Sunday, January 13, 2019

News in Palm Beach Post: “Greenacres begins the merge process with PBSO”.



“Training for the city’s officers should start after Thanksgiving, with them scheduled to shadow PBSO deputies in January.”

—Published in The Palm Beach Post, dated Nov. 12th, 2015.



The editor(s) at the Post have thus far clumsily avoided updating the community about what is happening in the City of Greenacres following the merge with PBSO.

Soon after the merge the Post pulled their beat reporter from Greenacres and began focusing all their attention on the City of Lake Worth instead. You may recall the Lake Worth Very Very Special Monday Cursory Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE) began in late 2015.

And for almost three years now on this blog have been encouraging the editor(s) at the Post to provide an update on the merge between the former Greenacres PD and PBSO. From a public policy and public safety perspective this would be very important information for policymakers and the public as well. But for some reason PBSO in Greenacres is not very worthy news.

So tomorrow, every single Monday, for almost three years will be another LWVVSMCPE published in the Post. And then followed by the same Special Cities for the rest of the week. All the very same Six Special Cities. For almost three years.

Week after week. Month after month. Year after year.

The Six Special Cities roll on. . .

Question: Aren’t you about ready for some serious public policy news from other cities in Central Palm Beach County?


Like maybe about PBSO in Greenacres?

Meet the Six Special Cities,
click on newspaper clipping to enlarge:

“IN YOUR COMMUNITY”?

But what if you don’t live in one of the Six Special Cities? On May 1st 2018 GateHouse Media took over at the Post. Weren’t they supposed to come in and shake things up at that newspaper?


If you live in the friendly, outstanding City of Greenacres, do you remember when you once had
a beat reporter from the Post covering your
local news and politics?


It’s true. It actually happened once upon a time. And the proof is below, excerpts from an article published in the Post on Nov. 12th, 2015. The process of amalgamating a local police department with PBSO is a timely process and began in 2015 in Greenacres and was completed 2½ months later, in February 2016.

From this blog on Nov. 14th, 2015.


And FYI: If you read along closely, you’ll pick up on a bit of satire. But just a little bit. The blog post was titled, “News from Greenacres: PBSO’s takeover of law enforcement begins”. And recall back in 2016 that Sheriff Bradshaw was up for re-election.

Without further ado.

Let’s take a stroll back in time. . .

 

The Palm Beach Post’s reporting on law enforcement issues in Palm Beach County has been exceptional, especially news concerning PBSO and Sheriff Bradshaw. In almost every case they’ve taken an unbiased and professional approach to keeping the public informed and they should be commended. Especially with Sheriff Bradshaw up for re-election it’s easy to lose focus but the County’s paper of record works very hard at keeping to the high ground.

They’ve continued that effort with this latest news, PBSO taking over for the Greenacres Police Department. Here is an excerpt from the article in the Post by beat reporter Kevin Thompson when he used to cover Greenacres:


Like a blended family, merging a city’s police force with a sheriff’s office takes work. “There are a ton of meetings going on almost daily,” Public Safety Director Mike Porath told the City Council at the Nov. 2 [2015] meeting.

and. . .


But, between now and then, Porath said the city and PBSO still need to iron out several details, including merging county and city public records into one database, settling on how the gun range will be managed and determining which city ordinances Greenacres will keep and which county ordinances it will adopt.


Sheriff Bradshaw and PBSO took over for the Lake Worth PD in 2008 and you can read about that using this link. Back then there remained some concern about PBSO by some in the community but former Commissioner Suzanne Mulvehill put a stop to that nonsense — here is what she said about PBSO’s contribution to the City of Lake Worth:

“Fabulous. They’ve exceeded our expectations. The Sheriff has done a fantastic job and it’s unquestionable that we want them to stay.”

Of course, Mulvehill called PBSO “Fabulous” only after the public caught on the plan all along was to end the contract with PBSO.

The video below is a press conference in May 2011 by a former City commissioner, Suzanne Mulvehill along with a former city manager, Susan Stanton “IN FULL RETREAT” after the community rallied to keep PBSO in our City.


Note: At the 6:15 mark Yours Truly asks Stanton two questions; however, she dodges both of them.