May 2006
Thank you for taking the time to read this e-mail newsletter to find out what's new here at the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Feel free to share with us any thoughts or ideas you may have on how we can better serve you as well. Enjoy this latest edition of the Cyber Star!
in this issue
  • A Note from Sheriff Judd
  • PCSO Hosts First CAP Volunteer Appreciation Lunch
  • Children Enjoy Visits from Easter Bunny & Sheriff Judd
  • PCSO Raises over $10,000 for Relay for Life
  • What Others Are Saying...
  • Noise Ordinance FAQs!

    PCSO Hosts First CAP Volunteer Appreciation Lunch
    CAP lunch

    In earlier editions of the Cyber Star newsletter, we told you about our exciting new volunteer program called CAP (Citizen's Assisted Patrol), where residents help law enforcement by patrolling their own communities. During 2005, these residents volunteered nearly 14,000 hours of service, which translates into a savings of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars.

    On Thursday, April 13th, the Sheriff's Office hosted an appreciation luncheon for the CAP volunteer communities at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. Also on hand to entertain the volunteers was the Towerwood Bumba Band Fun Makers. Approximately 400 CAP volunteers attended this celebration, enjoying food, fun, and the harmonic stylings of Sheriff Grady Judd on the bumba (see photo).


    Children Enjoy Visits from Easter Bunny & Sheriff Judd
    Bunny group

    Recently, Sheriff Grady Judd and several Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies had the privilege of escorting The Easter Bunny to several local hospitals: Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Winter Haven Hospital, The Regency, and Heart of Florida.

    The Easter Bunny, portrayed by Sheriff's empolyees and escorted by various deputies and Sheriff Judd, visited approximately 100 sick children, newborns and new moms, and other children in hospital waiting rooms.

    The Easter Bunny visit was a partnership effort between The Easter Bunny Foundation (www.theeasterbunny.com), the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and area hospitals. Thanks to all those who helped make The Easter Bunny a reality for some who needed a special treat. The kids hopped for Joy!


    PCSO Raises over $10,000 for Relay for Life

    Each year, members of our agency focus their fundraising efforts on two major events - the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and the American Heart Association Heart Walk. This year, the ACS Relay for Life team, headed by Sgt. Christen Shea, reached their goal of raising $10,000. The team presented several unique ideas (such as a "potty patrol" which delivered colorfully decorated toilets to peoples' lawns, and softball and golf tournaments) and headed to Haines City on Friday, April 21st to participate in the Relay for Life.

    Unfortunately, an unusually harsh thunderstorm hit Yale Field just 10 minutes before the Relay was scheduled to start. The Relay was cancelled, but the rain didn't dampen our spirits to continue to raise money for this and other worthy causes. Thank you for helping us support these beneficial charities.


    What Others Are Saying...

    Each month, I receive letters from people all over Polk County, praising the good work the men and women in this agency do every day. It serves to further prove to us that good deeds do not go unnoticed. Here are a few recent examples:

    “I write to you in recognition of the valuable contribution to our crime prevention educational effort, made by one Sheriff’s Deputy Shawnee McCawley. Deputy McCawley lives in our small subdivision and consented to writing a very informative article regarding crime prevention and other related information. The article was very well done and appeared in one of our past Sunset Cove newsletters. Deputy McCawley is a credit to your Department and is a valued member of our small community” – Anderson Roache, Sunset Cove

    “Every one has heard about the incident at Bay County Boot Camp. I have had the pleasure of observing many different platoons of the Polk County Sheriff's Youth Boot Camp. There is a common quality in each of the platoons I have had the pleasure of working with. The Staff people who I have interacted with are very compassionate about the young people that they have responsibility for. I am impressed with your recruitment of quality instructors.” – Samuel Bettle

    “The purpose of this letter is to express our deepest gratitude for your help and the work of your department in celebrating the life of my father, Monroe Brannen. The officers displayed the highest degree of respect and professionalism, and I know my father would have been proud to see the fine men and women representing the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, where he spent his entire career.” – Jeanette Brannen Duff

    “I just wanted to take a minute to let you know that you have a wonderful person on your team. His name is Lt. Brian Garrett. He has taken the situation in my neighborhood, Inwood Lane and Jungle St. area in Lakeland, under his wing and given it his personal attention and has been the reason that it has become a better place to live.” – Jo Linda Sessions


    Noise Ordinance FAQs!

    Are you confused about the Polk County Noise Control Ordinance? Hopefully, some of these answers to your questions will help:

    Q: What is defined as a noise disturbance?
    A: (a) Of such duration, volume, or intensity as to be injurious to human or animal life, or property; (b) Of such duration, volume, or intensity as to unreasonably interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life, property, or the conduct of business; or (c) Of such duration, volume, or intensity as to alarm, disturb, or annoy reasonable people.

    Q: What are some examples?
    A: Examples of noises prohibited by the ordinance are: Radios, televisions, musical instruments and similar devices, and amplified human voices; Neighborhood parties and disturbances; Barking dogs; Motor vehicles. There are exemptions - click below to view the entire ordinance.

    Q: If I feel someone is in violation of the ordinance, what should I do?
    A: (a) You can call PCSO, or any citizen may submit noise complaints in writing to the Sheriff's Office. To the extent known, the complaint shall include the name, address, and telephone number of the complainant, the address or location of the noise disturbance, the name(s) of the alleged perpetrator(s), and the nature of the noise disturbance. The written complaint shall be sworn to, signed, and notarized. (b) When a Polk County Sheriff's deputy has probable cause to believe that a violation of this ordinance has occurred, he/she shall issue a warning to the property owner, the one responsible for creating the disturbance, or both. The warning shall notify the property owner, and/or the one responsible for creating the noise, of the violation of this ordinance and specify a reasonable time to abate the noise. Absent special circumstances, or unless otherwise provided in this ordinance, a reasonable time shall mean fifteen (15) minutes. (c) If the violation is not abated within a reasonable time after the warning, or if the violation recurs within ninety (90) days of the issuance of the warning, the responsible party or parties shall be cited for the violation of this ordinance and subject to prosecution under §125.69, Florida Statutes, and this ordinance.

    A Note from Sheriff Judd
    Each new fiscal year, all Polk County constitutional officers submit a request to the Board of County Commissioners asking the BoCC to approve funding for their new budgets. A top priority of mine has always been to give all sworn deputies and certified detention deputies salaries that adequately compensate them for the dangerous jobs they do each and every day. Along those lines, as this new fiscal year approaches, I will be asking that the County fund pay raises for all deputies at the Sheriff's Office.

    You may have read in the local newspaper this past month about two violent incidents that occurred in our jail. A nurse, examining an inmate, was violently attacked, as were the deputies who came to her aid. One week later, two detention deputies each received a broken arm trying to gain control of a violent inmate. These are just two of many, many examples of how our members put their lives on the line every day to keep the people of Polk County safe.

    You see, it's not just dangerous for the deputy sheriff on the street, patrolling our roadways and arresting criminals. The two jails, overcrowded by 800 inmates on average each day, are full of violent criminals. The deputies who work in the jails are exposed to dangerous situations, as are the deputies on the streets.

    I can assure you that I will continue to be fiscally conservative with your dollars, and keep the focus of our budget on funding the deputies' salaries. I know that you appreciate the hard work these deputies do every day as much I as I do. Thank you for continuing to support my goal of paying our deputies a fair salary for a dangerous job.

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