HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - On the surface it may seem like a strange partnership, but then again, "politics make for strange bedfellows". Law Enforcement is teaming up with Waste Management to keep an eye on our community during the Republican National Convention.
The idea is actually makes sense from a security point of view. On any given day, waste management has 85 plus trucks with 150 plus employees on the road. That's over 300 plus eyes scanning our neighborhoods while they pick up our trash.
With so many people from outside expected to be here for the RNC, Johnny Law wants these guys to be Johnny on the Spot, with Captain Bret Bartlett with Tampa Police telling us, "We're looking for the people who are coming here with the intent on committing criminal acts, and they're going to have to stay somewhere.
So we're asking these folks, as they go around if they see a house that on a Wednesday was abandon, on a Thursday they see a lot of activity inside it, we're asking them to take a look at it, write that address down and call the police."
For Waste Management's part they say they are happy to team up with Law Enforcement, and to that end they held 3 separate classes this morning where they were taught what to look out for. And Waste management does admit they do some of this already, not being intrusive by sifting through our garbage, but looking out for things that are out of the ordinary.
Dawn McCormick, with Waste Management related a story, "We had an incident in South Florida recently, where there literally there were some explosives, old grenades. They called that in right away. The bomb squad came in."
So as we get closer to the RNC, as you throw out, you're waste management team will not only be picking up, they'll be trying to take everything in. It's what you might call a community waste and watch program.
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