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Lake Worth PD Hit Streets As PBSO

By Lindsay Cohen email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) - There was talk of getting tough on prostitution, then a pep talk, and then a proverbial pat on the back.

And with that, more than a dozen newly-minted sheriff's deputies hit the streets of Lake Worth in their first official day on the job with new looks and new titles.

"We don't want to just come here and tell everybody: these are your problems," said Captain Rolando Silva, the person in charge of new Lake Worth substation of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. "We want to know from them what they perceive to be the problems, have some time to tackle the underlying causes. That's the idea." 

Lake Worth city commissioners narrowly approved the sheriff's office takeover of the city's police department back in August, arguing that the sheriff's office brings with it more crime-fighting resources. The measure had a large amount of public support, despite the fact that the switch is expected to cost millions and could require a tax increase, at least in the short term.

Silva says crime issues involving gangs and illegal immigrants remain among his top priorities.

"We're more concerned about [immigrants] now being victims," Silva said. "Unfortunately over the last several months -- and actually for a quite a while -- they've been victimized, being robbed and shot. And so we need to deal with that issue on that level."

Under the takeover, nearly 90 officers of the police department were sworn in as deputies. Police department squad cars have been painted over with sheriff's office logos. Men and women on the street now wear the traditional green uniform of the sheriff's office.

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