By Tamas Mondovics

Taking a break for the holiday season, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office District IV, Bloomingdale Community Substation held its final Council Meeting for the year last month, with an added treat for those that  attend on a regular basis. The monthly held, hour-long meeting under the direction of Community Resource Deputy Curtis Warren and Property Crime Detective James Howell, welcomed newly appointed District IV Major Robert Bullara as its special guest.

While the “meet and greet” event, which included some pizza , drinks and desert, was a nice change from the regular meeting routine, it did not ignore the real reason for bringing some residents together.

“Our meetings normally discusses current events, crime trends and community safety issues,” Warren said adding that the meeting gives residents a chance to be up to date with what is going on within the community when it comes to crime and safety, as well as what they can do to assist the Sheriff’s Office.

During the meeting, Warren took the opportunity to introduce Major Bullara, a Tampa native who currently lives within the boundaries of the District he will be in charge.

As a 35-year veteran with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Bullara spent the past eight as Major with the department’s Child Protective Investigation Division and will be replacing Retiring District IV Major Ron Hartley.

“I know the aches and pains in the district, and while you won’t notices any changes in the quality of service your safety and security comes first,” he said.

As the new District IV Major, Bullara emphasized that the district—now under his care—is the largest in the county that is served by five substations including Bloomingdale located at 3622 Erindale Dr. in Valrico, directly behind Car Wash on the Greens.

The 1,225 sq, ft., office was a much welcomed addition to the neighborhood providing extra room for deputies, detectives and members of the HCSO Volunteer Citizen Patrol.

For information, call the station at 635-8040 or visit www.hcso.tampa.fl.us.