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Survey Finds Nearly 67 Percent of Hallandale Beach Police Officers are Against Body-Worn Cameras

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Survey Finds Nearly 67 Percent of Hallandale Beach Police Officers are Against Body-Worn Cameras

 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida August 4, 2015 – The Broward County Police Benevolent Association (BCPBA) has released the results of an opinion survey on body-worn cameras by rank-and-file City of Hallandale Beach police officers. The complete survey report may be found at the bcpba.org website.

The union notified the City of Hallandale Beach of the survey and allowed input before being completed and mailed on June 3, 2015. The survey was sent to law enforcement officers from the rank of sergeant and below, not just to those officers participating in the pilot program.

Following is a summary of the survey conclusions:

  • Nearly 67 percent of survey respondents were decidedly against the adoption of a body worn camera program for front line officers. Only 13 percent expressed support for this idea.
  • Ninety-five percent of officers responding felt cameras would divert significant resources away from more pressing needs.
  • Ninety-five percent of officers felt body worn cameras would limit their discretion in the field.
  • Approximately 87 percent of respondents fear cameras will be used as a disciplinary tool by management to punish minor infractions.
  • Over 80 percent of officers say that citizens will be reluctant to share information with police if they know they are being recorded.
  • The majority of officers (42 percent) agree that body worn cameras will increase police transparency and accountability while 33 percent disagreed.
  • A major concern for officers (87 percent) was the potential for exposure of police tactics, crime scenes and secured areas with the release of body worn camera footage.
  • Forty-seven percent of respondents disputed the “civilizing” effect of cameras on police and citizen behavior with 38 percent agreeing that cameras may result in better behavior by both parties.
  • Forty-four percent of officers said they would be less willing to answer calls for service if they are required to wear cameras.
  • Officers did agree (62 percent) that cameras provide an evidentiary tool and a means to settle disputes.
  • Officers expressed extreme pessimism that wearing cameras would make them safer on the job (73 percent).

Included in the survey report are comments from officers. One comment summed up the feelings of many:  “I think officers will be worried only about their cameras and forgo safety. Officers will second guess themselves on personal safety and get hurt.”

Another respondent itemized several concerns:

“Camera limitations: doesn’t see what the officer sees. Can’t acknowledge physiological & psychological phenomena officers experience under high stress. Some important danger cues like ‘tensioning’ of a subject are not recorded but experienced by officer – we may feel sensory clues that a camera does not. Camera may have better ‘eyes’ than a particular officer (i.e., no 20/20 vision, low light conditions). Officer liabilities: not protected by current legislation in Florida… Primary issues: Officers & citizens, cameras may provide negative issues/sensitive subject matter to be disclosed by public records requests.” (Item #1)

Statement from BCPBA President about the survey

“Based on discussions and opinions of officers throughout the country, and as reflected in the survey results from Hallandale Beach, the negative impact of implementing a body-worn camera program is clear,” said Jeff Marano, President of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association. “There were no surprises. It’s just as we predicted.”

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The Broward County Police Benevolent Association is the largest law enforcement union serving Broward County. BCPBA is a non-profit organization providing labor relations assistance and collective bargaining services for its members. Our mission is to promote professionalism in law enforcement and to protect the rights and privileges of individual law enforcement officers and civilian employees, as well as to keep citizens informed of the challenges facing law enforcement today. We are active in community events including those that support and honor law enforcement.

 

Hollywood Police Alumni Association 17th Annual Reunion

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The City of Hollywood Police Alumni Association will hold it’s 17th Annual Reunion from Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, September 27, 2015. Full details about the event, as well as a registration form are included in this PDF and Registration form for 17th Annual Reunion .

If you have an event that you’d like mentioned on the BCPBA website, please contact the editor. We’re happy to share any news and events of interest to fellow LEOs.

Broward County Police Benevolent Association Awards Annual Scholarships

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – July 27, 2015 – The Broward County Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (BCPBA) presented awards to the winners of its annual essay contest at a quarterly board meeting held on July 21, 2015.

