Ice is back with a brand new edition, but one Florida top cop won’t be around to hear it.
Florida’s most troubled Sheriff’s Office in Palm Beach County, has suspended a station commander for using undercover patrol vehicles in his private security business.
But not just any station commander.
Florida Captain Hart was unceremoniously replaced in his office as Commander of the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) Wellington district, which includes such well known residents as Bill Gates and Bruce Springsteen, and which is a destination for worldwide polo players.
While it’s rare for any internal affairs investigation to be successful, it must be pretty blatant for PBSO to act, because we know that that particular office is far more concerned with retaliating against journalists and those who’ve crossed the Blue Wall of Silence to speak out about that agency’s particularly dirty laundry.
A source at the agency told us Hart is believed to have used unmarked PBSO vehicles for his private security business.
Hart, a 25-year veteran, has been running his side business for years with retired and off-duty deputies.
He’s provides security for famous Wellington residents like Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, rocker Bruce Springsteen and rapper-turned-home-improvement-guru Vanilla Ice.
“Apparently, the brass told him to knock off the use of cars several times,” the source said. “They finally decided to do something about it.”
But that’s not the half of it.
PBSO is acquiring quite the international reputation for all of the wrong reasons.
At first blush, Palm Beach County would seem an unlikely place to compare to Stalin-era Russia. A two-hour drive north from Miami, it is a land of emerald golf courses and outdoor shopping complexes, where wealthy New Yorkers buy retirement mansions in gated communities. The beach is dotted with luxury resorts, among them Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club. Bernie Madoff was a man-about-town with a membership at the exclusive local country club until it was revealed that he’d victimized many of his neighbors and associates as part of the largest fraud in U.S. history.
Welcome to Wellington!