Sunday, July 16, 2017

Concerned about crime in the City of Lake Worth? Next Tuesday at the City Commission: Two very important items on the agenda.

Check back to this blog next Tuesday for how to watch this meeting Live Streaming.

If you miss this meeting, you can watch the archived video on YouTube. This Commission meeting begins at 6:00 in City Hall.

Two very important items:

  • Item 5A. Presentation by Chip Guthrie regarding the First Appearance Project [see below].
  • Item 5B. PBSO quarterly presentation by Captain Todd Baer.

Below are excerpts from the “Captain’s Corner”, recent news from PBSO Cpt. Todd Baer:


I would like to make you aware of an opportunity to get involved as an “advocate” for the City of Lake Worth. This is joining a group of fellow citizens willing to take turns attending first appearance. 
     First appearance is the initial court proceeding where an arrestee from the previous day stands before a judge who decides bail and other pre-trial conditions.

and. . .

     Deputies and Assistant State Attorneys are there and represent the citizens. However having actual citizens there speaks volumes.
     The judge gets to see/hear how crime affects your neighborhood. This can result in drug dealers, burglars and prostitutes receiving higher bonds. This keeps them in jail which reduces the chance for them to commit more crime.

and. . .

     One or two citizens each time can make a world of difference. I would like to extend a special “thank you” to a small group of citizens who have embraced this project and are working diligently to make it a success. They are:
  • Bernard “Chip” Guthrie
  • Tammy Pansa
  • Richard Guercio
  • Lake Worth CRA Director Joan Oliva

Yours in Service,
Captain Baer, PBSO District 14.