UPDATE: Inclement weather forced the cancellation of this event, which will be rescheduled soon.
Dec. 7 report:
A house-painting initiative in a Clermont community is indicative of the bond that has formed between police officers and residents.
Members of the Clermont Police Department, along with business partners and residents of the Lincoln Park community, will paint 13 homes Saturday at Oakhurst Townhomes, according to a news release.
“These homes are occupied by residents who are inspired to promote a crime-free neighborhood,” Police Chief Charles Broadway says in the release. “They have partnered with us to help build trust, and enhance the quality of their lives within their community. We will continue to show support and commitment to serve above self.”
Over the past 10 months, the department’s Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Unit (COPPS) has been very active within the townhome development, which has seen a 60 percent reduction in calls for service such as noise complaints, drug activity, assaults, and suspicious activities, the release states.
The area had experienced the greatest percentage of those calls among Clermont neighborhoods, according to police statistics, but the decrease has been due in large part to the relationships developed by the COPPS Unit.
“In addition to this upcoming Paint Day event, we have initiated neighborhood talks, potluck barbecues with residents, community-wide trash cleanup days, and, most recently, a pressure wash day with the help of 50 volunteers,” COPPS Unit Officer David Colon says in the release. “We are looking forward to further success and a greater reduction in crime.”
If you would like to join this initiative, contact the COPPS Unit at 352.394.5588.