Skip to comments.Palm Beach County sheriff gets $1 million for violence prevention unit amid questions
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.
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 wont be to arrest troubled people but to get them help before theres 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 hes 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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Will they use the Miami-Dade model, where simply not reporting the crime, means it didn’t happen.
Improved crime statistics!
Nah, more likely, local Freepers will be reported, one by one as dangerous government haters.
I see,....anything in it for the tipster?
A little dough will get ya just what ya want to hear.
Does the unit also protect against violence from taxpayers who are outraged at blowing a million bucks for something stupid? Just asking.
Well...that should chill free speech down very nicely.