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Here’s The Scoop … 2 1/2 Years In The Planning …. Mc-LBTS Police Department ….

WE DON’T NEED A JAIL CELL …. A COST SAVING ALTERNATIVE….

Dear Readers…It’s really worth the link to see the minutes from the past… and the January 9, 2007 meeting was the mother-load in terms of all the ins and outs of that time…politically! The previous post showed when the heat is aimed their way…the “2-Hats” did a 180 in 2009 from their 2007 dais diatribes for the will of the people to speak!…Well right after that is the following…

THAT WAS THEN….

New Business item 14 D. page 25..”DISCUSSION AND/OR ACTION REGARDING FORMING OF AN INDIVIDUAL POLICE DEPARTMENT (COMMISSIONER JERRY MCINTEE)..

“Commissioner McIntee commented that at the present rate, BSO is costing the Town $6 million per year and it would go up another $1.2 million in 4 years. He noted that BSO is pricing itself out of the ball game.”

He went on to talk about MIAMI GARDENS who had just started a new police dept. with the assistance “of a nice federal grant”…Comm. McIntee said he had done some research and found there were such federal grants available to towns and he thought this was the way to go in LBTS…..

“Commissioner McIntee thought bringing back the Town’s own police department would be better for everybody because POLICING WOULD BECOME PERSONAL AGAIN because they would know everybody in town. HE DID CONGRATULATE THE SHERIFF ON DOING AN ABSOLUTELY GREAT JOB AND SAID HE COULDN’T THINK OF ANYTHING NOT GOOD ABOUT THE POLICE ENFORCEMENT THE TOWN NOW HAD EXCEPT IT WAS TOO EXPENSIVE. He also expressed his concern that the Town had too many policemen per capita. Commissioner McIntee also commented that if the town had its own police force that it still received mutual aid from BSO such as homicide detectives and photo units because everyone is a Broward County taxpayer.”

Comm. McIntee made a motion 2nd by Comm. Silverstone to direct the Town Atty. to do research on other cities who started their own departments and report the findings.

“COMMISSIONER SILVERSTONE RECALLED THAT HE HAD BEEN WITH THE TOWN LONG ENOUGH TO REMEMBER WHEN THE TOWN HAD ITS OWN POLICE DEPARTMENT AS WELL AS THE REASONS WHY IT WAS NECESSARY TO GET RID OF THEM. HE SAID THE UNIONS WERE CAUSING THE TOWN PROBLEMS AND MADE IT SO THE TOWN COULDN’T FIRE ANYBODY AND THAT IT WAS REALLY EXPENSIVE. After a little analysis, Commissioner Silverstone concluded BSO  wasn’t really a bad deal, but he felt COMPELLED to get requests to make sure the townspeople’s money was being spent appropriately. COMMISSIONER SILVERSTONE CONCLUDED BY PRAISING CHIEF GOODING FOR GIVING GREAT REPORTS AND HAVING GREAT ACCOUNTABILITY.”

Mayor Parker countered the “2-Hats”…in recalling the pitfalls of the LBTS Police Dept…recounting a burglary at his home…lack of a decent response time and lack of investigation…and LACK OF JURISDICTION…Mayor Parker spoke  of a recent murder that took place in town…and wondered if BSO was not here would the same substandard responses be seen again…

“COMMISSIONER SILVERSTONE THEN ASKED CHIEF GOODING IF IT WAS TRUE THAT A CRIME HAPPENED AND IF SOMEBODY WENT TO FT. LAUDERDALE, BSO WOULD HAVE JURISDICTION IN BOTH PLACES.”

“Chief Gooding responded that as the constitutional law enforcement agency for the entire County they had jurisdiction throughout the County. HE ALSO NOTED THAT IF A TOWN’S POLICE FORCE NEEDED TO GO INTO ANOTHER JURISDICTION, THAT THE PROCEDURE WAS THEY WOULD CONTACT BSO  AND BSO WOULD ESCORT THEM.”

“Commissioner McIntee said he thought Mayor Parker’s story was ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS .” He asked Chief Gooding about BSO nad mutual aid with “every department in Broward County” He specified that a homicide in town with our own police force could call for BSO homicide detectives…Chief Gooding said he thought that was what happened before….”COMMISSIONER MCINTEE ASKED MAYOR PARKER TO STOP THE ALARMING STORIES BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T MAKE SENSE.”…Mayor Parker reiterated a lack of investigation.

“Vice Mayor Yanni NOTED THAT EMS, FIREAND POLICE PROTECT THE RESIDENTS OF THIS TOWN AND THAT THESE TWO GUYS WANTED TO TAKE IT ALL AWAY.”…He went  on to discuss who would come to LBTS and work…he doubted anyone would quit BSO for a town dept. spot….he thought we “would get guys out of the academy who don’t know what they’re doing yet or SOMEBODY WHO’S RETIRED FROM NEW YORK and is coming to Florida so they can have an easy job.”..He said the Town should not be thinking about getting rid of BSO …”it would put the resident’s lives at risk 24 hours a day.”

Mayor Parker came back to rebut Comm. McIntee on what he previously stated happened with prior town police department…and said the level of service was not acceptable for the town…

There was a roll call vote for the motion to direct the Town Atty. to get info for the Town…it failed 4-1 McIntee dissenting…

BC- Comm. Silverstone most likely went with the prevailing side in order to bring it up again at a future meeting…

THIS IS NOW….

