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Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office launched Facebook and Twitter pages en Español to help reach the large Hispanic population in Hillsborough County.
As Hillsborough County's population continues to rise, the number of Spanish-speaking residents follows suit. Almost 30 percent of the County is made up of Hispanics and many claim Spanish as their primary means of communicating. With the idea of making sure this growing segment of the community has an open and clear line of communication with law enforcement, HCSO is launching social media pages in Spanish on both Facebook http://www.facebook.com/HCSOSheriffESP and Twitter http://www.twitter.com/HCSOSheriffESP
Sheriff Chronister launched both social media pages on September 19th at 10:30 a.m. at La Segunda Central Bakery, 4015 W. Kennedy Blvd., where he was joined by several leaders in the Hispanic community. This launch date was chosen to help celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month which begins on September 15th and ends on October 15th.
"Florida's Hispanic experience was practically born here in Hillsborough County and that is why I am so excited to continue that legacy by being one of the first to launch social media pages exclusively in Spanish," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Practically 1 out of every 4 residents being from Latin descent, it is important that our message of service and safety not get lost in translation, so we are bringing the message to them in their language."