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Rick Scott declares opioid emergency in Florida

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Rick Scott is declaring a public health emergency across Florida due to the epidemic of heroin and other opioids abuse, addiction, and overdose deaths wracking the Sunshine State. While the governor signed an executive order Wednesday following action by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which declared a national opioid epidemic, it comes months after Democrats and a few others around the state urged him to declare an emergency. Scott’s order will allow state officials to immediately draw down on…

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Tampa Police to receive $1.95 million federal grant to hire 15 more officers

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The Tampa Police Department is the recipient of a $1.9 million federal grant to hire 15 more officers to strengthen its community policing efforts. The federal grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). “Fifteen more officers on the street where they are needed and training to be more community-oriented are critical to defuse tensions and build trust,” U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor said. “Community policing builds trust and partnerships, which help officers better respond to the diverse…

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