Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and Executive Staff members of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office will recognize law enforcement, detention, civilian, and volunteer members of the agency on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. at Lake Eva Banquet Hall in Haines City, at the "2014 PCSO Annual Awards Ceremony." On hand to help recognize these members will be county elected officials and administrators, and other special dignitaries.
Each year, PCSO holds an awards ceremony naming the Deputy Sheriff, Detention Deputy, Civilian, Reserve Deputy Sheriff, and Volunteer of the Year. In addition to these awards, Sheriff Judd will award Medals of Valor, Life-Saving Medals, and Meritorious Service Medals to those members who went above and beyond the call of duty during 2013. Additionally, this year Master Deputy Sheriff Joseph "Shane" Robbins will be posthumously awarded The Sheriff's Citation, the highest honor given by the agency, for Shane's ultimate sacrifice when he died in the line of duty on April 26, 2013. His family will attend to receive the award.
“We hope that you will join us this year in recognizing the members who put their lives on the line every day to keep the people of Polk County safe, and the hard-working support staff who make it all possible. We will also be honoring the legacy of Master Deputy Sheriff Shane Robbins, who was a wonderful deputy, husband, father, brother, son, and friend.” - Sheriff Grady Judd
The media is invited to attend this event. Some award recipients and nominees may be undercover - the Public Information Officers will be on-hand to assist you in identifying those members who cannot be photographed or videotaped.