Law Enforcement

Juvie Justice Plan Unveiled in Statewide Tour

Nov 19, 2012

Florida juvenile justice officials are starting a tour for feedback on their new plan to reduce the number of teens in lock-up. Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters presided at a packed house in Leon County Thursday - the first stop of a dozen.

On hand was Ruth Nettles, who said she now regrets reporting her daughter to law enforcement for taking the family car. 

For a short period, yesterday, the hunt was on in Pinellas County, Florida for a lady photographed riding a manatee.

The sheriff's department called a deadly serious press conference in which they asked the help of the public in identifying the perpetrator. The lady was wearing a white cap, red shorts and a black bikini top. Witnesses in the area, the sheriff said in a statement, took photographs and contacted police.

Mandatory child abuse reporting law starts Monday

Sep 28, 2012

As of October 1, anyone who witnesses child abuse in Florida is required by law to report it. Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins said approximately a quarter of all children are sexually abused before they turn 18.

Law Enforcement Split Worries Over RNC, Isaac

Aug 23, 2012

Representatives of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are keeping a close eye on both last-minute preparations for the Republican National Convention and the path of Tropical Storm Isaac.

John Joyce, who leads the U.S. Secret Service's Tampa office, said the possibility of a hurricane has always been part of their planning for the Convention.

“But now that it’s actually out there spinning, it definitely gives you a little bit more of a pucker effect of ‘Okay, we might actually have to implement some of the planning that we discussed."