— Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said the events that transpired at the Pulse nightclub are something his office is prepared to respond to.
“We’ve been doing this for a long time to prepare for the eventuality that something like this happens,” he explained.
Bradshaw leads the Southeast Regional Domestic Security Task Force. Recently, a group of law enforcement and first responders from the tri-county (Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach) area held their quarterly meeting in Broward County.
Created after the 9/11 attacks, the Southeast Regional Domestic Security Task Force is currently chaired by Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and includes more than 200 law enforcement agencies and fire-rescue departments from Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties.
South Florida’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), based in Miami, also has satellite offices in West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce.
The South Florida unit is one of 104 JTTFs nationwide and, as in the other locales, it is led by the FBI. It includes U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Highway Patrol, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, and many other local law-enforcement agencies.
“We will, after the critique is done from Orlando, look at everything they've talked about. If there are new lessons to be learned, we'll incorporate that,” he said.
Bradshaw said that none of his law enforcement offices have made any changes to their protocols, as yet. According to Bradshaw, not only does law enforcement consistently share intelligence and train together, but their work extends into the private realm to keep you safe.
“We also work with business owners that have nightclubs and other establishments to say what's your security protocol? What happens in there? Do you have a way for them to get out, do you have a safe area they can go to?” he pointed out.
Bradshaw firmly believes that staying safe begins with the individual. He lives by the motto, “If you see something, say something”.
“We’re going to be prepared to win. Failure is not an option,” Bradshaw said.
About Sheriff Ric Bradshaw
With over 43 years of law enforcement experience, Sheriff Bradshaw has extensive training in all aspects of law enforcement, with special emphasis on domestic security and community-based policing. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw knows that his first and foremost duty is to keep citizens safe.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office provides police services for over 760,000 residents. Covering fifteen districts, the Sheriff’s Office is comprised of over 4,300 total employees, including 1,700 sworn deputies, 980 correction officers and more than 1,500 civilians, along with thousands of local volunteers.
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is Chairman of the Florida Sheriffs Task Force for Region 7, Chairman of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force for Region 7, Executive Board member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorist Task Force, member of the Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud Strike Force, among other law enforcement organizations.
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