Date: January 26, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager
New Central District Headquarters Groundbreaking Saturday in Inwood

A ceremony to celebrate the much-anticipated groundbreaking of the Polk County Sheriff's Office new Central District headquarters will be held this Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at the construction site located at the south end of Westwood Middle School campus in the Inwood area.

Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr., and his staff will gather with members of the Inwood and surrounding communities, business leaders, and county representatives to mark the groundbreaking of the new Central District headquarters at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The property is located at 42nd Street and Avenue G. Media is encouraged to attend the event.

According to the construction timeline, the project should be completed in approximately nine months. The new 18,000 square-foot facility will house all operations for the Sheriff's Office Central District, which encompasses an area that extends from Polk County on its northern border to Alturas on its southern border. The District includes Lake Alfred, Auburndale, Winter Haven, Eloise, Wahneta and Eagle Lake. Approximately 120-150 deputies, detectives, administrative and support staff will relocate to the new facility upon opening. Currently, Central District operates from offices located at the Bartow Airbase.

The Central District facility will be built on property located at the southwest corner of the Westwood Middle School campus. The property was made available to the Sheriff's Office through a lease agreement between the county and the school board. The new headquarters will include office, conference and briefing areas, a book-in facility and adult and juvenile holding cells. Also housed at the new building will be the Inwood area COPS unit - which has built a successful partnership with the Inwood neighborhood since its establishment in the community.

Local community residents have previously voiced their strong support for the construction of a Sheriff's Office facility in their community, citing the increased police presence as a positive factor in the neighborhood's fight against crime. The new headquarters also will include a community meeting room that will be available for the community's use. The new facility is expected to serve as yet another method of forging a strong partnership between the Sheriff's Office and communities it serves in the Central District area.

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