Our county has become a safer community to live in since I was elected in 2004. Under my leadership, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office has been recognized as one of the most effective law enforcement agencies in the country.
Crime is down 25% in the last five years, gang violence has decreased, and pill mills are shut down. Just as important, it’s critical we keep our kids off the streets and engaged in our community. That’s why I have secured over $1.2 million for community programs and after-school activities for our children.
I talk about these success stories because it’s important that Palm Beach County has a Sheriff with the experience and knowledge to keep us safe. I am already on the job and will continue to work hard for you.
As your Sheriff, I oversee all Regional Domestic Security for South Florida. From the coastline to Lake Okeechobee and from Martin County to Key West, I am working to keep our region safe from criminals, terrorists and those that would try to harm us.
Experience matters when it comes to keeping Palm Beach County a safe place to live work and play. Please vote Ric Bradshaw for Sheriff on Tuesday, August 30th so I can keep working for you.
You can learn more about how Sheriff Ric Bradshaw keeps our borders safe. Watch the video below.
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By: Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board
There is no doubt Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw will win a fourth term. He has raised $600,000. His four opponents have raised about $25,000 – combined. Bradshaw will get enough votes on Aug. 30 to avoid a general election runoff.
There also is no doubt Bradshaw should get that fourth term. He has support from the criminal justice and civic establishment because of how much the department has improved since Bradshaw took over and how much Bradshaw has used his position to benefit the county. Example: Bradshaw persuaded the Miami-based South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force to create a satellite office in West Palm Beach.
Yet Bradshaw’s current term has been marked by controversies. There have been the many deputy-involved shootings, which the Palm Beach Post and WPTV-Channel 5 examined last year. Bradshaw has drawn criticism for seeming to instinctively defend every deputy and resist calls for change.
When the County Commission this year essentially allowed law enforcement agencies to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, Bradshaw said he would not change policy. And though some commissioners want deputies to wear body cameras, Bradshaw said he would need $19 million more in his proposed 2016-17 budget of $594.1 million. Unless he can equip everyone, he says he will equip no one.
Though he can seem defensive, Bradshaw has responded or offered explanations, if later.
After the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Mo., two years ago, Bradshaw said, he asked an outside group to review use-of-force cases. The review found most shootings occurred within seven minutes after a deputy arrived. The office now stresses what Bradshaw calls a “tactical pause.” There were just three officer-involved shootings dropped last year. There has been one this year.
Bradshaw also told county commissioners he shares their goal of not saddling young people with a criminal arrest for marijuana possession. In those cases, he said deputies issue a notice for the person to appear in court. That action allows someone to receive drug counseling in a diversion program. If the person completes the program, there is no record.
New County Administrator Verdenia Baker granted Bradshaw’s request for a 4.3 percent budget increase. To those who criticize the nearly $600 million total – roughly half of the county’s operating budget – Bradshaw points out that the figure includes the cost of running the jail. In other parts of Florida, county government runs the jail.
Palm Beach County’s most pervasive crime problem is the heroin epidemic. Bradshaw intends to use “the same model we used for pill mills” to go after dealers. “Sober houses,” he said, “are a big part of the problem.” With luck, the Obama administration soon will give local governments help in regulating them.
Officially, Bradshaw has four challengers. Paul McBride, however, is not participating in campaign events and has raised no money.
None of the other three is a credible candidate. Samuel Thompson worked as a corrections officer for the sheriff’s office, but never rose above the rank of training officer and was fired. Alex Freeman was a major for the Riviera Beach Police Department – never considered one of the county’s best – and was fired before winning his job back at a hearing.
Rick Sessa hosts a radio show on which he regularly criticizes “corruption” within the sheriff’s office. Sessa, though, comes up short on specifics. He sent the Sun Sentinel a list of retired administrators whom he said Bradshaw brought back at high salaries. Bradshaw said only one of them – Chief Deputy Mike Gauger – works there. “I brought him back when I started,” Bradshaw said, “because of all the land mines in the department.”
Sessa also claims that the office has the “fifth-worst case-closing rate in the state.” But he could not cite the source of that ranking. Bradshaw said such figures are compiled only by city and by crime.
