BBPD to celebrate Harley’s one year anniversary

BOYNTON BEACH – When a 20-year-old man committed suicide, Harley was there to provide comfort to his grieving parents and brother.
When a 19-year-old talked to detectives about being forced to have sex with several men for money, Harley was there and brought a smile to her face.
And when a child was involved in a parental abduction, Harley played with him until investigators could determine that he belonged in his grandmother’s custody.
These are just a few examples of how Harley has made an impact in her first year as a Boynton Beach Police Department Therapy Dog. We will celebrate Harley’s one year anniversary by presenting her with a cake from the Woof Gang Bakery tomorrow at 2 p.m.
“We get a warm welcome wherever we go,” Det. Astrel Labbe, Harley’s partner, said. “People are very positive around her. It’s definitely been nice.”
Labbe, a 15-year veteran assigned to the Special Victims Unit, said that Harley has assisted him with at least 51 cases in the past year – ranging from child abuse and sexual battery to human trafficking and suicides. Harley has also assisted the Child Protection Team of Palm Beach and other law enforcement agencies during their interviews of victims.
In addition to working cases with Labbe, Harley has attended many community events, including the department’s Coffee with a Cop and Shop with a Cop, the grand opening of the City of Boynton Beach’s dog park and the Blessing of the Animals at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church. She has participated in numerous school presentations and often visits seniors residing in assisted living facilities throughout the city.
“Harley has been a tremendous asset to our agency and the community we serve,” Police Chief Jeffrey S. Katz said. “She has provided comfort to the most vulnerable victims, and we look forward to many more years of her service with us.”
Harley was trained at the Paws & Stripes College at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. The Boynton Beach Police Department was the first municipal law enforcement agency to employ a therapy dog.
During the past year, eight other law enforcement agencies from across the country have replicated the program, said Corporal Jessie Holton, who oversees the college, which is completely funded by profits from the Brevard County Jail’s commissary. The next class in October includes participants from the University of Central Florida Police Department and Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, as well as officers from Ohio and North Carolina, Holton said, adding that there are three vacancies available for law enforcement agencies interested in creating a therapy dog program.
For more information about the Paws & Stripes College, visit www.brevardsheriff.com.

Image: 
BBPD News feed

Boynton Briefing - April 16, 2019

19-020541 1718 hours Burglary Auto 105 Asbury Way
Between 04/14/19 at 2000 hours and 0740 hours on today’s date, suspect entered the victim’s unsecured vehicle. Social Security card stolen.
19-020600 2059 hours Warrant Arrest 300 NW 4th St
B/M Tmonne Driver was placed under arrest after it was learned he had a warrant for his arrest during a traffic stop... Click to View

Carvel with a Cop

Life is better with ice cream. It's even better when you eat it with a Boynton Beach Police Officer!
Kids enjoy a FREE Jr. Cone on May 14, 2019 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Carvel, 121 1/2 N. Congress Ave.
Please bring a canned good donation for the Community Caring Center.
We hope to see you there!

Click to View

Police investigating home invasion robbery

We are investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred earlier today in a house in the 2100 block of Northeast 2nd Court.
At around 8:15 a.m., the suspects pointed a gun at a man inside the house and then stole jewelry and a phone. The man was not injured.
The suspects are described as being in their early 20’s, approximately 6-feet-tall with slim builds.
Anyone with... Click to View

South Florida Police K9 Competition

Officer Patrick Roedel and his partner, K9 Bane, and teams representing more than one dozen law enforcement agencies across the state will take the field at 2 p.m. at Boynton Beach High School, 4974 Park Ridge Blvd.
The competition begins with an obstacle course that is designed to mimic situations the K9 teams encounter on the streets. A demonstration featuring K9 teams from the Boynton... Click to View

Police investigating traffic fatality

We've responded to 12 traffic crashes since 7 a.m. One of them resulted in the death of a 38-year-old Boynton Beach man. With more rain on the radar this afternoon, we urge you to put the cell phone away, pay attention, slow down and drive safe. Your life depends on it.

Police are investigating a traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 38-year-old Boynton Beach man this morning at... Click to View

BBPD hosts 8th annual South Florida Police K9 Competition

The newest members of the Boynton Beach Police Department K9 Unit are among 30 teams that will put their skills to the test on Saturday at the 8th annual South Florida Police K9 Competition.
Officer Patrick Roedel and his partner, K9 Bane, and teams representing more than one dozen law enforcement agencies across the state will take the field at 2 p.m. at Boynton Beach High School, 4974... Click to View

Boynton Briefing - March 15-18, 2019

19-014363 Theft 2143 hours 2241 W. Woolbright Rd
Victim parked her vehicle at 2030 hours in Venetian Terrace; when she returned to her vehicle at 2130 hours she realized that her right side view mirror had been stolen. Victim advised there has been an ongoing issue in the community where vehicles have been burglarized.
19-014592 Suspicious Incident 0000... Click to View

Boynton Briefing - March 15, 2019

19-013874 1921 hours Burglary Auto 300 W Woolbright Rd
Victim advised as she was sitting inside of her vehicle at the above location an unknown W/M with dark clothing opened her vehicle’s front passenger door and removed her Iphone X. He then fled the area in a burgundy colored sedan (unknown tag).
19-013894 2032 hours Shooting 1901 N Seacrest (Ezel Hester)
Officers... Click to View

load more