SEBRING – Sebring Police Department will celebrate its first century on Thursday with an open house and a ceremony, events that are open to the public.
Sebring Police Chief Thomas Dettman said the event will be held from 3:45 to 6 p.m. at the Sebring Police Headquarters, 307 N. Ridgewood Drive.
All current and former personnel of the Police Department have been invited to the event.
At 4:30 p.m., police personnel will form in front of the police headquarters and the Sebring Police Department Color Guard will post colors.
All police officers will also renew their oath of honor during the event.
Dettman said that during the event he will read the name of officers who died in the line of duty last year, as well as all fallen officers from Highlands County. The only Sebring police officer who died on duty was Sgt. Jimmie Roger Moore, who was in a car accident.
The Police Department is a far cry from what it was 100 years ago, Dettman said.
From 1913 to 1925, Sebring’s law enforcement consisted of a full time town marshal. It was only in 1925 that the city hired its first time police chief, William Lotus McCullough.
The Police Department has been in its current location since 1972. The building was originally a post office and the lobby still has what were post office boxes.
Prior to that, the Police Department was housed along with City Hall at a former bank building on North Commerce Avenue adjacent to the circle.