Helping to enhance the safety of Juno Beach

May 1, 2024 - Volume 7 Number 6

Riding for a Cause: Juno Beach Hosts Florida Tour de Force

It was a day filled with camaraderie, support, and a shared commitment to honor our law enforcement heroes. On April 9th, the Town of Juno Beach had the distinct privilege of hosting the Florida Tour de Force, an annual charity bicycle ride dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the families of fallen law enforcement Officers across the state.

With the Juno Beach Police Foundation and other generous sponsors standing alongside, Mayor Peggy Wheeler warmly welcomed over 150 riders as they stopped in Juno Beach on their journey from Miami to Daytona. Escorted by over 50 police motorcycle Officers, these riders, comprising both law enforcement personnel and civilians from near and far, were on a 5-day, 270+ mile trip through 8 Florida counties and over 40 law enforcement jurisdictions.

As the riders made a well-deserved rest stop and lunch break at the Juno Beach Town Center on day two of the Tour, the spirit of solidarity was palpable. It was a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave law enforcement Officers and to show our unwavering support for their families left behind.

The Florida Tour de Force is not a race; it is a poignant reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by our law enforcement heroes.

At the heart of the Tour is a noble cause. All the proceeds raised from this event are dedicated to supporting the surviving family members of law enforcement Officers who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty in Florida. Every dollar raised goes directly to these families, providing them with much-needed assistance and recognition for their sacrifice.

As the riders departed Juno Beach en route to their next rest stop, the Juno Beach Police Foundation had the honor of presenting a check for $2,500 to the President of the Tour de Force. "It is a small token of our immense gratitude for your tireless efforts in supporting our law enforcement community" said Tom Murphy, Foundation President.

The citizens of Juno Beach extend their heartfelt thanks to all who participated in and supported the Florida Tour de Force. Your dedication and generosity truly make a difference in the lives of the families of our fallen heroes. Together, we stand in solidarity with our law enforcement community, honoring their bravery and sacrifice.



Additional photos of the event can be found by clicking here or using the QR code.

If you wish to download photos please use the event pin code which is 9994.

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National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

There is a phone number that one can arguably say everyone knows by heart: 911.

Each year, during the second week of April (April 14-20, 2024), we celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW) to honor our public safety telecommunicators for their commitment, service, and sacrifice.

All 911 centers, especially NorthComm which handles all Police communications for Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Tequesta and the FAU School Police; along with the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Communications Center which handles all Fire-Rescue communications county-wide; are key components in providing critical, life-saving emergency services to the public.

The NorthComm Communications team consists of a total of 38 highly trained State-certified employees who, prior to employment, attend a seven month long training program which includes a State of Florida Certification, several courses of Emergency Training required by FEMA, extensive training in call handling, 9-1-1 handling, radio training and the use of multiple types of software to assist in the position.

In 2023, NorthComm processed some 375,000 calls for service.

During NPSTW week, local communities and organizations come together to recognize the dedication, professionalism, and commitment of telecommunicators. We take time out to show our appreciation to these professionals who work tirelessly behind the scenes, often under intense pressure, to ensure that emergency calls are answered promptly and accurately, and that appropriate help is dispatched to those in need.

On Thursday, April 18th the Juno Beach Police Foundation will proudly provide lunch for the team of employees at NorthComm who serve us 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

On behalf of the entire Town of Juno Beach


Coffee With A Cop
, sponsored by the Juno Beach Police Foundation, will be held this month on May 1st at 9:30 AM 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.

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.


The Juno Beach Police Department, with funding from the Juno Beach Police Foundation, is continuing its 2024 series of CPR and AED classes both at HOAs/COAs and at the Juno Beach Town Center.

Upcoming classes are currently being planned for the Town Center. Classes will be made up of 15 residents under the instruction of Police Officer and certified CPR trainer, Brian Berlingo.

For more information, please call the Juno Beach Police Department at (561) 626-2100 or email

Juno Beach Police Department Course at The Waterford Draws Rave Reviews

In an impressive kickoff event on April 11th, Chief Smith and Major Saloio launched a highly anticipated educational series, sponsored by the Juno Beach Police Foundation. The inaugural session saw an outstanding turnout, with attendees expressing overwhelming satisfaction with the presentation delivered by "NorthComm", the North County 911 Communications Center.

The event, held in the auditorium of The Waterford, provided an invaluable opportunity for community members to gain insight into the vital operations of NorthComm. Ms. Judy Brandt and Ms. Charlee Lawrence, both managers at NorthComm, captivated the audience with an in-depth discussion about their center, shedding light on the critical role it plays in emergency response. Attendees were astonished to learn about the sheer volume of calls for service - 375,000 in 2023 - handled by NorthComm on a daily basis, a testament to the dedication and efficiency of its staff.

A highlight of their presentation was a discussion on cutting-edge technologies such as Text-to-911 and RapidSOS. These innovations empower NorthComm and other 911 centers to leverage data from our everyday connected devices, enabling them to respond swiftly and effectively to emergency situations. The audience was impressed by the seamless integration of technology into emergency response protocols, recognizing its potential to save lives and enhance community safety.

Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing gratitude for the opportunity to gain insights into the inner workings of NorthComm. Attendees praised the professionalism and expertise of the instructors, highlighting the relevance and importance of the information shared.

Building on the success of the inaugural class, the series will continue with its second session on April 18th. The upcoming class promises to be equally enlightening, with a representative from the State Attorney's Office scheduled to discuss scams and fraud. Particularly focused on protecting seniors, this session will provide valuable strategies and insights to safeguard against financial exploitation.

The Juno Beach Police Department and the Juno Beach Police Foundation are committed to providing educational opportunities that empower community members and enhance public safety. With the overwhelming success of the first class, anticipation is high for the upcoming sessions, as residents eagerly embrace the opportunity to learn and engage with local law enforcement and community partners.

While the current series is exclusive to residents of The Waterford, we encourage all Juno Beach residents to stay informed about future educational opportunities by subscribing to our newsletter. By joining our mailing list, you'll receive updates on upcoming classes, dates, and times, ensuring you don't miss out on valuable learning opportunities.

Together, we're fostering a stronger, more informed community, and we look forward to welcoming you to future classes as we continue our commitment to enhancing public safety and well-being in Juno Beach. Stay tuned for more details, and remember to follow this newsletter for the latest updates.

Juno Beach Police Foundation
Thomas F. Murphy, President
• Jack Luther, Vice President and Treasurer     • Joe Rooney, Secretary
• Nelson Ferreira, Director • John Large, Director
• Paul Rothstein, Director
• Chief Brian Smith, Advisor • Major Mark Saloio, Advisor

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

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