Date: February 20, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

PCSO Hosts "Safe Kids Summit"

The Polk County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a Safe Kids Summit on Saturday, March 8, 2003, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Polk Community College Lakeland Campus (3425 Winter Lake Road) and is inviting the public and media representatives to attend.

Attendance is free, and the event will focus primarily on child safety, from car seats to computers.  The summit, although presented by PCSO, will include dozens of displays from local police, fire, and other agencies.  Classroom presentations will take place on the following:

  • Escape School - a hands-on abduction prevention program designed to teach children to "escape" from various dangerous situations (as seen on national TV and website
  • Internet Safety - an hour-long presentation by Sheriff's Colonel Grady Judd alerting parents and children to the dangers of the internet
  • Project CARGO - a gun safety program
  • S.W.A.T. - Students Working Against Tobacco

In addition, there will be a Drug Prevention Puppet Show for kids; Adult Drug Prevention by the Drug Prevention Resource Center; Date Rape Awareness by the Peace River Rape & Recovery Center; Poison Prevention by Tampa General Hospital Poison Control; and a M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) presentation about teenage drinking and driving.

The event will also feature hands-on activities such as a Car Seat Safety Check, where parents can have their children's car seats inspected by certified child passenger safety technicians, and a Bicycle Rodeo hosted by State Farm, which will consist of an obstacle course designed to teach bicycle riders the laws and safety procedures of bike-riding.

Colonel Grady Judd says, "Children are our most precious resource.  Their safety and well-being are of utmost importance to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, which is why we are hosting the safety summit.  Our goal is to provide parents and children with the information and resources necessary to preserve their safety."

NOTE TO MEDIA:  Please announce this conference as soon as possible to encourage attendance.  Media is also encouraged to attend the event.  Interview/video/photo opportunities will be made available.  Thank you for your assistance in spreading the word on  this important community event.


Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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