A key presentation ceremony was held Thursday, Feb. 16 as part of the Rocky Fork Lake Area Safety and Advancement Plan. Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera accepts the keys to the Rockhold-Brown Bank on North Shore Drive from Jon Wisecup, president and CEO of Rockhold-Brown Bank. (HCP photo by Mickey Parrott)
A key presentation ceremony was held Thursday, Feb. 16 as part of the Rocky Fork Lake Area Safety and Advancement Plan. Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera accepts the keys to the Rockhold-Brown Bank on North Shore Drive from Jon Wisecup, president and CEO of Rockhold-Brown Bank. (HCP photo by Mickey Parrott)
Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera accepted the keys to a police cruiser and the space for a new sheriff’s substation at Rocky Fork Lake in a “key ceremony” at the Rockhold-Brown Bank North Shore Drive location Thursday morning.

The ceremony was a Rocky Fork Lake Safety and Advancement Project (ASAP) partner donation.

“Thanks to generous donations by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and Rockhold-Brown Bank, we now have additional tools to address hot spot crime in the Rocky Fork Lake community,” said LuAnn Winkle, RFL ASAP Site Coordinator. 



“These tools will have a measurable impact on reducing crime and improving the quality of life of Rocky Fork Lake residents.”

Jon Wisecup, president and CEO of Rockhold-Brown Bank, presented the key to the bank’s Rocky Fork Lake location to Barrera as a new substation for the sheriff’s office.

In addition, Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth presented the keys to a police cruiser to the Highland County Sheriff’s Office. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is donating one of their former cruisers to the Highland County office.

The Rocky Fork Lake Area Safety and Advancement (ASAP) Project is funded through a grant awarded to the Board of Highland County Commissioners from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.

As previously reported, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced at the Oct. 5, 2016 Highland County Board of Commissioners meeting the awarding of a Department of Justice grant of $843,498 for the Rocky Fork Lake Area Safety and Advancement Plan. 

During a conference call with commissioners Shane Wilkin and Jeff Duncan and then-commissioner Tom Horst, Portman said, "The grant money will go a long way in dealing with the drug problems in Highland County as well as support economic development at the Rocky Fork Lake State Park."

The announcement was the culmination of multifaceted efforts – both public and private – that began after an October 2014 grant of $100,000 through the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program’s effort to reduce crime in designated communities.

The initial grant allowed Highland County to design a strategic, collaborative and community-oriented plan to reduce crime in target neighborhoods. According to Wilkin, Highland County was one of a select few regions to receive the full funding.