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Posted October 6, 2016 | 8:41 AM

County to Bring Citizens and Deputies Together for Dialogue

First Community-Law Enforcement Workshop Will Be Held Monday and Tuesday, October 17-18, 2016
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2016) - The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), United Way Suncoast, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, and the School District of Hillsborough County will sponsor the first of eight upcoming Community-Law Enforcement Workshops (CLEW) on Monday and Tuesday, October 17-18, 2016 at Clair-Mel Elementary School, 1025 S. 78th Street in Tampa. The workshop theme is "Community and Law Enforcement working together toward greater intercultural understanding." The workshops, approved in August by the BOCC, are free and open to the public, with limited space available.

"Our nation continues to witness tragic and avoidable incidents involving law enforcement officers and citizens," said BOCC Chairman Lesley "Les" Miller, Jr. "The goal of these workshops is to create honest and respectful dialogue between our communities and law enforcement officials so that we can build and maintain positive and productive relationships in our neighborhoods."

In the next twelve months, Hillsborough County will sponsor a total of eight workshops: five for adults, two for youth and one leadership retreat for elected officials and community leaders. Dates and locations for the final seven workshops have not yet been determined. Twelve (12) Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies and forty-five (45) citizen attendees will be pre-registered from a pool of persons who contact Commissioner Miller's office. The deadline to pre-register for the Clair-Mel workshop is October 11, 2016. Priority will be given to persons who live within the 33619 zip code.

Call (813) 272-5720 or email WilliamsLA@hillsboroughcounty.org or JenkinsAD@hillsboroughcounty.org to request an invitation to attend the October 17-18 workshop at Clair-Mel Elementary School.

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