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2002 News Release Archives 
Date   Description
Dec 31, 2002  
Administrative Investigation and Findings Released 
Dec 17, 2002  
COPS Deputies To Hold Christmas Party For Children Tuesday, December 17
Dec 13, 2002   PCSO Traffic Unit Encourages Safe Driving This Holiday Season
Dec 12, 2002  
PCSO Narcotics Unit Makes 43 Arrests during Cocaine Enforcement Week
Dec 10, 2002  
PCSO Investigating String of Vehicle Thefts in SE Winter Haven
Dec 05, 2002   PCSO Detectives Recover Stolen Items, Tracking Down Others That Were Sold
Dec 04, 2002   Man Arrested For Manslaughter after Selling Methadone to Victim
Dec 03, 2002  
Bank Robbery Suspect Tresmayne Porter Arrested In Plant City
Dec 03, 2002  
Sheriff's Office Receives Judgment against Seller of Illegal Fireworks
Nov 26, 2002   PCSO Robbery Detectives Seeking Known Bank Robbery Suspect
Nov 26, 2002   Driver's License/Vehicle Checkpoints
Nov 25, 2002  
Sheriff's Office to Increase Traffic Enforcement over Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 22, 2002  
Video First Appearance Scheduled To Go On-Line Monday, November 25
Nov 22, 2002  
PCSO Investigating String Of Mail Thefts In South Lakeland
Nov 21, 2002   Warrants Round-Up Nets 7 Arrests
Nov 20, 2002   PCSO Issuing Money Orders Instead Of Checks To Inmates Booking Out Of Jail
Nov 19, 2002  
Renovations to PCSO Training Center Provide Updates, Training Opportunities
Nov 19, 2002  
Lakeland Woman Arrested For Forgery, Theft from Home Patient in Her Care 
Nov 18, 2002   Missing 15-Year-Old Found Deceased in Lake Gibson
Nov 18, 2002  
Winter Haven Man Arrested On 10-20-Life Charges
Nov 14, 2002  
Drowning Of 23-Month-Old Toddler under Investigation
Nov 13, 2002  
Computer Crimes Unit Arrests Man for Soliciting Children Via Internet
Nov 13, 2002  
Youth Center Dedicated To Former Polk Sergeant Mary Campbell
Nov 05, 2002   Polk County Sheriff's Office Detectives Investigating Marshal-Involved Shooting
Oct 29, 2002   Two Arrested After Armed Robbery Spree in Winter Haven
Oct 29, 2002  
PCSO Department of Detention Members Training To Use Defibrillators 
Oct 28, 2002  
Traffic Stop Yields Three Arrests, Numerous Charges
Oct 24, 2002   Driver's License/Vehicle Checkpoints
Oct 24, 2002  
COPS Golf Tournament Raises $32,000 For Underprivileged Children and Elderly
Oct 24, 2002   PCSO Warrants Unit Nabs One of Five Most Wanted
Oct 17, 2002  
Sheriff and Senior Staff to Spend Night in Jail as Fundraiser for American Heart Walk
Oct 16, 2002  
PCSO K-9 Unit Places Fourth In National K-9 Field Trials
Oct 16, 2002  
"Construyendo Comunidad" Takes Place This Saturday
Oct 15, 2002  
Sexual Predator Change of Address Notification
Oct 14, 2002  
Polk Sheriff's Office Dive Team Wins Second Place in Championship
Oct 11, 2002  
Crime Stoppers Tip Leads To Arrest of Suspect Wanted On Drug Charges
Oct 08, 2002  
First Spanish Neighborhood Conference "Construyendo Comunidad"
Slated For Next Saturday, October 12, 2002
Oct 07, 2002  
Timothy Allums, Wanted For Federal and Polk County Warrants, Found In Las Vegas
Oct 07, 2002  
Undercover Operation Targets Underage Sale of Alcohol 
Oct 02, 2002  
PCSO Supports Red Ribbon Month
Oct 02, 2002   Man Arrested for Attempted Murder on Wife
Oct 02, 2002   Cops Golf Tournament Slated For This Weekend
Oct 01, 2002   Community Uses Grant To Buy Equipment For Cops Unit; Presentation This Thursday
Sep 27, 2002   Drug Suspect Recently Profiled In Crime Stoppers Ad Captured In Lake County
Sep 27, 2002  
3 Charged Following Incident At Kathleen High School
Sep 26, 2002  
Warrants Unit Tracks Down Sexual Offenders
Sep 26, 2002  
Driver's License/Vehicle Checkpoints
Sep 25, 2002  
Four Arrested On Drug Charges
Sep 25, 2002  
Third Suspect In First Union Bank Robbery Turns Himself In
Sep 25, 2002  
Driver’s License / Vehicle Checkpoint
Sep 24, 2002  
On-Line Civil Process Inquiry Available On PCSO Website
Sep 20, 2002  
Prostitution Sting Nets Several Arrests, Including Motel Owners
Sep 20, 2002  
School Crossing To Close on October 2, 2002
Sep 19, 2002  
PCSO Detectives Nab 3 Robbery Suspects in One Week, All Profiled By Crimestoppers
Sep 18, 2002  
Woman Arrested For Manslaughter of Premature Newborn
Sep 18, 2002  
Undercover Narcotics Detectives Arrest Polk Correctional Guard
Sep 18, 2002  

