The heart of any downtown has issues and opportunities distinguishing it from other parts of the city. In an effort to assist downtown Mount Dora, the city’s police department has assigned an officer specifically for the area.
Mount Dora Police Department Corporal Jessica Howell will be responsible for law enforcement and community relations within the quaint downtown. Her daily mode of transportation will be a Segway, the highly maneuverable, two-wheeled, electric vehicle. It’s expected to arrive in a week, until then she will be patrolling on foot and occasionally in a police vehicle.
“As the position continues to develop so will my duties and responsibilities,” said Howell.
Mount Dora Police Department is still working on where Howell will be based downtown, however she is already working in the downtown area without an office. Currently the officer is familiarizing herself with the merchants, shops, parking areas, and the downtown Community Redevelopment Area by meeting merchants and conducting foot patrols within the assigned area.
Howell will work a flexible forty-hour schedule downtown with times and days that accommodate the unique needs of the downtown area.
The officer is not new to the city. She has been with MDPD for over eleven years. Howell worked as a patrol officer for 6 years followed by three years as the North East CRA officer. During that time Howell initiated and developed the Citizens Police Academy, as well as MDPD’s participation in several community outreach projects. She was promoted to corporal in 2015 and was reassigned to the patrol division.