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5/1/2024 - Riviera Beach PD and Port of Palm Beach Launch Innovative Partnership
Riviera Beach Police Department and Port of Palm Beach Announce Innovative Safety Partnership

The Riviera Beach Police Department and the Port of Palm Beach are excited to unveil a new partnership aimed at enhancing safety and security. This groundbreaking collaboration involves the assignment of a full-time Riviera Beach Police Department officer to patrol the Port of Palm Beach, marking the first initiative of its kind between the department and the port.

This unique partnership emerged from the foresight of both agencies, with a shared commitment to maintaining a safe environment for everyone at the Port of Palm Beach. By having a dedicated officer at the port, the Riviera Beach Police Department can respond more quickly to incidents, work more closely with port security, and foster a greater sense of safety within the port community.

“This partnership couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Port Executive Director Michael Meekins. “As the Port begins one of its largest infrastructure projects to date, it is invaluable to have a full-time dedicated officer overseeing both landside and marine operations. This new initiative builds on the long-standing relationship we've had with local law enforcement, who have always been welcome to conduct training operations at the Port.”

The partnership signifies a strategic approach to public safety, reinforcing the shared goals of ensuring a secure environment for maritime activities, commerce, and tourism at the Port of Palm Beach. It represents a key step towards enhancing safety protocols and improving community engagement.

"We are excited to launch this partnership, which represents a significant step forward in public safety for our community," said Michael Coleman, Riviera Beach Chief of Police. "By working closely with the Port of Palm Beach, we aim to create a safer environment for everyone. This partnership is just the beginning, with further collaborations planned to strengthen safety protocols and community engagement."