SUN CITY CENTER – It’s been a busy year for Security Patrol Chief Bob Powers and his 1,100 volunteers. Recently he met with more than 130 of them and 10 representatives from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office – including Sheriff David Gee and Maj. Ron Hartley, District 4 commander – to recap the patrol’s 2013 achievements.
“The Security Patrol is one the best organizations we deal with,” Hartley said. “It’s our eyes and ears in Sun City Center and helps us ensure the safety of the community’s citizens. And it’s one of the reasons Sun City Center has the lowest crime rate in Hillsborough County.”
The annual meeting included election of new board members Richard Huff and Thessa Sollenberger and Powers’ state of the patrol report. It included the following:
* Addition of 140 new volunteers and 21 new captains.
* Purchase of five new replacement vehicles.
* Acquisition of five new car radios, thanks to a Community Foundation grant.
* Addition of more daytime patrols to address crime issues and increase visibility.
* Inspection and registration of more than 600 golf carts in the community.
* Increased participation in community events, including a school supply drive for Reddick Elementary and a food drive for Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry.
* Implementation of a stepped-up recruiting effort.
The patrol also has arranged several group trips to Tampa Bay Rays and Lightning games, offering transportation and discounted ticket prices. The next one is for the Rays vs. the New York Yankees game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Baseline, lower-level tickets are available for $20 to anyone in South Shore. Roundtrip bus transportation is an additional $15. The sign-up deadline is April 11. For reservations or information, call (813) 642-2020.
“A portion of the ticket sals goes to the patrol,” Powers said. “We want everyone in the community to come sit together in front of the Rays’ bullpen and have a great time.”
Powers said the patrol is “going through a metamorphosis right now with younger people joining. He added the patrol is now accepting applications from Kings Point residents and need at least 100 more volunteers to fully staff the cars for all shifts.”
“We had a great year and did a lot of hard work,” Powers told his people. “We’re going to do even better this year.”