The Hallandale Beach Police Department is in desperate need of your support, funding and leadership which does not malign and besmirch our officers. Violent crime in our city is on the surge and doubled from last year. You will be told that I am lying to you. Please see for yourself! Please be clear: I have been outvoted by the majority on the commission (there are 5 commissioners – 3 out of 5 commission voters either passes or kills funding for our police department and the officers’ salaries and benefits) on most of my motions in the last 4 years. I could never get the 2 additional votes that would be needed to attenuate the alarming violent crime rates and egregious mistreatment of our officers. Below are just some of the links from recent violent crimes in our city. Myself, candidate Dmitriy Yakubovich (whom I endorse wholeheartedly) and Mayor Joy Cooper have been endorsed by the Hallandale Beach Officer and Sergeant’s Association (IUPA). I have for four years advocated and will continue to fight for funding. At this year’s 2020 first budget hearing I stated publicly that I WOULD NOT vote yes on the proposed budget because our cops deserve a dignified contract with proper funding for our disbanded narcotics, gang and community task forces. Funding that was not made available by 3 out of 5 of us! The majority of the commission has treated our cops poorly and has offered them a contract that results in a high rate of attrition, low morale and recruitment challenges.
It is NOT a coincidence that violent crimes in our city have resulted in an alarming Google search result (1 in every 26th person in Hallandale Beach will fall victim to a violent or property crime).
Do you think this is acceptable? I don’t!
By the way – do you know that our entire police department’s personnel took part in deescalation training in January of this year (2020)? The CRA department paid out $50,000 for this. Our men and women in uniform are uber professionals and work under tremendous challenges and mistreatment by some in city leadership. Here are some of the violent crime headlines in the last couple of months:
Man Killed in Hallandale Beach, Car Riddled with Bullets (Channel 10)
Call About Dead Body Ends in Police Involved Shooting in Hallandale Beach (CBS 4 Miami)
1 Injured in Shooting in Hallandale Beach (Channel 10)
Person Shot in Hallandale Beach Neighborhood (NBC 6)
FBI Seeking Bank Robber in Hallandale Beach (FBI. gov)
As I write this post today, October 7th, 2020 – this past weekend our City had several shootings and armed robberies. The residents deserve better! You have a right to safety in our city!