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Palm Beach County sheriff gets $1 million for violence prevention unit amid questions
Palm Beach Post ^ | April 29, 2013 | Dara Kam and Stacey Singer

Posted on 05/01/2013 9:05:12 PM PDT by Altariel

lorida House and Senate budget leaders have awarded Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw $1 million for a new violence prevention unit aimed at preventing tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., from occurring on his turf.

Bradshaw plans to use the extra $1 million to launch “prevention intervention” units featuring specially trained deputies, mental health professionals and caseworkers. The teams will respond to citizen phone calls to a 24-hour hotline with a knock on the door and a referral to services, if needed.

The goal will be avoiding crime — and making sure law enforcement knows about potential powder kegs before tragedies occur, Bradshaw said. But the earmark, which is a one-time-only funding provision, provoked a debate Monday among mental health advocates and providers about the balance between civil liberties, privacy and protecting the public.

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Bradshaw is readying a hotline and is planning public service announcements to encourage local citizens to report their neighbors, friends or family members if they fear they could harm themselves or others.

The goal won’t be to arrest troubled people but to get them help before there’s violence, Bradshaw said. As a side benefit, law enforcement will have needed information to keep a close eye on things.

“We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor and he’s gonna shoot him,” Bradshaw said. “What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’ ”

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; florida; palmbeach
Full Title: Palm Beach County sheriff gets $1 million for violence prevention unit amid questions about civil liberties, care for mentally ill
1 posted on 05/01/2013 9:05:12 PM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

Will they use the Miami-Dade model, where simply not reporting the crime, means it didn’t happen.

Presto!

Improved crime statistics!


2 posted on 05/01/2013 9:12:22 PM PDT by G Larry (Darkness Hates the Light)
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To: G Larry

Nah, more likely, local Freepers will be reported, one by one as dangerous government haters.


3 posted on 05/01/2013 9:13:59 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel
We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor...

I see,....anything in it for the tipster?

A little dough will get ya just what ya want to hear.

4 posted on 05/01/2013 9:48:48 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Altariel

Does the unit also protect against violence from taxpayers who are outraged at blowing a million bucks for something stupid? Just asking.


5 posted on 05/01/2013 10:56:00 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Altariel

Well...that should chill free speech down very nicely.


6 posted on 05/02/2013 7:37:01 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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