Date: February 20, 2003 "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 Saturday

"Empowerment through information" is the focus of the second annual Neighborhood Problem Solving Conference to be held this Saturday.  All community members interested in improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods through knowledge and information are encouraged to attend the event.

In a joint effort, the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the Polk County Board of County Commissioners Office of Neighborhood Revitalization, and numerous local municipalities and organizations will host the second annual Neighborhood Problem Solving Conference this Saturday,  Feb. 22, 2003.  The one-day conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  at the Nora Mayo Hall, 500 3rd Street N.W., in Winter Haven.  The conference will offer child care for those families with children who would like to attend the event. 

The conference is designed to empower residents through knowledge and information.  The event will focus on providing information about all the vital services - law enforcement, fire, code enforcement, utilities, and more - available to Polk County residents. Citizens will be encouraged to tap into all the beneficial services within their reach to help build and strengthen their communities. 

Polk County Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr., will welcome the participants, and Colonel Grady Judd will speak to the participants about the importance of addressing "quality of  life" issues that are important to the community. He specifically will address the growing methamphetamine problem in the county and issues of domestic security.

After lunch, Dr. Elba Cherry, of the Office of Neighborhood Revitalization, will discuss community building strategies neighborhood groups can use to improve their neighborhoods, such as community emergency response teams, neighborhood watch, community clean-up as mitigation, community celebrations & National Night Out events, and emergency preparedness The two top communities with the highest attendance at the conference will then be recognized, and door prizes will be handed out.

Local law enforcement agencies are scheduled to participate in the conference: Polk County Sheriff's Office, Winter Haven Police, Lake Wales Police, Haines City Police, Auburndale Police, Bartow Police  and Lakeland Police Departments.

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. Further information and registration forms may be obtained by calling the Office of Neighborhood Revitalization at 863-534-7680.
NOTE TO MEDIA:  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.
 

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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