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Law enforcement trains on swamp buggy

LAKE PLACID -Several members of the Florida Agricultural Crimes Intelligence Unit met Oct. 16 at the Smoak Family Ranch in Highlands County to conduct swamp buggy training. "This piece of equipment is vital to agricultural officers and deputies as they conduct investigations into agricultural crimes that occur in remote locations in Florida," states a news release. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Lt. Pam Steelman 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. The officers were trained in swamp buggy operation and also participated in an exercise to extricate a swamp buggy from the mud.