BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — It would take an act of Governor Rick Scott or the Department of Justice, but we start the year wondering if Sheriff Callie could find her way into Palm Beach County’s top law enforcement spot.
Sheriff Callie, currently the top cop for “Nice and Friendly Corners” has her own TV show on Disney Junior. She sings. She teaches lessons. And she is open and honest about what goes on in her neck of the woods. She even had an episode about the importance of reporters and sharing truthful news with her townspeople.
By contrast, we have never heard Sheriff Ric Bradshaw be open and honest about anything. In 2014, he notably blocked public records access, removed Palm Beach County’s public booking blotter as retaliation for real journalism, was apparently placed under investigation by the FBI and continued to live in his country club home valued at more than a million dollars. In power for nearly two decades, Bradshaw oversees a $500-Million budget and answers to pretty much no one.
He ended the year by authorizing a press release seeking information about two black citizens caught on camera posting fliers warning that police are seeking black citizens.
We can’t make this stuff up.
BocaNewsNow.com and other media have repeatedly been blocked from accessing the daily police activity blotter — a public document per Florida statute.
So as we welcome 2015, we throw our support behind Sheriff Callie. It seems that Palm Beach County needs law enforcement leadership that is open, honest and as a plus, sings well. Alternatively, we implore Sheriff Bradshaw to understand that he needs PR help. If he isn’t calling the shots — and making very bad PR moves on his own — he needs to look at his department’s policies and procedures to bring them into a modern, accessible age.
In fairness, Palm Beach County is overall a safe place to live, thanks to the brave men and women who risk their lives every day. But In 2015, we hope that Sheriff Bradshaw brings his personal image and conduct to a level that is on par with the men and women who work for him.
If he doesn’t, we suspect that today marks the first day of Sheriff Bradshaw’s last year in office.