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West Palm Beach, FL, United States, 2012/01/27 - In last location the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Offic ehad been there for approximately 12 -13 years at the old Wellington Mall. There was no parking at the mall, we had very little space for storage the offices were extremely small - MeetTheSheriff.com.
In this location, we have plenty of parking, over a hundred spaces. We have plenty of storage and the offices are a much larger.
Mayor Darell Bowen says: “Now we have a facility that is befitting of the best police department in the state of Florida. So I am very proud of this building and proud that we've been able to do the... I mean this was a joint effort. I mean these guys came out and painted this building themselves on a Saturday. What a joint effort between the village and the sheriff's office to get this done.”
Wellington paid for all the renovations after they built their City Hall, which freed up this building for us to go ahead and move into the building. The Building is approximately five thousand square feet. They paid for all the renovation and they were a great partner to work with because they did listen to all of our needs and listen what we asked them to put in the building and everything that we asked for we pretty much got.
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says: “People underestimate the value of morale, how people feel about where they're at. I don't underestimate, because I know the power of it. If you keep the people that work for you in the best equipment, the best surroundings, trying to treat them fairly, that translate into how they treat the people that they come in contact with every single day. This right here is morale builder without a doubt because they got a nice facility they could be proud of, someplace that the citizens can come in be comfortable in.”
We have sixty officers we had two detectives and five civilians who work at this location. A citizen can come here they get their fingerprints taken, they can have a report taken, we can actually send a deputy to their house if they come here and we actually need to send them back out to the house. We're pretty much a full service station here. They can get anything that really that they need. The mounted unit, they actually do patrol some of our areas that need more attention, some of our transitional neighborhoods. So they come out they patrolled over three hundred hours on the streets of wellington last year. We could never gauge how much crime they do prevents but we do know we get a lot of good feedback when they need to get into the neighborhoods.
The Stanley Cup is here because Mister Jeremy Jenkins is the owner of the Boston Bruins. The Boston Bruins won last year and because he is a resident, it is tradition that the Stanley Cup does travel around and make appearances to different places and so they wanted to make an appearance here at the new Substation.
Phil Pritchard “Keeper of the Cup” from Honkey Hall of Fame says: “For the past one hundred and twenty years (120) the best team in professional Hockey which has been in the National Hockey League since 1917 has won that. And I think the greatest thing about it is team that wins gets it for a hundred days and it's the same trophy every year so every player on the team gets the opportunity to take it home to mom and dad and family and friends wherever they're from this world. This Substation Grand Opening and is a perfect opportunity to get back to those that serve but also the guests around here as well.”