As a security measure against forgery and theft, the Polk County Sheriff's Office Department of Detention has started issuing money orders instead of Sheriff's Office checks to inmates as they are released from jail.
In the past, inmates who were eligible to receive money upon being booked out of jail (return of cash in their possession at time of arrest, or any balance in their inmate account) were written Sheriff's Office checks for the amount due.
The Sheriff's Office has investigated instances of released inmates attempting to alter PCSO checks using various methods to conduct forgery and theft.
In response to this ongoing problem, the Sheriff's Office Department of Detention began issuing money orders instead of checks this month. The money orders - which cannot be as easily altered as checks and feature a safeguard - will limit the possibility of forgery and theft against the Sheriff's Office.
PCSO booking sergeants received training this month in how to properly issue the new money orders.
Local businesses (especially in the Bartow area where inmates are released) are asked to be alert to anyone attempting to pass PCSO checks in the future as released inmates will be receiving money orders only.
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