Helping to enhance the safety of Juno Beach

May 1, 2024 - Volume 8 Number 6

Updates from the Juno Beach Police Foundation Board of Directors April Meeting

In the quiet confines of the Juno Beach Police Foundation's Annual Meeting, held on Wednesday, April 17th, 2024, the members of our Board of Directors gathered to help shape the future of our community. We are excited to share the outcomes of this important event, highlighting both new leadership and our unwavering dedication to our community.

At the forefront of our discussions was the election of Mr. Paul Rothstein as Vice President, succeeding the late Mr. Lew Wheeler who was a founding member back in 2018. Mr. Rothstein brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of experience to his new role, ensuring that our Foundation remains steadfast in its mission to support law enforcement and enhance community safety.

Mr. Jack Luther, a Founding Member who filled two seats as Vice President and Treasurer for the past few months, was re-elected to his post as Treasurer with renewed enthusiasm. His dedication to financial stewardship ensures that every dollar invested in our initiatives serves our community with integrity and purpose.

Leading the charge for another term is Founding Member Tom Murphy, whose vision and leadership have been instrumental in guiding our efforts. Mr. Murphy's re-election as President reflects the confidence placed in his capable hands by members of our Board.

We were also pleased to welcome Mr. Mark Habersaat to our team, representing Florida Power and Light (FPL). His appointment underscores our commitment to collaboration with key stakeholders, bringing fresh insights and expertise to our discussions and initiatives. Read more about Mark in the article below.

In a gesture of gratitude and continuity, retiring FPL representative Mr. John Large has graciously agreed to stay on the Board for six months as an Advisor. His experience and guidance will ensure a seamless transition for Mr. Habersaat as he familiarizes himself with our mission and operations.

Amidst the Board's discussions, a crucial topic emerged: the reaffirmation of our Foundation's apolitical stance. Members engaged in detailed conversations highlighting our commitment to remain impartial and non-partisan in local, state, and federal elections. It was underscored that the Foundation does not endorse or engage in any political activities, ensuring that our focus remains solely on supporting law enforcement and enhancing community safety.

However, recognizing the rights of individual members to express their personal views, the Board stressed the importance of distinguishing between individual opinions and official representation. Members are free to express their own political beliefs on a personal basis, understanding that these views do not reflect the stance of the Juno Beach Police Foundation in any capacity.

During the meeting, two crucial grant requests were discussed, both received from Chief of Police, Brian Smith. The Chief and Police Major Mark Saloio emphasized the importance of these items for the safety and efficiency of our Officers. The first request was for ballistic rifle shields, which will be issued to each Officer and carried in their vehicles at all times. The second request was for additional Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to ensure that every vehicle in the Police fleet is uniformly equipped. We are pleased to announce that both grant requests, totaling $17,076, were approved by the Board of Directors, underscoring our commitment to providing our Officers with the tools they need to serve and protect our community effectively.

As we move forward, the Juno Beach Police Foundation remains dedicated to serving and safeguarding our entire community. Together, with the support of our dedicated members and partners, we will continue to make a positive impact on the lives of our residents and the brave men and women who protect and serve us.

Stay connected for more updates and opportunities to join us in building a safer and stronger Juno Beach together.

Below is a table illustrating the updated composition of the Police Foundation Board of Directors.

Board of Directors
Thomas F. Murphy,
Paul Rothstein,
Vice President
Jon Luther,
Joseph Rooney,
Nelson Ferreira,
Mark Habersaat,
John Large,
Police Advisory Board
Brian J. Smith,
Chief of Police,
Advisory Board Member
Mark Saloio,
Police Major,
Advisory Board Member


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 Continues Courses at The Waterford

The Juno Beach Police Department, with sponsorship by the Juno Beach Police Foundation is continuing its Safety and Security Courses at The Waterford. Building on the success of the inaugural class this second in the series saw representatives of the Florida State Attorney's Office and Juno Beach Police Detective Ryan Hoffmann speak about fraud and the scams that are currently making their rounds in Florida, particularly those targeting senior citizens.

The courses, held in the auditorium of The Waterford, provide an invaluable opportunity for community members to gain insight into how the State's Attorney investigates and prosecutes these types of crimes, often with much of the effort being put forward by local law enforcement Officers like Detective Hoffmann. The team provided valuable strategies and insights to safeguard against financial exploitation.

Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing gratitude for the opportunity to gain insights into the inner workings of NorthComm last week and the State Attorney's office this most recent class. Attendees praised the professionalism and expertise of the instructors, highlighting the relevance and importance of the information shared.

Three more courses are scheduled. The next one on May 9th about Police K-9 operations, followed by a course on May 23rd about Fire-Rescue Emergency Services, and finally a presentation on June 6th from the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network which delivers health care to nearly 800,000 Veterans including through the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center.

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.

The current series of classes is exclusive to residents of The Waterford, however we encourage all Juno Beach residents to stay tuned for announcements of future educational opportunities by subscribing to this 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.

We are 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.

Juno Beach Police Foundation

Thomas F Murphy, President
• Paul Rothstein, Vice President      • Jon Luther, Treasurer
• Joe Rooney, Secretary • Nelson Ferreira, Director
• John Large, Advisor
• Chief Brian Smith,
  Police Advisor
• Major Mark Saloio,
  Police Advisor

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

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