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At the end of 2008, the Lake Worth Police Department was absorbed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.  The information on the Lake Worth Police Department was the last available from their now defunct website.

Dead Time
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Silhouettes: An Andy and Gabrielle Amato Mystery
Paul Patti  More Info
Death Mate
Paul Patti  More Info

About the Lake Worth Police Department

The City was incorporated in 1913. Its 308 residents lived mainly around Lake and Lucerne Avenues. Feeling the need to establish law and order, they appointed James King as the first town marshal. He earned a salary of $50 per month. Marshal King is the great-grandfather of Jan Strickbine, who works today as a loan officer in the City Employees Credit Union.


Marshal King used his shotgun, not to catch criminals, but to catch fish for his dinner. He used his stopwatch to make sure those with motor vehicles did not exceed the 8-mph speed limit. Marshal King installed two jail cells in the Police Department, then located on the site of the present City Hall, but he never had occasion to use them. They were not utilized until two years later, when the Department was led by Town Marshal Edward Lundy.


By 1949, the Department had grown to 40 personnel, including clerical staff, two investigators, ten supervisors, one meter maid, a jail matron and a dog-catcher. Minorities were first represented during this time. Officer P.W. Odum, the Department's first African-American officer, was personally recruited by Chief Sanders based on the recommendation of a friend. Officer Odum was paid $210 a month when he was hired in 1950.


Today, the Lake Worth Police Department employs 91 sworn police officers and 44 civilian personnel.  They provide police services to over 33,000 full-time residents. As with most police departments, the patrol division is the largest division, handling more than 55,000 calls for service last year.  Commanded by a deputy chief, the patrol division is organized into three platoons which provided 24 hour coverage.




Paul Patti is retired lieutenant from the Lake Worth Police Department in Florida.  He is a published author of fiction and non-fiction books, magazine articles and special features, and has 20+ years of experience in résumé writing, employment interviewing and job counseling. His experience also includes Police Firearms and Academy Instructor, Training Supervisor, Patrol Commander, SWAT Commander, Criminal Investigations Commander, Acting Chief of Police, Acting Deputy Chief of Police, and many other department assignments.


Paul Patti is the author of three books: Silhouettes: An Andy and Gabrielle Amato Mystery; Death Mate; and Dead Time.  According to the books description of his latest book, Dead Time, “In this mystery-science thriller, dead people are spilling government secrets, via their computer-stored consciousness! The government wants to shut everyone up, permanently, but an FBI Agent and a beautiful scientist fight to keep the dead people talking.”


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