Cinnamon Hills Community Festival

Day/Date: Friday, October 30, 2015

Event Description: Officer Higginbotham, Officer Taylor, Reserve Officer Coulon, Chief Anterio, and Members of the HSPD Police Explorers attended the Cinnamon Hills Community Festival in Cinnamon Hills Estate. The event included a bounce house, jumbo slide, face painting, music, games, activities, hotdogs, popcorn, and drinks for everyone’s enjoyment. Chief Anterio was asked to judge the costume contest. It was a difficult decision, as all the costumes were fantastic, but with the assistance of Officer Higginbotham winners were selected in each of the four categories: best family costume, best couple’s costume, best female child costume, and best male child costume.

Trunk R Treat

Day/Date: Sunday, October 25, 2015

Event Description: Sergeant Shenk and Chief Anterio participated in the “Trunk R Treat” event held at the Fellowship Church. Candy was provided to the children that attended the event.

Breast Cancer Walk

Day/Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015

Description: Executive Lieutenant Sheppard, Officer Joy and Officer Higginbotham were present during the 1st Annual Breast Cancer Walk presented by Global Impact Charities. The event was held at the High Springs Civic Center and drew an estimated crowd of 150 attendees who walked through town. The event’s theme was “Walk a Mile in 50 Shades of Pink.” Proceeds benefited several local mothers who are currently battling the disease.

Cub Scout’s Visit to HSPD

Date: October 21, 2015

Description: Four young men of Troop #320 stopped by this evening to visit with Officer Joy and Officer Yakubsin. These young men proudly represented their Troup, and are an excellent example of the Cub Scouts of America’s goal to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance.

On November 4, 2015, Jennie Jacobs, mother of one of the young men of Cub Scout Troop #320, stopped by HSPD Headquarters to deliver a tray of delicious homemade cookies, and a thank you card from the four young men. Officer Joy and Chief Anterio graciously accepted the gift. The card, with a hand-drawn drawing of a monkey, had hand-written messages from Westin, Asher, Leve, and Owen. The messages read: “Thank you for letting us come!!” Thank you for letting us come to the police department. My best part is seeing the car.” Thank you for keeping us safe.” Thank you for letting us see your car. I had a fun time.”  


Date: September 27, 2015

Description: Officer Stroup, Chief Anterio, along with two other Members of the Law Enforcement profession attended the 8:30 a.m. service at the First Baptist Church High Springs honoring the men and women that have dedicated their lives to the Law Enforcement profession. Derek Lambert, Senior Pastor First Baptist Church High Springs in his invitation to Chief Anterio invited all Members of the High Springs Police Department, as well as all Members of the Law Enforcement profession to attend either the 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. service. Pastor Lambert wrote, “You are a valued servant in our community! Your level of sacrifice and commitment as Law Enforcement Officers are testaments of your integrity and love of justice. As the climate in our nation is changing regarding LEO’s, I wish to communicate strongly my deep appreciation for who you are and what you do. You live in the land between, apprehending the criminal and protecting the innocent.” Pastor Lambert reported that twelve Members of the Law Enforcement profession attended the 11:00 a.m. service. 


First Responders Day of Remembrance

Date: September 11, 2015

Description: Early this morning, the High Springs New Century Women’s Club surprised Officer Higginbotham, Officer Stroup, and Chief Anterio with giant baskets of goodies to show their support for the Agency’s commitment in keeping the Citizens of High Springs safe. The Women’s Club was also generous enough to help support the Police Memorial project with a check in the amount of $50.00.

A few minutes late, Brooke, a resident of High Springs, presented Officer Stroup with a handwritten poster and cookies thanking HSPD for their Service and Sacrifice.

The poster was signed, “LOVE, American Citizens 2015. We have your back.” The poster has since been framed and is proudly hanging in Police Headquarters.    

On behalf of the Members of the High Springs Police Department, we would like to thank the Women’s Club, Ms. Brooke, and the Citizens of High Springs for allowing us the opportunity to Protect and Serve. It is truly our honor! Chief Anterio 

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Date: September, 2015

Description: Officer Joy and Officer Taylor are pictured with Kaylin, brother Coner, and their Mom, Laura Stewart. The Stewart’s visited Police Headquarters and provided the Members of the High Springs Police Department with Gold Ribbons to place on the rear of their patrol vehicles. September is Childhood Awareness Cancer Month and the Gold Ribbons symbolize a united stand in the fight against Childhood Cancer and the ongoing search for new and innovative treatment options. They stand for the children fighting against cancer, the strength and courage of every patient and those that have lost their battle to childhood cancer. The Gold Ribbons also represent the need to develop new treatments to replace the 30 year old drug protocols that are still used today. These precious children need our support, Childhood Cancer is real and needs to be recognized! These little warriors are our next generation, they deserve a full chance at life!!

