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January 2019
Dear Friend,
On behalf of the men and women of the Polk County Sheriff's Office, we wish you a very happy, productive, and safe New Year. In 2019, please resolve to improve your personal safety and security by locking your residence, and your car doors, and be vigilant. If you see something, say something.

Also, please resolve to do the one thing that will mean the most to your personal safety: drive safely and defensively-don't text and drive.

Call us if you need us!

Grady Judd, Sheriff 

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday is January 15th, but the official observance of it this year will be on Monday, January 21st. Our offices will be closed on that day. Of course, our deputies will still be at your service, should you need them. 
Here's your sign

Get your FREE yard sign! Certain rules that must be followed, so please check those out:
* Limit- One per household, please
* Available for homeowners and renters in Polk County
* Must comply with Polk County's sign ordinance 
* The sign is classified as a "Short-Term Temporary Sign"
* It can be displayed up to 90 consecutive days (similar to a campaign sign)
* Up to twice per calendar year
* Sign permit is not required
* Minimum 10 foot setback from a roadway
* Please respect homeowner's association rules
* Please review and comply with local sign ordinance rules if you live inside a city.
* Please do not place signs adjacent to major roadways, on public rights-of-way, near intersections that might affect visibility, or placing signs in "every yard in the neighborhood."
* Make sure signs do not interfere with visibility for backing out of driveways.
To request a sign email us at or call us at 863-298-6677, and give us your name, address, and phone number.
We will deliver a sign to your residence.
Signs may also be picked up (one only, please-not multiple signs) at the Polk County Sheriff's Office Operations Center at 1891 Jim Keene Blvd., Winter Haven.
Move Over---It's the law, Florida

Florida law requires drivers to move over for emergency and public service vehicles to protect those who protect and serve. If you are travelling on a roadway with two or more lanes, move over one lane for safety. If you can't move over, or you're on a two-lane road, slow down 20 MPH below the posted speed. If the posted speed is 20 MPH or less, slow down to 5 MPH.
New PCSO Members
Please join Sheriff Judd in welcoming to our family the December new hires!

Front row from L to R : Carlos Rodriguez-Paz, Daniel Vargas, Brandi Johnson, Maribel Reyes, and Sheriff Judd

Back row from L to R: Austin Torres, Vernolda Dilworth, Jonkevia Williams, Jose Garcia, and Hunter Townsend 
Don't miss our FREE Women's Self Defense class on January 15, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. Sign up now! 

The Personal Safety and Women's Basic Self Defense classes are free of charge and for ladies 13 years and older. Those under 18 will need a parent present to sign a waiver at the start of class. Each class is approximately one hour long unless more than 30 women attend. For  every additional 10-15 women, 15 minutes are added to the time frame. 

The class consists of lecture (approximately 15 minutes) and hands-on techniques (approximately 45 minutes). Attendees will demonstrate all of the techniques on a body opponent bag (B.O.B.) which we will supply. 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2019 AT 6:00 P.M. at the PCSO Sheriff's Operations Center Media Room
1891 Jim Keene Blvd, Winter Haven

Personal Safety: Common sense safety tips are presented on how to avoid being the victim of a crime.

Women's Basic Self-Defense: Learn basic safety tips and techniques to enable women to escape less than desirable situations. The program is available for women ages 13 and older.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP to, and please include your name and phone number, and the date you wish to attend, or call 863-298-6677.

Win a Cheap Jeep!

If you didn't win the Powerball, don't despair - your chance to win a "cheap Jeep" is here! 

Only 3,000 tickets will be sold for a chance to win a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport, donated by Kelley Buick GMC for our annual  Jeepin' With Sheriff Judd  - the event is from February 22-24, 2019, and the winning Cheap Jeep ticket will be drawn at 3:00 p.m. on February 24th (you do not have to be present to win).

Click here to visit our website and get your ticket now! 
Tweet! Tweet!

Keep in touch with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, on Twitter  @PolkCoSheriff . Breaking news, information on upcoming classes and programs, lots of pictures and of course, Sheriff Grady Judd. 
Just sayin'...

Have a splendid January, everyone!
Sheriff Grady Judd

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