Police in West Palm Beach will soon have a new weapon against crime. According to the local media, a new radio system will link bouncers at downtown clubs with security guards at condo complexes and, if needed, local police. Bouncers will have the ability to radio each other and warn about disorderly conduct and, if things get particularly unruly, radio police officers downtown without going through the dispatch.
According to Lt. Randy Maale, the entertainment district unit commander for the West Palm Beach police, the system has been tested in an experiment with 10 downtown condo buildings. He plans to roll out the system to a wider number of businesses over the next few months.
The director of security operations for Trump Plaza of the Palm Beaches said the radios have already made an impact compared to last year, but most the activity reported was vandalism. The owner of several Florida nightclubs said he predicts the new system could help prevent crimes by being proactive and improving the safety of the downtown area.
Source: New radio system links police with bar bouncers, condo commandos in West Palm Beach, South Florida Sun Sentinel, November 30, 2009
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