Date: February 06, 2004 "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 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 the phone.
  • 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 isolated areas.
  • 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.


PARENTS SHOULD:

  • 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 door activities.
  • Create an environment where a child feels safe to talk to you.
  • Teach children that Deputies are their friends.
  • Stay involved in your child's life by communicating daily.

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. 
 

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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