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Orange Sheriff’s Office Revamping Juvenile Policies

I don’t know any law enforcement officers who got into this line of work to arrest kids. I know when I entered the profession 30 years ago, I was hoping to help kids — to give them a compassionate interaction with a cop, not their first…
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In Florida, Your Kid’s Chance of Arrest at School Depends on Where You Live

After a student was caught cutting class at Seminole High School’s ninth grade center in April 2019, a trio of Sanford police officers told the girl to get in a golf cart so she could be taken back to campus. She refused. “I’m…
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Florida’s Flawed Baker Act Rips Thousands of Kids from School

Over the past seven years, children have been taken from public schools in Tampa Bay more than 7,500 times and temporarily placed in mental health facilities. They often leave campus handcuffed in the back of police cruisers. Some are as…
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Meadow Woods Middle Resource Deputy Disciplined for Kissing Student on Cheek

A former Meadow Woods Middle School resource deputy was suspended last year after an investigation found he kissed a female student on the cheek and repeatedly allowed another girl to skip classes so the two of them could talk, records…
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Orange Cops Relying More on Citations, Not Arrests, for Juveniles — But Still Lag Other Urban Counties, Report Finds

Police and deputies in Orange County are giving teenagers in trouble more civil citations instead of arresting them for misdemeanors, but other urban counties in Florida still give citations instead of arresting minors in a far higher share…
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All Orange Elementary Schools Now Have Deputies on Campus, Sheriff Says

All of Orange County’s traditional public elementary schools now have an armed officer on campus, the sheriff announced this week. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office had struggled since the start of the school year to provide enough deputies…
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Orange County Juvenile Justice Arrests Plummet

Orange County saw a dramatic drop in juvenile arrests in the past year and particularly in felony arrests of juveniles, following reforms pushed by State Attorney Aramis Ayala and implemented by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and other…
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League of Women Voters to Host Public Forum on Florida's School Guardian Program

Next week, the League of Women Voters of Seminole County will be hosting a public forum on Florida's School Guardian Program. Speakers include: Walt Griffin, Superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS). Angie Gallo, Florida…

Central Florida Charter Schools Struggle to Pay for On-Campus Officers Required by New Law

Two Winter Garden charter schools planned to buy new computers this year, giving every student on their shared campus one to use. But when Crystal Yoakum, the CEO of the two affiliated schools, got a look at the numbers, she knew that dream…
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Orange County Approves Funding for 75 School Resource Officers - WMFE

The Orange County Commission approved funds to hire 75 new Sheriff’s deputies to be used as school resource officers. Read more.   Image courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
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Inaugural Kids vs. Cops Basketball Game - April 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM

University High School and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 93 is hosting Kids vs. Cops Basketball game to benefit the University HS Athletic Program and the FOP Lodge 93 Foundation.
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OSCO is Now Taking Applications for its 2018 Teen Academy

We are now taking applications for one of our most popular programs! The OCSO Teen Academy is for high school students ages 13-17. There will be three separate week-long Teen Academies and you must apply now. The sessions are : June…