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APRIL 2021 FOUNDATION NEWS
JUNO BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT'S
NEW BEACH PATROL VEHICLE HAS ARRIVED!
Thanks to the generous support and donations of our residents and business owners, the Police Foundation has been able to fund the purchase of a new patrol vehicle that will primarily be used for patrolling the nearly three miles of oceanfront here in the Town of Juno Beach.
The new Chevrolet Z71 Silverado Trail Boss pickup, built for both on-road and off-road use, was delivered in mid-March after having a unique "police package" and appropriate lighting and lettering installed.
Chief Smith noted an increased usage of the Town's beaches, partially because of the pandemic, and asked the Police Foundation to fund the vehicle so that his Officers could make more frequent, and safer patrols on the beach.
The new vehicle had its first trip down onto the new beach with Chief Smith and Major Fertig at the controls on March 17th. They reported that the truck "handles extremely well" and will be a major new asset to the Department. After a bit of Officer training, the public will be seeing Unit 102 going up and down our newly replenished beach on a regular basis.
FOUNDATION FUNDS COMMUNITY OUTREACH CAMPAIGN
Noting that Palm Beach County was seeing an increase in the number of phone, text, and Internet scams, Juno Beach Chief of Police Brian Smith worked with the Police Foundation to create a Community Outreach Campaign directed at the residents of the Town of Juno Beach.
Chief Smith noted that a number of residents are calling the Police Department for advice, but that he is even more concerned about those individuals who are a target of these scams and not calling the Police. Unfortunately a large number of individuals in Florida are falling for these scams and losing considerable amounts of money.
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The Foundation funded campaign includes a direct mail piece sent to every Juno Beach address reminding residents that these type scams are on the increase, urging them to not fall for such financial attacks, and giving them some tips on what to do if they receive what may be a scam.
The message urges them to call the Juno Beach Police Department immediately if they become a victim to such scams.
POLICE FOUNDATION ANNUAL MEETING SCHEDULED
The Annual Meeting of the Juno Beach Police Foundation will convene in mid-April. The purpose of the meeting will be the election of officers and the transaction of any other business that may come before the Board.
The Mission and Vision statements of the Foundation, along with a listing of Board members, and a brief recap of Police Foundation accomplishments can be found on our website at jbpf.info.
POLICE VOLUNTEERS ASSIST AT TOWN ELECTIONS
Chief of Police Brian J. Smith asked the members of the Juno Beach Police Citizen Patrol Program to provide high Police visibility at the two recent Town elections. The volunteers patrolled the Town Center in the Police Foundation funded golf car from the opening of voting at 7:00 AM through closing at 7:00 PM on each of the local election days.
Under the guidance of Sergeant Jeff Fitch, the members kept traffic flowing smoothly and handled a number of minor issues, allowing our sworn Police Officers to remain on patrol within the Town.
Residents interested in joining the Citizen Patrol Program should stop by the Police Station at 340 Ocean Drive to pick up an application.
HELP US KEEP JUNO BEACH SAFE
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Our Juno Beach Police Department, in an effort to keep our roadways safe for all, is asking everyone to remember a few important safety tips:
Tips for Bicyclists
Tips for Pedestrians
DEA DRUG TAKE BACK DAY
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
Juno Beach Police Department Lobby
340 Ocean Drive
April 24th from 10am to 2pm
The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
Click here to donate to the Juno Beach Police Foundation.