incumbent Mike Wood.

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Does racial diversity play an important role in law enforcement? Some local officials say it does. The two white and two black candidates in the Leon County Sheriff’s race have their own views about how law enforcement diversity is key to helping strengthen ties with the community.

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Law enforcement agencies across the state are undergoing implicit bias training to re-evaluate the way they interact with minority communities. But what does the training entail?

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The White House is actively encouraging law enforcement agencies to diversify their forces to reflect the communities they serve. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is pretty close.

Leon County law officials are calling for unity following the killings of five police officers in Dallas, Texas.

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Law enforcement from Baltimore, Ferguson and Sanford gathered in North Florida this week for a conference on community policing. Following the high profile killings in those cities, some departments are transforming their officer training.

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Caught on cell phone videos and magnified by social media, law enforcement incidents dominate the news. Some Florida lawmakers are working on a host of measures to rebuild the relationship between police and the public.

Lawmakers Could Make 'Driving While Deaf' Safer

Feb 2, 2016
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For many people, interactions with law enforcement can be stressful. But for people who have difficulty communicating, these interactions can lead to grave misunderstandings. Some lawmakers are trying to make those interactions safer.

Lawmakers Want More SROs In Public Schools

Jan 8, 2016
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Two Democratic lawmakers have plans to expand law enforcement in public schools.

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Three Republican lawmakers are moving to expand protections for law enforcement. They say they’re concerned about the growing divide between the public and first responders.

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27 bills are slated to take effect Thursday. They include new laws aimed at helping people with diabetes and delinquent juveniles.

A new will soon take effect allowing for law enforcement to undergo diabetic emergencies training. The widow of the Florida man who inspired the bill is praising the effort.

Tallahassee residents are invited to take part in the city’s third Gun Buyback program to help reduce the increasing gun violence in Florida’s Capital city.

Since 2010, the North Florida Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives has worked with area law enforcement agencies to host the Gun Buyback program every two years. And, NOBLE’s president Tonja Bryant-Smith says in years past, it’s been pretty successful.

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A bill filed to make sure tragedies like Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting don’t happen in Florida passed the state House Monday. But, the measure that could allow teachers to carry guns on school campus drew a lot of fire from Democrats.

It’s been more than a year since the Sandy Hook mass shooting that left 26 people dead—mostly kids. And, Rep. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) says according to a national report, close to 50-percent of the incidents—similar to Sandy Hook—are known to last less than 15 minutes.

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A divided Florida House committee has given its approval to a measure which could put more guns in schools. It’s similar to proposals that have been considered – and, in most cases, rejected, in other states. But the military veteran who proposed it hopes a change he’s made to the formula will help it pass.

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*Correction: It was originally reported that Florida has a total of 8,000 registered sex offenders and predators. But, those only represent offenders that are still on probation and under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. FDLE reports that there are 63,000 total registered offenders and predators. The original numbers were taken from the bill's staff analysis. 

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The Florida Supreme Court Monday wrestled with the implications new technology has for Floridians’ privacy. At issue is whether a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy when using mobile devices.

In 2007 Shawn Tracy was arrested for cocaine possession in Broward County after police tracked him using his cell phone data. Police did have a warrant for what’s called “historical data,” including numbers dialed and previous locations of Tracy’s phone, but public defender Tatjana Ostapoff argued following Tracy in real time violated Tracy’s Fourth Amendment rights.

State Commemorates The Best Law Enforcement Officers

Feb 6, 2013
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There are thousands of law enforcement officers in the state of Florida, sworn to serve and protect its citizens.  On Wednesday the state recognized the best of the best honoring nine nominees for their commitment and bravery.  For the first time two officers received the Officer of the Year Award.

The 2012 Florida Law Enforcement Officers of the Year are Karl Lounge and Douglas Weaver with the St. Petersburg Police Department.  Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi set the scene.

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Hundreds of law enforcement officers and Florida officials gathered at seven separate events throughout the state Thursday to show their support for members of the Florida National Guard and Reserves. As Sascha Cordner reports, they also applauded the efforts of an organization that tries to make sure a job is still waiting for those same men and women when they come back from combat.

Florida Highway Patrol now hiring

May 11, 2012

There’s a generational shift at Florida’s Highway Patrol. As many officers are retiring, FHP is looking for new blood. Ryan Benk reports the law enforcement agency is looking to fill 132 positions.

The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking to increase its presence along the state’s roadways. The agency has announced its intentions of hiring 132 new officers for its next two recruit classes. FHP spokesperson Nancy Rasmussen says despite the retirements, there will be a net gain of officers on the road.