Law enforcement and politicians meet to discuss policing

Law enforcement and politicians meet to discuss policing

Palm Beach County's sheriff is renewing his call for body cameras, but just when could that happen? The issue was part of a forum Wednesday night on policing within Palm Beach County.

At the meeting, it was a "who's who" of law enforcement and local politicians in the county.

"We're going to be talking about some very serious issues in law enforcement and policing," Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner said.

All 23 law enforcement agencies in the county were polled about nine questions. All of the departments responded. They were asked questions like: Does your agency have a policy that bans chokeholds? All of them said yes.

Another question, the use of body cameras. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said he's in support of putting body cameras on deputies. Mayor Kerner said money for the cams could come from millions currently set aside to refurbish dash cams.

Wednesday's meeting brought together agencies from all parts of Palm Beach County.

"We have a good group of chiefs and sheriff that works together collaboratively. We meet once a week and talk about different ideas, different things that are occurring in our community. And we build from that so we can improve our departments," Florida Atlantic University Police Chief Shaun Brammer said.

Questions in the forum were raised by the community members who watched. One person asked why is it so hard to weed out bad cops? Sheriff Bradshaw, who's seeking re-election, said it's not hard to get rid of bad cops but rather it's tough to keep them out.

"We make sure all our supervisors are properly trained under due process, how to investigate these cases. And number one we have agency attorney's that mentor them through the process so we're very prepared to go to court," Bradshaw said.

In the end, Reverend Rae Whitley summed up what he feels is the problem with the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they're supposed to serve.

"But there's a disconnect from the policies being implemented and what we feel on the ground level," he said.

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