Date: October 16, 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

"Construyendo Comunidad" Takes Place This Saturday

Polk County’s Spanish-speaking communities will have the opportunity this Saturday to participate in a conference with and receive information from Sheriff Crow and a host of other local agencies at “Construyendo Comunidad”, a Spanish Neighborhood Conference, on October 19, 2002, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Our Lady Guadalupe Pastoral Care Center, 2150 Bomber Road, in Winter Haven. The event is the result of a joint effort by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the United Way, and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners Office of Neighborhood Revitalization.  The goal is to provide free information, training, and services to Polk County’s Hispanic communities and to further enhance partnerships and relationships with local law enforcement.  

There are three components to the event: training sessions (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 attend the free event, and advance registration is not necessary.  Participants will be given lunch, a T-shirt and reference materials.  Polk County Sheriff’s deputies will be there to help set up, register attendees, provide direction, serve lunch, and above all else, interact with community members.  As stated above, children are welcome.  Further information may be obtained by calling the Office of Neighborhood Revitalization at 863-534-7680. 

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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