Oct 8, 2012



Republican police, fire leaders oppose GOP attempt to oust justices

The Republican leaders in two police and firefighter unions warned Monday that their party’s attempt to oust three of Florida’s sitting Supreme Court justices is a “chilling” development that could lead to trouble for law enforcement.


New group pushing Florida criminal justice overhaul

A diverse group of organizations is pushing for changes in Florida’s criminal justice system.


Cost of Florida’s death row easily exceeds $1 million per inmate, investigation shows

As convicted killer Steven Hayward of Fort Pierce enters his fifth year on Florida’s death row – one of 16 Treasure Coast men sentenced to die for their crimes – a decades-old debate rages over whether it takes too long and costs too much to legally challenge his capital punishment before he’s executed.


Florida’s new child abuse reporting law among nation’s toughest

Florida’s new child-abuse-reporting law, passed in the wake of the Penn State scandal, is being called the nation’s toughest, and its penalties could have wide-ranging consequences for both universities and ordinary citizens.


Ex-airport police chief sentenced for gun thefts

The former chief of police at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport has pleaded no contest to charges of stealing weapons from a Panhandle sheriff’s office.


Oak Forest Police Chief Anderson Competes for Florida Job

Floridians Friday will have a chance to meet Oak Forest Police Chief Greg Anderson, in addition to the four other candidates in the running for Sarasota police chief. 




Rockledge police chief stepping down

After serving more than two years as Chief of the Rockledge Police Department, Ron Krueger announced he will resign effective Oct. 26, citing personal reasons.


Sanford police recognized for policies and standards

The Sanford Police Department has won reaccreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, a designation that the agency has achieved professional excellence in its policies and operations.

Blog:  South Florida law enforcers gain new credentials

Also last month, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced graduates of its 15th senior leadership program. South Florida attendees included Maj.


Fort Lauderdale police adding high-tech fingerprinting

A background check may be increasingly commonplace in our security-conscious society, but Fort Lauderdale Police recently decided there’s no need for it to be messy.


Sheriff Shaq? Shaquille O’Neal Reportedly Eyeing Florida Law Enforcement Job

Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal received his doctorate in Education with an emphasis on Leadership from Miami Beach-area Berry University in 2012, but the “Big Aristotle” has  another interest outside sports – law enforcement.


Central Florida has long history of violent biker gangs

Outlaw bikers have been around Central Florida longer than Walt Disney World.



Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice:  Stalking Victims in the United States – Revised

An estimated 3.3 million persons age 18 or older were victims of stalking during a 12-month period. Nearly 7 in 10 stalking victims knew their offender in some capacity, and the most common offender/victim relationship was that of former spouses or boy/girlfriends. In addition, an estimated 1.5% of persons age 18 or older were victims of stalking. The percentage of stalking victims was highest for individuals who were divorced or separated (3.3%), compared to those married, never married, or widowed. A greater percentage of females were stalked than males; however, females and males were equally likely to experience harassment.


U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention:  Underage Drinking–Practice Guidelines for Community Corrections

Underage drinking is a widespread offense that can have serious physical, neurological, and legal consequences. Guidelines for community supervision professionals who work with underage drinkers help them develop a plan for screening underage drinkers, determine appropriate responses, create a case plan, and provide treatment. Youth should be screened for alcohol problems regularly throughout their supervision. If they are found to be at risk for such problems, a substance abuse specialist should conduct a thorough assessment. Other assessments should identify youths’ risks, needs, and assets. In addition, justice professionals should develop an individualized case plan for each youth.


Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice:  Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims with Disabilities–State-Level Replication Guide

This guide describes the Building Partnerships for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities Initiative (BPI), which uses a prosecution-based multidisciplinary team approach to address abuse committed against persons with disabilities. Developed in Massachusetts, BPI links law enforcement officials, prosecutors, adult protective and human services workers, self-advocates, and others. It has revolutionized the way to recognize, report, investigate, and prosecute crimes against victims with disabilities. As part of a pilot project, three states (Delaware, Ohio, and Oregon) have already replicated BPI. Other states may use this replication guide of recommended practices, modeled on the Massachusetts BPI, to develop, implement, and successfully maintain their own multidisciplinary partnerships.


U.S. Government Accountability Office:  Department of Homeland Security Efforts to Assess Realignment of Its Field Office Structure


U.S. Government Accountability Office:  Federal Leadership Needed to Address Remaining Vulnerabilities in Driver’s License Security


U.S. Government Accountability Office:  Department of Homeland Security Requires More Disciplined Investment Management to Help Meet Mission Needs



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