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Clearwater Sets Example for how Police and Residents can Work Together for the Greater Good

CLEARWATER, Fla., Aug. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On July 30, 2016 Clearwater Police hosted a Neighborhood Cleanup day along the Pinellas Trail in the North Greenwood neighborhood. The cleanup team consisted of North Greenwood residents, volunteers from the Auxiliary Rangers, The Way to Happiness Association of Tampa Bay, The Church of Scientology and teenagers from a local, private school, Washburn Academy.

Clearwater police, volunteers and residents set an example of working together for their neighborhood.


Members of The Way to Happiness who participated with Police, residents and other volunteers in a cleanup on July 30th in North Greenwood.


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Per the National Crime Prevention Council, there are twenty techniques that one can use to reduce crime in a community. These include having a neighborhood watch, educational presentations by the police, directories of services, celebrating neighborhood accomplishments and promoting environmental clean-ups.

North Greenwood, a municipal zone housing over 7,000 residents, and known as a cultural hub decades ago, had in recent years become designated as a high-crime, low-income neighborhood. With a peak in crime in July 2015, a recent report released from the Pinellas County government showed a 56% drop in the crime rate since.

Clearwater Police Sergeant Wilton Lee who directed the operation together with a team of the Clearwater Police department thanked each volunteer for their participation in this important project.

City Councilman Mr. Bill Jonson, who joined the group for the cleanup, told the crew about the continuous situation of people throwing garbage in empty lots around the neighborhoods and described this as a "crime", hoping that by doing this project, when people will see the area being kept clean they will reconsider as they will see that other people in the neighborhood care.

Mrs. Kelly Yagermann, the President of The Way To Happiness Association of Tampa Bay said, "I am very proud of our volunteers and happy to be of assistance to the Clearwater Police Department and our local Park Rangers. Cleaning up the Pinellas Trail is something everyone in our community benefits from and completely forwards two precepts from 'The Way To Happiness': "Safeguard and Improve Your Environment"; "Set A Good Example". We look forward to a continuing role in helping our city".

The Way to Happiness Association of Tampa Bay focuses on beautification projects and has been carrying out environmental clean-ups throughout Pinellas County and beyond. Based on the common-sense guide to better living, written by humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, the group has engaged in three community cleanups since beginning of 2016.

If you would like to join in on the next cleanup or find out more about The Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay, please visit the center on 33 N. Fort Harrison Avenue, call 727-467-6961, or log on to www.thewaytohappiness.org.

The Way to Happiness:
The Way to Happiness book was written and published by L. Ron Hubbard in 1981, with 21 moral principles comprising a common-sense guide to better living. Its purpose is to help arrest the current moral decline in society and restore integrity and trust to humankind. The campaign to distribute the book has been embraced by more than 257,000 groups and individuals, with some 115 million copies given out in 186 nations.

For more information Contact: Pat Harney 727-467-6860

Source:Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization