In the wake of a number of high profile cases, that have had a direct impact on the agriculture industry, the Sheriff's Office recognized the need to allow deputies immediate access to landowner information to enforce a "zero tolerance" stance for crimes committed against agriculture. The “Agricultural Watch” Program has been embraced by the Florida Sheriff's Association as a model program on a statewide basis.
The program was developed as a means to identify ownership of agriculture properties in Polk County. The program consists of a "No Trespassing By Order of The Sheriff" sign listing the property/business owner's name and a code number. The code number displayed provides deputies on patrol instant access to owner information and agent agreements. Sales of the "Agriculture Watch" signs benefit the Polk County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 900.
How do I participate in the Agriculture Watch Program?
This program is open to qualified Agri-businesses or persons whose interest is in, and limited to, agriculture related activities. The Agricultural Watch Program Packet will need to be completed and returned to the address provided below, in order to complete the process and allow for the ordering of your signs.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office
Attention: Agricultural Unit
1891 Jim Keene Blvd.
Winter Haven, Florida 33880-8010
Qualified participants may purchase the Department of Transportation grade metal signs, which are custom made to order for the participant. The signs can be purchased at a cost of only $13.91 each, including tax.
If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Agricultural Crimes Unit at (863) 534-7205 or (863)298-6200.