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State Fire Marshall Stacy McIntire promoted to Lieutenant

State Fire Marshall Stacy McIntire was promoted on March 17, 2011 from Detective to Lieutenant. He has been with the state for 6 years, is stationed at the Lake Wales Field Office, and is First Line Supervisor to Detectives. Lieutenant McIntire can be contacted at stacy.mcintire@myfloridacfo.com

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Police Officer Looses his job over carwash

Women pose for photos at a charity car wash on top of a police cruiser.

Credit CBS News


A South Carolina police officer has been relieved of his duties after a photo surfaced on Facebook of scantily-clad

women posing on the hood of his town police cruiser.However, he is not the only one suffering the consequences

surrounding the scandalous photo.

Winter Haven Police Dept Explorer Fund Raiser Golf Tournament

Winter Haven Police Dept. Explorer Post 563 announces


Fund Raiser Golf Tournament


Registration Deadline by 11-27-2010



Date:     Saturday 11-27-2010


Time:     0800 Shotgun Start, Best Ball


Place:    Willow Brook Golf Course, SR-544 in WH


Cost:      $40.00 per player gets you 18 holes, and


a golf cart and sandwich bar lunch!




Mobile Meth Lab in Winter Haven

Winter Haven Police Department and Polk County Sheriff's Office find a "Moblile Meth Lab"

Winter Haven Police Officer Jodi Lott stopped a vehicle involved in a theft at WalMart. The suspect was arrested.

During a search of the vehicle, Officer Lott and a assisting PCSO deputy notice a bottle with some tubing coming from the

cap. It was lying on the seat inside some newspaper. Officer Lott said she could also "smell a foul chemical odor".

An apparent mobile meth lab, both officers backed off and secured the area. Winter Haven Fire and PCES were called to

assist. Later Narcotics Officers were called and they dismantled and processed the Mobile Meth Lab for evidence..



Chief Gary Hester



From Chief of Staff at Polk County Sheriff's Office to

Chief of Police at the Winter Haven Police Department.


Chief Gary Hester sat down for a interview with The Public Safety Network.com. "Its tough leaving here"

from the Sheriff's Office Hester explains. Having mixed emotions that he is not used to, he has been

with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for 31 years. Hired on in 1979, this was his first job in Law

"I have always just looked at myself as a cop" he explained. Hester has progressed up

through the ranks,
holding every rank from Sergeant to Chief of Staff. "Great people have helped build

me" from the previous
Sheriff to the current Sheriff Judd, "I didn't get here by myself" he explained. He

recalled Sheriff Crow
making a statement that has stuck with him over the years. "You do the right

thing, and I will do the right
thing, You do the wrong thing, and I will do the right thing". This is the kind

of advice that has helped
him achieve over the years. He was appointed as Chief of Staff on January 4,

2005 by Sheriff Grady
Judd. Sheriff Judd was Hester's first Lieutenant when he hired on. Captain

of the Sheriff's Office said "Hester is the kind of guy that leads from the front". He explained

that he has also worked
with Hester his entire career from K-9 to present. Widner said "I would

follow Hester into battle as he is a Cop's Cop".
He also explained that Hester is well educated and

"You do the right thing,

and I will do the right

thing. You do the wrong

thing and I will do the

right thing".

intelligent. Speaking with Hesters former

assistant Cami
Williamson she said "I

have had the privilege of working as

Chief Hester's Administrative Assistant

on two
separate occasions, for a

combined total of six years. It has been

wonderful working for him, and I will truly

miss him. Gary Hester is a sincere, caring, fair man, and the Winter Haven Police Department is sure to

excel under his leadership".

FBI Releases Preliminary Statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Killed in 2009

According to preliminary statistics released today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 48 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty during 2009. Geographically, 21 of the victim officers were killed in the South, 13 in the West, seven in the Northeast, and five in the Midwest. Two officers were slain in Puerto Rico. The total number of officers killed is seven higher than in 2008.

By circumstance, 15 deaths occurred as a result of ambush situations, nine officers died during arrest situations, eight were killed while handling traffic pursuits/stops, five died responding to disturbance calls, four while investigating suspicious persons/circumstances, four during tactical situations, two while handling and transporting prisoners, and one while handling a person with a mental illness.

A breakdown of weapons revealed that firearms were used in the majority of slayings. Of the 45 officers killed with firearms, 28 were killed with handguns, 15 with rifles, and two with shotguns. Three officers were killed with vehicles.

At the time they were killed, 35 law enforcement officers were wearing body armor. Twelve officers fired their weapons, and nine of the slain law enforcement officers attempted to fire their weapons. Seven officers had their weapons stolen, and two officers were slain with their own weapons.

The 48 law enforcement officers were killed in 37 separate incidents in 2009. All of the incidents have been cleared by arrest or exceptional means.

In addition to the officers who were feloniously killed, 47 law enforcement officers were accidentally killed in 2009. This number is 21 lower than the previous year’s number.

The FBI will release final statistics in the Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s annual report, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, which will be published on the Internet in the fall of this year.


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