CLEARWATER - Clearwater Police reported the following this week:
Department selected to participate in international program
The Clearwater Police Department has been selected to participate in a Police Station Visitors' Week, an annual competition sponsored by the International Program Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit organization based in New York, N.Y. that works closely with governments to improve the services that people rely on for safety and justice.
Members of the community will be invited to the station Nov. 3-Nov. 9 to interact and observe city police and staff during their normal daily operation. The visitors will be asked to focus on behaviors of the staff including their sense of community orientation, accountability to the public, and treatment of the public. They will also be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding their experience.
Overall station scores will be generated based on participant feedback, and the top-scoring station from North America will be honored at a global conference.
Caitlin Gokey, Program Associate for Vera Institute of Justice, said today that the winners of the competition will be announced in January. The date and location for the global conference has not yet been determined; however, it will occur sometime next summer.
Last year police departments in Africa, Asia and Latin America participated in the event, as well as six U.S. police departments.
Bicycle thefts reported in North Beach
Clearwater Police reported thieves stole racing style-bicycles last week in two separate incidents in the north Clearwater Beach neighborhood.
Burglars gained entry through unlocked and opened garages, according to police. Police are asking citizens to help by locking their doors.
To report suspicious activities, contact the police at (727) 562-4242 or through the TIP411 system. Visit www.ClearwaterPolice.com for more information.
School crossing guards needed
The city is seeking school crossing guards. The part-time positions pay $10.41 an hour. Applicants must meet and maintain certain requirements for health and physical condition, which includes basic hearing and vision screenings. In addition, applicants must be at least 19-years-old and have a valid driver's license and high school diploma or GED. Applications are accepted at the Police Department or Municipal Services Building or can be found online at www.myclearwater.com.
Deputies write 32 tickets during weekend DUI checkpoint
Last weekend, Clearwater Police assisted deputies of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office at a DUI checkpoint in Palm Harbor.
Of the 1,899 vehicles that passed the checkpoint, 376 were stopped for further investigation.
Of the 32 tickets issued, the number of drivers charged included: 5 for driving under the influence; 2 for driving while license suspended or revoked; 1 for possession of marijuana; 1 for providing a false name to law enforcement; 1 for no valid driver's license; 1 for fleeing and eluding a police officer; and 21 traffic citations.