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Updated: 10/31/2013 08:00:03AM

HCSO open house Thursday in AP

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The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office will host an open house Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the North District Substation at 304 W. Pleasant St.

The open house will afford an opportunity for the HCSO to demonstrate its capabilities to the Avon Park community. Featured will be demonstrations by the Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, the Special Weapons and Tactics and Crisis Negotiation teams and other agency support equipment.

Deputies and civilian staff will also be on hand to answer any questions people may have, according to HCSO Public Information Officer Nell Hays. She said the K-9 demonstrations will take place between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Sheriff Susan Benton said that the Alpha 2 and Alpha 3 zones that cover Avon Park always have a deputy on duty and can draw on deputies immediately outside those zones if needed. She said there are more law enforcement officers available now than when the city had its own full-time department.