Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
06:37 pm
17 November 2018

Clermont police officer recognized nationally

 

One person can make a difference in the lives of many.

David Colon, police officer with Clermont Police Department, is being honored for spearheading the turnaround of one of the area’s most crime ridden communities–Oakhurst–with efforts directly influencing a crime reduction of 90 percent in the area.

He is receiving the 2018 National Hometown Heroes Leif Erikson Award for his positive impact on the Clermont community, according to a recent news release.

“With his strong dedication, and a lifetime of caring for others, David has both changed the lives of many,” Christian Schoyen, chairman/founder of Neighborhood Rescue of America, says in the release, adding the officer’s actions show “monumental achievements are possible in any high crime community when everyone works together.”

Officer Colon was chosen from hundreds of heroes and community leaders from across the United States to receive the award presented by Neighborhood Rescue of America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting cities by sharing crime reduction methods. By outlining steps to success, it supports police departments and community leaders in ways to reduce crime.

The organization honors extraordinary individuals who have life traits of selfless acts in serving their communities and have a positive social impact.

The Leif Erikson Award is specific to those exhibiting Viking traits of courage, bravery and seeking new ways to conquer the old world. Officer Colon’s personal core values of courage, honor, integrity, professionalism and service above self is recognized with this award.

Under the leadership of Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway, Officer Colon spearheaded a citywide effort of police, residents and volunteers to encourage a sense of community and secure a safe, friendly environment, making the neighborhood nearly crime-free.

“This award is a result of the efforts of the men and women of the Clermont Police Department working with the community to identify issues and adopt community-policing strategies to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life while building and maintaining trust,” Chief Broadway says in the release.

Clermont was also awarded the 2018 City Spirit Award from the 10thAnnual Florida Municipal Achievement Awards, and the 2018 Florida Crime Prevention Unit of the Year Award from the Florida Crime Prevention Association due to the Oakhurst Project.

The 2018 Hometown Heroes Leif Erikson Awards is presented by Neighborhood Rescue of America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to assisting cities by way of sharing their proven crime reduction blueprint. This model outlines steps to success and supports police departments and community leaders in their efforts to reduce crime.

“With his strong dedication and a lifetime of caring for others, David has both changed the lives of many, and also shown what monumental achievements are possible in any high crime community when everyone works together,” adds Christian Schoyen, chairman/founder of Neighborhood Rescue of America.

Chief Broadway noted the award was a wonderful acknowledgment of the project and how lives were changed. “This award is a result of the efforts of the men and women of the Clermont Police Department working with the community to identify issues and adopt community-policing strategies to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life while building and maintaining trust.”

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