May is National Stroke Awareness Month

In honor of Stroke Awareness Month, our partners in public safety, Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue, is teaming up with St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center to offer free stroke risk assessments and a panel of experts presentation with a local stroke survivor.

The event will be held at the Palm Beach Gardens Council Chambers on Thursday May 18th at 6:00 PM, and there will be a question-and-answer session following the presentation. Light dinner and refreshments will be served.

Stroke experts include Dr. Ali Makek from St. Mary’s Medical Center, Dr. Arun Talkad from Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and Chief Cory Bessette from Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue.

Click on this link for more details. Stroke Month Flyer


Andrew George Joins Foundation Board

Honda Classic Tournament Director Andrew George has been named to the Police Foundation Board of Directors to fill the unexpired term of Kenneth R. Kennerly. Kennerly’s term runs through January, 2019.

George was named The Honda Classic’s Tournament Director in February of 2016. He has held several positions with The Honda Classic since his days as an intern in 2009.

Andrew holds a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

“I am thrilled to be appointed to the Board of Directors of the Police Foundation and to follow in Ken Kennerly’s footsteps” said Mr. George. “I have known many of the members of the Police Foundation for years and I welcome the opportunity work with them in support of the men and women of our Palm Beach Gardens Police Department.”

The Police Foundation raises funds, administers grants, and promotes awareness of public safety issues in the community. It is a catalyst in responding to the underfunded and not-funded needs of the Police Department.

“We are very pleased to have Andrew joining our Board of Directors.” said Tom Murphy, the Foundation’s President and CEO. “Andrew is very well known in the Community and very supportive of our mission of helping to keep Palm Beach Gardens safe. We are sorry to see Ken leaving as he moves on to other endeavors but know that his vision for the future of the Foundation will be carried forward by Andrew.”

Kennerly resigned from the Police Foundation in order to focus his attention on his new venture, The Marathon of the Palm Beaches.


Crime Analyst Trains to become Reserve Law Enforcement Officer

The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department’s Senior Crime Analyst, Colleen Machado, is currently attending the Palm Beach State College Police Academy in hopes of becoming a Sworn Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officer. Her training is being funded by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation.

The training will give the analyst a better perspective on law enforcement and the legal aspects of case law. It will allow her to generate better Intel and Crime Analysis and to assist and gather data at crime scenes.

The Academy prepares students as entry level Reserve Officers and offers both practical skills and simulated activities which compliment the classroom instructions. The course is regulated by Florida statutes and is a highly structured and disciplined program with special rules, policies and procedures.


Foundation Receives $5,000 Donation for Tuition Reimbursement

The Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation announced today that it has received a $5,000 donation from the Sylvana and Murray Klein Foundation. The funds will be used to help fund the Officers’ Tuition Reimbursement Program which was initiated by the Foundation in 2016.

The Tuition Reimbursement Program was created to reimburse the education expenses of those Palm Beach Gardens Police Officers interested in obtaining their Bachelor’s degree from an accredited higher education institution. Officers are required to meet certain eligibility requirements in order to receive their reimbursement.

“The Police Foundation is committed to the growth and development of our Palm Beach Gardens Police Department and of its Officers” said Foundation President Tom Murphy. “We believe that this program will be beneficial not only to those officers who elect to improve their job performance and increase their skills through education but also to the overall operations of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department.”

 “Thanks to the Sylvana and Murray Klein Foundation, we are able to continue and enhance this very important program.”


Palm Beach Gardens Officers to Attend CVSA Training

Two Palm Beach Gardens Police Officers will be attending a Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) course funded by the Police Foundation. The intensive training course for law enforcement personnel is a hands-on instruction designed to assist in both interview and interrogation techniques. The techniques taught in the course have proven to be invaluable in obtaining confessions as well as clearing suspects.

Topics taught in the course include the History of Lie Detection, Instrumentation, Interviewing and Interrogation techniques, Covert Interviewing, Analysis Confirmation Tools and more.

Several thousand agencies across the U.S. including local, state and federal agencies rely on Computer Voice Stress Analysis for their truth verification needs.