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A national campaign successfully placed Marsy’s Law on the books in Florida last year. The amendment put a crime victim bill of rights in the state Constitution. When the measure took effect in January, supporters argued it was self-implementing. But eight months later, there’s still no consensus on the amendment’s vague language. It even pits parts of the state constitution against each other.

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State officials have heralded hemp as a new wonder crop.  But the plant’s recent legalization is complicating efforts to prosecute marijuana-related charges, and has left police and prosecutors alike scrambling for a solution.

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A Leon County Sheriff's Office command staff member is under investigation by the state attorney, according to an executive order signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday.

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Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil has rolled out the latest effort at reducing crime. McNeil says law enforcement isn’t the only way to keep communities safe and is partnering with other city and county departments and local organizations.

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Victim rights protections under Marsy’s Law are now enshrined in the state Constitution. But many state agencies are struggling to interpret the broad language, most recently law enforcement.

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The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is harnessing new technology to provide more information its deputies and detectives responding to scenes. Sheriff Walt McNeil debuted LCSO’s new Real Time Crime Center Wednesday.

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Fifteen miles of Highway 90 have been renamed for a local hero. The dedication ceremony saw the late Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Smith’s family, friends and law enforcement peers celebrate his life.

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The Consolidated Dispatch Agency (CDA) is on an uphill climb as it works to overcome a series of tragic errors and fill vacant positions.

The agency ran into trouble soon after it was created in 2013. It endured some high profile technical problems that were blamed, in part, for the shooting death of Leon County deputy Chris Smith as he responded to a house fire.

The CDA was also blamed for bumbled responses in the Betton Hills murder of a Florida State University law professor and a shooting at FSU’s Strozier Library.

Now, a new interim director is at the helm. Steve Harrelson has soent nearly 30 years with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. He’s also the CDA’s fourth director in five years. He says his priorities include fully staffing the dispatch floor – where 500,000 calls are answered annually - and boosting morale.

Members of the LCSO Traffic Unit accepted a Traffic Safety Program Award on July 13th.
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Leon County Sheriff’s Office has won a statewide award for having one of the best traffic safety programs in Florida.

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The new “Reality Check” program from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office is giving teens a firsthand look at the criminal justice process

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A recurring scam has made its way back to Leon County.

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400 families received a box of free food Wednesday during the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Farm Share event Wednesday morning.

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A man who was shot with a Taser by law enforcement earlier this week has died after being admitted to a local hospital in critical condition. 

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The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is expanding its partnership with other Sheriff’s offices around the region. The new collaboration is based on the success of LCSO teaming up with Florida Highway Patrol this past year.

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While a new law allows Florida schools to arm their teachers, the Leon County School Board has unanimously approved a resolution stating they won’t be doing that in their school district.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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