Sheriff Ric L. Bradshaw
Palm Beach County
CJC member since 1997
Sheriff Ric L. 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 thirty-five (35) years in law enforcement. He rose through the ranks from Road Patrol Officer to Detective Sergeant to Lieutenant to Captain to Major, then Assistant Chief of Police and finally, in 1996 to 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 3,800 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'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 Bradshaw is Chairman of the County's Domestic Security Task Force, a member of the Executive Board of the FBI's Joint Terrorist Task Force, the Palm Beach County Chiefs of Police, Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission, Law Enforcement Planning Council, Police Executive Research Forum, Florida Sheriff's Association and has been designated Who's Who in Academic Excellence in America.