I-Drive Business Improvement District utilizes successful Tourist Oriented Policing Squad (TOPS) safety program
ORLANDO, FL--One of the
world’s top tourist and meeting destinations, the I-Drive Resort Area,
continues to utilize the enhanced support of its highly successful prototype
safety program, Tourist Oriented
Policing Squad (TOPS).
The program allows for
coverage of I-Drive located within the unincorporated area of Orange County for
the International Drive Improvement District master taxing unit. The
unincorporated area includes more than 4,500 acres of accommodations,
attractions, entertainment, dining and shopping.
partnership was launched in April 2010 between Orange County Government, the
Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the International Drive Business Improvement
District. Providing an increased law enforcement presence, it enables the
tourist corridor to maintain its strong reputation in the travel industry as a
safe and fun destination. The TOPS program is 100 percent funded through the
I-Drive District via a special assessment.
utilizes other agency resources for maximum visibility and to ensure the safety
of visitors. These resources include bicycle
patrols, mounted units, motor units, marine patrol and aviation/air support.The highly-visible deputies encourage
visitors to feel free to ask for any assistance. They are also happy to pose
for a photo or even take a group photo for visitors. They are here to ensure
safety and also to “make a difference.”
The I-Drive area has its
own team of detectives and a crime prevention deputy assigned with specific
training, knowledge and certifications in the tourist policing field. The TOPS
deputies also offer various crime prevention programs and seminars to the
I-Drive business community in their commitment to enhance the safety of the
I-Drive area through increased visibility, communication and partnerships.
recognize that there is nothing more important to meeting attendees than the
reputation of the area. Roughly 1.4 million meeting attendees contribute
approximately $2.1 billion to the area’s economic impact annually. In 2015,
Cvent named Orlando the top destination in the U.S. for meetings and events.
for a list of Visitor Safety Tips. Visitors to the area
should check here
for recommended safety tips provided by the Orange County Sherriff’s Office. For additional safety information from
Visit Orlando, please visit here