May 2019 Edition 1 - page 1

ASSOCIATION OF POINCIANA VILLAGES
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Commissioner Arrington
Sheriff Russ Gibson
Sheriff Grady Judd
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ecently, Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson
reached out to the Association of Poinciana
Villages General Manager Mark Maldonado to
arrange a meeting to discuss our community. The
pair spoke about many issues concerning our
residents ranging from safety and local police
presence, to programs offered by the Sheriff’s
Office, and Sheriff Gibson’s desire to become even
more involved with Poinciana.
“It was a wonderful and productive meeting,” said
Maldonado. “I look forward to working closely
with Sheriff Gibson and the Osceola County
Sheriff’s Office to implement some great ways to
keep Poinciana safe and flourishing.”
One of the main takeaways from the meeting was
that although Sheriff Gibson works with Osceola County, he wants all
residents of Poinciana to know that his office is there for them – including
the Polk side. “Crime has no boundaries,” said Sheriff Gibson, “And
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and I remain in close contact so that our
offices can work together to protect all of Poinciana.”
Sheriff Gibson and Osceola County are working to increase the police
presence in Poinciana and will soon be opening a west side command
center to join the existing east side center. The west side command center
is expected to open in about 18 months and will house 150 people. The
two locations will work together to create a stronger presence in our
area and will provide easy access for all residents who have questions
or concerns.
In addition to keeping us safe, Sheriff Gibson truly believes in the
importance of getting involved in the community and always strives to
give back to the community that has given so much to him over the years.
The Sheriff’s Office has participated in more than 1,000 community events
and Sheriff Gibson personally participates in delivering Meals on Wheels
to Osceola’s local senior citizens each week.
Sheriff Gibson looks forward to furthering his involvement in Poinciana,
commenting “My heart is to serve each and every citizen in Osceola. Our
whole team feels this way and works tirelessly to protect the quality of life
for everyone in our community.”
One of the ways the Sheriff’s Office helps the younger generations
in our community is through Camp Kind. This program takes Middle
School students who have received an out of school suspension and
works with the school board to bring them to this camp for the length of
their suspension. Instead of facing temptations while out of school, these
APV Management Meets with Osceola
County Sheriff Russ Gibson
students are provided with mentoring and counseling to help them get on
a better track.
The Sheriff’s Office also offers an Explorers program for young adults
between the ages of 14 and 21 who are interested in a potential career
in law enforcement. The program emphasizes ethics, personal integrity
and respect, and several of the participants have gone on to join the
Sheriff’s office.
Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office offers a Police Athletic League. However,
Sheriff Gibson is also looking to start programs for kids with interests
other than sports.
During the meeting, Sheriff Gibson also remarked on the changes he has
seen in the growth and development of Poinciana and his wish to become
more involved with the community going forward. In fact, he has extended
an invitation for all residents of Poinciana to attend the Osceola County
Sheriff’s Office Community Appreciation Day on June 1 at the Mary Jane
Arrington Aquatics Center in Vance Harmon Park. This event is a great
opportunity for everyone in Poinciana to meet Sheriff Gibson and his
team – and we hope you all can join us there!
Sheriff Gibson has worked with Osceola County for many years. After
beginning his career with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office on
January 12, 1987, he held several assignments such as Field Training
Officer and Sergeant in the Corrections Department—supervising the
booking, classifications, security, and release of inmates--and worked with
the Divisions of Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Judicial Services,
and Community Services.
Sheriff Gibson commented, “When you do a job you love, you never
work a day in your life.”
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