Date: February 18, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager
Joint PCC/PCSO Detention Deputy Academy to Graduate First Class Tonight

In a joint project between the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Polk Community College, the first Detention Deputy Academy class under PCSO leadership will graduate tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, at 7 p.m., at the PCC Winter Haven campus fine arts building. Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr., will serve as the keynote speaker.

The graduating class has trained under the direction of PCSO  Detention Sgt. Gary Casini, who was named last year to serve as the Detention Academy Coordinator for the college.

In his role, Sgt. Casini is in charge of coordinating the PCC detention certification program, which PCSO detention recruits attend in order to receive certification.

The PCC/PCSO coordinator position is funded by PCC, but staffed by a member of the Sheriff's Office. Sgt. Casini, who has been with PCSO for more than 9 years, was recommended for the spot by a review board. He previously has served as a detention instructor for in-house training, and has held a key role in the PCSO detention deputy training evaluation program for the last few years.

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A text only version of this release is also available.

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