Date: February 20, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager
Neighborhood Problem Solving Conference This Weekend

The first-ever Neighborhood Problem Solving Conference will be held this Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002. The goal of the conference is to help neighborhoods improve the quality of life in their communities and strengthen their relationships with local law enforcement.

"We recognized a need within the community for information about how to identify - and then solve - problems in their neighborhoods," said Polk County Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr. "The solution can be found by building a great working partnership between residents, law enforcement and county government." 

The one-day conference is a joint effort by the Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners Office of Neighborhood Revitalization.  The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Nora Mayo Hall, 500 3rd Street N.W., in Winter Haven. The conference is designed to offer Polk County residents various problem-solving strategies to help improve the quality of life in their communities and strengthen their relationships with the law enforcement officers who serve them.   By learning to work together, attendees will learn how to identify their community's most pressing problems, and how to develop and implement strategies for solving those problems. 

"It will be exciting to have community leaders from across the county brainstorm with us for solutions to challenges facing their neighborhoods," said Dr. Elba Cherry, Office of Neighborhood Revitalization.

Conference topics will focus on problem solving for communities:
Building Bridges: Community Policing for Citizens, presented by Corporal Kyle Cocker, Instructor, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Regional Community Policing Institute.

Overview of Project Safe Neighborhood - Halt the Violence, presented by Donna Schulz, LECC Manager, US Attorney General Middle District Office.

The Terror Within - Local Community Roles in Homeland Security, presented by Dan Bate, Instructor, Regional Community Policing Institute.

Reach Your Goals through Code Compliance, presented by Jeff Kronschnable, Instructor, Regional Community Policing Institute.

A presentation on Crime Stoppers also will be featured. Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr., PCSO COPS deputies, Winter Haven Police representatives, local Police Department leaders and members, and Polk County Code Enforcement will be available for discussion with the participants during the conference. Further information and registration forms also may be obtained by calling the Office of Neighborhood Revitalization at 863-534-7680. All interested community members are encouraged to register and attend the event.

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