Date: June 8, 2001 "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 Command Open House Saturday, June 16

An open house to celebrate the much-anticipated grand opening of the Polk County Sheriff's Office new Central District Command headquarters will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday, June 16, 2001. Community members are encouraged to attend the open house, which will include lunch/refreshments.

Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr., and his staff will gather with members of the Inwood and surrounding communities, business leaders, and county representatives to celebrate the open house for the new Central District Command headquarters, located at 3635 Avenue G Northwest in the Inwood area.

The new 18,000 square-foot facility houses 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, Eliose, Wahneta and Eagle Lake. Approximately 120-150 deputies, detectives, administrative and support staff are relocating to the new facility. Previously, Central District operated from offices located at the Bartow Airbase.

The Central District facility was 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 include office, conference and briefing areas, a book-in facility and adult and juvenile holding cells. Also housed at the new building is the Inwood area COPS unit - which has built a successful partnership with the Inwood neighborhood since its establishment in the community.

Local community residents were strong supporters 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 include a community meeting room that is 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.

NOTE: Media is encouraged to attend the grand opening and pre-announce the event for the public's benefit. Thank you.

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Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

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