Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is seeking volunteers willing to partner with law enforcement as members of a Fort Fraser Trail Citizen’s Assisted Patrol (CAP). The trail is a 7.7-mile asphalt path near U.S. 98 between Lakeland and Bartow. CAP volunteers are trained members of the Sheriff’s Office crime fighting team.
Members will be trained in patrol, crime observation, communication dispatch techniques, and report writing. A marked agency Golf Cart will be provided for patrol purposes. Members will also be provided with a Volunteer uniform shirt.
“The new trail allows our residents to enjoy the community at their leisure,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “Our volunteers are a valuable tool in preventing crimes within their neighborhoods. The trail will bring neighbors from various communities together. It just makes sense to combine the two.”
Establishing a volunteer support group is a top priority for Sheriff Judd, and is essential to the Sheriff's Office mission of effectively reducing and preventing crime.
Anyone who has an interest in gaining valuable work experience while helping to build a positive relationship between law enforcement and the community is encouraged to apply as a Polk Sheriff's Office CAP volunteer.
Volunteers will be able to work flexible schedules 6:00 am through 6:00 pm for two hour shifts. Weekend patrols, when use of the trail increases, are especially needed.
For more information about joining the Sheriff’s Office team, please call Volunteer Services at 863.534.6682.