November 25th, 2008
10:27 AM ET

Crime Blotter: Cops Wanted – Palm Beach is Hiring!

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Compiled by Gabriel Falcon
AC360 Writer

Welcome to the 360 Crime Blotter.

Some of the best crime writing comes from cops on the beat. But it’s not fiction. It’s fact, put down on paper in incident reports. We’re going to bring you their first-hand accounts. Taken from police department web sites, the official submissions run the gamut from mundane misdemeanors to the most serious of felonies. They all show what police officers across the country face 365 days a year. So let’s get started:


Palm Beach Police Department:

Our policing philosophy is based on a strong community partnership dedicated to improving the quality of life in Palm Beach. We are a national and state accredited, proactive, highly visible, full service law enforcement agency, promoting an environment that values creativity, innovation and invention.
Palm Beach is very unique in character and demands the highest level of service and the utmost in professionalism from its personnel. The Department emphasizes efficiency and excellence in law enforcement.

Recruitment is conducted on an ongoing basis for all applicants who possess the minimum qualifications. Preliminary testing consists of swim test, physical abilities test and oral review board.


For information about a career with the Palm Beach Police Department, please contact Janet Kinsella, Manager, Personnel/Training by phone at (561) 838-5467 or via e-mail at info@palmbeachpolice.com. To request a police officer application packet, please call the Human Resources Department at (561) 838-5450.

Police Officer Salary Range

  • $54,299 – $66,063 (starting range for certified officer, based on experience)
  • $51,772- Trainee Position (non-certified/no prior experience)
  • $54,299 – $80,376 Salary range for certified police officers


To apply for the position of police officer, applicants MUST meet the following criteria:

  • Must possess an AA degree, AS degree, or at least 60 credits from a regionally accredited college/university. The degree must include basic general education course requirements. Prior experience as a Police Officer and/or a BA, BS degree or 120 college credit hours are preferred.
  • Must be at least 19 years of age.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, must never have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence and must not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable conditions from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Must have a positive work history free from frequent disciplinary actions, suspensions, terminations, and resignations;
  • Must have a good driving record to include no driver's license suspensions for excessive points or failure to pay a traffic fine within the past five years.
  • Must have refrained from EVER using hallucinogenic drugs, marijuana in the past two years, and all other illegal drug use in the past five years.
  • Must be a non-user of tobacco products for at least one year immediately preceding application.


Preliminary testing includes swim test, physical abilities test and oral review board. Additional testing for those candidates selected to receive a conditional offer of employment will include medical examination, psychological examination, comprehensive background investigation and voice stress analysis. Explanations in detail may be obtained from the Human Resources Department

Wasilla, Alaska Police Department:

Wasilla Cops on Patrol:
On November 19, 2008, at 1426 hours, Wasilla Police responded to Carrs for an attempted theft of a purse from a shopping cart. The complainant, Lea Nimmo, age 52, of Wasilla reported that she was shopping when an unknown white male in his 20's stole her purse from her shopping cart and ran through the store with it. The suspect was stopped by patrons in the store and the purse was recovered. The suspect continued to struggle and pulled free from his shirt and fled. The suspect was last seen running west towards Yenlo Street. The purse and all contents were recovered at the scene. The investigation is continuing.

On November 19, 2008, at approximately 1745 hours, Wasilla Police were notified that a16 year old female had run away from Rosa House, a juvenile facility. An employee of Rosa House contacted police at approximately 1815 hours that the juvenile had returned.

On November 19, 2008, at approximately 2125 hours, Wasilla Police responded to the Alaska Club for a report that water was flooding the building. Upon arrival, police discovered that someone had set off one of the sprinkler heads in the men’s locker room. The amount of damages is unknown at this time and the investigation is on-going.

On November 20, 2008, at approximately 0125 hours, Wasilla Police stopped a vehicle driven by Matthew Peterson, age 20, of Wasilla. Investigation revealed Peterson was Driving Under the Influence and Driving with a Revoked Operator's License. He was also charged with Minor Consuming Alcohol and Minor Operating a Vehicle after Consuming Alcohol. A passenger in the vehicle, Leland Gutierrez, age 19, of Palmer, was charged with Minor Consuming Alcohol. Bail was set at $2,500 cash or corporate and court approved third party custody for Peterson.

Wilmington Police Department

Tonight, Saturday, November 15, 2008 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Wilmington Police, along with rescue units, responded to the 1100 block of E. 7th Street in regards to a shooting. The call came in from the victim via cell phone as he was locked in a shed on the property. Although the victim did not know where he was, his general location was determined using cell phone towers. As officers were searching the area, they heard the victim banging on the metal door of the shed. When the officers finally entered the shed they found the victim who was suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound in the neck. The 37 year old Wilmington man was transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was admitted in critical but stable condition.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone witnessing the crime or who may have information is asked to call Wilmington Detectives at (302) 576-3620 or 911.

Anonymous tips may also be forwarded to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. NYPrincessTt

    Thank goodness that there are people willing to put their lives on the line to protect our safety every day. Police face so many dangers, but so do EMTs/emergency room staff, any body working within the corrections system (COs, doctors and nurses, teachers, counselors, etc.) teachers, military...the list goes on. I think it is so important to remember and teach our children that these types of careers, while difficult and rarely as monetarily rewarding as they should be, are so critical to the function of our society. Same is true with all the other undesireable occupations. Where would we be without trash collectors, or the DOT guys responsible for removing road kill from our highways? In a very stinky predicament, I would guess.

    November 25, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  2. GF, Los Angeles

    It's too bad that if a person is terminated from a job that it excludes them from becoming a police officer. My friend is smart, fit, has great morals but unfortunately he was terminated from 3 jobs (not for disciplinary reasons) which now prevents him from working in any type of law enforcement.

    November 25, 2008 at 11:58 am |
  3. Cindy

    I don't know who would want to be a police officer. That job is just an extremely dangerous one! IMO they don't get paid nearly enough for the danger and things that they have to endure. It takes a special breed for sure to deal with all of that.


    November 25, 2008 at 10:43 am |

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