Waste Management has about 165 drivers in Hillsborough County. The folks that man their dump trucks cover a lot of ground at a slow pace.
They know their neighborhoods. They know their community. And that's why they could be a huge asset for local law enforcement during the Republican National Convention.
In just a month and a half, thousands of people will flock to the area for the RNC, and security remains a major concern.
The FBI and local law enforcement are even training Waste Management drivers to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
They were out at Waste Management early Tuesday morning conducting security seminars, with drivers becoming impromptu neighborhood watchmen during the convention.
"They learned about what to do while they're out on their routes," Amy Boyson of Waste Management said. "They'll be extra eyes and ears in the community. They learned how to report suspicious activity if they see it, and then what not to do – what not to get involved in.
The program is called "Waste Watch," and it's very similar to a neighborhood watch program, authorities said. The biggest message during Tuesday morning's seminars: observe and report.
"We can really help out local law enforcement during such a busy time," Boyson said.
She also said the training has been around for years, but the company is stressing it and presenting at a special time before the RNC.
She hopes Waste Management can be of big value to law enforcement in August.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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