From left to right Front row:  Xerian Ximinies (left) and Jarren Meyer (right) Middle row: Dan Casey, Christine Casey, Matthew Oppedisano, Rodney Skirvin, Brendan Casey, Drew Brooks, Phillip Ximinies, Jr.,  Kevin Meyer, Debbie Reggio, Ryan Meyer, Cassie Meyer, Kevin Meyer Back row: Alkie Lewis-Ximinies, Sean Allen, Phillip Ximinies, Sr., Jeff Marano, Lee Martin, Richard Allen

From left to right
Front row: Xerian Ximinies (left) and Jarren Meyer (right)
Middle row:
Dan Casey, Christine Casey, Matthew Oppedisano, Rodney Skirvin, Brendan Casey, Drew Brooks, Phillip Ximinies, Jr., Kevin Meyer, Debbie Reggio, Ryan Meyer, Cassie Meyer, Kevin Meyer
Back row:
Alkie Lewis-Ximinies, Sean Allen, Phillip Ximinies, Sr., Jeff Marano, Lee Martin, Richard Allen

The organization awarded top scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year to five students of the organization’s law enforcement members.

This year’s first place winner was Phillip Ximinies, Jr. of Pembroke Pines. Phillip received a $1,200 scholarship which will be applied to his education at Missouri Valley College. The first place scholarship was sponsored by Matthew Oppedisano of the Wellington, Florida-based Law Enforcement Retirement Advisory Service.

The remaining winners each received scholarships in the amount $500 from the BCPBA. The second place winner was Ryan Meyer of Boynton Beach. Ryan will be attending the University of Florida. In third place was Ryan Swanson of Coconut Creek. Ryan will be studying premed at the University of South Florida. Brendan Casey of Hollywood earned a fourth place award. Brendan will be attending Valencia College. In fifth place was Sean Allen of Cooper City. Sean will also be attending the University of Florida.

The BCPBA Annual Scholarship Award was begun in 2003 as part of The HOPE Fund’s mission to assist the children of law enforcement members in their effort to attend college. To be eligible for the scholarship, participants must be the son or daughter of a Broward County PBA member in good standing and plan to be a part-time or full-time student at an accredited two or four-year University. More information about the scholarship may be found at bcpba.org.

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The Broward County Police Benevolent Association is the largest law enforcement group serving Broward County. BCPBA is a non-profit organization providing labor relations assistance and collective bargaining services for its members. Our mission is to promote professionalism in law enforcement and to protect the rights and privileges of individual law enforcement officers and civilian employees, as well as to keep citizens informed of the challenges facing law enforcement today. We are active in community events including those that support and honor law enforcement.

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Official Memo from BSO Chaplain Nathaniel Knowles Regarding Arrangements for Deputy Thomas O’Keefe

Official notice from BSO Chaplain Nathaniel Knowles regarding arrangements for Deputy Thomas O’Keefe. Please share and post to all interested parties.

DATE: July 6, 2015

MEMO TO: All Personnel

FROM: Chaplain Nathaniel Knowles
Office of the Chaplain

SUBJECT:
DEPUTY THOMAS O’KEEFE (12571)
DLE / DANIA BEACH

It is with deep personal regret that the Office of the Chaplain informs you of the passing of Deputy Thomas O’Keefe. After a long battle with cancer, Deputy O’Keefe passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in the comfort of his home amongst family and friends. Deputy O’Keefe began his career with the Broward Sheriff’s Office September 8, 2003, serving the Dania Beach District.

Deputy O’Keefe is survived by his wife Jessica and their daughter Mackenzie and parents retired Officer Thomas O’Keefe, Sr. and Mrs. Leslie O’Keefe. Arrangements for Deputy O’Keefe are as follows:

VISITATION: WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2015 5PM – 8PM
T.M. Ralph Funeral Home
Sawgrass/Weston
371 NW 136th Ave
Sunrise, FL 33325
(954) 587-6888

SERVICES: THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 10AM
First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale
301 East Broward Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 527-6800
REPAST: Broward County Police Benevolent Association
2901 Southwest 26th Terrace
Dania Beach, FL 33312
(954) 584-7600

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested to please make donations to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 West Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the O’Keefe family and the Dania Beach district during this difficult time.

Please refer all questions to the Office of the Chaplain at (954) 321-4111.

NK: lme

PLEASE POST THIS NOTICE

A copy of the notice in PDF FORM for posting:

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Palm Beach County Sheriff Comments on Law Enforcement in the Media

Sheriff Rick Bradshaw was not able to attend the Palm Beach PBA annual ball prepared a special message to attendees.

Among the things he said:

“I want everyone that is in law enforcement to hold their heads up high. As far as I am concerned law enforcement in this county is as good as you can get.”

He also stated that to those who say that all law enforcement is bad because some mistakes have been made is wrong.

The Sheriff stated that he’s behind his deputies and will back them up.

 

 

A link to the full video is below.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1Yp_Bkzn2YsZzBPS0NraW5ISTg/edit?pli=1

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