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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

News Date: 10/22/2007 

 PCSO Members Recognized for Outstanding Community Service 

Several Polk County Sheriff’s members were recognized in different ceremonies last week for their above-and-beyond service to local community service organizations.

Keep Polk County Beautiful (KPCB) held their annual awards banquet at Historic Bok Sanctuary on Thursday, October 18, 2007, and presented Community Improvement awards to the PCSO Sheriff’s Training and Respect (STAR) Program, and the PCSO Wabash area COPS Unit. The recruits at the STAR program provided plants they grew in their nursery and provided valuable hours of labor putting in landscaping all around the county. The Wabash COPS Unit deputies were instrumental in organizing events for the residents in the Wabash area and getting them involved in cleaning up their neighborhoods.

KPCB also presented Individual “Litter Bugs Me” awards to these PCSO Environmental Crimes Unit members: Sgt. Charlie Fountain, D/S Michael Burdette, D/S Robert Clayton, D/S Michael Ison, D/S Gene Smith, and from the Marine Unit, D/S Brian Hanger. These deputies are instrumental in KPCB’s goal of cleaning up the county by investigating and arresting those responsible for illegal dumping and deterring future environmental and marine crimes.

The Drug Prevention Resource Center (DPRC), during its annual event, recognized Polk County Sheriff’s Major Mike Pruitt, along with LPD Sgt. Melanie Dixon, as their Board Members of the Year. These two spend countless hours helping promote and provide resources for the annual Red Ribbon Run in Lakeland each year.