October 24, 2021

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Amid contract deadlock, PBA billboards blast town of Tallahassee on crime, murder rate

Amid a bitter deal dispute, the Tallahassee law enforcement union has ordered billboard space spotlighting the crime and murder fee and warning parents to “think again” ahead of sending their young children to town for school.

The Significant Bend Police Benevolent Association sponsored billboards went up at distinguished intersections at midnight Wednesday, claimed President Richard Murphy who is in the center of agreement mediation negotiations. The billboards appeared the same working day the PBA is in mediation with Tallahassee city officials pushing for an close to a agreement deadlock.

The billboards warn men and women about the crime charge and persuade them to connect with Town Supervisor Reese Goad and push him for a fair agreement.

“Thinking of sending your boy or girl to university in Tallahassee? Believe once again,” the billboards study. “Tallahassee is the 5th most hazardous town in Florida. Murders are the best they’ve been in years.”

The electronic billboard, 1 of which is at the intersection of Current market Avenue and Thomasville Street, performs in succession with advertisements obtained by the town of Tallahassee thanking the Tallahassee Police Department and the Tallahassee Fire Section. 

Back tale:Tallahassee and Leon County saw a history selection of murders in 2020, mirroring nationwide development

A digital billboard at the corner of Thomasville Road and Market Street displays an advertisement purchased by the Big Bend Police Benevolent Association discouraging parents from sending their children to college in Tallahassee, citing the city's crime and murder rates amid a bitter contract dispute between the Tallahassee Police Department union and the city of Tallahassee Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

Tallahassee and Leon County noticed a document selection of murders in 2020 — part of an uptick in violent crime across the country, tallying 28 last calendar year, in accordance to records from the Tallahassee Law enforcement Section and the Leon County Sheriff’s Business office. That’s a 33% maximize around 2019, when the metropolis and county experienced 21 murders. The past history of 22 murders was set in 2017.