The agency received the 2014 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award. A national award from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing, the award recognizes the significant work with many contributions to public safety.
The CRA collaborated with the East Naples Community Oriented Policing unit of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Collier County Code Enforcement and other community organizations to target the problems the community had identified in the Bayshore area, from trash in the streets to street light repairs and abandoned buildings. The task force was successful, transforming the area into a healthy, thriving community
“The Bayshore Triangle project has truly optimized the community policing principles by improving the quality of life and increasing civic engagement through the creation of innovative partnerships and problem solving strategies,” said COPS Office Director Ronald L. Davis. “Congratulations to the Bayshore Triangle Project for their exemplary work and dedication to the community.”
Commissioner Donna Fiala, chairwoman of the Bayshore and Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agencies, said the award honors the staff and the community for their hard work.
“The project displayed remarkable public safety outcomes that are sustainable, positive and observable, plus a 47 percent decrease in calls for service, and an increase in cultural events since the start of the project,” she said. “I personally receive calls and face to face meetings from people who are so excited about the huge improvements they see. The dedicated staff should be congratulated for their hard work.”
For more information, contact CRA Operations Manager Jean Jourdan at (239) 643-1115.