Kaylin and Coner received Cookie Citations for providing the HSPD with Gold Ribbons. 

Officer Adam Joy Featured on GTN

Day/Date: Published on Monday, August 24, 2015

Description: Officer Joy was recently featured on GTN as a “Local Hero that Makes a Difference Each and Everyday.” GTN described Officer Joy as “One Man that Serves His Community at Work and Even When He’s Not on the Job!”

Alachua County K9 Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet

Day/Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015

Event Description: K9 Officer Presnell, girlfriend, Lynsey Rowlamds and Chief Anterio attended the Alachua County K9 Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet hosted by the K9 Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc. The event was held at the American Legion Post 16 in Gainesville, FL.

Alachua County’s Top Law Enforcement Leaders Meeting

Day/Date: Friday, June 19, 2015

Event Description: Chief Anterio joined all of Alachua County’s Top Law Enforcement Leaders regarding discussions on how to better serve the citizens of Alachua County. Thank you must be given to William “Bill” P. Cervone, State Attorney of the Eighth Judicial Circuit for assembling the meeting. The meeting was held at Brown’s Restaurant in the City of Alachua. 

Sgt. Chuck Harper, Jr. & Deputy Brian Phillips Dedication

Day/Date: Monday, May 18, 2015

Event Description: The City of High Springs, in conjunction with the Alachua County School District, unveiled a sign commemorating the heroism of Sergeant Chuck Harper, Jr. of the High Springs Police Department and Deputy Brain Phillips of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. The drive in front of the High Springs Community School is now known as the “SGT. CHUCK HARPER, JR. & DEPUTY BRIAN PHILLIPS’ CIRCLE. Executive Lieutenant Sheppard, Officer Higginbotham, Officer Annarumma and Chief Anterio attended the dedication.

On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, Robert Nodine of High Springs entered onto school property and was subsequently escorted off the property after causing a disturbance by Deputy Phillips. Nodine entered his vehicle and armed himself with a handgun and approached Deputy Phillips. As Sergeant Harper was approaching Nodine, Nodine fired at Sergeant Harper.

Nodine shot several times at Sergeant Harper who had taken cover behind a tree approximately 30 feet away. Deputy Phillips took cover behind part of the school. Officers returned Nodine’s fire, striking Nodine and ending the threat.

Sergeant Harper and Deputy Phillips engaged Nodine despite being fired upon. By risking their own safety, they were able to neutralize the threat and eliminate any injury to the students, teachers, and/or school staff. Sergeant Harper and Deputy Phillips’ unselfish acts of heroism, dedication to duty, and commitment to serve and protect saved the lives of one of our most precious treasures; our children.

Thank you to the late Sergeant Harper, Jr. and Deputy Phillips for a job well done!

American Cancer Society Relay for Life – High Springs/Alachua

Day/Date: Friday, May 8, 2015

Event Description: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. With the support of thousands of volunteers, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. Twenty-four teams and over 100 participants raised approximately $23,000.00 for the fight to cure cancer.

Executive Lieutenant Sheppard, Officer Higginbotham, Officer Presnell and his K-9 partner Aggie, Officer Joy, Officer Taylor, Reserve Officer Treese, Administrative Assistant Angi Robertson and Chief Anterio represented the High Springs Police Department Relay for Life Team.  

32nd Annual Alachua County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service

Day/Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015

Event Description: Memorial Service honoring eight Officers from around the State of Florida. Six of these HERO’S paid the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE in 2014. In addition to the six HERO’S, one K-9 that gave his life in the line of duty, and Okaloosa County Sheriff, John Summerlin, who was recently discovered to have lost his life in the line of duty on January 21, 1921, only three weeks after being sworn-in were remembered. Chief Anterio, along with Chief Book of Santa Fe College were bestowed the HONOR of reading the roll call of the ten Alachua County Law Enforcement Officers from previous years who paid the ULTIMATE SACRIFIC while serving this noble profession.

Executive Lieutenant Sheppard, Acting Sergeant Hampton, Officer Presnell and his K-9 partner Aggie, Officer Yakubsin and Reserve Officer Treese proudly represented the High Springs Police Department. CLICK HERE TO VIEW WCJB TV 20 NEWS FOOTAGE.

