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Jul 10, 2020
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida

For David Partrick and Dennis Youngren, being a police officer means knowing the community you serve. 

That sometimes means going above and beyond the call. 

Both Partrick and Youngren are part of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. And last month, both officers were honored within the program for their commitment and dedication to their little brothers — or “littles” as they’re called. Partrick was recognized at the 2020 Bigs with Badges Big of the Year and Youngren as the 2020 Santa Rosa County Big of the Year. 

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In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, thousands of people have taken to the streets in cities across the country to protest police brutality against African Americans. While demonstrations in some cities have turned violent and destructive, Pensacola's protests have remained peaceful, no matter the size of the gatherings that started late last week.

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In response to grand jury recommendations following the fatal police shooting of an African-American man last summer, officers with the Pensacola Police Department are now receiving implicit bias training.

“It’s not just about race, it’s not just about gender,” says Dr. Cedric Alexander, clarifying that the training he’s providing covers all areas of diversity.

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A centennial celebration, and an update on gun violence and police training highlighted Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson’s Monday news conference.

After some preliminary remarks on other matters, the mayor honored Frances Johnson on her 100th birthday, including a chorus of “Happy Birthday” by the assemblage and members of Johnson’s family.

Robinson spoke of Frances’ and her husband’s involvement in Pensacola’s black business community, having operated a paint store for decades.

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The shooting death of Tymar Crawford in July continues to loom over City Hall, and is expected to do that into the near future at least.

Crawford, 28, was shot five times by Pensacola police detective Daniel Siemen following a slow-speed chase and confrontation near downtown. A grand jury last month declined to file criminal charges.

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An Escambia County Grand Jury has finished its work in reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a Pensacola resident by a Pensacola Police detective.

After a week of testimony and deliberations, the Grand Jury has returned a “no true bill” – that is, no charges to be filed -- in the shooting death of Tymar Crawford by Officer Daniel Siemen. State Attorney Bill Eddins says the panel concluded that this matter did not rise to the level of a crime.

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While preparations are ongoing for the formation of a gun safety task for in and around the city of Pensacola, another issue – more police scrutiny – came up during Mayor Grover Robinson’s weekly news conference at City Hall on Monday.

“Our men and women in the Pensacola Police Department do an excellent job, and it’s a tough job they have to do; and I appreciate the work that they do every day protecting us,” said Robinson.

Autism Pensacola

Blue Wahoos Stadium will be alive with all sorts of heroes this weekend with the annual Steps For Autism event. "This is a fun, family event with lots of activities for the kids" said Susan Byrum, the President and CEO of Autism Pensacola. Steps For Autism is an event that raises money for Autism Pensacola. This is, in addition to the usual fund raising activities going on at the stadium that morning, Autism Pensacola will be honoring their local Hometown Heroes. "Because we appreciate everyone who puts themselves in harms way on our behalf.

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Police body-worn cameras are becoming more widely used by departments to document interactions between law enforcement and the public across the United States.  

In 2015, Dr. Matthew Crow, chair of the UWF Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Dr. Jamie Snyder, assistant professor, along with colleagues from Florida Atlantic University, published a study of law enforcement leadership’s perceptions of body cam use in their work.

 

Laura Bogan, City of Pensacola

“BIGS with Badges” has landed in Pensacola – it’s part of a nationwide partnership between Big Brothers-Big Sisters and first responders.

The idea is to recruit first responders as mentors, which supporters contend will pay off for the kids, the mentors, and the community as a whole. Participating agencies include the Pensacola Police and Fire Departments, and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

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Respondents to a survey to assess resident satisfaction with the City of Pensacola’s delivery of services and life in general were about as happy with things this year as they were in 2015.

The findings include 69.3 percent of those surveyed during a five-week period in October and November believe the City is heading in the right direction, and a 14 percentage point jump in those who say they’re “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the value of city services.

  Representatives from a number of law enforcement agencies Wednesday announced the results of “Operation Undertow” – an Internet sting targeting adults seeking to have sex with minors. 

Twenty-two suspects traveled to a designated residence in Pensacola to meet the children. Instead, they were greeted, rather roughly, by law enforcement officers. 

“This effort of arresting and prosecuting these individuals helps to stop future abuse,” said Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander.

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  Since 1889, 14 members of the Pensacola Police Force have died in the line of duty. Wednesday morning, the city took time to remember their service.

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Police and public interactions have been under scrutiny as more departments across the country require video surveillance of officers, first with vehicle mounted dash-cams and more recently body worn cameras, or BWCs.

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  Pensacola Police are looking for a suspect who they say was a real-life Grinch who stole Christmas – or at least part of it.

Our story begins around five o’clock Saturday afternoon, in front of Cordova Mall on North 9th Avenue.

“He approached the bell-ringer in front of the mall, and gave him the story that he was there to collect the kettles,” said Pensacola Police Lt. Steve Davis. “That particular bell-ringer was suspicious and asked for ID. The gentleman left and never returned.”

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