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<script type="text/javascript" src="/trusted/warnings/display.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript">displayWarning('error');</script> <div id="container"> <div id="content" role="main"> <div id="nav-above" class="navigation"> <div class="nav-previous"><a href="http://www.criminal-attorneywestpalmbeach.com/blog/2013/05/09/frankenjurors-dennis-demartin-wins-new-trial-for-john-goodman/" rel="prev"><span class="meta-nav">←</span> Frankenjurors – Dennis Demartin wins new trial for John Goodman</a></div> <div class="nav-next"><a href="http://www.criminal-attorneywestpalmbeach.com/blog/2013/05/14/interrogation-what-police-consider-fair-for-themselves/" rel="next">INTERROGATION – WHAT POLICE CONSIDER FAIR FOR THEMSELVES <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a></div> </div><!-- #nav-above --> <div id="post-97" class="post-97 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-uncategorized tag-bradshaw tag-sheriff tag-violence-detection"> <h1 class="entry-title">Palm Beach Sheriff Has Horrible Idea</h1> <div class="entry-meta"> <span class="meta-prep meta-prep-author">Posted on</span> <a href="http://www.criminal-attorneywestpalmbeach.com/blog/2013/05/10/palm-beach-sheriff-has-horrible-idea/" title="11:58 am" rel="bookmark"><span class="entry-date">May 10, 2013</span></a> <span class="meta-sep">by</span> <span class="author vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="http://www.criminal-attorneywestpalmbeach.com/blog/author/steven-gomberg/" title="View all posts by Steven Gomberg">Steven Gomberg</a></span> </div><!-- .entry-meta --> <div class="entry-content"> <p> Palm Beach County Sheriff Bradshaw has proposed the creation of “prevention intervention” units featuring specially trained deputies, mental health professionals and caseworkers. The teams will respond to citizen phone calls to a 24-hour hotline with a knock on the door and a referral to services, if needed.</p> <p> “Bradshaw is readying a hotline and is planning public service announcements to encourage local citizens to report their neighbors, friends or family members if they fear they could harm themselves or others.</p> <p> The goal won’t be to arrest troubled people but to get them help before there’s violence, Bradshaw said. As a side benefit, law enforcement will have needed information to keep a close eye on things.</p> <p> “We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor and he’s gonna shoot him,” Bradshaw said. “What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’ ”</p> <p> As with many of the reactive responses to crises and horrible events like the Newtown massacre, this proposal ignores much of the obvious faults in such a plan to focus on the “feel good” aspect of providing more security which will last about as long as it takes for the Prevention Intervention team to visit your home or the home of someone you know or, god forbid, the time it takes for some “horrible misunderstanding” to occur resulting in another PBSO involved shooting. This week we saw how one PBSO deputy solved a problem with his mentally challenged, and historically non-violent, neighbor. </p> <p> Imagine having your doorbell ring at 3:00 AM and finding a “team” of strangers standing in your doorway asking you to explain something somebody claims you said or did. Of course, records will have to be kept which will be available to someone and you may or may not even know about them. It is always easy when these proposals are made to picture some highly skilled and impeccably trained individuals wielding the power they have in a fashion which takes into consideration our freedoms and rights and skillfully examines all the reports (anonymous?) they receive – rejecting the plainly frivolous. This is not what will occur. Once they have the power, law enforcement quickly finds itself obliged to use it. Once Ric Bradshaw has the obligation to justify the huge sum he is being given, he will quickly realize that he must show results and the scope of the program will grow the same way all government security measures grow – quickly and out of control.</p> </div><!-- .entry-content --> <div class="entry-utility"> This entry was posted in <a href="http://www.criminal-attorneywestpalmbeach.com/blog/category/uncategorized/" rel="category tag">Uncategorized</a> and tagged <a href="http://www.criminal-attorneywestpalmbeach.com/blog/tag/bradshaw/" rel="tag">bradshaw</a>, <a href="http://www.criminal-attorneywestpalmbeach.com/blog/tag/sheriff/" rel="tag">sheriff</a>, <a href="http://www.criminal-attorneywestpalmbeach.com/blog/tag/violence-detection/" rel="tag">violence detection</a>. 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