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Updates from Boca’s police chief

Crime is down. Police Services has openings for civilian workers and officers, Boca Raton Police Chief Michele Miuccio said.

The department fielded 56,755 911 calls, she said in a virtual Breakfast with the Chief.  “Crime was down 7.7% in 2019 and still on the decline. Covid has to do with it, but it has been on a steady decline in the last few years.”

Boca Raton Police Services Department is about to transition to a national incidence-based reporting system “that will look different,” Miuccio added at the event  for the Boca Raton Police Foundation. The nonprofit raises money for equipment, technology and training, community outreach and retired K-9 assistance. https://bocaratonpolicefoundation.org/

All 216 officers have body cameras, Miuccio said. Community engagement is a separate unit and part of the department’s DNA, she added. “We’ve had a couple protests and a peace walk in the city.” The 8can’twait campaign addressed policing issues the department already had in place, she said.

Community engagement means helping the city’s homeless when they’re in trouble, said Officer of the Year 2019 Adam Glass. He helped find permanent housing for a woman with dementia and no family. And was able to send a New Zealand man home so his family could care for him.

The foundation was able to raise nearly $50,000 during the event. “Our goal is making sure police have what they need to make Boca a safe city,” said foundation board member Andrea Corsi, event host. “The health and safety of officers is our priority this year. The foundation funded a program on physical health, updated gym equipment and offered a customized app.”

Gary Peters Family Foundation was presenting sponsor. ADT, Office Depot, Crocker Partners, BRiC, Baptist Health and Boca Raton Airport Authority were among the sponsors.

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