Thursday, June 23, 2016
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Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Pompano Beach Substation, 1820 Hammondville Road, Pompano Beach
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel is committed to keeping neighborhoods safe, and one way he’s doing that is by making it easy for residents to turn in unwanted firearms.
On Saturday, guns of all kinds can be swapped for gift cards worth up to $200 during the gun buyback event at the Broward Sheriff’s Office’s Pompano Beach substation. There will be no questions asked of residents as they turn over their unwanted pieces.
Those turning in guns should bring them unloaded. The firearm’s cylinder or action should be open and the weapon should be secured in a bag or container.
This weekend’s buyback is sponsored by Zach Finn of Finn Real Estate and kicks off BSO’s new summer gun safety series.
The gun safety classes will be held in 11 BSO districts starting June 28. Families are encouraged to attend these interactive classes. Gun safety locks will be given away and refreshments will be served at each class. A list of classes will be released later this week.
Posted by Ron Mills at 10:19 AM
Friday, June 17, 2016
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Posted by Ron Mills at 7:17 PM
People applying for a job in Broward County government will no longer be initially asked if they've been arrested or have a criminal background.
Commissioners unanimously voted to "ban the box," a phrase that refers to the check box on employment applications that asks about a person's past criminal wrong doing.
"I think we are leading the way here by setting an example that we ought to ensure everyone has an opportunity to provide for themselves. We're talking about people who have paid their dues, are back in society and want to provide for themselves and their families," said Broward Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness, who first brought the ordinance to the Board for approval. Mayor Marty Kiar and Commissioner Mark Bogen also sponsored the ordinance.
The new law means that a person wouldn't be asked about a prior criminal record or authorization for a background check until they're among a pool of potential finalists for a particular job.
"What we want to do is ensure that opportunities are open for all," said Commissioner Mark Bogen.
"The fair thing to do is to give anybody who is looking for a job, the opportunity to apply for a job. There has to be a fair and consistent process," said Commissioner Chip LaMarca.
"I'm fine with banning the box, but it may be delaying the inevitable. As long as we narrow the list down to a pool of qualified applicants first and then do a background check, I'm good with this," said Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief.
"If you do the background check and substantiation of all of the information on an application then you are making it fair on numerous levels. You have a pool of people, everybody gets a background check and then you go from there," said Commissioner Beam Furr.
If an applicant is among those considered a potential finalist for a position and a background check reveals a criminal history, the person would be given a copy of the findings (as allowed by law) and an opportunity to respond and offer mitigating circumstances.
The "Ban the Box" ordinance does not apply if in conflict with federal or state law. Some jobs are exempt from the new ordinance including positions at the airport, seaport or those that involve working with children and other vulnerable populations.
Posted by Ron Mills at 5:20 PM
Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that FDLE has set aside more than $520,000 in residual Justice Assistance Grant funds for the City of Orlando and Orange County to be used for overtime pay for law enforcement and equipment associated with the terror attack. FDLE also requested $2 million in emergency Justice Assistance Grant funds from the Department of Justice to help with similar costs. The Florida Department of Children and Families is also directing $500,000 in funding to local providers for crisis counseling services which include grief counseling, trauma support, and emotional support for victims and their families and loved ones.
Governor Scott said, “We will continue to do all we can to help Orlando heal and our state agencies are doing everything possible to provide assistance to those impacted by this horrific tragedy. FDLE has been working with their local partners around the clock, but additional funding from the federal Department of Justice is needed to help support the ongoing investigation. DCF is also working to coordinate with counselors on the frontline to offer essential services to victims’ families and provide a supportive place for individuals to grieve loved ones. I appreciate the dedication of our state agencies and local organizations as we continue to work together to support the Orlando community.”
FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen said, “FDLE members statewide are working hard to support local law enforcement following the Pulse nightclub shooting. FDLE agents continue to work with our partners painstakingly investigating the shooting and FDLE members also identified more than $520,000 to be shared with Orlando PD and Orange County SO to help them with expenses associated with the shooting.”
DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said, "As we rally to support and console survivors, victims' families, and residents impacted by the shootings, we not only can offer resources to help them find the strength and resilience to overcome, we can, as an organization and as individuals, show how this event can serve to renew our faith in humanity. We will remain steadfast in working with our partners to provide grief and crisis counseling to all those in need."
Posted by Ron Mills at 4:50 PM
Posted by Ron Mills at 5:53 AM
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The City of Fort Lauderdale will host a memorial service Friday to remember the victims of the Orlando shooting. “United with Orlando: Standing for Equality” will take place at at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St. All are welcomed to attend. At the memorial, guests will be welcomed to sign a special scroll and share their feelings. The scroll will be sent to the City of Orlando in remembrance of the tragedy.
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Posted by Ron Mills at 9:17 PM
Monday, June 13, 2016
At least four regular customers at the gay Orlando nightclub where a gunman killed 49 people Sunday morning said Monday that they believe they had seen the killer, Omar Mateen, there before. "Sometimes he would go over in the corner and sit and drink by himself, and other times he would get…
Posted by Ron Mills at 9:48 PM
Sunday, June 12, 2016
There will be a candlelight vigil tonight at 5 PM at the Equality Park - Pride Center located in Wilton Manors. The address for the Pride Center is 2040 North Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors.
Posted by Ron Mills at 1:25 PM