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State honors sheriff's unit for its traffic enforcement

Times Staff Writer
Published June 22, 2004

LARGO - The traffic unit of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has earned a first-place award for its traffic enforcement efforts.

The award, in which the Sheriff's Office competed against agencies of similar size, was given last week in Jacksonville and is sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation. For winning the award, the Sheriff's Office will receive $15,000 in equipment, including in-car video cameras and portable message signs. The unit's programs in 2003 included more than 180 DUI enforcement operations, which resulted in five deputies winning awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Course helps spot sexual predators

PALM HARBOR - Learn how to spot a sexual predator and to keep your family safe from predators at a safety class for families from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the community room of the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. The library's Teen Advisory Board is hosting the class, scheduled to be taught by Hilary Sessions of Child Protection Education of America, a nonprofit missing children organization based in Tampa. The class also will cover information parents should share with children and how children can escape if attacked. The class is free and open to the public. Parents are encouraged to bring their children. For more information on the group, check www.find-missing-children.org or call 727 547-5437, ext. 104.

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