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October 2019
Dear Friend,
One of my favorite holidays is just about here...Halloween.

It's a fun holiday and a great opportunity to make great memories, so let's make sure we're helping the people of Polk County, especially children, stay safe during all of the activities everywhere.

And please help spread the word about our annual Haunted Jail Tour. Not only is it a lot of fun for everyone, it's also a wonderful event that raises a lot of money for the United Way. 

Have a fantastic October, everyone.

Grady Judd, Sheriff 
How eggsellent is this?

Come to Fred's Market in Lakeland, at 2120 Harden Boulevard, on Wednesday, October 9th, and break bread with Sheriff Judd and his deputies! 15% of the sales will benefit Polk Sheriff's Charities, Inc! 
S omething hauntingly familiar is back...

No Halloween is complete without a trip to the Polk County Sheriff's Office Haunted Jail Tour. It's back again this year for four nights only. For those not familiar, this is a walk through the actual jail that was used to house inmates for many years. Come face your phobia... especially if you're carcerophobic, claustrophobic, or phobophobic.
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, October 15, 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, October 15, 2019

And the following month will be on
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 any of 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 new PCSO members

Here are the newest members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office who were hired in September. They look forward to serving you.
From left to right, front row Ana Sanchez, Cynthia Shearer, Nicole Burns, Ashley Griffith, Elaine Edwards, and Robert Walmsley, Jr.  
From left to right, second row: Kayla Almaraz, Cynthia Hobbs, Victoria Stone, Tony Klosinski, Victor Smith, and Sheriff Grady Judd  
From left to right, back row: Darrell Johnson, Lauren Baggett, Johnathan Bird, Frante Vital, and Kerry McKown

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.

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 

81-thousand followers on Twitter

The Polk County Sheriff's Office Twitter account is followed by more than 81,000 people. It's just one of the ways we keep in touch with those we serve. That's right, we Tweet! 
When it comes to major crimes or crashes, this is one of the ways we will get the information out as quickly as possible. 
At other times, we like to share pictures and useful information.
Domestic Violence Awareness

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence each year. In Florida, victims of domestic violence can be spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married. 
Help us by helping kids stay safe
Poinciana Crossing Guard
PCSO is seeking qualified men and women in various locations in Polk County who desire to work as substitute crossing guards in the Auburndale area, and the Haines City/Davenport area.
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.
Anyone interested in applying for a position 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.

Grady Judd

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