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Oct. 2, 2008
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Children from Internet Predators
from Calibre Macro World
The U.S. Senate recently passed former Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Joseph R. Biden, Jr.'s (D-DE) Protect our Children Act (S.1738). This bipartisan legislation takes a bold step forward in addressing the growing problem of child exploitation by creating a strong nationwide network of highly trained law enforcement experts to track down these offenders and put them behind bars. The Protect Our Children Act has strong support from a wide cross-section of children's advocacy, law enforcement and community organizations, including the National Sheriffs' Association. More

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Department of Justice Announces Nearly $240 Million in Grants to Enhance Crime Prevention Efforts across the Country
from PR Newswire via the Portland Business Journal
Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey today announced nearly $240 million in grant awards that support communities and law enforcement in preventing crime. The Department also announced the launch of its new crime prevention initiative, Celebrate Safe Communities (CSC). In partnership with the National Sheriffs' Association and the National Crime Prevention Council, OJP is promoting the new event throughout the country, Oct. 2-4. More

Guest Editorial: Using Education to Fight Crime
from the York Weekly
Across the state of Maine, students have gone back to school. Our hopes for their success in school and life goes with them; however, many of them won't make it through high school, creating problems for themselves, their families, and often for law enforcement. The cold, hard truth is that high school dropouts are more likely to turn to crime. More

Officers to Get Written Exams
from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette News
Correction officers looking to advance their careers at the Worcester, Ma., County Jail and House of Correction will first have to pass a written exam beginning in January, officials said. The new promotional exam, the first written test to be required for advancement in the department’s history, will be designed and graded by a private firm. Sheriff Guy W. Glodis said that the move is a major step in professionalizing his office. More

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Pennsylvania Governor Orders Halt to Release of Parolees
from the Philadelphia Inquirer
Responding to mounting criticism of the judicial system after a paroled felon killed a Philadelphia police officer, Gov. Rendell ordered a halt to the release of parolees until an independent expert can conduct "a top-to-bottom review" of how the state releases violent offenders. The move came on the eve of the funeral of Police Officer Patrick McDonald, 30, who was killed last week by Daniel Giddings, a recently paroled violent criminal. More

New York New-gun Database Has Yet to Lead to Prosecution
from The Associated Press
New York's 7-year-old database of handgun "fingerprints" has yet to lead to a criminal prosecution, and questions linger about its effectiveness. Still, state police remain committed to the database, saying more time and a long-awaited link to a federal ballistics database could bring success. More

Sheriff's Safety Town Gets $50K for Classroom
from the Shreveport Times
Sheriff's Safety Town received $50,000 to sponsor one of the safety education center's two classrooms, which should be ready for the 3,500 second-graders in Caddo, La., who will begin visiting in November. This project is sponsored by Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator's office. The real work on it and the collecting of donations started in 2005, but the idea for Sheriff's Safety Town came to Prator when he was a young detective investigating the death of a boy who found his father's gun and shot himself in the head. More

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Phantom 911 a Common Problem
from the Bradenton Herald
Single mom Carol Kadien has had a hard time making a good impression on new neighbors, with Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies showing up to her house four times in the past three weeks. Deputies responded to emergency calls from her home four times in September. But there was no trouble at the home. More

Sheriff Display Designed to S.T.O.P. Teens from Getting into Trouble
from The Times and Democrat
It’s called S.T.O.P., a mobile display of what can happen to teens who become involved in dangerous or illegal activity. Sponsored by the Orangeburg County, S.C., Sheriff’s Office, the mobile unit made its debut at the Orangeburg County Fair on Tuesday with realistic photographs of violent activity surrounding drugs, gangs, alcohol and weapons. More

Massachusetts Sheriff to Petition Supreme Court on Officers' Civil Rights Case
from Southcoast Today
Bristol County, Ma., Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case brought against him by five correctional officers who claim he violated their civil rights. The sheriff so far has lost every step of the legal battle, which has taken several years. But he contends that losing would establish a dangerous precedent for public safety across America. More

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