The Florida House and Senate has awarded $1 million grant to Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw for a “violence prevention” unit. The unit will be comprised of specially trained officers, mental health professionals and caseworkers.
The whole program is based on the Homeland Security “see something, say something” campaign of preventing crimes and terrorist attacks. This “prevention intervention” unit will be responding to messages left on their 24-hour hotline from “concerned” citizens about others that they suspect of being mentally ill or otherwise dangerous to themselves or others.
The Palm Beach Post reported:
“Bradshaw said his proposal is a first-of-its-kind in the nation, and he hopes it will become a model for the rest of the state like his gang prevention and pill-mill units. “Every single incident, whether it’s Newtown, that movie theater, or the guy who spouts off at work and then goes home and kills his wife and two kids — in every single case, there were people who said they knew ahead of time that there was a problem,” Bradshaw said. ‘If the neighbor of the mom in Newtown had called somebody, this might have saved 25 kids’ lives.’ Bradshaw is readying a hotline and is planning public service announcements toencourage local citizens to report their neighbors, friends or family members if they fear they could harm themselves or others. 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.”
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