Good deeds show kids different side of law enforcement

LOIS KINDLE PHOTOS
Major Rob Bullara, commander of Dist. IV for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office addresses the cadet class on the value of community service projects to both law enforcement and the kids of low-income families in communities like Wimauma. The goal, he said, is to show them a different side of policing and build positive relationships for the future.

By LOIS KINDLE

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office District IV community resource deputies and an orientation class of HCSO cadets and their training deputies gave the Wimauma Boys & Girls Club at Bethune Park a facelift last week. The effort was aimed at showing a group of future deputies the value of community service.

Deputies had previously pressure washed those same walls, re-caulked the facility’s windows and painted the interior walls. This time, the cadets helped paint its exterior.

“The Boys & Girls Club is very important to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, so we got these future deputies involved to stress that,” said Maj. Rob Bullara, Dist. IV commander. “The kids from low-income areas need a safe place to hang out, and we want them to see a different side of law enforcement. Due to our involvement with them early on, we’re hoping they won’t see the other side of the criminal justice system in the future.”

Troy Conti, foreground left, and Andrew Hagenberger, both 23, were among the group of cadets assigned to paint the Wimauma Boys & Girls Club at Bethune Park. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office partners with the Boys and Girls Club to sponsor four facilities in low-income areas of the county.

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