Neighborhood Officer Program
The Neighborhood Officer Program is a partnership of the Boynton Beach Police Department and the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) designed to cultivate high levels of mutual trust, understanding and respect between police officers and residents in the Heart of Boynton.
A sergeant, two police officers and a public service aide are assigned to the Neighborhood Officer Program and tasked with developing relationships that transform the confines of ordinary community policing activities, instead focusing on building sustainable partnerships.
Accomplishments of the Neighborhood Officer Program
- Attending all CRA-related events, weekly Heart of Boynton meetings and Healthier Boynton Caregiver meetings
- Mentoring students at Galaxy and Poinciana Elementary Schools
- Mentoring children in Cub Scout Pack #243
- Facilitating back-to-school backpack giveaways
- Distributing food in the community through Farm Share and Feeding South Florida
- Participating in Habitat for Humanity home dedications
- Recognized in the Palm Beach Post for crime reduction in FY 2018
- Sweat/Read with a Cop program with children in the community
NOP Team members say the most rewarding accomplishment is hearing and seeing the difference on the ground – from a child running up to them to toss a football or give them a hug to a community member calling them directly to report criminal activity or neighborhood concerns.
Homeless Outreach Team
The Homeless Outreach Team is a collaborative efforts between road patrol officers and community partners to build relationships and trust with the city’s homeless population. The goal of the team is inform homeless individuals of resources available to them and assist them with accessing those services.
Every day that he was on patrol, Officer Brian Goldfuss would stop by to talk with AJ, who was homeless and staying behind a shopping center in the city. During their conversations, Officer Goldfuss learned about AJ’s life and the circumstances that led to his current situation. Through time, they built a rapport, and AJ told Officer Goldfuss that he no longer wanted to live on the streets. Officer Goldfuss worked with the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County to secure housing for AJ.
Officer Goldfuss and other members of our Homeless Outreach Team are working daily to help end the cycle of homelessness for people like AJ in the City of Boynton Beach.