In an effort to provide a more balanced level of patrol calls in each Sheriff's Office district throughout the county, new PCSO district map lines have been drawn. The new district boundaries went into effect the first of the new year (Jan. 6, 2003).
A Polk County Sheriff's Office special projects team has been working on the plan to redistrict the county for more than a year, according to Major Jim Blackford, who served as the chairman. The team's goal was to achieve a more balanced level of patrol calls in each district.
The boundary map lines have been redrawn and new names established to better identify each area: Ridge and Central are out, replaced by Southeast and Northeast. Northwest and Southwest will remain, but boundary lines have changed.
In order to evenly divide the county, the redistricting committee examined data about calls for service and other activity. With this information in hand, they divided the county into quadrants, with each area receiving approximately 25 percent of all calls.
The new district lines spurred personnel changes: district captains remained in place, with the Ridge captain taking command of Southeast and the Central captain taking command of Northeast. Lieutenants followed their respective captains. Sergeant and patrol deputy positions were put out for a county-wide bid, with each district receiving six patrol sergeants.
The redistricting committee's next step will
be to examine civilian numbers in each new district to insure that support
functions for all areas are evenly distributed.
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