Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sheriff Discusses Vision, Philosophy With Minority Task Force

Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk outlined his vision and philosophy for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office for members of CCSO’s Minority Task Force on Thursday.

The meeting drew an estimated 60 task force members.

Sheriff Rambosk told the group that he expects the men and women of CCSO to treat the Collier community fairly and with courtesy, professionalism and compassion.

Sheriff Rambosk also shared with task force members expectations of the organization that the community has voiced to him. He said citizens have told him that they would like deputies to maintain an approachable image, expand community policing partnerships, enhance communication with the public and understand minority cultures.

Sheriff Rambosk said partnerships such as the Minority Task Force were integral in keeping the Collier County community safe and keeping communications open between all stakeholders in our community.

Task force member Sofia Pagan suggested that deputies be encouraged to learn a second language to be able to communicate with more groups within our community.

Collier County NAACP President Harold Weeks recommended mentoring Collier County youth on the importance of respecting law enforcement professionals.

For more information on the sheriff’s Minority Task Force, e-mail or call 530-5660.

Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk addresses members of CCSO's Minority Task Force on Thursday. An estimated 60 task force members gathered for the sheriff's talk at the Professional Development Center in Naples.

Cpl. Ervin Garriga, left, and Minority Affairs Captain Tom Davis were among the dozens of task force members who turned out for Sheriff Rambosk's talk.