The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) System is a 12-hour program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. The course includes lecture, discussion and self-defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities. Our courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and we provide each student with a workbook/reference manual.
The R.A.D class is offered at no charge by the Vero Beach Police Department. Those who sign up must be a minimum of 12 years of age or older. You must commit to attending all scheduled days per program date to complete the course. Each class is limited, so register now and bring a family member or friend! The course will be taught at the Vero Beach Police Department, 1055 20th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960.
The class dates and times are Monday, December 27th (lecture only), 28th, 29th & 30th, 2021 from 4pm to 8pm
Please email the instructors for the course to receive the waivers/enrollment forms, or ask any questions you may have:
Cpl. Megan DeWitt email@example.com or
Ofc. Greg Matakaetis firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Vero Beach Police Chief James Gabbard was inducted into the 2020 Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame this past Saturday in Tallahassee. Chief Gabbard served as police chief in Vero Beach for 19 years before becoming the city manager until retiring in 2010.
Congratulations Chief Gabbard!
To improve the safety for pedestrian traffic across A1A, FDOT Southeast Florida has recently installed and activated a crosswalk at Greytwig Rd. and A1A.
When a pedestrian activates this crosswalk, flashing lights will alert drivers to STOP allowing the pedestrians to cross A1A.
Over the next couple of weeks officers from the Vero Beach Police Department will increase our patrols of this area to make sure that drivers are following the law in relation to this new crosswalk.
Per F.S.S. 316.130(7)(b): The driver of a vehicle at any crosswalk where signage so indicates shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk and is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
Beginning on Oct. 26 2020 construction will begin on the 17th St. Bridge at the intersection of 17th St & Indian River Blvd. This will result in each direction reduced to ONE lane.
On or around Nov. 2 2020 through Feb. 5 2021 the ENTIRE Westbound side of the bridge will be CLOSED. This will result in ALL traffic traveling on the EASTBOUND side, one lane for each direction.
On or around Feb. 5 2021 through April 5 2021 the ENTIRE Eastbound side of the bridge will be CLOSED. This will result in ALL traffic traveling on the WESTBOUND side, one lane for each direction.
This schedule is dependent on no delays caused by weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Please adjust your traveling plans as needed.
Any questions in regards to this project should be directed to
DBi Services - www.dbiservices.com
8:00am - 4:00pm
A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will be conducting a full assessment to examine all aspects of the Vero Beach Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, from November 3-5, 2020 Chief David E. Currey announced today. The Vero Beach Police Department has to comply with approximately 239 standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.
As part of the virtual assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards are available through The Vero Beach Police Department’s Public Information Officer at 772-978-4649.
For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Vero Beach Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302, or email to email@example.com.
The Accreditation Program Manager for the Vero Beach Police Department is Lt. Phil Huddy. He said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals and ask questions to verify compliance with standards. The CFA Assessment Team Leader is Master Police Officer Eric Wells from the Altamonte Springs Police Department. Other team members include Sgt. Shane Strickland from the Clermont Police Department and Loren Rellah from Atlantic Beach Police Department.
Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status. The Vero Beach Police Department’s accreditation is for 3 years. Verification by the team that the Vero Beach Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation--a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Chief David E. Currey said.
In March, homes across the country received invitations to complete the 2020 Census. We strongly encourage our communities to respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet today if you haven’t done so already. Safe, healthy neighborhoods remain our top priority. Completing the Census without having to leave your home is crucial to maintaining social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak. And with an online option now available, we can safely fulfill our civic responsibility easier than ever.
lease be advised that beginning this month, Census takers will begin interviewing homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help ensure everyone is counted. The health and safety of the public and Bureau employees remains a top priority. Census taker activities will incorporate the most current guidance from federal, state and local officials.
To complete the Census, please copy and paste this link in a new tab: https://go.usa.gov/xdK58 and remember that your response will help shape public services like healthcare clinics, emergency response preparedness and education programs. For more information about the 2020 U.S. Census, please visit www.2020census.gov.
New update from the EOC. 8:00 PM 7/31
One particular note is that shelters will be opening up tomorrow:
As a last resort for evacuees, we will be ordering a voluntary evacuation for mobile/manufactured home residents, low lying areas, and the barrier island. We will be opening the following shelters at 2:00 p.m. Saturday
• Special Needs Shelter – Treasure Coast Elementary – 8955 85th Street, Sebastian
• Pet-Friendly Shelter – Liberty Magnet School – 6580 81st Street, Vero Beach
• General Population – Freshman Learning Center – 1507 19th Street, Vero Beach
Read ENTIRE update here: https://bit.ly/3hVfHEX
#Hurricane Isaias update for the City of Vero Beach 7/31/2020 3:15PM.
City operated beaches will be CLOSED beginning 8/1(Saturday) @ 5:00pm and they will reopen, weather permitting, at 12:00pm 8/2 (Sunday).
On July 23, 2020, at 9:36 PM, the Vero Beach Police Department received a 911 call regarding a shooting at 1228 24th Street, Lot 12. Officers arrived on scene within minutes and located the victim, Samuel Foster, age 29, of Vero Beach. Foster advised officers that he had been shot in the abdomen by Michael Lloyd during a domestic argument inside Lot 12. Foster was subsequently transported by paramedics to an area hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Officers issued a “be on the lookout” for Lloyd after learning that he had fled the scene in a white van immediately after the shooting.
Detectives responded to the scene, interviewed witnesses, and secured Lot 12 pending a search warrant. Through investigative means, Detectives learned that Michael Lloyd was currently at a residence in the 4900 block of 65th Street in Vero Beach. With assistance from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, officers were able to confirm that Michael Lloyd was at the aforementioned residence. On July 24, 2020, at 0240 hours, Lloyd was taken into custody by the IRCSO and turned over to VBPD Detectives. A firearm matching the description of the firearm utilized in the shooting was secured as evidence. Lloyd’s van was secured and towed to the Vero Beach Police Department pending a search warrant.
Michael Odis Lloyd, DOB 12/24/1980, of 1228 24th Street, Lot 12, Vero Beach, FL was arrested by Vero Beach Police Detectives and charged with the following offenses:
· Attempted First Degree Murder
· Felon in Possession of a Firearm
The recently passed law allows the legal use of fireworks on the following holidays:
New Year's Eve - December 31
New Year's Day - January 1
Independence Day - July 4
Please review the attached info-graphics regarding firework safety for yourself, and for your pets!
Also attached is the full text of the law.
Our PIO Officer is responsible for providing information to the public through various outlets.