The WPBPD consistently allocated officers to serve fulltime as Task Force Officers with Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms (ATF), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to combat gun and drug crimes.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (December 6, 2018) --
The West Palm Beach Police Department (WPBPD) was recognized today by the United States Department of Justice with the Outstanding Local Police Department Involvement Award. Chief Mooney accepted the award at today’s 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods Conference in Kansas City, MO. Chief accepted the award on behalf of the late Sgt. William Nealy who recently passed away after a long battle with cancer and who spearheaded many of the department’s community engagement initiatives.The WPBPD consistently allocated officers to serve fulltime as Task Force Officers with Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms (ATF), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to combat gun and drug crimes. Recently, the WPBPD erected a "Real Time Crime Center" with "ShotSpotter" and a network of city/privately owned surveillance cameras. The Department's true impact in the community can also be felt through the many engagement initiatives, spearheaded by Sgt. Nealy. These initiatives have helped foster better respect and understanding on both sides of the blue line.
The Department’s initiatives include traditional programs and, also, also more innovative, locally grown programs that have had a significant impact including the:
- “R.I.P.” program, which facilitates weekly interaction with offenders arrested for gun and violent crimes;
- “Cops and Scholars” program, which champions kids in the community who are on the right track;
- And procedural justice training to instill in each officer a big picture mentality.
Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and community leaders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.
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