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Preventing crime through community partnerships

Preventing crime through community partnerships

Lakeland, Florda - Beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting through noon, on Saturday, September 15, area law enforcement agencies and members of the Winter Haven, Lake Wales and Lakeland NAACP Branches, will host "Preventing Crime through Community Partnerships," a Crime Prevention Expo.

The free event will be held at Polk State College, Winter Haven campus, 999 Avenue H, NE Winter Haven. 

Attendees will receive information on Gang Awareness, Drug Prevention/Awareness, Cyber Safety, and Bullying.

Law Enforcement agencies participating include:

Bartow Police: "Please stop the gridlock - or else"

Bartow Police: "Please stop the gridlock - or else"

Bartow, Florida -- Bartow police say the construction along Highway 98, North Broadway Avenue, continues to create traffic congestion during the morning and afternoon rush.

One big problem? As people wait for traffic to clear, the light is changing, and the back-ups are creating grid-lock.

So now, police say Bartow Police officers will be monitoring the intersections along Van Fleet Drive (HWY 60), Main Street and North Broadway Avenue (HWY 98) during peak travel times to detect the violators who block intersections.

Lakeland to hold groundbreaking ceremony for Purple Heart Memorial

Lakeland to hold groundbreaking ceremony for Purple Heart Memorial

Lakeland, Florida -- In a spirit of collaboration, the City of Lakeland has scheduled a Groundbreaking Ceremony announcing construction of its new Purple Heart memorial as part of Polk County becoming one of the country’s first Purple Heart Counties.

“We are very excited about the collaboration between Lakeland and Polk County to show support for the Purple Heart veterans in central Florida,” said Mike Mason. “This memorial will forever tell the story of these brave veterans’ sacrifice for future generations.”

City of Winter Haven Citizen's Academy

City of Winter Haven Citizen's Academy

Winter Haven, Florida-- Have an interest in learning more about the inner-working of municipal government? 

If so, you could be one of the lucky 15 to be accepted to the City of Winter Haven Citizen's Academy. The free program kicks off Tuesday, August 23, and will take place from 5;30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday evening through September 25. 

For those of you interested, the academy registration has been extended through Friday, August 10. 

 

Sheriff Grady Judd elected VP of Florida Sheriff's Association

Sheriff Grady Judd elected VP of Florida Sheriff's Association

Polk County, Florida-- On Tuesday morning, July 31, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd was elected to serve as the 2012-2013 Florida Sheriff’s Association Vice President. 

Officials say he was installed Tuesday night during the closing ceremony of the FSA Annual Conference, held in Kissimmee, Florida.  Sheriff Judd will hold the FSA Vice President position for one year. 

A release sent out about Judd's honor explains more:

This position marks the fourth position of FSA leadership for Sheriff Judd.

Alert neighbor leads to burglar's arrest

Alert neighbor leads to burglar's arrest

Winter Haven, Florida -- An alert neighbor, who called in suspicious noises around a home in Winter Haven, resulted in the arrest of a burglar as he walked out of the home.

Winter Haven Police say around 1 a.m. Monday, the neighbor called police after they heard strange noises coming from a house on 2nd Street NW, owned by an elderly resident who was not home at the time.

When officers arrived on scene, 44-year-old Arthur Washington was coming out of the home with a shopping cart he was using to carry items.

Police: Armed and dangerous robbery suspect arrested today

Police: Armed and dangerous robbery suspect arrested today

Winter Haven, Florida-- Today, Winter Haven Police located and arrested the third suspect, said to be considered, "armed and extremely dangerous" in the armed robbery of a Winter Haven K-Mart that occurred on Thursday, July 19.

Today around 4 p.m., police reportedly received information that 28-year-old Kareem Danell "SuWu" Archibald of Winter Haven was inside a home on Poe Dr.