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Updated: 03/07/2018 08:30:01AM

HCSO rolls out COPS program

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KIM LEATHERMAN / STAFF

A packed room of Highway Park residents shows how concerned the neighbors are for their subdivision. At the front of the room a citizen talks about the needs of the community before Highloands County Commisioners, county representatives and several cops.

KIM LEATHERMAN / STAFF

Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman was instrumental in getting a grant for the COPS program. The $625,000 grant was awarded by the Department of Justice.

KIM LEATHERMAN / STAFF

The Highlands County Sheriff's hierarchy was present for the unveiling of the new COPS program. County representatives were also in attendance to show their support.

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COPS is a new program set to roll out April 24 by Highlands County Sheriff's Office. It is Community Oriented Policing through Achieving Diversity and Public Trust.

By KIM LEATHERMAN

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LAKE PLACID — It was a veritable who’s who of law enforcement and county personnel that met with neighborhood leaders and residents of Highway Park, a subdivision of Lake Placid, at the Action Revival Community Center Friday night.

Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman said Highway Park had the biggest turnout, by far, for the educational meeting for the launch of the county-wide COPS program. The COPS acronym stands for Community Oriented Policing Services.

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