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Polk County’s First and Only Public Safety Supply Store Celebrates Grand Opening 

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Polk County’s First and Only Public Safety Supply Store Celebrates Grand Opening

by James Coulter

During these uncertain times, you can never be too prepared. Even civilians deserve access to the same protection as law enforcement. So whether you’re seeking to buy heavy-duty footwear, belts, holsters, or flashlights, whether or not you are law enforcement, you can find what you are looking for at Ten-86 Outfitters.

Located in Winter Haven, Polk County’s first and only public safety supply store sells high-quality clothing, footwear, gear,and accessories for law enforcement, EMTs, first responders, and other public safety agents, as well as the general public.

Rebecca Meltzer and her husband, Chris, have more than 16 years of law enforcement experience under their belts. Rebecca served as a crime scene analyst and intelligence analyst at the Haines City Police Department, while Chris served as an officer, deputy, and detective for the department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Both of them know the struggle of purchasing equipment not provided by their departments. Together, they have taken several trips outside of the county simply to visit the store that stocks the items they require. Not wanting others to endure the same tedium, they started their store to provide these items in the county.

“The store was created out of our struggle to travel out of the county for items the department did not provide us like boots and pants and belts,” she said. “There is no other store like this in the county. So we were spending entire days traveling out of the county for what we needed or to buy a line and return stuff.”

Since retiring from the force and opening their store, Rebecca has felt more at ease working a less-stressful job. Aside from offering public safety equipment and clothing locally, she also hopes to provide small-town hospitality through their service. Both her husband and she have experience serving local law enforcement, and they want to support others through their store.

“The excitement of our customers when they come in and realize we are here providing the items that we need, that they have not been able to find in the county, it is a great feeling,” she said. “We expect to expand our inventory, and be able to get law enforcement and fire agencies to come to us to be that one-stop shop.”

Ten-86 Outfitters is located at 6037 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, FL, 33884. For more information, call 863-662-5461, or visit their website at ten86outfitters.com.

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