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Updated: 11/21/2013 08:00:01AM

Ag law officers train with swamp buggies

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The Smoak family ranch in Highlands County was the setting for swamp buggy training for members of the Florida Agricultural Crimes Intelligence Unit.

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Agriculture law officers were trained in swamp buggy operation and also participated in an exercise to extricate a swamp buggy from the mud.

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Several members of the Florida Agricultural Crimes Intelligence Unit met recently at the Smoak family ranch in Highlands County to conduct swamp buggy training. Swamp buggies are vital to agricultural officers and deputies as they conduct investigations into agricultural crimes that occur in remote locations in Florida.

Lt. Pam Steelman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and her colleague, Scott Henderson, conducted the training. Officers from Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Glades, Hendry, Collier, Polk, Lee, Indian River and Highlands counties participated as well as officers from the Seminole Tribe Police Department and Ben Hill Griffin security.

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