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Florida Sheriff Orders Deputies to Stop Wearing COVID Masks

The sheriff said if anyone confronts an employee about them not wearing mask, the employee should “politely and professionally tell them I am not required to wear a mask nor will I, per the Order of the Sheriff,” and walk away.

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Florida Officer Hit by Bus While Being Chased by Aggressive Dog

An officer with the Largo (FL) Police Department was struck by a passing bus as he attempted to create distance between himself and a dog that had been charging him in an aggressive manner.

"Back the Blue" Painted Outside Tampa Police HQ

“We had people that were just walking past the site while we were working last night who picked up rollers and joined in with us and while they did that, they would send messages back home to people who were with law enforcement," said organizer Kelli Campbell with Back the Blue Florida.

Florida Officer Wounded by Man Accused of Shooting Spree

An officer with the Tampa Police Department was wounded—as were several other individuals—when a gunman reportedly went on a "shooting spree" on Thursday evening.

Florida Officers Save Toddler Found Floating in Pool

Both officers crouching over the girl and tapped her back as she lay on her side near the pool, her appendages turning darker shades of purple.

Florida Officer Shot While Making a Welfare Check

An officer with the Lake City (FL) Police Department was shot while making a welfare check at a home that had been recently struck by bullets.

Florida Officer, Good Samaritan Resuscitate Apparent Overdose Victim

An officer with the Orlando Police Department was assisted by a Good Samaritan in reviving a person who had appeared to have overdosed on drugs.

Off-Duty Florida Officer Saves Boy From Shark at Beach

An off-duty officer with the Cocoa Beach Police Department is being hailed as a hero after he leaped into the surf to pull a young boy out of danger from a nearby shark in the water.

Florida Department to Increase Budget Amid Calls for "Defunding" Police

While there have been calls across the country to "defund" police departments and have the funding reallocated to other providers of social services, one city in Florida is bucking that trend and increasing the budget for the police department by nearly $30 million annually.

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Florida Police Director Seeks to Fire Officer Who Punched Woman

The director of the Miami-Dade (FL) Police Department says he has begun the process that will likely end with the termination of an officer who was seen on video punching a woman in the face at Miami International Airport earlier this week.