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Florence Snyder: Rick Swearingen plays J. Edgar Hoover while Broward burns

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While Bald Badasses Rick Scott and Rick (“We know the terrorists are here!”) Swearingen are busy playing dress-up like Jack Bauer and Jason Bourne, Florida’s criminal justice basics are increasingly under the command of the Keystone Kops. The governor and FDLE commissioner are looking to raid state trust funds to “fight terrorism” by adding 46 new Counterterrorism Avengers to the payroll. It’s a good way to grab a cheap headline, and deflect attention from truly terrifying tales of our collapsing…

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Five nominees slated for Law Enforcement Hall of Fame

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As many as five people – including a former FDLE head and two late county sheriffs – will likely be added to the Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame, according to documents filed for the next Cabinet meeting. Cabinet aides meet today to prepare for the next meeting, set for next Tuesday. Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen will present Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam with…

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Rick Scott wants to hire counterterrorism agents

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Vowing to do everything he can to prevent another terrorist attack like the June 12 Pulse nightclub massacre, Gov. Rick Scott pushed for nearly $6 million to create a new counter-terrorism and law enforcement intelligence task force in Florida. “Terror, like we saw in the attack on the Pulse nightclub, is a threat to our state, our nation and each of us,” Scott said in announcing the proposal at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando Regional Operations Center Wednesday. “We need…

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Florida Senate confirms 10 agency heads appointed by Rick Scott

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The heads of 10 Florida state agencies will keep their jobs. The Florida Senate voted Thursday to confirm top officials appointed by Gov. Rick Scott. They also confirmed Rick Swearingen who was appointed the head of Florida’s law-enforcement agency by Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet. The vote was important because state law would have required the agency heads to leave their jobs if the Senate failed to confirm them this year. Among those confirmed were Julie Jones, secretary…

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Florida Capitol Police hit with age, sex discrimination lawsuits

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Two applicants to the Capitol Police have sued the agency, claiming they were victims of age and sex discrimination when they were turned down for jobs as officers. Woodrow Kerce and Carissa Beck filed their complaint in Leon County Circuit Civil court last week, according to court dockets. The Capitol Police patrol and protect the Capitol Complex, including the satellite state office center in southeast Tallahassee. They sued under the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 and the federal Age Discrimination in…

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Cabinet OKs Rick Scott agency heads, will follow new hiring guidelines

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The Florida Cabinet on Tuesday agreed to Gov. Rick Scott’s recommended appointments for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Environmental Protection. However, the Cabinet also made clear that it will do an official search for those positions that follows the hiring process for Cabinet-level positions. The Cabinet is slated to approve the hiring process later in the day. The Cabinet agreed to a May 31 deadline for any interested applicant to apply for the positions and set…

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Andy Gardiner defends Senate record, Rick Scott appoints two more agency heads

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Rick Scott reappointed 16 state agency executives by late Monday, all of whom failed to be confirmed by the Florida Senate this spring. Scott reappointed Jon Steverson as interim Executive Director of the Department of Environmental Protection Secretary and appointed Rick Swearingen as an interim Executive Director of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Those agencies report to the Florida Cabinet which also must approve the appointment. The Cabinet will meet tomorrow to act on those appointments. They will follow guidelines…

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