Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Community Policing Unit
-School Resource Deputies
-Community Education and Programs Unit
International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Delegates of San Miguelito and Colon, Panama:
Rosario Matute de Barranco, Project Director, San Miguelito
Samuel Bennett, Nocturnal Judge of Police, Colon
Edgardo Atencio Guerra, First Sergeant, San Miguelito
Carlos Loria-Chaves, Regional Coordinator/Governance and Economic Advisor (ICMA)
Cira Iguaran-Peacock, Interpreter
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and ICMA will be hosting Panamanian government and law enforcement officials for a week long series of meetings and presentations to be held from August 6- 10, 2012. Members of the Sheriff’s Office will present the delegates with information on various Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Programs and strategies, which the delegates may take back, study and implement or adapt in their own communities – towards the goal of crime prevention and reduction.
The week’s meeting will also highlight our 18-month partnership with the communities of San Miguelito and Colon, Panama, established in November of 2010 in an effort to promote comprehensive municipal-based violence prevention strategies and programs, and to provide training and technical assistance to these cities toward the crime prevention objective.
This is the second group of delegates to visit the Sheriff’s Office (see press release 10-297 for further info on first visit) since the partnership was established. Sheriff’s Office members have also visited the communities of San Miguelito and Colon during the exchange.
The media is invited to cover the following events:
-The kick-off/meet and greet which will be held at 9:00 a.m. on August 6, 2012 at the Sheriff’s Office Administrative Services Building (ASB) located at 14500 49th Street North in Clearwater.
-The delegates visit to ‘National Night Out’ to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 631 Lyndhurst Street in Dunedin, FL.
-The delegates tour of the Lealman Sports Complex (a PAL facility tour) to be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 3755 46th Avenue North (northwest corner of 37th Street N. and 46th Avenue N.)
Throughout the week the delegates will learn about various Sheriff’s Office programs to include: Juvenile Diversion Program, Graffiti Response Program, Explorer Program, School Resource Deputy Program, Community Policing Unit, Community Education and Programs Unit Presentation; and the Citizens.
During their visit, the delegates will also tour various sites to include Pinellas Hope, the Criminal Courts Complex, Pinellas Safe Harbor; as well as several PAL sites such as Crescent Oaks Golf Course, Rainbow Village, the Lealman Sports Complex and Osceola High School in order to illustrate the various community partnerships used in reaching out to area youth.
All programs are designed to engage youth before they enter the criminal court system.
The goal of the partnership is to provide the delegates program information, ideas and tools that they may implement in their communities towards the reduction of crime.
For further information, please contact the Sheriff’s Office Public Information Office at (727) 582-6221.