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Foot Patrol: Hillsborough County deputies log over 1,700 hours walking streets
In one month since Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister launched a new community policing program known as "Walk It like I Talk It," HCSO deputies have spent more than 1,700 hours getting out of their cars and walking neighborhood streets in their districts.
Sheriff Chronister debuted "Walk It like I Talk It" on June 6
with the help of a catchy and creative public service announcement shared across various social media platforms including the HCSO Sheriff YouTube account
The goal of the program is to build stronger relationships with citizens by allowing them to become familiar with the faces and names of the deputies who regularly patrol their communities.
"I strongly believe that our residents feel more comfortable reporting a crime, or any suspicious activity, to a deputy who takes the time to talk to them one-on-one," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Our deputies have truly embraced this new program from day one, and it's another step forward in building trust between law enforcement and the community we serve."
Deputies across all five patrol districts have participated in the program, which encourages them to get out of their patrol cars and walk their zones for at least one hour per week. On July 2
, three deputies in District IV were invited as guests on WSCQ - Sun
City Radio Station (96.3 FM) to discuss "Walk It like I Talk It" after coincidentally meeting a show coordinator during their walk (photo attached).
To date, deputies have logged a total of 1,779 hours of participation through the program.