Date: January 5, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Floyd S. Hulsey, 863 519-3961 or
Polk Sheriff's Office Announces $3,000 Hiring Bonus, Employment Opportunities in Detention Facilities

FROSTPROOF, FL - Civilian employees and detention officers are being sought in the Frostproof area by the Polk County Sheriff's Office to staff the new South County Jail that was purchased by Polk County December 30, 1999.

"We are actively seeking local residents to staff the new facility," said Polk Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr. "We need persons with no corrections nor law enforcement experience for support positions, in addition to Florida certified officers who maintain custody of the inmates."

The Sheriff's Office is offering a $3,000 hiring bonus for officers who currently are certified Florida Corrections Officers. Twenty-three officers are required to open the facility, according to Colonel Ken Barber, Detention Department Commander.

An additional 41 civilian support personnel (no prior experience or certification needed) also are required, including 8 Food Service Specialists and 33 Detention Support Officers, said Colonel Barber.

Food Service Specialists applicants must have a valid Florida driver's license, a minimum of one year experience in food preparation, and be able to pass the Florida Food Manager's Certification Program within their first year of employment. Starting pay is $22,513 annually.

Detention Support Officer, who are civilian employees, operate security doors, monitor security videos of inmate activities, provide information to the public and perform clerical duties. Starting pay is $17,070 annually.

Minimum requirements for both job classifications include a high school diploma or GED, no criminal history, meet drug use limitations and passing a written test and background investigation.

  • Employment benefits include:
  • Free State retirement
  • Free life insurance
  • Free long-term disability insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • College tuition reimbursement plan
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Sick leave and sick leave pool
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Others

Employment information and applications may be obtained by calling the Polk County Sheriff's Office Human Resources Section toll free at 1-877-477-7276. Employment information and an application also are available on the agency's web site at


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