ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - After a handful of murders in a small area of town in the last week, the Pine Hills community, together with the Orlando Police Chief John Mina and Sheriff Jerry Demings announced Operation RISE. That stands for Restoring, Inclusiveness, Safety and Empowerment.
“This effort increases intelligence and steers units towards investigative leads on current or future violent crimes. The ultimate goal of operation rise is to reduce crime and the fear of crime, force a safer environment and promote empowerment back to the residence and business owners while improving their quality of life,” said Sheriff Demings.
The Sheriff's Office rolled their mobile substation to a shopping center parking lot at the corner of Pine Hills and Silver Star roads. It will now be staffed Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Deputies are encouraging residents to come out, talk to their staff, voice their concerns and provide crime tips.
This was all discussed in an afternoon news conference with several members of both departments in attendance as well as State Attorney Jeff Ashton, incoming state Attorney Aramis Ayala, Orlando City Council members and Orange County commissioners, as well as local religious leaders.
The Sheriff's Office says the homicide rate for the county is up by 50 percent this year over the previous year. They all agree, the Pine Hills community needs to come together to do their part to take back their streets and let the bad guys know that crime will not be tolerated.