Date: June 12, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: CARRIE RODGERS, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, PAGER
KIM GARRETT, (863) 534-6377 OR (863) 819-1656, PAGER
School Crossing Guards Needed

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is seeking qualified men and women, who desire part-time positions, to work as school crossing guards at locations throughout Polk County.  The 2002-2003 school session will begin on August 7, 2002.

The School Crossing Unit includes approximately 200 part-time and substitute crossing guards.  The program was developed in the early 1970's, and presently there are 162 crossings throughout Polk County. School crossing guards receive four hours of state-structured classroom instruction, with an additional two days of on-the-job training in accordance with the Ramon Turnquist Act.  School crossing guards annually receive a two hour re-certification course each new school year. Crossing guards are part-time members of the Sheriff's Office assigned to specific crossing locations throughout the county.  The focus of the school crossing guard is to encourage students to  cross at proper intersections and to provide information regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety.  It is their responsibility to oversee the safe crossing of children traveling to and from elementary schools. 

The guards report to their posts 5 days a week, and often in inclement weather.  Crossing Guards are some of the most highly visible county employees, and they provide a positive role model for children, one of Polk County's most valuable resources.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is an equal opportunity employer.   If you are interested in becoming a school crossing guard, please call the School Crossing Unit at (863) 534-0980.

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

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