Date: June 12, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

PCSO Colonel Grady Judd to Attend FBI Executive Development Seminar

Polk County Sheriff's Office Colonel Grady Judd is slated to attend the prestigious FBI Academy's Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) this month.

The FBI Academy seminar is a two-week executive training program designed for the chief executive officers of the nation's mid-sized law enforcement agencies. Since its inception in 1981, the seminar has graduated more than 1,300 executives. Travel expenses, housing and meals are provided by the FBI Academy.

"It is an honor to have the opportunity to attend this prestigious program. At the Sheriff's Office, we embrace every opportunity to learn so we can better serve the people of Polk County. This program reinforces our commitment to serve," said Colonel Judd. "I look forward to learning new police executive techniques and sharing the successes of the Polk County Sheriff's Office with my colleagues from throughout the United States."

During the seminar, Colonel Judd will participate in an intensive program of instruction and facilitation in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, legal issues, labor relations, media relations, social issues, and police programs. The environment of the FBI Academy is conducive to independent thought and study.

As a participant, Colonel Judd will have the unique opportunity to exchange plans, problems and solutions with fellow executive law enforcement leaders, to develop new thoughts and to share the successes of their own community. The Director of the FBI is a regular guest at the Seminar.

Colonel Judd began his distinguished PCSO career in 1972 as a Communication Specialist. In 1974, he transferred to the Patrol Division and began his career as a Deputy Sheriff. He quickly progressed through the ranks, serving in the position of Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Major. He currently holds the rank of Colonel, and serves as the commander of the Department of Administration. He holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, and an Associate of Science Degree in Police Science. Colonel Judd also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy,  Session 168. He additionally has served as a college instructor for 20 years, and currently is an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida.

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