Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Did you miss this news from yesterday?

The latest “Captain’s Corner”: News from Cpt. Todd Baer, PBSO District 14, City of Lake Worth.

Did you receive your City of Lake Worth “NewsWorthy” newsletter in the mail with the Utility Bill this month but you couldn’t read it because the type was too small, 6′ serif type in gray-scale?

Well, there’s good news!

Cpt. Baer sent me the text from his most recent “Captain’s Corner”. Read about the very successful “First appearance” program below.

Helpful information for the City to post on Facebook — but the City of Lake Worth doesn’t have a Facebook page — however, the City of Greenacres does.
There was also more good news about Code Enforcement in the latest “NewsWorthy” newsletter also printed in gray-scale 6′ serif type that’s too hard to read. 
Without further ado. . .

The latest news from Cpt. 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. 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.
     Hearings are daily at 9:00 a.m. in the Gun Club courtroom at the base of the main jail. PBSO will notify the group of volunteers the night before any operation or “Sting” or when a significant arrest is made, i.e., a burglary or robbery suspect.
     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.