• 'Dear John' letter used to curb prostitution in Sanford

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    SANFORD, Fla. - Starting this week, the registered owners of vehicles spotted lingering in areas with known prostitutes will receive a community safety letter from the Sanford Police Department, said officials. 

    Police said the letter will serve as a warning that someone is watching them and that prostitution is unacceptable in the community. 

    Letters will only be generated when an officer is sure the driver is not lost, but in fact, circling the block looking for a prostitute, said police. 

    "Cracking down on prostitution is an important step towards ensuring the safety and well-being of our community," said Sanford Police Chief Cecil E. Smith.

    The department said the goal of the program is to act as a deterrent and reduce the demand for prostitution by stripping away the anonymity of the exchange. 

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