OUR VIEW: Other Police Departments Could Learn From Boca Raton Police

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Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander just fired a police officer for shooting at an escaping black man in a stolen car. The officer, according to Chief Alexander, violated multiple department policies and has been under investigation for eight months. Read our full report and view the video.

Instead of sweeping the investigation under the table, hoping it would just go away, Chief Alexander provided photos, documents, internal affairs reports, dispatch recordings and dash cam video of the entire incident.

There was no coverup. There was no hiding of the facts. There were no games. Boca PD called and emailed local media, encouraging everyone to attend a news conference mid-day Friday.

While this shooting comes in the wake of high profile officer involved shootings nationwide, it also comes in the midst of area police departments playing hard to get with the public and media.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is notorious for refusing to release information. BocaNewsNow.com has asked for access to PBSO’s “blotter” for three years and has been rebuffed at every turn, despite Florida Statute 119 requiring access. When you see an affidavit of probable cause from a PBSO arrest on our site, it’s because we paid for it and waited. PBSO does little for free, or without delay.

Boynton Beach Police and PBSO are under fire for possibly forcing a local “emergency response” blog to shut down, unhappy with its content. Read Jose Lambiet’s exclusive article here.

And It took a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office media relations rep several hours to respond to a BocaNewsNow.com request earlier this week asking for traffic closures as a result of the massive multi-million dollar fire in The Oaks. The response? Ask someone from the fire department.

It goes on and on.

Which is why it so eye opening when someone who has the power to say “no comment” actually says “come over to our offices and we’ll show you everything we have,” then gives it to you on a DVD.

All police throughout the region are professionals. We truly believe that. They work tirelessly to keep us safe and risk their lives every day. But when a police chief fights the perception of covering up details or hiding facts, it deserves to be applauded publicly.

Nice job, Chief Alexander. Boca Raton thanks you. Other police departments can learn from you.

Ever think about running for Sheriff?

 

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