Welcome to the Polk County Sheriff's Office Website. We are happy to provide this site as a resource for use by members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the media, and the public.
I encourage you to make our “polksheriff.org” website your home page for your internet browser.
You have access to a wide range of information, from contact numbers to inmate information to crime prevention information. I encourage you to search our site—I think you will be surprised how much you can find!
You can learn about the latest "bust," complete with digital photographs and news releases. This is the same site that the media uses to get the facts--only you learn about it here first!
We also encourage you to visit us on Facebook (PCSO Facebook Page), Twitter (PCSO on Twitter), and YouTube (PCSO on Youtube).
By following us on the Internet, you can help make Polk County a safer place to live from the comfort of your living room. Check in often. And, by the way, "let's be careful out there!"
Sheriff, Polk County Florida
Meet Your Sheriff
Grady Judd began his career at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in 1972 as a dispatcher. After transferring to the Patrol Division in 1974, he quickly progressed through the ranks – holding every rank from Sergeant to Colonel. Polk County overwhelmingly elected Grady to serve as Sheriff in 2004. He has subsequently been re-elected in 2008 and 2012.
Sheriff Judd has earned higher education degrees through the Masters level – having obtained both a Masters and Bachelor degree from Rollins College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, and the FBI National Executive Institute. He was a recent participant of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP).
Sheriff Judd has taught as an adjunct professor at both the University of South Florida and Florida Southern College. He is a Polk County School Board Hall of Fame inductee, a past recipient of Polk State College’s prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2008 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award, the 2011 Protect Our Children Junny Award, the 2013 Callyo’s Leaders in Online Child Protection Award, as well as the 2013 Church Women United Human Rights Award. He continues to serve the community on several boards and committees, including the Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) and Polk Vision. He is currently the President of the Florida Sheriffs Association.
Grady is married to Marisa, his wife of 41 years. He has two grown sons and nine grandchildren.