Crime Prevention Staff

The Crime Prevention Unit provides information and assistance on a wide variety of topics and activities. Live group presentations by speakers are available as well as information brochures. We are committed to our residents and will continually strive to work harmoniously and professionally within our communities and our schools. We believe in promoting a keen awareness to crime and the dangers associated with this activity, through innovative prevention education, mentoring, intervention and interaction, in order to keep our residents and our children safe and crime free. Contact Us for more information and/or to participate in a program.

Nell Frewin-Hays
Nell Frewin-Hays graduated from Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science dNELL HAYSegree in Biology and a minor in Education. In 1993 Nell successfully completed the Broward County Citizen’s Police Academy. She continued her education in Crime Prevention and attained the designation of Crime Prevention Practitioner in 2004. Nell also holds various other crime prevention certifications including Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Practitioner, Florida Elder Crime Prevention Practitioner, Introduction to Community Policing, Ethical Issues and Decisions in Law Enforcement, Forgery and Fraud Awareness and Crime Data Analysis. In 2004 she completed an Associates of Science degree in Criminal Justice from South Florida Community College and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. In 2008 she was selected FCPA Crime Prevention Practitioner of the Year. In 2011 she attained a Master Public Information Officer certification.

Nell has been employed by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office in the Crime Prevention Unit in various capacities for the past 12 years, following a 25 year career in golf course management. Her current title is Crime Prevention Practitioner. Her responsibilities include working with the business community on crime prevention issues, presenting programs to educate the public on Neighborhood Watch and other safety issues and conducting commercial and residential security surveys. She is also responsible for coordinating Bank Watch, Golf Watch and other business watch programs and has produced a DVD on Golf Course Crime Prevention Techniques. She is a Past President of the Suncoast Crime Prevention Association and Region 6 Treasurer for the Florida Crime Prevention Association.

Sergeant Kimberly Gunn
Sergeant Kimberly GunnSergeant Kimberly Gunn started with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office in 2006. She stated in Uniform Road Patrol Division as a patrol deputy and later transitioned to the Tactical Anti-Crime Unit within the Special Operations Division.  She then advanced to detective in the Narcotics Unit and worked undercover for several years before she transferred to the Criminal Investigations Unit.  

She was assigned as a major crimes detective and worked violent crimes and homicides before she promoted to the rank of sergeant.  Sergeant Gunn worked a short stint on road patrol as a district supervisor before she went back to the Narcotics Unit as a detective sergeant assigned to supervise narcotics related operations.  In 2018, the COPS Unit was created and Sgt. Gunn was requested to help create and lead the unit.  Sgt. Gunn is now assigned to the Crime Prevention Unit; she deals in public relations and crime prevention-related efforts in the community..


Sgt. Gunn graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology and has an Associate of Arts Degree from South Florida Community College in Business.  She is also currently enrolled at Troy University as a graduate student and scheduled to complete her Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in May 2020.  She received her law enforcement certification through Polk State College.

Sgt. Gunn  is a certified general instructor through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission (CJSTC) and has over 1,400 hours of advanced law enforcement training in her field of study. 

Sgt. Gunn is an associated member of Florida Crime Prevention Association and Suncoast Crime Prevention Association.