His public persona may be lacking, but Bradshaw is right that the department’s “body of work” under his leadership is good. The Sun Sentinel recommends Ric Bradshaw for Palm Beach County Sheriff.Continue reading >
Make sure your child knows his or her
o Phone number
o How to reach their parents at work
o How to dial 9-1-1
Make sure you tell your child not to talk to and/or accept rides from strangers
School bus safety
o Arrive at bus stop early
o Board the bus only after it has come to a complete stop
o Know which bus is yours
o Never walk behind a bus
Make sure your child knows how to cross the street
o Cross at the corner
o Obey traffic signals
o Stay in the crosswalk
o Don’t cross between parked cars
o Never run into the street
o Only take route with strategically placed crossing guards
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By: Palm Beach Post Editorial Board
Readers of The Palm Beach Post know we are deeply concerned about shootings by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies — at least 123 of them since 2000, 45 fatal, almost all of them deemed justified. Many times, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said so himself while at the scene.
These shootings have come at a great cost to the bonds of trust between law enforcement and the community it is pledged to serve. As well as at literal great cost. Just since January, the Sheriff’s Office has paid roughly $2.2 million to settle five excessive-force lawsuits.
What is needed is a solid effort to connect with the community, more accountability, better training for officers and less of a circle-the-wagons response to public criticism.
Bradshaw, seeking a fourth term at age 68, has three challengers in the Aug. 30 nonpartisan primary: Rick “Rosco” Sessa, a former police lieutenant in Riviera Beach and frequent Bradshaw critic; Alex Freeman, a police major in Riviera Beach; and Samuel L. Thompson, a former Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy and corrections officer, and former Navy SEAL.
Among them, they promise to open the books, curtail alleged cronyism and reduce spending in the sheriff’s $590 million budget.
None has managed large organizations like Bradshaw, who was West Palm Beach police chief before taking over a flailing agency in 2004 and vastly professionalizing its procedures, technology, budgeting and culture.
Under Bradshaw, the Sheriff’s Office has taken over police services for cities including Lake Worth and Greenacres, and houses a regional “fusion center” that uses advanced software to analyze homeland security threats and crime trends.
His re-election assured by dint of name recognition and a $600,000 war chest (eight times that of his rivals’, combined), Bradshaw told The Post Editorial Board he hopes to begin repairing community relations by convening meetings between officers and young people from crime-plagued neighborhoods.
“We’ve got to have a dialogue,” he said. “The violence on both sides is not going to work.”
We endorse Bradshaw for another term, hoping that he uses it to bring a fresh breath to community relations and a more judicious use of force.
The Sheriff Ric Bradshaw campaign has launched online digital ads to share the Sheriff’s messages regarding public safety, crime prevention, and additional law enforcement issues.
Sheriff Bradshaw is committed to Palm Beach County and has the experience we need to continue to keep our neighborhoods and streets safe.
These ads are running in Palm Beach County and will continue to air through the end of July
For more information regarding Sheriff Bradshaw’s campaign, please visit www.RicBradshawforSheriff.com. Don’t forget to re-elect Ric Bradshaw for Sheriff on August 30th – every vote matters!
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Go Behind The Scenes at Palm Beach County’s Sheriff’s Office Forensic ID Unit. Get a glimpse at “The Real CSI” at work, solving crime!
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We worked the streets last night and helped anyone that was in need of our assistance. Here is a fan who thanked us for helping her out of a jam:
“Last night officers Quesada, Y. and Sigler, M. assisted my daughters when they struck a down traffic sign that was in the middle of the road during a down pour. They went over and beyond trying to change the tire but when that failed officer Quesada waited with us for 2 hours until the tow truck finally came and was able to repair it. I wanted to say THANK YOU for all of their help!”Continue reading >
“Dear Sgt. Cohen, Cpl. Mitchell, Deputy Bush, Deputy Quinn, and Deputy Escarra,
Thanks so much for your presence last night at our first Parent Power Hour of the summer! The children and families really enjoyed “chatting” with you about the work you do and the Read-Aloud and discussion was just terrific. Hope you enjoy the attached photo of the group.
I look forward to hosting the PBSO again on July 24th. Thank you for being such great “community heroes”!”
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Breaking the Cycle of Violence –
Four 5th Grade Boys from the City of Lake Worth Were Accepted for Pre-engineering at a Local Middle School – THANK YOU to the Breaking the Cycle of Violence Program.
Congratulations to Carlos, Jose, Miguel & Dandy who were accepted into a middle school for pre-engineering. Their success is credited to the elementary schools partnership with the Deputies assigned to the City of Lake Worth.
Good luck boys!
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