Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. was officially formed in December of 2006.
Although the idea for the charity had been discussed for some time, its ultimate formation was completed as a result of the tragic murder of D/S Matt Williams after a routine traffic stop. The community’s outpouring of emotional and monetary support after that tragic event ultimately demonstrated how a charity like PSCI would be supported.
To date the charity has provided monetary support to our members who are facing significant unexpected tragic events in their lives, including Sgt Ronnie Brown’s family, after his untimely death as a result of injuries he received in an altercation with a Polk County jail inmate and Sgt. Wes Whitmore who was hit and killed by a motor vehicle while making a traffic stop.
Additionally, the charity has supported needs that the law enforcement community has identified, i.e. Christmas gifts for children in Polk County’s most economically challenged neighborhoods, support of organizations dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence as well as supporting the agency's K-9 unit for replacement of their beloved K-9 partners.
The current primary goal of the charity is to continue funding memorial bronze statues of fallen deputies of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for placement at the Sheriff’s Office memorial located at the Sheriff’s Operation Center in Winter Haven. Two statues were completed to honor D/S Matt Williams and Sgt. Ronnie Brown. The dedication ceremony for these statues was held in January 2011. Two additional statues are currently being created and the dedication ceremony will be held upon completion later this year.
The charity continues to develop to meet its mission of supporting activities and charities that benefit the community associated with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMEDNATION BY THE STATE.”
REGISTRATION # CH27988