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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 6/1/2013 

 WE HAVE A JOB FOR YOU! 


Have you ever wanted to truly make a difference in your community?  Would you like to work alongside Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies helping residents?  If so, we’ve got a job for you! 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is seeking volunteers to join the Volunteer Sheriff’s Service Office program. Participants will receive over 80 hours of classroom training and will receive another 80 hours of field training. 

 

VSSO training includes:

* PCSO orientation training, rules, regulations, responsibilities, etc.

* Proactive policing principles (PROCAP)

* Polk County demographic and geographic familiarization

* PCSO customer service philosophy

* Crisis Intervention Training

* Bloodborne Pathogens

* Ethics and Code of Conduct

* Use of chemical agent

* Defensive driving

* Civil vs. criminal law

* Report writing

* High visibility neighborhood patrols / theory / crime observation

* Traffic and pedestrian direction/control

* Neighborhood follow-up/canvassing after property crimes

* CPR & AED certification 

To learn how you can become a PCSO VSSO, please mark your calendar for these upcoming information sessions. 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Sheriff’s Operation Center, 1891 Jim Keene Boulevard, Winter Haven.  The training session will be held in the multi-media training room located on the first floor.

 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Monday, June 10, 2013, at the PCSO North East District, 1100 Dunson Road, Davenport.  The training session will be held in the community room.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the PCSO South East District, 4011 Sgt. Mary Campbell Way, Lake Wales.  The training session will be held in the Community Room

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the Sheriff’s Operation Center, 1891 Jim Keene Boulevard, Winter Haven.  The training session will be held in the multi-media training room located on the first floor.

Volunteer Sheriff’s Service Officer duties will include:

* House checks (vacation, foreclosed, and vacant properties)

* After-hours business and commercial checks and patrols

* Statistically-based neighborhood patrol

* Crime prevention programs and special events

* Administrative duties

* School zone safety initiatives

* Directed traffic monitoring & patrol assignments (radar surveys)

* Traffic and pedestrian direction/control for traffic accidents and special events

* Animal control assistance

 *  Assisting Child Protection Referral detectives

* Stranded motorist assistance

* Report excess liter, graffiti, and suspicious activity

* Neighborhood follow-up after property crimes

* Assist with passed occurred property crimes investigations

* Crime Scene Section assistance

* Documenting civil and criminal complaints

 * And other non-hazardous duties

 

All PCSO volunteers receive criminal background checks and must maintain compliance with all PCSO general orders and procedures.  VSSOs do not have arrest powers, will not take any enforcement actions, and will not write traffic tickets.  Some VSSOs will patrol within the five PCSO districts, while others will work in office settings. 

 

To reserve a space at the upcoming information sessions, please contact Deputy James Barber at 863.297.1100.