Sunday, September 23, 2018

Greenacres PD merged with PBSO three years ago. Very newsworthy front page news for ‘Local’ section.

Isn’t it about time for a feature news story in The Palm Beach Post about this very important public policy and law enforcement issue? Maybe the public in other municipalities would like to have that debate as well about merging their law enforcement with PBSO.

Want to share your thoughts with the editor(s) at the Post on this very important topic? Then take a few minutes today and write a Letter to the Editor (LTE). If you get one submitted early enough it could make tomorrow’s print edition. It only takes 5–10 minutes to write and submit a LTE. Click on this link for instructions which include contact information and very helpful tips.

FYI: In today’s editorial in the Post the editor(s) made an all-too-common error. The Palm Beach County Park Airport and adjacent John Prince Park are both located in unincorporated County and they failed to mention that. The City of Lake Worth has a lot of public parks but John Prince Park is not one of them.

Now back to the merge of the former
Greenacres PD with PBSO.

The editor(s) at the Post finally — after nearly 2½ years — acknowledged on March 10th, 2018 in the endorsement for Greenacres Councilwoman Judy Dugo, noted briefly about the PBSO merge with the City of Greenacres PD back in 2015 that,

“The dust appears to have settled on the discord that marked many of the council’s meetings in recent years. Through it all, Councilwoman Judy Dugo, ■, has maintained a singular focus on making the city safer. With that, she was a key voice for the city’s 51-member police force merging with PBSO. . . . [T]here is no debate about the result. Overall crime is down, and available law-enforcement resources are far better.” [emphasis added]

How long has it been since any updates have been published in the Post about merge with PBSO and improved law enforcement in Greenacres?

The last time we had any news at all about this important topic was when beat reporter Kevin Thompson used to cover news in Greenacres back in November 2015.

Back then, the editor at the Post thought it was in the public interest to report news about public policy and about law enforcement and to have a beat reporter from the newspaper in the fine City of Greenacres. But after PBSO took over law enforcement duties in that city the editor pulled their beat reporter to focus entirely on the City of Lake Worth. You know, that’s when the Lake Worth Very Very Special Monday Collector Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE) first began.

In 2015 our City of Lake Worth became special every single Monday in the print edition. Every Monday the LWVVSMCPE. Then Greenacres became an afterthought.

Which prompted this oft-repeated observation
on this blog:

It’s been over two years [now three] since the merge and little if any news in the Post about this very important issue here in Central Palm Beach County. Isn’t it about time for a feature story in the local ‘B’ section? Maybe even the Sunday paper with a leader over the banner on the front page? Wouldn’t you like to learn more about what is happening?

Interestingly, the Post in early 2016 used to cover the topic of code enforcement in Greenacres too!

I know. It’s hard to believe but it’s true:

     “District I Councilwoman Lisa Rivera [now former Councilwoman Rivera] led the wide-ranging meeting, which covered everything from trash inside newspaper vending machines to unsightly medians along Lake Worth Road to pitch black streets on Haverhill Road. [emphasis added]
     Several city department heads and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on hand to answer questions from Rivera on why her district looks the way it looks.”

and. . .

     “Rivera is also concerned that many of the businesses in her district, which runs from the L-10 Canal south to the L-15 Canal, and from Military Trail west to South 57th Avenue, look like they should be in a flea market, with their garish colors and tacky banner signs.
     ‘It looks horrid,’ Rivera said.”

In conclusion, this update from the editor about the PBSO merge in the city of Greenacres isn’t much, but at least it’s something.

Whilst on the topic. . . Have you ever thought of becoming a volunteer for PBSO in District 16 (Greenacres) or District 14 in the smaller, little City of Lake Worth? Learn how:

On the issue of crime, by the way, the editor at The Palm Beach Post also praised PBSO Sheriff Ric Bradshaw last year who “smartly requested $1.8 million to hire 15 entry-level deputies” applying for a highly coveted federal grant for COPS: Community Oriented Policing Services.

To learn more click on this link for the many ways to volunteer for PBSO. For example, volunteers are needed for the media unit, Citizen Observer Patrol (COP), Volunteer Emergency Response Team (VERT), honor guard, mounted unit, and bike patrol.

And as always, Thank You for visiting today.