Helping to enhance the safety of Juno Beach

May 24, 2024 - Volume 7 Number 11

Juno Beach Police Department Honors Officers, Employees, and Civilians for Outstanding Performance During Annual Awards Ceremony

On May 22, 2024, the Town of Juno Beach and the Juno Beach Police Department hosted their annual Police Award Ceremony, showcasing the outstanding service and dedication of its Officers, civilian employees, volunteers, and local citizens. This year's ceremony honored individuals who have gone above and beyond in responding to criminal activity, saving lives, and enhancing the quality of life in Juno Beach. Below is a brief recap of each recipient and the award they received.

Sergeant Robert Espinosa
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Officer of the Year

Sergeant Robert Espinosa was honored as the Officer of the Year for his exceptional leadership and commitment to community safety. His efforts have significantly contributed to reducing crime rates and improving public trust in the police force. (full citation here)

Sergeant John Rossini
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Supervisor of the Year

Sergeant John Rossini was honored as the Supervisor of the Year for his exemplary leadership and dedication to fostering a positive work environment. His innovative problem-solving skills and unwavering support for his team have led to increased efficiency and morale within the department. (full citation here)

Detective Ryan Hoffmann
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Meritorious Service Award

Detective Ryan Hoffmann was recognized with a Meritorious Service Award for his outstanding investigative work, which led to the successful resolution of several major cases, enhancing the overall safety of the community. (full citation here)

Marisa Travaglini
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Civilian Employee of the Year

Ms. Marisa Travaglini, a dedicated civilian employee, received recognition for her exemplary service and support to the police department, ensuring efficient operations and assisting in various community outreach programs. (full citation here)

Volunteer Artie Fink
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Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer Artie Fink, a committed volunteer, was celebrated for his extensive contributions to community events and support initiatives, helping to foster a strong bond between the police department and residents. (full citation here)

Mr. Lew Wheeler
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Community Partnership Award

Mr. Lew Wheeler, a founding member and former Vice-President of the Juno Beach Police Foundation, was posthumously honored for his unwavering dedication to supporting our local law enforcement agency. His commitment underscores the vital role citizens play in fostering community safety. Accepting the award on his behalf, Ms. Peggy Wheeler, current Mayor of Juno Beach and his devoted spouse, received the honor from Chief of Police, Brian Smith.(full citation here)

The Juno Beach Police Foundation, along with the Town Council, the Police Department, and the citizens of Juno Beach, congratulates each awardee and expresses gratitude for their exceptional service to the residents, homeowners, and visitors of our town. Their dedication, along with the efforts of all their colleagues, ensures that we continue to enjoy a high quality of life in Juno Beach.

Two New Police Officers Sworn in to JBPD

At the May 2024 Council Meeting, Town Clerk Caitlin Copeland-Rodriguez swore in two new Juno Beach Police Officers, bringing the total number of sworn officers to 18 and completing the recruitment process.

Officer Garrett Shapiro (right) comes to Juno Beach with six years of law enforcement experience from Richmond, Virginia, and a background serving our country in the United States Marine Corps. Officer Shapiro brings a wealth of dedication and expertise to our team. His commitment to service is evident not only in his professional achievements but also in his personal life as a devoted husband and father. Selected from a competitive pool of applicants, Officer Shapiro's journey to join our department highlights his exceptional qualifications and determination.

Officer David Gutierrez (left) is a native of West Palm Beach, Florida. His desire to serve his country led him to pursue a career in law enforcement, inspired by his brother's military service. At just 24 years old, Officer Gutierrez has achieved his lifelong goal of becoming a police officer, demonstrating his passion and commitment to public service. Like Officer Shapiro, Officer Gutierrez's selection from a competitive applicant pool underscores his exceptional qualifications and dedication to his profession.

The Juno Beach Police Foundation joins the Police Department in welcoming these two new Officers and wishes them a long and successful career with the Juno Beach Police Department.

Police Foundation Undergoes Organizational Restructuring


Coffee With A Cop, sponsored by the Juno Beach Police Foundation, will be held next month on Wednesday, June 5th at 9:30 a.m. on the Town Hall Plaza (weather permitting) between the Town Center and the Juno Beach Police Department. Coffee and donuts will be available during the event.

This event is part of a recurring monthly tradition, taking place on the first Wednesday of every month. It is a wonderful opportunity for residents to engage with their local police Officers, fostering a sense of community and mutual understanding. All residents of the Town of Juno Beach are highly encouraged to attend.

We invite you and your friends to a delightful morning that promises great conversations, warm smiles, an update by the Chief of Police, and the comforting aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Your participation helps build a stronger, more connected community. Don't miss this chance to be part of something special!


Join us for the Mature Driver Course presented by the Safety Council of the Palm Beaches and hosted by the Juno Beach Police Department. This comprehensive course is designed to refresh your knowledge of traffic rules and laws, provide safety tips tailored for aging drivers, and familiarize you with the latest vehicle safety features through interactive learning sessions.

In addition to honing your driving skills, attending this state-approved course can also lead to significant savings on your car insurance policy. Florida mandates all insurance companies to offer discounts to individuals aged 55 and older who complete the course, helping you protect both yourself and your wallet on the road.

  • Date and Time: Friday, June 28th, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Location: Juno Beach Town Center
  • Cost: $15 including lunch (funded by the Juno Beach Police Foundation)
  • Lunch: Lunch will be provided for all participants.

Due to space and instructor limitations, attendance is limited to 40 residents of the Town of Juno Beach aged 55 and above. To secure your spot, please see the registration information below.

Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your driving skills and enjoy the benefits of safer, more confident driving.

Final Two Safety and Security Sessions Scheduled at The Waterford - Followed by A Graduation Ceremony!

The last two sessions of the Juno Beach Police Department's Safety and Security Course, being conducted at The Waterford, will take place on June 13th with graduation ceremonies on June 20th.

The class on June 13th will feature presentations by both Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue and the Safety Council of Palm Beach County. Fire-Rescue will provide an informative seminar on their countywide services, with a special focus on the Juno Beach area. During the seminar, attendees will get an exclusive tour of a Rescue vehicle, gaining insight into the advanced medical supplies it carries. The firefighters will demonstrate the capabilities they bring to medical emergencies, showcasing how they are equipped to handle a wide range of situations efficiently and effectively.

The Safety Council of Palm Beach County, will also present. They will highlight their extensive variety of programs, resource services, and educational materials designed to reduce health hazards and prevent injury for both personal and economic loss. This presentation will provide valuable insights into the council's efforts to enhance safety across Palm Beach County and South Florida, demonstrating their commitment to protecting the community through education and proactive measures.

These final two presentations promise to be both educational and engaging, offering a closer look at the various services available here in Palm Beach County. Don't miss this unique chance to meet the representatives of these two organizations who help keep our community safe.

Feedback from participants continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing gratitude to both the Police Department and the Juno Beach Police Foundation for conducting this series of classes and for the information and insight being shared.

The Juno Beach Police Foundation, in partnership with the Juno Beach Police Department is committed to working together to provide educational opportunities that empower community members and enhance public safety.

Juno Beach Police Foundation

Administration Office
803 Donald Ross Road
Juno Beach, FL 33408
Tel (561) 972-8660

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