New Bloomingdale Resource Deputy Eager To Meet The Community
By Tamas Mondovics
Members of the Bloomingdale Area Community Council gathered together last month to welcome long-time local resident and Master Deputy Curtis Warren as the area’s new community resource deputy (CRD).Warren’s appointment was necessary to fill the vacant position following the retirement of former CRD Pete Maurer, who served at the Bloomingdale community substation for the past 12 years.A Brandon High School graduate, Warren, 52, said that his new position may be a new adventure for him, but his 23 years on the force—15 of which were in the Bloomingdale area as a patrol officer as well as a property crime detective—will continue to benefit local residents.“I have served in every aspect of law enforcement except this one,” Warren said. “I think this will be a good change, working more closely with the community.”Warren said by addressing some of the most pressing issues as a CRD, he will be focusing on the increasing numbers of daytime crime – mainly home intrusions and burglaries -that have actually kept him busy right off the bat, following his appointment. Working together with his team and with the assistance of the department’s aviation team, the two recent daytime burglaries in FishHawk Ranch resulted in the capture and arrest of a total of five individuals as well as the recovery of all stolen properties. “Bloomingdale is one of the busiest substations in the county and needs someone with a lot of experience to get the job done,” said Sgt. Susan Bradford, who spoke highly of Warren and his appointment. “I am sure he will be a great asset in helping the community.”Staying on track, Warren is keen on working closely with residents and said that while he will be decorating his new office, he is by no means interested in just sitting behind his desk.“I will be proactive and busy both inside and outside the station,” he said, while agreeing on the importance of working closely with area residents and the Bloomingdale Area Community Council, which he said has been setting an outstanding example of community involvement for all to follow.“The way we solve crime is by listening to our citizens,” Warren said echoing Maurer’s words. “The members of the Bloomingdale Council are great to work with, and I am looking forward to fulfilling my assignment as we work together to make the area a great place to live in.”The Bloomingdale Community Substation, at 4342 Bell Shoals Rd., near Beef ‘O’Brady’s restaurant in the Village Center Plaza, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, please call 635-8040 or visit www.hcso.tampa.fl.us.