A house-painting initiative between police officers and residents in a Clermont community has been rescheduled. Paint Day will be conducted from 10am-5pm Friday, Jan. 19, after inclement weather forced the cancellation of this event in December.
Members of the Clermont Police Department, along with business partners and residents of the Lincoln Park community, will paint 13 homes 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 11 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.”
The group will meet at 1028 Disston Ave. The event will include free breakfast and lunch provided by Donut King, Chick-fil-A, and Flippers Pizza. If you would like to join this initiative, call the COPPS Unit at 352.394.5588 or contact Officer Colon at 352.516.4287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.