Sam Cardinale Agrees To Help PCSO Raise Funds for Heart Walk

Sep 16, 2002  
"Crossing Safely" Week This Week
Sep 16, 2002  
Polk County Sheriff's Office Auto Theft Task Force Recognized
Sep 11, 2002  
Winter Haven Man Arrested in S.C. Facing Charges for 2001 Armed Carjacking
Sep 11, 2002  
Detention Senior Staff to Get "Buzz Cuts" as Fundraiser for American Heart Walk
Sep 05, 2002  
Sheriff's Office K-9 Team Named "Missing Children's Trailing Team of the Year"
Sep 04, 2002   PCSO Enhances Response Rate to Child Abductions
Aug 30, 2002   School crossing to close September 6, 2002
Aug 30, 2002   PCSO seeking the public’s assistance in locating the body of a 27-year-old missing Winter Haven man, Charles “C.H.” Kindred.
Aug 29, 2002  
Consumer Alert:  Organization with No Ties to the Florida 
Sheriff’s Association Making Telephone Solicitation Calls
Aug 28, 2002  
PCSO Stresses Safety For Labor Day Weekend
Aug 23, 2002  
PCSO ERT Team Arrests First Degree Murder Suspect
Aug 22, 2002  
BBQ and Rummage Sale to Benefit Mary Campbell Scholarship Fund
Aug 20, 2002  
Sheriff Reports 9% Decrease in Crime during First Half of 2002
Aug 19, 2002  
Five Charged During Sting For Sale Of Alcohol To Minors
Aug 14, 2002   Suspect Arrested In Homicide/Robbery at Del's Go Shop Food Store
Aug 05, 2002   36 Arrested During Investigation at Latino Night Club
July 31, 2002   2002 National Night Out
July 30, 2002   Fugitive from Justice for Violation of Parole Arrested In Polk County
July 30, 2002  
Back To School Safety Tips
July 25, 2002  
Arrest Made In Sexual Battery Case for False Report of a Crime
July 23, 2002   Sheriff's Office Hosts Benefit Rummage Sale
July 23, 2002  
Haines City Home Invasion Suspects Apprehended
July 19, 2002   Florida Power Offers $5,000.00 Reward For Information on Damage to Transformer
July 19, 2002  
“Meth In America: Not In Our Town” News 
Conference on July 22, 2002      
July 18, 2002   Death Investigation
July 15, 2002  
Auction of Unclaimed/Abandoned Property to Be Held On 
July 27, 2002  
July 13, 2002   Suspect Arrested For Stabbing Stepfather to Death
July 12, 2002   FDLE Arrest of DCF Worker
July 12, 2002  
PCSO Investigating a Report of a Missing Two-Year Old Male
July 08, 2002  

PCSO Recruiting Unit Appearing at Eagle Ridge Mall

July 05, 2002  
Lakeland Man Arrested For Threatening DCF Worker
June 28, 2002   Third Suspect in Waffle House Robbery Arrested
June 25, 2002  
PCSO Announces Dedication of Aviation Complex
June 24, 2002  
Two Juveniles in Custody after Waffle House Robbery
June 20, 2002  
Detectives Arrest Man for Impersonating a Law 
Enforcement Officer
June 17, 2002  
PCSO Employee Relations Manager Earns Certification
June 17, 2002  

