February 06, 2004
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager
PCSO Offers Child Identification Program to Public
The Polk County Sheriff's Office understands
that the future of our country lies in the hands of our children.
Together, it is our responsibility to protect and educate them.
Crime Prevention starts at home.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office
understands that the future of our country lies in the hands of our
children. Together, it is our responsibility to protect and
educate them. Crime Prevention starts at home.
PCSO has a new Child Identification Program
for children less than twelve years of age. This new program enables us
to create a picture identification card with the child’s thumbprint on
the card. Parents can bring their child to any of the following
locations to have a card made. We request that you please call the
Polk County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit at (863) 534-6677 to
make an appointment.
- Feb 10th – Northwest District
- Mar 09th – Northeast District
- Apr 13th – Southwest District
- May 11th – Southeast District
- Jun 08th – Northwest District
- Jul 13th – Northeast District
- Aug 10th – Southwest District
- Sep 14th – Southeast District
- Oct 12th – Northwest District
- Nov 09th – Northeast District
- Dec 14th – Southwest District
Use the following tips to help educate
children on safety and awareness:
CHILDREN SHOULD BE TAUGHT TO:
- Fight to get away.
- Never say they're alone when answering
- Know his/her full name, as well as
your name, address and telephone number.
- Never answer the door if they are home
alone or without a parent’s permission.
- Never invite anyone in the house
without permission of a parent or baby-sitter.
- Never take candy or gifts from
strangers or anyone else without asking a parent first.
- Never play in deserted buildings or
- Run away from cars that pull up beside
them if they do not know the driver.
- Avoid shortcuts through empty parks,
fields or alleys.
- Run home or go to the nearest public
place if they are being followed and yell for help.
- Tell you where they are at all times
or leave a message at home.
- Avoid clothing and toys with your
child's name on it.
- Never leave your child alone in a
public place, stroller or car, even for a minute.
- Always accompany young children to the
bathroom in public places.
- Always accompany your child on door-to
- Create an environment where a child
feels safe to talk to you.
- Teach children that Deputies are their
- Stay involved in your child's life by
If you have questions on this topic or
would like to inquire about programs we have available for children or
adults, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at the Polk County
Sheriff’s Office at 863-534-6677, or call our toll free number at
1-800-226-0344 and ask for Crime Prevention.