In news that’s sure to get under the skin of local police chiefs, a former cop’s weekly radio program has been resurrected.
Former Riviera Beach police Lt. Rick Sessa’s “The Beat: Real Cop Talk Radio” will begin airing today after a nearly 2-year hiatus, and Sessa says it will keep the same free-wheeling style that drew the attention of police across the county.
The program is airing between 4 and 5 p.m. on Fridays on 900 AM, The Talk of the Palm Beaches.
Under its previous run, “The Beat” featured citizens and officers speaking on and off the record about their personal stories, trends in policing and gossip within local police departments. Sessa was quick to praise police but quick to criticize, too.
“I’m pro-police, pro-those who serve,” Sessa said this week. “(But) one thing I can’t stand is either cops who have no business in the industry because of their values, or lack thereof.”
Sessa’s program was first to highlight the long and troubled career of Palm Beach Shores officer Charles Hoeffer, three years before Hoeffer was accused of raping a blind woman in her home. Hoeffer has been on paid leave for more than a year and could be criminally charged.
Sessa said he plans to talk about the Hoeffer case on today’s program.
The show is returning at the perfect time, when scrutiny over police actions are in the spotlight, he said.
It stopped airing about a year and a half ago after he claims the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office pressured local companies to stop sponsoring the program.
Sessa said he’s been told by JVC Broadcasting, the new station that’s broadcasting the show, not to worry about sponsors.
“I have not been told that I have to hold back on anything,” Sessa said.