Author: Antoine Sheppard

BE ON THE LOOK OUT (BOLO) / SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT

FullSizeRenderBOLO / Suspicious Incident – On October 30, 2015, at approximately 9:00 PM, Officers were dispatched to the area of NW 174th Avenue and NW 202nd Street reference a Suspicious Incident.

Contact was made with two female juveniles who advised they were outside, when a small, newer model, Silver SUV stopped in the roadway. The driver asked if they wanted to get in his car. The driver is described as a W/M, full beard, wearing a dark shirt. The victims further advised that the male’s voice was not deep, and almost sounded like a “girl’s” voice. The vehicle left southbound on NW 202nd Street when one of the juveniles went to get help.

HSPD Patrol Officers and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Helicopter checked the area with negative results in locating the vehicle. A BOLO was dispatched via the Combined Communications Center (CCC) to adjoining Agencies.

HSPD would like to remind parents and children to remain vigilant and always be aware of their surroundings and to call 911 to report suspicious incidents, vehicles and/or persons. HSPD will be increasing its patrol efforts on Halloween night.

Anyone with information on this incident and/or related incidents can call the High Springs Police Department at (352) 955-1818, or contact Crime Stoppers of Alachua County at (352) 372-STOP for a potential reward.

HIGH SPRINGS TOWN MARSHAL GEORGE L. BRYANT MEMORIAL DEDICATION

The City of High Springs Police Department and Community Redevelopment Agency are honoring Town Marshal George Lasonro Bryant who was killed in the line of duty on December 3, 1908. A memorial dedication will be held on Thursday, December 3, at 10 am in front of High Springs Police Headquarters. Town Marshal Bryant served the City of High Springs for fifteen years prior to being shot and killed by an intoxicated suspect while investigating a disturbance. Town Marshal Bryant was the first law enforcement officer killed in Alachua County and the only law enforcement officer killed in High Springs.

The City of High Springs will be declaring December 3, 2015 as Town Marshal George Lasonro Bryant Day in High Springs, FL.  We have invited the grandson and great grandchildren of Town Marshal Bryant to dedicate a memorial to Town Marshal Bryant’s service and sacrifice. A small reception will be held immediately following the dedication in the High Springs Old School.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

Halloween with the HSPD
Halloween has been celebrated on October 31st in the United States since the early 1800’s and is traditionally a family-oriented holiday when children get to dress up and enjoy candy and other treats. In order to assist the High Springs Community in enjoying this fun-filled holiday as safely as possible, the High Springs Police Department has compiled the following Halloween safety tips for children and their parents. 

COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY UPDATE

Picture3The High Springs Police Department has recently responded to a number of calls for service regarding the passing of counterfeit currency at local businesses. Businesses who encounter an individual attempting to pass counterfeit currency are asked to call the High Springs Police Department at (352) 955-1818 or the United States Secret Service Field Office.

According to the United State Secret Service, “Every year the public is victimized by the counterfeiting of United States currency and other U.S. obligations.  Those who fail to carefully examine the money they receive or who cash checks and bonds without requesting proper identification are potential victims. Only with the public’s cooperation can the United States Secret Service reduce and prevent these crimes.”

UPDATE: July 27, 2015 / High Springs Man Arrested for Uttering a Forged/Counterfeit Bill

Although a counterfeiting arrest was made, this is an active investigation and suspect other individuals are connected to these crimes being committed throughout Alachua County. Businesses should stay vigilant in checking the authenticity of the United States Currency being passed.

Please review the U.S. CURRENCY Know Your Money” information published by the United States Secret Service.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NEWS RELEASE

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE WEBSITE

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS A WEBSITE TO HELP YOU DETECT COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY AND GUARD AGAINST FORGORY LOSS.

Skip Past Table of Contents

HIGH SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT SELECTED TOP IN FLORIDA FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVES

NEWS RELEASE:

July 17, 2015 – the High Springs Police Department (HSPD) was honored as the top law enforcement agency in Florida when it comes to traffic safety enforcement initiatives. Traffic Officer James Yakubsin and Police Chief Jack J. Anterio attended the awards ceremony in Orlando, Florida receiving 1st place honors in all three of the Traffic Safety Challenges in the 9-16 sworn officers group. The Challenges, administrated by the Florida Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) Program is a grant funded program sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Challenges include, the Florida Law Enforcement DUI Challenge, Click It or Ticket, and the granddaddy of them all, the Florida Law Enforcement Challenge. Kate Nelson, Coordinator of the Law Enforcement Liaison Program in her correspondences to Police Chief Anterio wrote, “As a result of your efforts in developing a comprehensive traffic safety program, your department made a significant and positive impact in your community by reducing traffic related crashes, injuries and fatalities.”   

HSPD was awarded trophies, certificates of recognition and 15,000 points for each Challenge. The total award of 45,000 points will be utilized to purchase additional traffic safety equipment needed by the agency.

 “I am extremely proud of our Officers and the job they do every day ensuring a safe community through traffic safety. We are ecstatic to be recognized for our efforts and continue to implement programs, educate our Community, and use targeted enforcement campaigns to reduce injuries and encourage traffic safety practices,” said Police Chief Anterio.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CLICK IT OR TICKET CHALLENGE

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE 2014 FLORIDA LAW ENFORCEMENT CHALLENGE

CLICK HERE FOR WCJB TV-20 REPORT

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FLORIDA DUI CHALLENGE