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August 2019
Dear Friend,
Summer break ends this month and children will be heading back to school, so I am asking that drivers to be extra cautious, especially during the first couple of weeks of school as routines normalize.

Be aware of school buses loading and unloading students along the road. We've included a nice graphic below that illustrates when you are and aren't required to stop for school buses. 

We will be enforcing this law. Not stopping for a school bus could cost you a big fine, and even more importantly, it could cost a child his or her life.

Please be safe out there.

Grady Judd, Sheriff 
Know when you must stop for school buses

Florida Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (FHSMV) is kind enough to make these spiffy graphics each year, so we thought we would share it with you. Let's do everything we can so that our school children return home each day.
Beware of this scam

The IRS is warning of a surge in two particular scams. 
The first one involves scammers claiming to be able to suspend or cancel your Social Security Number. The scammers may mention overdue taxes and they often try to get you to return robocall voicemails. DO NOT DO IT.

The second scam comes via mail and threatens an IRS lien or levy, based on bogus overdue taxes. They may say they are from the Bureau of Tax Enforcement (not real). Report scams like this to the Federal Trade Commission -  1-877-FTC-HELP or visit
FREE dogs & cats all summer long!

Every Saturday in July & August, Polk County Animal Control is waiving the adoption fees for dogs and cats in an effort to help provide loving homes for them, during our first-ever "Dog (and Cat) Days of Summer" promotion.

Animal Control is located at 7115 de Castro Road in Winter Haven, just off the Polk Parkway Winter Lake Road exit, near the county landfill. Kennel hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You can view adoptable pets by clicking here.

As a reminder, we adopt out cats and dogs every Monday through Saturday throughout the year; we are closed on Sundays and on specific holidays per the county holiday calendar. 

Each pet adopted from Animal Control is spayed or neutered, and has been given its first shots, along with the following: De-worming; Heartworm testing; Heartworm preventative (if applicable); Rabies vaccination; tag; flea preventative treatment; and we offer (and encourage) microchipping. 
Our new PCSO members

Here are the newest members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office who were hired in July. They look forward to serving you.

Front row L to R:   Sheriff Judd, Jenetta Dasher, Joseph Foley, Shannon Conover, Cesar Acevedo, Mederican Warner, Katelyn Bailey, Pamela Jackson,Octavia Emanuel, and Delores Lopez.
Back row L to R: Chase Tingle, Josiah Perry, Jonny Holsonback, III, Rodney Earle, Dillon Wrenn, Darrell Turner, Jesse Lovelace, Melissa Lawson, Ricardo Robles, and Ruben Espinosa.
We're still offering bonuses & sponsorships!
Would you like to become a member of the Polk County Sheriff's Office and help make a difference in our community? 

PCSO is still offering a Sign-On b onus for new hires - and we're sponsoring academy classes. Start your rewarding career today! 

For more information, contact Human Resource at 863-298-6440 or visit our website to learn how to become a member.

Psst...want to win a Jeep?
The next Jeepin' with Judd is still several months away, but you can go ahead and purchase your "Cheep" Jeep raffle tickets (for a $20 donation) now. Kelley Buick GMC of Bartow has donated a 2013 4-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4WD V6. The drawing will be held at the Jeepin' with Judd event on February 23, 2020. You do not have to be present to win...but why wouldn't you be? Only 3,000 raffle tickets will be sold. For more information, go to 

Grady Judd

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