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November 2019
Dear Friend,
We should always take time to count our blessings and be thankful for what we have, but with Thanksgiving coming later this month, there is more of an emphasis on doing that. 

The Kathleen community was hit rather hard by a tornado last month, but thankfully, nobody was killed or seriously hurt. Several homes were destroyed and many more were damaged, but hopefully we will see that community bounce back better than before. 

I would like to say "thank you" to everyone who came out to the ninth annual PCSO Haunted Jail Tour. Because of you, were able to raise a lot of money for the United Way of Central Florida (the exact amount is further down in this newsletter). 

And also, "thank you" to everyone in Polk County who has shown support throughout the year to the many deputies and other members of the Sheriff's Office. It is greatly appreciated.

Grady Judd, Sheriff 
Training That Could Save Your Life

Our next FREE "Surviving an active assailant" training to help prepare citizens for a horrific event is scheduled for
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.

We invite you to attend this free program presented by highly trained PCSO law enforcement professionals. Learn what the best practices are and how you can make a difference.

This training is designed and appropriate for churches, businesses, or individuals, to help prepare citizens for a possible active assailant event.

All sessions are FREE and are open to the public - upcoming classes are scheduled for:

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

PCSO Sheriff's Operations Center
1891 Jim Keene Blvd, Winter Haven
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

This training provides an overview of active assailant incidents and best practices about how to prepare for, prevent, and respond to an active assailant/shooter at your church, business, or another venue. The "Run, Hide, Fight" training model will be covered, including tactics and strategies of what to do when law enforcement arrives. Deputies will also discuss the potential role of Florida concealed weapon license holders and the legal justification of "lethal engagement" with an active assailant.

If you wish to attend the upcoming ACTIVE ASSAILANT TRAINING sessions,  please RSVP to, 
and please include the class you wish to attend, your name, your phone number, and if you have a group, the number of representatives expected to attend.
Our newest PCSO members

Here are the newest members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office who were hired in October. They look forward to serving you.
Left to right front row:  Sheriff Grady Judd, Savannah Brookover, Kiana Abram, Amanda Craig, Rasheed Everett, Jr., Charlotte Hartle, Mario Palau, Garrett Roche, Charles King, Jr., Landen Hopkins, Alexis Rodriguez, Jazmine Jaimes, Christian Quattlebaum, Dylan Harrison, Bernardo Lopez, Sheila Colon-Rosa, and Caitlyn Adams.
Left to right second row: Rarquel Patrick, Zakiya Mikell, April Keahl, Monica Williams, Daniel Wells, Eric Roberts, James Collins, Eric Cagle, James Scott, Peter Serrano, Jr., Haven Bivens, Trenton Pearson, Jamie Ax, Tyler Andrews, Caleb Hardy, Linda Covay, and Sean Mulholland
Join us, and as a bonus, you'll get a BONUS
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.

Follow us on Instagram

Do you do Instagram? The Polk County Sheriff's Office does. 
We have more than 24-thousand followers and plenty of room for more, so check us out. 
Help us by helping kids stay safe

We're currently seeking qualified men and women in various locations in Polk County who desire to work as part-time and substitute crossing guards in the west area (Lakeland/Mulberry/Bartow/Ft. Meade) AND in the east area (Auburndale/Winter Haven/Haines City/Davenport).

The substitute should be available to work for one hour in the morning and for 30 minutes in the afternoon when scheduled to work a crossing.

Those interested in applying for a p osition in the WEST area should contact Supervisor Heather Strafford at the Polk County Sheriff's Office at (863) 534-7300 ext 108.

Those interested in applying for a position in the EAST area should contact Supervisor Courtney Connell at the Polk County Sheriff's Office at (863) 534-7300 ext 109.

School Crossing Guard services are provided by the Polk County Sheriff's Office through funds provided by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners. This vital program provides adult crossing guards at selected hazardous school crossings to ensure the safety of our elementary school children walking to and from school.
Thanks for coming out!
A big thank you goes out to everyone who came out to the Haunted Jail Tour last month. Because of you, we were able to raise $23,827 for the United Way of Central Florida. We hope you'll join us again next year.
Choose your repair person carefully
If you find yourself needing repairs at your home, do some research first. Ask friends and family for recommendations, read reviews, and most importantly, make sure the electrician, plumber, roofer, etc. is licensed by going on the internet 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

Thank you to all who have served this great country. We would also like to extend a very special thank you to all of the members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office who have served in the past, and those who continue to serve today. 
Reflect on your blessings & gobble-gobble

We're thankful for the support we get from the people we serve in Polk County each day. 
Grady Judd

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