The Clermont Police Department’s Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) Unit will receive the Crime Prevention Unit of the Year award. The Florida Crime Prevention Association will present the award during its 49th annual Crime Prevention Conference, starting at 6pm Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Hyatt Hotel, 1000 Arts of the Boulevard, Sarasota.
The department was recognized primarily for the unit’s work during the revitalization and beautification of the Oakhurst neighborhood, a news release states. COPPS directly influenced a crime reduction of more than 90 percent in an area that was the highest in calls for service for over five years.
The city and the police department helped change the crime-ridden area into a nearly crime-free neighborhood through a citywide effort in which police, residents, and volunteers worked together to beautify the neighborhood, encourage a sense of community, and secure a safe, friendly environment.
Police Chief Charles Broadway says the award is a wonderful acknowledgment of how the project changed lives.
“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,” he says in the release.
The Florida Crime Prevention Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of crime prevention strategies and to network with other agencies on how to fight crime victimization.