Date: March 2, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
School Crossing Guards Needed

The Polk County Sheriff's Office School Crossing Section is in need of school crossing guards to work in locations all across the county, with an immediate need for crossing guards in Lakeland at Padgett Elementary and in Davenport at Davenport Elementary.

Currently the School Crossing Section includes over 200 permanent part-time and substitute crossing guards. The program was developed in the early 1970s, and there are more than 150 crossings throughout Polk County. School crossing guards receive four hours of state-structured classroom instruction, with an additional two hours of on-the-job training in accordance with the Ramon Turnquest Act. School crossing guards receive an additional annual two-hour re-certification course prior to each new school year.

The focus of the school crossing guard is to encourage students to cross at proper intersections. Guards also provide information regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety.

School crossing guards are frequently, but not limited to, retired residents who feel a sense of community commitment. Deputies often rely on school crossing guards to advise them of traffic problems in the communities surrounding school crossings. Crossing guards also have been able to provide important information regarding criminal events occurring in their assigned areas.

If you have any questions regarding the School Crossing Section, or if you are interested in becoming a school crossing guard, contact the Community Services Section during normal business hours at (863) 534-0980.

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