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Sheriff Ric Bradshaw

Hi, my name is Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. I am the current Sheriff of PBSO, the largest law enforcement agency in Palm Beach County. We have over 4,000 employees dedicated to protect and serve the community.


Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is a career law enforcement professional responsible for leading the largest law enforcement agency in Palm Beach County. Sheriff Bradshaw has a successful track record of forty (40) years in law enforcement. He rose through the ranks of the West Palm Beach Police Department and in 1996 was appointed Chief of Police. On January 4, 2005, Sheriff Bradshaw was sworn in as Sheriff of Palm Beach County. Sheriff Bradshaw is the thirteenth sheriff to serve as the county's chief law enforcement officer since the agency's origin in 1909. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has six departments - Legal Affairs, Field Operations, Community Operations, Corrections, Support Services, and Administrative Services. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is comprised of 4,000 employees and approximately 5,500 Citizens on Patrol (COP). Sheriff Bradshaw has extensive knowledge and training in all aspects of law enforcement with special emphasis on Domestic Security, Field Operations and community based policing. His excellent inter-personal and communication skills demonstrate competence as a leader who "gets things done," yet maintains a balance between assertiveness and diplomacy while always remembering that his first and foremost duty is to keep citizens safe.

Sheriff Bradshaw is Chairman of the Florida Sheriffs Emergency Task Force for Region 7, a member of the Executive Board of the FBI's Joint Terrorist Task Force, Executive Board Chairman of Regional Domestic Security Task Force for Region 7, the Palm Beach County Chiefs of Police, Vice-Chair of States Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, member of the Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud Strike Force. Law Enforcement Planning Council, Police Executive Research Forum, Florida Sheriff's Association and has been designated Who's Who in Academic Excellence in America.

Sheriff Bradshaw's educational experience includes Bachelor of Science Degree-with honors in Human Resources Management and a Masters of Science in Administration with honors-with a specialization in Emergency Management, he also graduated from the Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sheriff Bradshaw is married to Dorothy and has four children. He enjoys hunting and golf.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw's Background

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw's Experience

Sheriff at Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

January 2005 - Present

His excellent inter-personal and communication skills demonstrate competence as a leader who "gets things done," yet maintains a balance between assertiveness and diplomacy while always remembering that his first and foremost duty is to keep citizens safe.

Chief of Police at West Palm Beach Police Department

January 1996 - January 2005

There have been big reductions in homicides in Palm Beach County this year. As Sheriff, I am committed to making our neighborhoods in Palm Beach County safe for everyone.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw at Marines-Connect

January 1990 - February 1991

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw's Education

the Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville

1999 – 2010

Bachelor of Science Degree; a Masters of Science


the Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville

1999 – 2009

Bachelor of Science Degree; a Masters of Science

Concentration: Human Resources Management; Administration; Emergency Management


University of Louisville

Bachelor of Science Degree-with honors

Concentration: Emergency Management, Science in Administration,Human Resources Management


the Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville

Bachelor of Science Degree; a Masters of Science

Concentration: Human Resources Management; Administration; Emergency Management


Sheriff Ric Bradshaw's Interests & Activities

Law Enforcement, Community, Family, Golf,

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