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October 4, 2016
Let's Move!
"Physical activity isn't an option. It's a necessity."

So reads the Let's Move Active Schools National Award presented to Pinellas Park Middle School (PPMS) "for its outstanding leadership in creating an Active School environment that promotes physical education and physical activity."

The Let's Move award was presented, in part, to PPMS School Resource Deputy Robert Bauman for his above-and-beyond efforts to keep students active throughout the school day.

Deputy Bauman has implemented "Recess Time" for 20 minutes before school and 15 minutes after lunch, during which he supervises students as they play basketball, football, soccer, and more. 

Recognizing the importance of promoting physical education, sportsmanship, and physical activity, Deputy Bauman installed tether ball poles and a horizontal rock-climbing wall, for which he acquired the materials on his own.

In conjunction with PPMS Teacher Ms. Clark, who created the "Thunderbird Fencing Club," Deputy Bauman is Leading The Way For A Safer - and healthier - Pinellas!
Give Back Day
Whether you can't make it to Ride & Run With The Stars this year or you just can't get enough of it, we've got another opportunity for you to contribute to the Sheriff's Christmas Sharing Project and the less fortunate families of Pinellas.

Ride & Run With The Stars, which this year will be Saturday, December 3rd, at Fort De Soto Park, is a day's worth of family activity, including a 5K chipped race, 10K and 25-mile bike rides, and a "Family Fun" 1-mile walk or skate, as well as p ost-race activities like refueling with food truck fare, arts and crafts and a climbing challenge in the Kids Zone, a fly-in visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus on the Sheriff's Office helicopter, and a silent auction with tables full of gift baskets, vacation tickets, gift certificates, and more. Visit rideandrunwiththestars.com for more information.

Join us Saturday, October 15th, for delicious food for a cause at the first of the Ride & Run With The Stars festivities: Carmel's Give Back Day!
National Crime Prevention Month
October is known for pumpkin carving, fall festivals, and trick-or-treating, but did you know that it is also National Crime Prevention Month?

Although not all crime is preventable, many are crimes of opportunity, which means: Take away the opportunity; take away the crime!

Thankfully, taking away the opportunity is the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention and Community Awareness Unit's specialty, and we're ready to celebrate National Crime Prevention Month by sharing on Facebook and Twitter  some of our most effective programs, shocking statistics, and helpful tips for protecting your property, your family, and yourself.

Be sure to check them out!

"This bi-weekly newsletter is another step in my effort to give interested residents the most up-to-date information about services and programs here, at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.


I value your feedback and look forward to continuing our dialogue about public safety."

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10750 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33778

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737 Louden Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698

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(727) 582-6200
CIT Graduation
Pinellas County is home to a diverse population, and the PCSO is dedicated to providing the best-quality law enforcement services to all its citizens - including the mentally ill.

On Friday, September 30th,  32 deputies completed Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training.

During the 40-hour course, mental health professionals, law enforcement officers, people with mental illnesses, and advocates taught the deputies about the local mental health system and state laws, de-escalation skills, and how to recognize mental illness, since law enforcement is often the first to respond to a mentally ill person's call for help.

Course graduates received their certifications at a ceremony at the Sheriff's Administration Building, where Chief Deputy Dan Simovich and several of the course organizers addressed graduates, their peers, and their families.

Congratulations, deputies!