Commissioner Comments…July 14,2009…

Vice Mayor McIntee…(13 minutes/ last topic)…” Ah, the BSO I don’t know, anybody who says we’re going to take over a police department in 90 days is, is in the clouds. I’m from the public safety world (began in 1966) um, the minimum it would take to take over a police department is 18 months to 2 years. You have to get certifications, you have to go to the state, you have to get radios. Fort Lauderdale wouldn’t come in here . Pompano wouldn’t come in here in 3 months because they’d have to through their Commissioners. They wouldn’t touch this because it’s too political. If we were attempting to start our own police department you would have to have all this stuff, begin a process and it couldn’t be a secret for us because everything’s public. Everything is public so the people who are spreading this outrageous statement that we’re going to throw the BSO out in 90 days are absolutely off the wall, it’s impossible. It’s absolutely impossible. You can’t do it. You can’t do it. It’s a year, 16 months to 2 years to put a new police department in place and if you doubt me go down to MIAMI LAKES and ask them, it’s it’s COULD IT HAPPEN, I DON’T KNOW. WE’VE GOTTA SEE WHAT ALL THE COSTS COME IN. BUT I’LL TELL YOU SOMETHING WHEN IT GETS TO THE STAGE WHEN BSO’S FIGURES ARE REALLY HIGH AND IT STARTS IMPACTING OUR CITIZENS THEN I’M GONNA PUT IT TO THE CITIZENS TO MAKE A REFERENDUM WHERE YOU PEOPLE MAKE THE DECISION DO YOU WANT TO PAY EXTRA OR DO YOU WANT TO HAVE YOUR OWN POLICE DEPARTMENT then you can make the decision because it’s every home in town. I take it right out of my Commissioners hands and give it to you the citizens. I would show the figures for A , the figures for B, have the vote and if you want it you got it. IF YOU WANT TO PAY THE ADDITIONAL TAXES YOU GOT THEM. I THINK THAT’S FAIR TO EVERYBODY AND THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO IF IT GETS TO THAT STAGE. I’VE HEAR THESE RUMORS AND THAT ARE DIFFERENT TO WHAT YOU’RE HEARING. I’VE HEARD THAT WE GET 3 MILLION, IT’S COSTING US 3 MILLION NOW. THEY ANTICIPATE WE OWN $800,00 PLUS AND 5% OF THAT 4,2 MILLION, 3 MILLION ROUGHLY TO HAVE BSO HERE . OK,  let’s put it to the referendum, let the people make the decision, show them what cost A cost B and that is fair. I don’t think Commissioners should really have the right to, to say OK we’re throwing them out, they’re coming in. This is something that can’t be secret. So these foolish people who say in 3 months that’s, that’s stupidity. THAT JUST CAN’T HAPPEN. THAT’S ABSOLUTELY STUPID. THAT CAN’T HAPPEN. SO IN 3 MONTHS CAN’T HAPPEN, 16 MONTHS MAYBE. Nothing, nothing could be done that isn’t public. ”

BC- Vice Mayor becoming VFD Dep. Chief ….Gooding…new ladder truck…list goes on…

VM- ” Absolutely nothing it has to go to the state. It has to go to the, to the I’m sure the POWERS TO BE, TO THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE. You can’t just create a police department secretly. Can’t be done. So forget this 3 month stuff. Somebody’s leading you down the wrong road and it’s it’s absolutely not true and with that I yield.”

BC- This writer previously posted the LBTS/BSO Contract …(public safely cat.)…in which it state 90 days NOTICE…not for a police department to be in place in 90 days!…

In the contract as the VM and the TM are fully aware is the clause that states the BSO will continue to serve the Town UNTIL the Town has a police department in place that is equal to the level of service the Town now has with BSO…Both of them are on the record stating the costs and alternatives are the criteria to proceed …Town Hall East “leader” Marc Furth is said to be talking to BSO about coming on board to a LBTS dept…VFD Captain Mark Conn is said to have told a BSO Officer it was too bad he came here because they [BSO] is on their way out…It is said that one public speaker was told by VM McIntee that he could put together and run a LBTS police dept…..It is on the record that the TM was all for the updates for the BSO quarters per the Colonel at the special meeting…and it is curious as to where the $284,000 is and what it will be used for…..

This writer has sent in a public records request to see if any of the “YOU HAVE TO” contacts to the state have been initiated…per the Vice Mayor’s above comments…..or maybe he was actually  “loading the bases”…. in this “ballgame”?….We shall see…

Note to UOT /BSO supporters…better get those referendums ready…and have your petition gatherers ready to go door to door if referendum items are voted on “Gang of 3”- 2…right after we return next month….for the Mc-Furth 33 feet(yet again)/ Silverstone selling of properties…and maybe a referendum for police and FIRE… for as you can see this “plan” has been in the works for over 2 years….YIKES!…

What should also be on the referendum…Ethics- “2-Hats”/ Bond issues…for infrastructure/ purchasing as well as selling properties/ 15 stories in the north end of town/ 44 feet…NOT 33  feet in the south…

more to come….

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