For Immediate Release:
Col. Joseph Bradshaw Receives Florida Bar Claude Pepper Award
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 28, 2013) –The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) would like to congratulate Colonel Joseph Bradshaw of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) for receiving the 2013 Florida Bar Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award. The award, named for the Honorable Claude Pepper, – a Florida attorney, United States Senator, and United States Congressman – recognizes an outstanding lawyer who has made an extraordinary contribution as a practicing government lawyer. Col. Bradshaw received the award this morning from Florida Bar President Gwynne Young at their Annual Convention.
“Law enforcement plays a crucial and powerful role in society and Colonel Bradshaw’s advice has been invaluable in helping to guide PBSO toward the right course of action and ensure the protection of our citizens’ constitutional rights,” said Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.
Col. Bradshaw started his law career as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, where he spent the majority of his time prosecuting child abuse cases. Col. Bradshaw has spent the past 27 years at PBSO rising through the ranks of road patrol deputy, investigator and public information officer. In 1990, he became the first full-time in-house legal advisor for PBSO, appointed by then-Sheriff Richard Wille. Today, Col. Bradshaw and his department provide legal advice to the Sheriff and the Sheriff’s Office, an organization with more than 4,000 employees.
“The Florida Sheriffs Association congratulates Colonel Bradshaw for this prestigious honor,” said FSA Executive Director Steve Casey. “Sheriff Bradshaw and his team are fortunate to have someone with the knowledge and expertise that Col. Bradshaw brings to their office everyday.”
Col. Bradshaw has been a member of the Florida Association of Police Attorneys for more than 20 years and served as its President for an unprecedented three terms, from 1994 to 1997. He is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) and was appointed by NSA President, Sheriff B.J. Roberts, as a member of the Legal Affairs Committee for the 2010-2011 term.
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For more information:
Nanette Schimpf, APR, CPRC