Palm Bay Police Unveil Summer Enforcement Strategy, Includes Increased Patrols In Parks
By Space Coast Daily // June 22, 2017
rolling out a number of initiatives
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – The Palm Bay Police Department has unveiled its summer enforcement strategy and will be adjusting accordingly to make this summer as safe as possible.
The department will be rolling out a number of initiatives, including increased patrols in local parks, employing additional outreach efforts with programs like 7-Eleven’s “Operation Chill,” and reassigning School Resource Officers to the department’s Youth Services Unit.
“One of the measures we’re taking to ensure a safe summer is to redirect our school resource officers to ensure that they are out in the community maintaining contact with students they have worked closely with throughout the school year,” Palm Bay Acting Chief Jim Rogers said about the adjustments made by the department.
“Leveraging those relationships will play a key role in our community outreach efforts this summer.”
Crime in Palm Bay has been a major focus for city leaders, and as a result, the city has seen a continued downward trend with an overall decrease in crime of roughly 23% since 2011.
An important factor of the decrease stems from actions taken by the Palm Bay Police Department to focus resources on youth and juvenile crime.
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