Date: January 23, 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 Slated for February

With the goal of helping neighborhoods improve the quality of life in their communities and strengthen their relationships with local law enforcement, the first ever Neighborhood Problem Solving Conference will be held this February.  All community members interested in improving their neighborhoods are encouraged to register and attend the event.

In a joint effort, the Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners Office of Neighborhood Revitalization will present the inaugural Neighborhood Problem Solving Conference on Feb. 23, 2002.  The one-day conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (approximately), 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.  The training will be provided by the Florida Regional Community Policing Institute and the United States Attorney's Office.  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.

All interested community members are encouraged to register and attend the event. The fee for the Neighborhood Problem Solving Conference will be $5, which includes the instruction, lunch, a T-shirt and reference materials. Registration forms are available below in .pdf format for easy printing. Further information and registration forms also 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.  Thank you for your assistance in spreading the word on this important community event.

Click here to download the registration form (Adobe Acrobat required).


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