WINTER HAVEN. Four Polk County Sheriff's Office Community Oriented Policing (COP) deputies will be taking about 20 children from the communities of Inwood and Eloise (just outside Winter Haven) to attend a practice scrimmage between the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (sure to be Super Bowl Champions this year). Several adult community volunteers will accompany the four deputies.
The group will be meeting at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning (July 29, 2000) at the COPs substations in Eloise (622 Snively Avenue) and Inwood (3520 Avenue J. NW) to depart for Orlando. They will be attending the scrimmage scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The kids are bringing items to get autographed. Lunch is also planned before a return to the Winter Haven area in the early afternoon.
The Community Oriented Policing program is designed to enable deputies to interact with targeted communities to provide more responsive and effective policing. Children benefit from the relationships formed through informal positive interaction with the deputies. By building productive relationships with the children, the deputies act as positive role models, mentors and friends, thereby enhancing trust and mutual understanding within the community.
The four deputies making the trip are: Sharon Rawson, Tim Sanders, Adam Hobbs, and Thomas Van Sciver. The media are encouraged to call Deputy Rawson at pager # 941. 820.1253 or 863.820.1253
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