Presidents' Roundtable Awards Ceremony

June 14, 2002  
Man Arrested For Threatening a Public Servant 
June 14, 2002   Former Sergeant Arrested On Additional Charges
June 12, 2002   School Crossing Guards Needed
June 12, 2002  
Timothy George Gregory of Lake Wales Arrested For
First Degree Murder and Armed Burglary
June 10, 2002   PCSO Traffic Unit Seeks Information Regarding Crash
June 5, 2002  
Polk County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Arrested For
Sexual Battery and Unlicensed Practice of Healthcare Profession
June 5, 2002  
PCSO COP Deputy Creates Summer Camp For Area Youth 
May 13, 2002   PCSO Fallen Deputies' Names To Be Added To National "Walls Of Remembrance"
May 8, 2002   Sheriff's Office To Honor Fallen Heroes At Annual Awards Ceremony
April 26, 2002   Polk County Sheriff's Office K-9 Deputy Herb Bennett And His K-9 "Cezar"  Brought Home Top Honors From A National Competition This Week.
April 25, 2002   Detectives Arrest Two Suspects Following Discovery Of Body In Vacant Lot
April 25, 2002   PCSO Detectives To Participate In Annual “Cops And Lobsters” Event
April 23, 2002   Teams To Conduct Massive Search For Missing Man's Body
April 22, 2002   Shooting At Cookout Results In The Death Of A Lakeland Man
April 19, 2002   Suspect Arrested In Angel Food Store Robbery/Murder
April 19, 2002   PCSO Member Volunteers To Assist "Dreamlift" Children For Magical Day Of Disney Fun
April 18, 2002   American Legion Honors PCSO Members During Awards Ceremony
April 12, 2002   Suspects Caught On Video Linked To Homicide/Robbery At Angel Food Store
April 11, 2002   Internet Safety Tips Offered Following Arrest Of Suspect For Lewd Battery On 2 Teenagers
April 9, 2002   Stabbing Leaves Auburndale Man In Critical Condition
April 9, 2002   Central County Jail Visitation To Offer Appointments For Convenience Of Visitors
April 5, 2002   PCSO K-9 Deputy Wins First Place In Regional Competition
April 4, 2002   PCSO Investigation Results In Seizure Of Meth Lab And 4 Arrests
March 27, 2002   Suspect Arrested In Frostproof Homicide
March 26, 2002   PCSO; First Law Enforcement Agency In State To Earn Public Safety Communication Accreditation
March 25, 2002   Frostproof Homicide Victim Identified
March 25, 2002   PCSO To Hold Community Career Day At Southwest District This Saturday
March 24, 2002   Frostproof Homicide
March 22, 2002   Angel Food Store Robbery; Manager Dead, Wife Injured
March 21, 2002   Local Motel Owners Arrested For Involvement In Prostitution
March 21, 2002   Accident Leaves Thornhill Rd./ 540 Intersection Prone To Traffic Problems
March 19, 2002   PCSO To Hold Community Career Day At Central District This Saturday
March 18, 2002  

Criminal Justice, Law And Career Academy To Be Showcased In Joint Media Briefing

March 15, 2002   County To Honor PCSO School Crossing Guard For Being Named "Program Of The Year"
March 14, 2002   Polk County Sheriff's Office; First Law Enforcement Agency In The Nation To Earn Purchasing Accreditation
March 13, 2002   PCSO Computer Crimes Unit Warns Users Of Cyber Scams
March 11, 2002   Missing Person James Moore Found Unharmed
March 7, 2002   Information Sought In Missing Person
March 6, 2002   Sheriff Crow To Present Governor Bush With Commendation For "10-20-Life" Initiative
February 27, 2002   Governor Honors PCSO School Crossing Guard Section As "Program Of The Year"
February 27, 2002   PCSO To Hold School Crossing Recognition Breakfast
February 21, 2002   Numerous Lawsuits Alleging Discrimination Against The Polk County Sheriff's Office Dismissed
February20, 2002   Neighborhood Problem Solving Conference This Weekend
February 13, 2002   Unincorporated Polk Crime Drops 6.7% During 2001
February 11, 2002   School Crossing Closure
February 8, 2002   Information Sought In Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident
February 7, 2002   PCSO Vial Of Life Program Gains Sponsorship
February 7, 2002   National Child Passenger Safety Week February 9-16
February 6, 2002   Conference Topics To Focus On Neighborhood Problem Solving
January 31, 2002   PCSO Food Services Employee Arrested
January 31, 2002   New Employee Relations Manager Joins PCSO Human Resources Division
January 29, 2002   Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, Friday, February 1, 2002
January 29, 2002   PCSO To Be Honored In Ceremony At Highland City Elementary
January 26, 2002   Davenport Shooting
January 24, 2002   Inmate Art Featured in PCSO Displays
January 23, 2002   Neighborhood Problem Solving Conference Slated for February
January 22, 2002   PCSO Invites Media to Methamphetamine Class / Demonstration
January 16, 2002   On-Line Jail Inquiry/Search Option Reinstated on PCSO Web Site
January 16, 2002   PCSO Human Resources Members Earn Prestigious Certification
January 11, 2002   Remaining 2 SunTrust Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested in North Carolina; Handgun Recovered
January 10, 2002   3 SunTrust Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested
January 9, 2002  

Witnesses State That Bank Robbery Suspects Got Into Another Vehicle;

Reward of Up to $7000 Offered!

January 8, 2002   SunTrust Employee Shot During Bank Robbery
January 7, 2002   Crime Stoppers Tip Prompts Arrest of one of Polk's Most Wanted
January 3, 2002   PCSO Jail Program Teaches Inmates to Think About Their Thinking
January 3, 2002   Law Enforcement & Public Safety Career Fair Set for This Saturday