Incoming Police Chief Tony Holloway, "Citizens Can Help Prevent and Solve Crimes"
Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne, and incoming Police Chief Anthony (Tony) Holloway at the Rotary Club of Clearwater. "Cell phones in the hands of many citizens can provide police with prompt alerts to a crime, by a quick telephone call, by texting and by sending photos to the police."
Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne introduced Clearwater's incoming new Police Chief, Anthony Holloway, to the members and guests of the Wednesday noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Clearwater, held at the Belleair Country Club.
Holloway spoke enthusiastically about being "back home." He described future plans that he expects will retain the high quality of police service previously established by retiring Police Chief Sid Klein and, in addition, he plans to involve the citizens and each neighborhood to help the police with prevention of crime. He wants to encourage the public to be involved and to follow the suggestion that, "if you see something, say something." If an individual sees something questionable, notify the police. He said that with modern technology, and where nearly everyone has a cell phone, this may include sending a text message and, if possible, a photograph to the police. This could not only prevent crime, but also may help to capture the criminal.
Holloway plans to work with surrounding community police departments, so that every police department in the county will be aware of crime activity that has occurred in other areas. Criminals will then find it more difficult to disappear into the crowd as they move from one community to the next.
Chief Holloway said that if an individual is witness to an emergency, call 911. If the problem is not an emergency, call (727) 562-4242. If you have access to email, send a message, (and photo), to Clearwaterpolice.org.
Chief Holloway said that he wants the public to know that he is approachable, and that his door is open. He believes that crime is reduced when individuals in a community become involved in being aware of neighborhood activity. When something is wrong, telephone, send a text and, if safely possible, send a picture. We can all help to make our community safer.
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