“The Grove is so vibrant. Families, and their pets enjoying Kennedy Park and Peacock Park”, says Commander Richard Gentry about why he loves Coconut Grove. “Providing public service is an honor and privilege that all of Law Enforcement take seriously when we took the oath to protect and serve. My staff and I will continue with our due diligence with curtailing crime and promoting a safe community for all who reside, visit and work within Coconut Grove.”
Commander Richard Gentry has been in Law Enforcement since 1986 and says that the one thing that makes it seem like not a job is “Positive feedback from the community, businesses, and schools. Twenty-six plus years in Law Enforcement, you develop the passion and empathy for what the badge represents.”
Earlier in September, Commander Gentry put together the “Coconut Grove Buy Back,” where the community was asked to sell back there firearms. With the help of St. Paul Church, Gentry says they were able to buy back Twenty-six firearms that are now off our streets.
Commander Gentry is also proud of one particular event, The 2nd Annual Coconut Grove Police Jr. Olympics that took place in October at Esther Armbrister Park and included fifth graders from three local schools, Frances S. Tucker Elementary, Coconut Grove Elementary and George W. Carver Elementary. “We are helping the youth in our community by promoting fitness and good sportsmanship. If we can help guide them while they are young, they have a better chance in the future. And really, just seeing these kids as they compete is what it is all about.”