The Cyber Star a PCSO e-newsletter
April 2005


in this issue
  • Animal Control Seeking Volunteers
  • Become a Boot Camp Mentor
  • Reserve Deputy Sheriffs - Valuable Resources
  • A Note From Sheriff Judd

    Become a Boot Camp Mentor
    The Polk County Juvenile Boot Camp is in need of volunteer mentors to work with the youth in the secure residential program and in the community.

    Are you a good listener? Can you help a youth with reading or tutoring with his homework? Can you offer constructive feedback that encourages rather than discourages? Do you value improving our communities and believe you can make a difference in a young person's life? Are you willing to commit to a mentoring relationship for at least one year?

    If you can say yes to these questions you may be just who we are looking for! The boot camp trains young men to be successful and crime-free. A caring mentor in their lives continues that process when they return home. Consider becoming one of the most important persons in a young man's history.

    Be a mentor - Call Sherry Murphy at 519-3995, or email smurphy@polksheriff.org for more information.


    Reserve Deputy Sheriffs - Valuable Resources

    The Polk County Sheriff's Office operates with the help of numerous Reserve Deputy Sheriffs, sometimes called "Auxiliaries" in other agencies. PCSO has three levels of Reserve: A Reserve I deputy only has the power to act as directed to do so by a sworn deputy sheriff (ie. they ride-along with sworn deputies). Reserve II deputies are volunteers with full law enforcement training and certification, who have all the powers of a sworn deputy sheriff and who have completed the basic training requirements of the agency. Reserve III deputies earn pay as part-time deputies, and consist of retired and former deputy sheriffs. Today we have reserve deputies serving throughout the agency, and they are a very vital element in the work of the Sheriff and a critical asset in our relationship with the community. All it takes to become a volunteer Reserve Deputy Sheriff is state certification and meeting the same hiring standards that all agency members are required to meet. If you are interested in this program, and would like more information, contact Human Resources at 535-1900.


    A Note From Sheriff Judd

    In our continuing efforts to proactively fight crime, the Sheriff's Office is gearing up to begin several Faith-Based Initiatives in the Polk County Jail system. I am encouraged that several area faith-based organizations have already signed up to volunteer. My three goals are to have in place: Faith-Based Dormitories in both jail facilities, where inmates will have the opportunity to participate in life skills classes and other faith- based programs; Faith-Based Mentoring, where mentors will work hand-in-hand providing inmates with role models, accountability, and sound advice, with the goal of helping them re-integrate into the community upon their release; and Faith- Based Inmate Referrals, providing inmates with valuable information upon release to link them with resources in their communities that will help ensure a smooth transition.

    These Faith-Based programs are an integral part of our efforts to proactively and holistically address crime in this county. What better way to impact a large group of people who have broken the law but have the potential to turn their lives around? This is our opportunity to provide them with life skills classes and faith-based counseling. By helping the inmates become better citizens, we also help improve the quality of life for their fellow citizens when those inmates, upon release, don't continue lives of crime.

    We will be relying heavily on the citizens of Polk County, to come together with us and provide the mentoring and resources necessary to get these programs up and running. By using committed volunteers, we will be saving taxpayers thousands of dollars, while at the same time increasing our chances to reduce crime. Our Detention Staff has done a tremendous job of reaching out to these people and organizations and putting into place the training necessary to make these projects successful, and I commend them. If you would like to be involved in any of these programs, please call our Detention Counselor at 534-6132 for more information about how you or your organization can get involved.


    Animal Control Seeking Volunteers
    Polk County Sheriff's Animal Control Section is currently seeking volunteer help.

    Animal Control's mission is to promote the safety, health and welfare of the citizens of Polk County by public education and enforcement of laws relating to rabies, animal care and control.

    Volunteers are needed in an administrative capacity, to help answer the numerous telephone calls, filing paperwork, and processing identification tag applications. Volunteers should also possess a desire to work with animals. Training will be provided. The schedule is flexible - choose your days of availability anywhere from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

    If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Animal Control, please contact Bruce Hennecy at 863-534-6683

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