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The Cyber Star a PCSO e-newsletter
March 2005

 

in this issue
  • Sheriff Judd To Form Advisory Council
  • Crime Rate Drops AGAIN!
  • Pet Harbor Added To PCSO Web Site
  • A Note From Sheriff Judd

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    Crime Rate Drops AGAIN!
    Polk County's crime rate in the unincorporated area (for which PCSO is responsible) has dropped to an all time low not seen since the early 1970s. During 2004, overall crime dropped 7.7% compared to the same time period in 2003. And that's not all - PCSO has seen a decrease in crime in every measured category compared to 1997, for an overall decrease of an incredible 45%, according to the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistics reported annually to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Sheriff Grady Judd attributes this significant and steady drop in large part to the success of the PROCAP (Proactive Community Attack on Problems) program.

    "PROCAP began in January 1998. Any time we partner with the community and focus our collective resources on those who commit crime, we make a real and visible difference," Judd said. "People are safer today than they have been in the last three decades in unincorporated Polk County. The crime rate (crimes per 1,000 residents) for 2004 was 3.2%, which translates to 10,609 crimes per 330,596 unincorporated Polk residents. That is an all time low not seen since before the very early 70s, when these satistics were first reliably gathered." he said.

     

     
    Pet Harbor Added To PCSO Web Site
    In an effort to help adopt out as many eligible animals as possible and improve customer service, the Sheriff's Office has added a new feature - Pet Harbor - to our website (www.polksheriff.org). Visitors to the PCSO web site can click on the animal control link (found by scrolling down the center of the front page to link titled Animal Control Section), and search information about dangerous dog laws; disaster preparedness for you and your pet; fee schedule; important numbers; microchip for your pet; rabies information, and more. Cyber visitors looking for a new pet to add to their family can visit Pet Harbor - a brand-new feature offering viewers a searchable database of adoptable pets, in and out of Polk County. Customers can select whether they are looking for a dog or a cat, an age range, a gender, and even a size. Photos of the animals are available at the click of a button, and are updated on a routine and timely basis.
     

     
    A Note From Sheriff Judd

    First, thank you for taking the time to read this first edition of our new PCSO e-newsletter, The Cyber Star. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings here at the Sheriff's Office. During my first few weeks in office, I developed an "Agency Report Card" - a simple one-page outline that identifies priorities I've developed as a result of discussions with Sheriff's Office members and with you, the citizens of Polk County.

    These are not our only priorities by any means, but they are a handful of ideas, programs, and goals that we pledge to make top priority: 1) We will improve customer service - our goal will be that anyone calling our administrative offices during normal business hours will initially talk to a person who can help them, not an electronic answering machine. 2) We will create a County Jail Work Camp subsidized by the inmates. 3) We will establish a Citizen Advisory Council with broad representation throughout Polk County. 4) We will create a Senior Volunteer Corps that will attract seniors to volunteer their time and help us accomplish more and be more productive. 5) We will lessen the taxpayer's burden by charging inmates a lock-up/housing fee. 6) We will keep the state funded Boot Camp, the Saturday "STAR" boot camp program, the county/grant-funded in-jail drug treatment program, and the county/school board/grant-funded deputies in schools to protect our children. 7) We will continue to fight drug abuse by seizing assets of drug dealers and continue working with task forces to reduce drug sales. 8) We will establish an Identity Theft Strike Force with current resources. 9) Homeland Security will always be a top priority. 10) And, we will continue to keep crime down through proactive, effective, and determined law enforcement. Please feel free to contact us with additional ideas or thoughts on how we can better serve you. Thank you.

     

     
    Sheriff Judd To Form Advisory Council
     
    Plans are in the works to create a Sheriff's Advisory Council with the goal of garnering productive feedback on how the Sheriff's Office can best serve the community.

    "Based on feedback I received after meeting with a cross-section of Polk County during my campaign, I pledged to create a Sheriff's Advisory Council," said Sheriff Grady Judd. "I am a firm believer in working together with the community to increase the quality of life in Polk County. What better way to do this than to listen to their needs and concerns?"

    The council will consist of 20 members, five from each quadrant of Polk County, who will serve voluntarily and meet quarterly with Sheriff Judd. Participants will be required to attend an all-day orientation session, and one evening meeting every quarter thereafter. These meetings will be held at various locations throughout the county. Council members will be encouraged to provide feedback on topical issues concerning law enforcement and detention services in Polk County.

    Residents of Polk County over the age of 18 are encouraged to apply. If you are interested in serving on the Sheriff's Advisory Council, please call our Human Resources office at (863) 535-1900 soon to request an application. The deadline to return the completed application is April 1, 2005.

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