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Frequently Asked Questions - Support Services Section
Frequently Asked Questions - Support Services Section 
 

1. What can be done about chickens running loose?
2. How do I contact a “trapper” in reference to wild or exotic animals?
3. Dead animal removal from beside county and state roads.
4. Is there any group / individual that will rescue injured animals such as potbellied pigs, exotic birds etc?
5. If a dog is trying to kill my “domesticated animal” or “livestock”, can I shoot It?
6. How do I properly post my property?

7. What is the law concerning funeral escorts?
8. Does the Sheriff’s Office accept donated dogs to be used in their Canine Unit?
9. Will the Sheriff’s Office furlough an In-mate to attend a funeral?
10. Can I hire an off-duty deputy to provide security at a party?
11. I would like to hire a deputy to escort a wide load and I have obtained a State Permit. What else do I need?
12. Will the Sheriff’s Office provide an off duty deputy to work an event inside the city limits?

 

 
Answers
 

1. What can be done about chickens running loose?
Answer: There are currently no laws or county ordinances that pertain to fowl. However, if a “owner” can be located, then they can be contacted and informed that they are responsible for any damage that their chickens may have caused (via civil court). If there is no owner for the fowl, then a “trapper” can be contracted to remove them.

2. How do I contact a “trapper” in reference to wild or exotic animals?
Answer: The Support Services Section maintains a list of “trappers” for the Polk County area. This list is obtained from the Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC).

3. Dead animal removal from beside county and state roads.
Answer: If the animal(s) are on state roads, call the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT). If the animals are on county roads, call County Radio who will notify Roadway Maintenance.

4. Is there any group / individual that will rescue injured animals such as pot-
bellied pigs, exotic birds etc?
Answer: The Support Services Section and Animal Control maintain lists of persons / groups that will rescue these type animals.

5. If a dog is trying to kill my “domesticated animal” or “livestock”, can I shoot
It?
Answer: Yes, if there is satisfactory proof that the dog had been or was killing
any domestic animal or livestock (FS 767.03).
 

6. How do I properly post my property?
Answer: FS 810.011 (5)(a) No trespass signs should be placed not more than 500 feet apart and at the corners of the property. The signs should have letters no less than 2 inches in height with the words “No Trespassing” plus the owners/lessee/occupant’s name on them.

7. What is the law concerning funeral escorts?

Answer: s.s. 316.1974 Operators of vehicles in a funeral procession shall have the right-of-way at intersections. When the lead vehicle lawfully enters the intersection regardless of the traffic control device or at the direction of law enforcement personnel, the remaining vehicles may follow. The lead vehicle may be a non-law enforcement vehicle. It must be equipped with one lighted circulation lamp, amber light, visible under normal atmospheric conditions for a distance of 500 feet from the lead vehicle.

8. Does the Sheriff’s Office accept donated dogs to be used in their Canine Unit?

Answer: No. The Sheriff’s Office has found it is more cost effective to purchase a dog that has received primary Canine Training. These dogs are guaranteed and if they the dog does not pass certification; it will be replaced at no additional costs.

9. Will the Sheriff’s Office furlough an In-mate to attend a funeral?

Answer: No. The Sheriff’s Office will transport an in-mate to a funeral for the death of the immediate family, such as mother, father, brother, sister, spouse or their children. We will transport for grandparents in extreme circumstances. The in-mate must qualify as outlined in General Orders, and the family is responsible to pay the expense to have off-duty deputy’s transport.

10. Can I hire an off-duty deputy to provide security at a party?

Answer: No. Deputies may not be hired to work off duty as a security guard. The deputy cannot work a detail when the primary reason for the request is due to alcohol being served and consumed.

11. I would like to hire a deputy to escort a wide load and I have obtained a State Permit. What else do I need?

Answer: If the route includes a County Road, you will also need a County Permit. This may be obtained by calling Mrs. Murphy at the County Administrative Building. Her number is 534-4020. When you have the permits, you must also FAX a copy to CSX Police Communication Center when the escort will travel through a railroad crossing. The FAX Number is 1-800-232-0144. Once this has been done the Special Detail Lieutenant will review the request and determine how many deputies will be required to do the escort.

12. Will the Sheriff’s Office provide an off duty deputy to work an event inside the city limits?

Answer: A vendor must contact the police agency having jurisdiction where the detail is located. If that agency cannot provide the off duty officer, they must contact the Sheriff’s Office Detail Coordinator and request assistance.