The South Florida Sun-Sentinel profiles the community policing efforts of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department. The paper describes community policing as a type of policing where deputies focus more on long-term problem-solving rather than just responding to calls. Deputies try to get ahead of crime waves by being on the streets and forging relationships in the community. It’s part of a nationwide trend for years that harkens back to the days when police officers walked the beat.
This philosophy has been a focus of Sheriff Ric Bradshaw’s strategy since he took office in 2005. The recently re-elected Bradshaw said community policing remains a hallmark of his agency because it’s a successful crime fighting method. “You can’t arrest your way out of problems in a neighborhood,” the sheriff said. Communication between the community and law enforcement is crucial, Bradshaw said. Forty-four deputies are assigned to the Sheriff’s Office community policing.