A recent community policing initiative spearheaded by Key Biscayne Police Chief Charles Press and the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce highlights the importance of strong collaborative relationships between local police and the communities they protect. The most recent Brunch with our Cops outreach event on October 16, 2018 was held with local realtors and property managers at Tutto Pizza & Pasta in Key Biscayne.
The discussion centered on embracing a philosophy of Community Policing as an enhancement to traditional methods of law enforcement. Chief Press also introduced several key members of the department to the appreciative audience, including two new school police officers, detectives, and community resource unit officers.
The Department, under the guidance of Chief Press, is responsible for the safety and well-being of more than 14,000 residents, and approximately one million annual visitors, within a one and one-half square mile area. One of the missions of the Key Biscayne Police Department is to provide and maintain a safe community by developing strong community partnerships and relationships.
Chief Press says “enforcement is not an enjoyable function of law enforcement—however, it is necessary, especially when the Village is encountering increasing violations such as speeding, red light-running and texting while driving. There is a strong need to change driver behavior by ensuring full compliance with traffic laws through the department’s ongoing traffic initiative. The only way to do that is through strict enforcement, and to also include continuing education of the traffic laws.”
“We are at the point where it’s dangerous for our kids on our streets,” Press remarked during this 5th edition of Brunch with the Cops. “Education doesn’t always work, but what does work is the tough part of our job, and that’s called enforcement. Something has to change before a real tragedy occurs.”
“If you’re speeding, you’ll get a ticket. If you run a red light, you’ll get a ticket. If you run a stop sign, you’ll get a ticket,” Chief Press added. “It’s not going to be pleasant until people realize they have an obligation to protect their own families and others who reside and/or visit here."
(This article is based on a News Release and photo provided by Tatyana Chiocchetti, Executive Director of the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce.)