Date: September 27, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 OR (863) 819-0397 Pager

Hurricane Jeanne Recovery Operation Update

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is continuing to support the ongoing Hurricane Jeanne recovery operation. PCSO deputies and support personnel are working non-stop to respond to any possible storm-related emergencies.

In the aftermath of the hurricane, PCSO deputies assigned to specialty functions, such as Community Oriented Policing, are now working 12-hour shifts around the clock in support of the patrol deputies. In addition to traditional patrol functions, deputies are being utilized to serve as shelter security, help damage assessment and "push" (initial response teams tasked with
clearing roadways) teams, and work out of  4 county-wide task forces.

Deputies are responding to communities across the county to help provide residents with services and assistance as needed, including the delivery of ice and water. Two PCSO forward command centers are being set up: one at the Sears Automotive Center at the Eagle Ridge Mall and the second at The Lakeland Center.

As of this morning (Monday, Sept. 27, 2004), we have no confirmed reports of deaths due to the storm. There also were no arrests for crimes of opportunity related to the storm made overnight, and the dusk to dawn curfew will remain in effect until further notice.  

Numerous traffic signals are not working at intersections across the county, and PCSO deputies and other law enforcement officers are responding to those intersections to help direct traffic.  Drivers are reminded that if traffic signals are inoperable, all intersections should be approached with the "4-way stop" rule. Please be courteous and cautious of other drivers.

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

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