Date: January 20, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:


Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

PCSO Kicks Off C.A.P. Program in Davenport This Week

The Polk County Sheriff's Office's new C.A.P. (Citizen Assisted Patrol) Watch program will have its official kick-off at Windmill Village in Davenport at 10:00 a.m. this Thursday, January 22, 2004.

C.A.P. is a volunteer program designed to enhance Neighborhood Watch. Citizens will be provided with specially marked golf carts, T-shirts, and communications equipment, with which they will patrol their own neighborhoods to assist patrol deputies. The citizens have been trained in a 10-hour course in a variety of areas, including identifying suspicious activities, and writing reports. Citizens will report directly to District Supervisors, keeping deputies informed of suspicious activity. The program is currently up and running in two neighborhoods, with Windmill Village being the first.

Media representatives are encouraged to attend this event. Photo opportunities will be made available.

For more information, contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 863-534-6677.

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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