This meeting scheduled on October 25th, 2016 from 8:00-9:00 AM at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County will introduce to you a new Safe & Sound Hillsborough (S&SH) initiative called Hillsborough Speaks!

When the Safe & Sound Hillsborough Improving Neighborhoods Committee discussed the needs of engaging the community and law enforcement, they discovered a model program that will:

  • Create a safe space for open, honest communication,
  • Strengthen interpersonal relationships through the sharing of personal stories and experiences,
  • Develop trust and sensitivity to support interaction with one another,
  • Increase awareness  and understanding of policing practices and
  • Strengthen police legitimacy.

Based on initial quantitative and narrative feedback from residents, law enforcement officers, as well as elected and appointed officials like yourself, our Hillsborough Speaks initiative, appears to be a promising practice.

Thanks to a grant awarded by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, a small delegation comprised of residents, youth, city and county staff completed the Train the Trainer Course by the School of Public Safety at Valencia Community College. As we move forward in Hillsborough County we will provide Train the Trainer courses to residents so that they may be able to help facilitate the sessions and improve community relations.

If you have any questions or need additional information, feel free to contact me directly at 813-274-8152 or email Thank you in advance for your consideration; I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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