Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced last night, April 26, 2007, during a Poinciana Area Council meeting, plans to implement a “sector command” in Poinciana, due to the steady increase in population and demands for service there.
According to statistics provided by the Association of Poinciana Villages, the population of Poinciana, an area that straddles both Polk and Osceola counties, is 27,181 citizens, with a total of 8,383 residential units. The PCSO Southeast District command, whose deputies are responsible for policing that area, is located in Lake Wales. However, the command staff has implemented a sector command within the Southeast District that will be primarily responsible to the citizens in the Polk County side of the Poinciana area.
The sector command will have an office donated by the Polk County School Board, consisting of a portable building located at Lake Marion Creek Elementary School, starting in early July. The Sergeant and 12 deputies assigned to the command began patrolling and answering calls for service in that area on April 23, 2007. These deputies will answer all calls for service and will meet the community policing needs of that area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are all gang-liaison trained.
Sheriff Grady Judd says, “We must respond to growth in Poinciana—the area has exploded with new single family homes and businesses over the last 5 years. What used to be miles and miles of vacant land has now become a vibrant community with thousands of residents. We are looking forward to our continuing partnership with Poinciana to keep it a great place to live, work, and play.”