PBSO still getting Greenacres officers up to speed after merger

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw swears in Greenacres Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies in February.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw swears in Greenacres Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies in February.

GREENACRES — Before the city merged its 51-member police force with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, PBSO said city police officers were going to be trained in the way the sheriff’s office operates.

Two months after the merger became official, that training is still happening.

“It will take a little time to do,” Captain Sean Murray told the City Council at its April 4 meeting. “We have extensive training to meet PBSO standards.”

Before the merger, Greenacres police rode around with a PBSO field training officer for three weeks to learn more about the PBSO pursuit policy, use of force and firearms training, Deputy Eric Davis told The Palm Beach Post last month.

The week of March 28, Murray said 10 officers were in training that took anywhere from three to five days to complete.

“It’s taking a toll on enforcement, but we have to get them up to a certain standard,” Murray said.

In other sheriff’s office news, Murray said the city had saw a lot of burglaries in March.

“The majority of them are kids,” he said. “Sixty-one percent are unclocked cars.”

The communities hit hardest, Murray said, were Dillman Farms, Chalets IV and The Pines.