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February 2018
Dear Friend, 

One of the great things about our community, is that there are so many people looking out for one another. Friends helping friends, neighbors helping neighbors.

One piece of advice I like to pass on is: "If you see something, say something." If something happening in your neighborhood doesn't look right, or you just have a bad feeling about it, call the Sheriff's Office, or your local police department.. 

There could be a reasonable explanation for the unfamiliar guy walking down the middle of the street looking at houses, but why take the chance, and not report it? Call us, and we'll send a deputy out to try to make contact with the person. That person could be new to the neighborhood, and he's just looking around. Or, that person might be a burglar looking for potential targets. 

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is here to serve you and your community.

Grady Judd, Sheriff 

Trending Crime:Distraction Burglaries
It hasn't become a big problem, but we want to remind you to be cautious with people you don't know who come to your home. There have been a few similar incidents where someone knocks on your door, offering repairs for your roof, fence, yard, etc. This person's goal is to get you outside, while their accomplice then enters your house to grab valuables. And always be careful who you let inside of your home. 

PCSO Jail Inmate Work Program
You've probably seen them working on the side of the road, county inmates working, cleaning up trash on the side of the road. They're part of the  Polk County Sheriff's Office Inmate Work Program. Inmates who have been convicted of non-violent, low-level crimes, are able to "pay their debt to society" by working it off. Those eligible are able to keep their jobs, stay out of jail, and right their wrongs. It also helps keep Polk County beautiful, and save the county money. And saving taxpayers' money is one of Sheriff Judd's favorite things to do. How much savings? 
Over two million dollars in 2017.

Deputies Delivering Donations

Our community cares! You may recall that lots of Polk County children were recipients of toys and games that were either purchased by the deputies, or donated to the Sheriff's Office to be handed out at Christmas. Even after the holidays, the giving continues. 

PCSO deputies recognized for their service

The Polk County Police Chiefs Association chose Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Quintana for the  2017 Distinguished Service Award (top), and Detention Deputy Robert Williams Jr received the 2017 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award. 
Florida Polytechnic University, January 4, 2018

The Teen Driving Challenge
Got teen drivers? Sign them up for the PCSO TEEN DRIVER CHALLENGE.  Teen Driver Challenge Dates:  February 23rd and 24th, 2018, March 30th and 31st, 2018, April 27th, and 28th, 2018.  The Teen Driver Challenge provides young drivers with hands-on experience and classroom learning, reducing their risk of becoming another tragic statistic. We encourage parents and teenagers to get involved in this valuable program. All it costs is 12 hours of your time - but the rewards are priceless.  For more information,contact Deputy Wombles at 863-297-1109 or email us at                                          
Jeepin' With Judd 2018
The 4th annual Jeepin' With Judd promises to be the best ever. REGISTER NOW to participate or to win a 2018 "Cheep" Jeep, all decked-out. Visit  or our Jeepin' With Judd Facebook page for raffle information.              
Judd Jog 2018
The 6th annual Judd Jog will be here before you know it!
Click here to  Register now!

Upcoming Concealed Weapons Course 
The next PCSO Concealed Weapons Course is scheduled for  Saturday, MARCH 31, 2018 , from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the PCSO Training Center located at 2201 Old Bartow-Eagle Lake Road in Bartow. This is the course required by the FL Dept of Agriculture as part of an application to obtain a concealed weapons permit. If the morning class fills up, we will have a second class in the afternoon on the same day, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. YOU MUST CALL 863-298-6242, during normal business hours (Mon-Fri, 8-5) to reserve your seat. Cost of the class is $45; proceeds go to Polk Sheriff's Charities, Inc., and the cost is non-refundable.  

Sheriff Grady Judd

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