FullSizeRender[5]Picture3The High Springs Police Department is proud to introduce Officer Lawrence “Larry” Downing. Ofc. Downing will be assigned to the High Springs Community School as the Hawks’ new School Resource Officer. SRO Downing is a 30 veteran of law enforcement and served as a School Resource Officer at both the elementary and middle school levels. SRO Downing has taught both D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and G.R.E.A.T (Gang Resistance Education and Training).


SRO Larry Downing is sworn in by Chief of Police Jack J. Anterio. Executive Lieutenant Antoine Sheppard and other Members of the HSPD attended the ceremony.

SRO Downing, Executive Lieutenant Sheppard and Chief Anterio attended the “Meet the Teacher” event on Friday from 12 pm – 1:30 pm. HSPD wishes the students, teachers and administrative facility the best during the 2015-2016 school year…GO HAWKS!!

Monday, August 24, 2015 – SRO Larry Downing is pictured with High Springs Community School Principle Lynn McNeill, Assistant Principle Heather Harbour, and Assistant Principle Emery Bishop. Dozens of students can be seen eagerly awaiting for the morning bell to ring, officially starting the 2015-2016 school year. GO HAWKS!!!

September 14 – 18, 2015 – New this week at High Springs Community School is a confidential lock box outside of the School Resource Officer’s office where the students can walk by and drop notes in for the SRO. They are allowed to use this box any time and can remain anonymous if they choose.

Hopefully, this will become another avenue for the students to report what they think is important without fear of retaliation from other students.

SRO Downing   

October 1, 2015 – Youth Crime Watch implemented at the High Springs Community School!!

SRO Downing has received permission from High Springs Community School Administration to start a Youth Crime Watch group on Campus. This is a first for the High Springs Community School.

The Youth Crime Watch program will be starting with a core group of 16 Middle School Students. The Youth Crime Watch Members will participate in numerous projects that will help make the school a safer place for all.

The first major project that the Youth Crime Watch will sponsor is a door decorating contest for RED RIBBON WEEK which runs October 23 through 31, 2015. It is the Youth Crime Watch goal for every classroom to be involved in the contest. The theme for the contest will be “Respect Yourself – Be Drug Free.”

The group will also be starting a project that will involve giving Weekly Safety Tips to Students and Staff during the morning announcements.

More duties will be assigned as the Group learns what it takes to be a SUCCESSFUL Youth Crime Watch Member.

SRO Downing

November 3, 2015 – Members of High Springs Community School Youth Crime Watch have chosen the winners of the Red Ribbon Week Door Decorating Contest!!

1st Place – Ms. Rendek
2nd Place – Ms. Davis
3rd Place – Ms. Steen

A photo of Ms. Rendek’s door has been submitted to the Red Ribbon Organization for their Nationwide contest. If Ms. Rendek’s door wins, HSCS will receive $1,000.00 for Drug Awareness and an I-Pad Air!