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      Commissioner’s Update

       Community Policing Is A                             law enforcement agencies as well. At a recent policing   growing crime in the past several years. The deputies also
                                                           These strategies are common among municipal
                                                                                                           work collaboratively with other county agencies including
       Partnership                                       forum I attended in April at the FAU campus in Jupiter,   Code Enforcement and the Solid Waste Authority to clear
                                                         law enforcement officials from across the north county   up properties that become havens for criminal activity.
       By County Commissioner                            area emphasized how community police officers invest      Building these partnerships with residents provides the
       Maria Marino                                      themselves in becoming part of the local community.  deputies with direct lines of communication to help report
          Florida’s largest counties                        Community policing deputies devote considerable time   crimes or thwart it before it increases. It does not stop there
       spend between 32 to 41                            to interacting with residents and developing partnerships   however. Community policing deputies go out of their way
       percent of their annual                           with neighborhoods to weed out crime, build community   to help with neighborhood events, back-to-school supply
       budgets on law enforcement.                       pride, and assist those in need. They attend neighborhood   drives, and most recently during the pandemic, with feeding
       Palm Beach County, the                            meetings and report on local crime activity, elicit feedback   programs.
       third highest  populated                          from residents on issues they observe in their neighborhood,      Become a partner with your local law enforcement
       county in the state with                          and make suggestions on how to solve problems. Issues   officers. It is a great investment in your community.
       nearly 1.5 million people,                        may include traffic problems such as speeding vehicles      Please contact me if I can be of assistance to you by
       and the largest in area –                         and parking in unauthorized areas, illegal dumping, drug   calling (561) 355-2201 or send an email to mmarino@
       spanning more than 2,300                          activity, and burglaries – vehicle burglary being the fastest
       square miles – currently allocates approximately 43 percent
       Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO). These services  Town Of Jupiter News
       of its general budget for services provided by the Palm

       include policing, court and county facility security, and
       staffing and management of corrections in the Main and   By Ilan Kaufer,
       West County Detention Centers.                    Jupiter Vice Mayor
          Northern Palm Beach County’s unincorporated areas      Happy June everyone. As
       receive law enforcement services through PBSO District 3.   the temperatures increase
       District 3 is under the command of Capt. Pete Palenzuela   make sure to keep hydrated
       and encompasses approximately 102 square miles from   and protect yourself from
       Belvedere Road north to the Martin County line, and   too much sun.  Always
       includes the entirety of Commission District 1 communities.   important to stay healthy! I
       In cases of emergencies, law enforcement agencies will   hope everyone has a great
       send officers to other jurisdictions to assist, under mutual   start to the summer.
       aid agreements.                                   Green Space Acquisition –
          The philosophy by which PBSO District 3 operates   Taylor Property Purchase
       is that mutual trust between the community and law   Approved!
       enforcement is essential in reducing crime, establishing a      In April, the council approved the acquisition of
       sense of safety in neighborhoods, and improving overall   approximately 7.88 acres of green space off North
       quality of life. Community policing and problem oriented   Delaware. This would be the first green space purchased
       initiatives guide their approach to communities. This   with the green space bond voters approved in 2019. The
       policing strategy involves identifying and analyzing specific   property includes waterfront and wetland habitat. I am
       problems that are increasing crime risks, and developing   grateful for the support of my efforts to get the bond   Beach Renourishment Shore Protection Projects
       effective solutions.                              referendum in front of voters a few years back. With your      The  Town Council approved a 30-year interlocal
                                                         support we got my strategic initiative on the ballot and it   agreement between the Town of Jupiter and Palm Beach
                                                         passed with over 70 percent support. Now with this first   County to complete shore protection via beach renourishment
                                                         purchase we are able to preserve some pristine waterfront   projects.
                                                         and wetland wildlife habitat. Thank you for the support   No Place For Hate Day Proclamation
                                                         for the bond effort which enabled this purchase and future      Last month I sponsored a resolution proclaiming May
                                                         opportunities.                                    14 No Place For Hate Day in Jupiter. Our community is an
                                                         Proposed New Town Hall Building                   amazing place to live and work, and we must continue to
                                                            In April, the Town Council reviewed initial concept   fight against hate in all forms.
                                                         proposals for a new Town Hall Building. The Town      As always please contact me with any comments or
                                                         Council directed staff to bring contracts for architectural   questions at and follow me on Facebook
                                                         and engineering services for the project to a future Town   at or on twitter @
                                                         Council meeting.                                  Councilorkaufer.

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