The Community and Law Enforcement Workshops & Services, Inc. - CLEWS Program is a service that brings students in Hillsborough County, Florida together with law enforcement officers to discuss issues they both are invested in. The CLEWS management team holds workshops on public school campuses and promotes dialogues between youth and adults that are designed to address important issues of the day and to, “promote greater intercultural understanding.” Students are encouraged to continue these dialogues at home with their parents and guardians.
CLEWS Programs are held on public school campuses during school days throughout the school year. School district staff and principals agree on the best dates to schedule the workshops. Most CLEWS sessions begin Mondays at 9:15 a.m., with lunch at 12 noon and end at 1:15 p.m.
CLEWS is sponsored by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), the Hillsborough County School District (SDHC), United Way Suncoast and by the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc (CDC). The CLEWS program manager, assistant program manager, training director, facilitators and representatives of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office conduct the workshops. The facilitators also follow up on CLEWS discussions with parents who reach out to CLEWS for more information. Each school chooses 40-45 students and the HCSO selects a minimum of ten deputies to attend.
The Community and Law Enforcement Workshops & Services, Inc - CLEWS Program envisions a world in which citizens of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, including persons who enforce the law, make each other feel respected and safe.
The Community and Law Enforcement Workshops & Services, Inc - CLEWS Program facilitates private citizens and law enforcement personnel working together through earnest dialogue and supportive services for greater intercultural understanding.
I, _______________ pledge to practice the ideals supported by my CLEWS program partners. I will work together with people within my circle of influence toward achieving Greater Intercultural Understanding between my community and law enforcement personnel. I pledge to respect all persons, regardless of their ethnic or cultural background, And I will strive to help make the world a safer place for all mankind.
I pledge to serve as an Ambassador for open dialogue that fosters good community/law enforcement relations.
Honorable Les Miller, Hillsborough County BOCC,
Sheriff Chad Chronister, Hillsborough County, and
The Community and Law Enforcement Workshops and Services Program
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