Across the country, police agencies are looking at how to reform their agency to better serve their communities. Today, your Sheriff’s office is a model agency for law enforcement across the country, because of the “best practices” we have implemented.

As Sheriff, I have implemented a series of reforms, tactical training changes, and new policies to better serve the community.

  •  Years ago, I implemented the police reforms recommended by President Barack Obama, including the banning of chokeholds and requiring all use of force be reported.
  • I put in place new training that requires a “Tactical Pause” when interacting with suspects. This has greatly improved safety and reduced shootings.
  • I prioritized mental health and the expansion of using mental health teams and experts during non-violent and mental illness calls. Today, the Sheriff’s office is the county’s largest provider of mental health services.

The Sun-Sentinel agreed that under my leadership, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office “has been ahead of this curve” when it deals with reforms. We are working with the community, building trust, and addressing critical needs with the right resources.

If you would like to learn more about these issues, I invite you to join a Digital Forum on Policing I am participating in this Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 6:30 pm. The invitation is below. You can RSVP to to participate and watch.

I am asking for your vote, so I can continue to serve you and fulfill my mission to keep Palm Beach County a safe place to live, work, and visit.

Thank you,

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw
Palm Beach County