Police Chiefs Praise Clearwater’s Officer Friendly Book Club
The club is a collaborative effort of the Clearwater police and the Early Learning Coalition to boost kids’ interest in reading.
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Police Department and Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County were honored today by the Florida Police Chiefs Association for a collaborative project to boost interest in reading among youngsters.
The two agencies received the 2016 Operation Cooperation Award at the 64th Annual Summer Training Conference in Bonita Springs during a noon luncheon. It recognized the public-private partnership involved in the joint program, called the Officer Friendly Book Club.
Clearwater police Chief Dan Slaughter and Maj. David Dalton were present to receive the award, which recognizes the program in which police officers visit preschool classrooms once a month to read to children. More than a dozen police officers have participated in the program since its inception — including the chief and Dalton.
“We are proud to partner with the Early Learning Coalition in a successful program that touches the lives of so many Clearwater children,”Slaughter said. “And we want to thank Florida’s police chiefs for recognizing this valuable program that benefits our officers and the community they serve.”
For information about the Clearwater police, go to clearwaterpolice.org.
Photo shows (fom left to right) Linda Johnson, provider services specialist with the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County; Chief Dan Slaughter; Lindsay Carson, chief executive officer of the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County; and Maj. David Dalton receiving the award from the Florida Police Chiefs Association on Tuesday (Aug. 2). Photo courtesy of the Clearwater Police Department.
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