39th Annual Pioneer Days Festival

Day/Date: April 25-26, 2015

Event Description: The 39th Annual Pioneer Days Festival included the Heritage Village with Pioneer time demonstrators such as blacksmithing and yarn weaving; an Old Western “Good Guys/Gals” versus “Bad Guys” shootout reenactment; the Cowboy Poet; a Kids Korral area with rides and activities for all ages. The event featured a Food Court serving Festival Food and approximately 70 Craft and Artist vendors. The High Springs Chamber of Commerce estimated the 2-day crowd at approximately 12,000.

The “Ensuring a Safe Community Through Traffic Safety” and the “Click It or Ticket” banners were proudly displayed at the event. Sergeant Shenk, Officer Higginbotham, Officer Annarumma, Officer Moore, Reserve Officer Treese, Reserve Officer Coulon, and Chief Anterio provided police presence at the event. There were NO reported incidents. GREAT JOB HSPD!!  

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week 2015

Day/Date: April 12-18, 2015

Event Description: This week has been recognized as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week as a way to honor Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue Dispatchers. Public Safety Dispatchers are the unseen heroes of public safety, the first of the first responders. They are the critical link between the citizens of High Springs and the Police Officers and Fire Personnel. Their professionalism, sacrifice and dedication is what is being celebrated this week.

On Thursday, April 16, Officer Higginbotham and Officer Moore represented all Members of the High Springs Police Department in thanking the dedicated women and men of the Alachua County Sherriff’s Office Combined Communication Center (CCC) with a cake depicting the High Springs Police Department badge and a card signed by all Members of the Agency.

Fallen Officer’s Funeral Services

Day/Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

Event Description: Officer Jared Forsyth of the Ocala Police Department lost his life on Monday, April 6, 2015, when he was fatally shot in the line of duty during a training exercise. Chief Anterio and Reserve Officer Treese attended the services held in Ocala. Approximately 1,500 Law Enforcement Officers, Fire personnel, Public Officials/Dignitaries, including Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, representing Florida Governor Rick Scott, Friends and Family attended the funeral services. Services included a Law Enforcement Helicopter Flyover and a 21 Gun Salute. 

Memorial Park Opening Baseball/Softball Saturday

Day/Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015

Event Description: Chief Anterio and High Springs City Manager Ed Booth attended the opening Saturday for the 2015 baseball/softball season.

Catherine Taylor Memorial Monument Ceremony

Day/Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015

Event Description: Chief Anterio, Executive Lieutenant Sheppard, Sergeant Shenk and Officer Moore attended a special ceremony at Catherine Taylor Park . The ceremony was a dedication to Catherine Taylor an educator for the Douglas High School in High Springs during the days of racial segregation. A memorial sign and mount was established in her honor at the park which was named in her honor.

Newberry High School Criminal Justice Expo

Day/Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Event Description: The High Springs Police Department, along with other area Law Enforcement Agencies participated in the Newberry High School Criminal Justice Expo. The Expo is an annual event at Newberry High School, and is hosted by the Newberry High School Academy of Criminal Justice.

Alachua County’s Top Law Enforcement Leaders Meeting

Day/Date: Friday, January 23, 2015

Event Description: Chief Anterio, via Skype, and Executive Lieutenant Sheppard, joined all of Alachua County’s Top Law Enforcement Leaders at the State Attorney’s Office regarding discussions on how to better serve the citizens of Alachua County. Thank you must be given to William “Bill” P. Cervone, State Attorney of the Eighth Judicial Circuit for assembling the meeting.

Operation Shop With a Cop

Day/Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Event Description: Executive Lieutenant Sheppard, Officer Presnell, Officer Higginbotham, Officer Joy, Officer Taylor, Officer Foreman and Administrative Assistant Angi Robertson took deserving students to the Walmart in Gainesville to shop for the Christmas holiday. Each student was given a $100 gift card to spend.

Operation Holiday Cheer

Day/Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Event Description: Executive Lieutenant Sheppard, Officer Joy and Reserve Officer Treese delivered new wrapped gifts to families in need in our Community.

Trunk R Treat

Day/Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014

Event Description: Executive Lieutenant Sheppard, Officer Higginbotham and Officer Joy participated in the “Trunk R Treat” event held at the Fellowship Church. Agency Members provided security and passed out treats to 1,000 children that attended the event.