February 20, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or
Neighborhood Problem Solving Conference This Weekend
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
"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
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.