Leon County Sheriff's Office

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City and county officials are butting heads over how to respond to violent crime in Leon County. The area has seen a spate of killings recently, and it’s not clear how local governments will respond.

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The Leon County Sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate a former local youth pastor, following his Monday arrest for sexual offenses against children.

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Local residents need to watch out for financial fraud scams via social media sites.

Tallahassee Police Department

Tallahassee Police have to wait until the end of September to find out if they’ll receive their first ever grant for more officers to wear body cameras. The federal grant is expected to cost $675,000.

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The Consolidated Dispatch Agency is agreeing to pay $950,000 to the estate of a slain sheriff’s officer. The family of Deputy Chris Smith sued the CDA and local governments after he was ambushed and killed in the line of duty in 2014.

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There’s a new Sheriff in town. Walt McNeil was sworn in as Leon County's Sheriff Tuesday.

Alert Today Florida youtube channel

A statewide initiative launched in select Florida counties is now underway in Leon County. The Alert Tonight Florida campaign focuses on improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

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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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Thursday the US Drug Enforcement Agency decided to not loosen prohibitions against marijuana, even as the public pushes for legalization. But candidates for Leon County Sheriff say law enforcement should lighten up on non-violent drug offenders.

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

Leon County Sheriff Works To Reduce Violent Crime

May 18, 2016
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Leon County has seen increases in violent crimes since 2014. The Leon County Sheriff’s Department has implemented programs in the area to help reduce those rates.

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Three Tallahassee juveniles are facing burglary and trespassing charges after breaking into Fairview Middle School. 

The Leon County Jail officials say they’re meeting federal standards in fighting sexual assault behind bars. The Sheriff’s Office has been working on attaining certification for the past year.

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Florida has a new police body cameras law on the books. Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into statute Thursday.

Ashley Tressel

The Leon County School district has received multiple threats this month. District officials and local law enforcement say they’re taking precaution. 

Leon County Officials Re-evaluate School Safety

Dec 21, 2015
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In the wake of recent bombs threats against New York, Los Angeles and Miami school districts, Leon County officials are re-evaluating school safety.

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Leon County Sheriff’s deputies made two drug and firearm arrests Tuesday. One of the people taken into custody was the victim in a recent shooting at a local apartment complex.

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Leon County Sheriff’s deputies are still looking for two men involved in an early morning shooting of another man at an apartment complex. Sheriff’s office spokesman Grady Jordan says it occurred in the parking lot of the Timbers apartments on Timberwood Circle.

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Authorities are investigating the death of a Leon County Jail inmate who appears to have died from choking.

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Florida’s Capital City is still reeling from two major shooting events in the same number of days that have left residents shaken and searching for answers. 

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Hundreds of people braved the rain Monday night to show support for a Leon County sheriff's deputy killed over the weekend. Governor Rick Scott is ordering flags to be flown at half-staff.

It’s pouring rain at Florida State University’s Dick Howser stadium, something Leon County Commission Chairwoman Mary Ann Lindley says is fitting.

Leon County Sheriff's Office

The public is invited to attend a candlelight vigil tonight for the Leon County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot and killed over the weekend.

LHatter / WFSU News

A man known to local law enforcement for having anti-government views shot and killed Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher L. Smith this past weekend. In an emotional press conference Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office, Tallahassee Police Department and Fire Officials outlined the events that led to the first death of a sheriff’s deputy in the county in a century.

A Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy is dead and another wounded after they were ambushed by a man who started shooting at them as they responded to a house fire.

The confrontation occured in the Plantation Woods subdivision.

In a written statement, the Leon Sheriff’s office says, “the suspect took the fallen deputy’s firearm and began walking North on Caracus Court actively shooting at the first responders as they arrived on the scene.

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