Date: October 08, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

First Spanish Neighborhood Conference "Construyendo Comunidad" 
Slated For Next Saturday, October 12, 2002

With the goal of helping Polk County’s Spanish-speaking communities improve the quality of life in their communities and strengthen their relationships with local agencies, the first ever Spanish Neighborhood Conference, or “Construyendo Comunidad”,  will be held next Saturday, October 19, 2002.  The conference was modeled after the highly successful Neighborhood Problem Solving Conference, a joint effort hosted by the Sheriff’s Office in February 2002, yet offers its own unique benefits to the Spanish population of Polk County.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office, the United Way, and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners Office of Neighborhood Revitalization are joining to present the day of outreach and information sharing on October 19, 2002.  The all-day event is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Our Lady Guadalupe Pastoral Care Center, 2150 Bomber Road, in Winter Haven.

There are three components to the event: training sessions (for example, PSCO community involvement, gang awareness, Methamphetamine education), exhibitors and presenters providing information about their services, and a children’s program.  Some of the exhibits and presenters will include representatives from the Polk County Health Department, the Salvation Army, Family Emergency Services, Housing and Urban Development, Polk Works, and others.  All of the activities directed at the adult participants, including the Sheriff’s Office training curricula, will be provided in Spanish.  The children’s program will be provided in both English and Spanish and will consist of public safety exercises, education, and recreation.

All interested community members are encouraged to register and attend the event.  There is no fee for the conference, which includes the aforementioned activities, lunch, a T-shirt and reference materials, and children are welcome.  Further information and registration forms may be obtained by calling the Office of Neighborhood Revitalization at 863-534-7680.

NOTE TO MEDIA:  Please announce this conference as soon as possible to encourage registration and attendance.  Media is encouraged to attend the event.  Interview/video/photo opportunities will be made available—please contact Carrie Rodgers, PCSO, at 863-534-6217, or Mike Gordon, United Way, at 863-648-1500 ext. 257, for information.  Thank you for your assistance in spreading the word on this important community event. 

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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