Date: March 11, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

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

Businesses Urged to Sign up for New "Fax" Program To Receive PCSO Alerts

The Polk County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit is urging Polk businesses to sign up for the new FAX (Facts Alert Xchange) program in order to receive local news alerts and information important to the business community.

Business representatives who sign up for FAX will receive faxed notices about relevant information such as business watch meetings, crime trend alerts and other business-related items that affect the business district.

FAX will provide timely warnings and alerts to the business community on an as-needed basis.

"We've found that an effective way to combat crime and its effects is to partner with the community. By utilizing this equipment, we can quickly alert businesses regarding trends or breaking crime events, thereby reducing the number of potential victims," said Colonel Grady Judd. "FAX notification of bad checks being circulated, counterfeit bills or robberies will enable businesses to be prepared for suspicious persons or activities and encourage immediate reporting of those activities. Working together, we can make a positive difference," he said.

To sign up for FAX, business representatives are asked to e-mail the name of their business and fax number to the PCSO Crime Prevention Unit at or fax the information to 534-6645.


Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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