Published on October 01, 2021
October is here and with it comes the beginning of the weather pattern that makes us envious of many across our great nation.
I have noticed the bright sunny day, cooler nights, and low humidity the last couple of days, and I, for one, am looking forward to many more days like this. Even though the weather looks perfect, we can’t let our guard down. I want to remind you that Hurricane Wilma was a Category 3 hurricane that landed in South Florida in late October. Wilma caused major damage and power outages for over ten days in our area. Please don’t let your guard down and be prepared as we ride out the last month of hurricane season.
During October, we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness and Bullying Prevention, two causes I am passionate about. I think we all know someone who was affected by breast cancer. It, like all forms of cancer, is a horrible disease that has taken far too many, far too young. During this month, you may notice members of our police department wearing uniforms with pink badges and/or pink patches. We do this to raise money to help fight breast cancer and to bring awareness to this horrible disease. But there is hope, breast cancer survival rates have increased partially due to early detection. Hopefully seeing one of our officers with a pink badge or pink patch will remind you that it is time for a mammogram. Maybe you will remind a loved one to make an appointment. If you know someone who is battling breast cancer, please take a moment to tell them they are brave, courageous, and beautiful. The changes that their bodies go through while fighting this disease, is God’s way of showing us how truly beautiful they are. A kind word to someone battling this disease may be what they need to keep fighting for tomorrow.
October is also Bullying Prevention Month. I hate a bully. They are not brave and they are not strong. They prey upon those who are weaker than them. They draw some pleasure out of someone else’s pain.
I simply don’t understand them.
If you ask many police officers why they became a cop, they would most likely give you the standard “to protect and serve” line. That may be true, but I am certain that many of us became cops to protect those who can’t protect themselves. I know that was one of the major factors that drove my decision to become a police officer. If you, or someone you know, is being bullied, please report it. We are dedicated to helping solve this issue, especially for our young folks. We have all seen the devastating effects bullying can have on its victims. It can lead to isolation, depression, and suicidal thoughts. As a civil society, we should always treat people with respect and dignity. Please help us with this endeavor.
Lastly, I am going to ask for your help and issue you a warning. In the past few months, I have received an overwhelming amount of traffic-related complaints. Most of these complaints are for speeding, loud cars, and other traffic-related issues at morning drop-offs and afternoon pickups around schools. I am asking you all to govern yourselves accordingly when traveling on our roadways. I am asking you to leave with enough time to arrive at your destination, without speeding and/or driving aggressively. I am asking parents to follow the traffic patterns established between school administrators and our Traffic Unit. These are the safest and most efficient means of dropping your children off and picking them up. Please do not drop your children off at an undesignated location or along the road because you want to avoid the lines. You are adding to the traffic issues and putting your child in danger. Our officers are going to be out in our city focusing on traffic violations. If they stop you, you most likely will get a ticket.
I am willing to trade traffic complaints for complaints of receiving a ticket. Eventually, this will result in compliance with traffic laws and safer streets for all of us.
If you have prescription medications you no longer want or need, please join us on Saturday, October 23, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for our Drug Take-Back event at the Broward Health Medical Office Complex, located at 3100 Coral Hills Drive.
As always, if you see something suspicious or unusual in the community, you have the power to Make a Call and Make a Difference by calling our non-emergency number (954) 344-1800 or 911. If you haven’t already, please connect with me on Facebook @ChiefParry.
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