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Riviera Beach beefs up patrols after multiple shootings in recent days

Posted at 7:25 PM, Jul 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 04:24:50-04

After a string of violent crimes, Riviera Beach is taking action and stepping up its police patrols. The city is also turning to technology to help make the community safer.

“Don’t break the law you’re going to get caught,” said city spokesperson Rose Anne Brown.

Call it a zero-tolerance policy, police are now pulling people over for any type of infraction.

“The incidents of shots fired that we’ve been experiencing is having to do with people driving into the city with guns in their vehicles,” said Brown.

The changes are meant to make you think twice before you speed or run a red light. Brown said it also isn’t just about adding more eyes on the ground level, but also from the sky.

“We have done it before it was very effective. So there’s no reason to believe it won’t be equally effective because this time we have more technology to support it,” said Brown.

The shooting that happened in National Village is still an active case, so the department couldn’t go into detail.  However, police said they previously installed cameras paint a clear picture for detectives of what happened during the shooting.

“Sometimes people don’t think our cameras are real or live, but they are live and we are able to record,” said Officer Jackson.

The department couldn’t say an exact number but said there are several fixed cameras installed in neighborhoods throughout the city as well as two mobile units called an “eye.”