Date: June 3, 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

Polk County Sheriff's Office School Crossing Guards

The Polk County Sheriff's Office School Crossing Section is in need of school crossing guards to work in areas throughout the county during the upcoming 2004-2005 school year.

Currently the School Crossing Section includes over 200 permanent  part-time and substitute crossing guards. The program was developed in the early 1970s, and there are more than 150 crossings throughout Polk County. School crossing guards receive four hours of state-structured classroom instruction, with an additional two hours of on-the-job training in accordance with the Ramon Turnquest Act. School crossing guards receive an additional annual two-hour re-certification course prior to each new school year.

The focus of the school crossing guard is to encourage students to cross at proper intersections. Guards also provide information regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety.

If you have any questions regarding the School Crossing Section, or if you are interested in becoming a school crossing guard, contact the Community Services Section during normal business hours at (863) 297-1111 or 1112.


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