September 27, 2004
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
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
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.