On May 18th, the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce held a networking event which not only allowed individuals a chance to meet and talk with other business professionals, but also to learn more about the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The presentation was given by Major Chad Chronister of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Major Chronister used the opportunity to give the audience an insightful look into the new technology that is being used to keep the Tampa Bay area safe, as well as current programs designed to enhance community relations.
Some of the new technology that was highlighted during the presentation was the “Shots Fired” detection system which is able to detect gunfire within 25 feet of its source, new crime cameras, a new 42 feet patrol vessel equipped with state of the art detection and safety systems, and Rapid ID which is a new system that has reduced the time required to ID a suspect or a missing person.
All the technology the Major described has helped to drastically reduce crime in the Hillsborough County area both through deterrence and faster identification. This was not all that was focused on during the presentation. Major Chronister also highlighted some of the programs which are currently being done in the community to increase community relations and presence.
One of these programs includes an outreach program to help the homeless. Through joint cooperation with local charities, this program has helped 500 homeless persons in the community with 200 of them being given permanent housing. Another program which was highlighted was the Boys & Girls Club mentorship program. This program is geared towards positive interactions between the officers and the children to not only mentor them to pursue a life away from crime, but also give them the skills needed to better themselves and their futures. When discussing the role of the Sheriff’s office in both the Boys & Girls Clubs and in the school system, Major Chronister was quick to highlight repeatedly how these initiatives were seen as vital by Sheriff David Gee to improving the lives of the community’s youth and the community as a whole.
After his presentation, there was a Q&A session which brought out many other topics ranging from other programs the sheriff’s office is currently conducting, to issues regarding legislation, texting while driving, and social media. The Indo-US Networking event proved to be a tremendous success, and with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office presentation, they gave an insightful look into what is being done to help better our community and improve community relations.
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