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Nestled between Orlando and Tampa, Polk County has long been considered the heart of central Florida. With over 2,000 square miles of land and more than 550 lakes, residents and visitors alike are drawn to the unique character of the county’s nature preserves, hiking trails, stunning natural landscapes, and cultural venues.
Polk is Florida's fastest growing county.
Polk has more than 50 park sites and 11 mini-parks, with amenities such as athletic facilities, picnic areas, resource centers, and an ATV park. Legoland is also located here, in Winter Haven. Bonnet Springs Park is located in Lakeland. Visit Polk County's Parks & Recreation website to find out more about how you and your family can enjoy the many wonderful things to do in Polk County.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office's Safe Schools Division is focused on keeping the elementary, middle, and high schools in Polk County safe. There are Polk County Public Schools Guardians in every elementary school, and sworn law enforcement officers at the middle and high schools. Many private schools, daycares, and colleges also have trained Sentinels. The Guardians and Sentinels are trained by PCSO to engage and eliminate an active shooter on campus. Click here to learn more about the Sentinel program. Click here to learn about the Guardian program. Please visit the PCPS website for information on how to enroll your child in public school.
Polk County is home to seven public and private colleges and universities, all of which are accredited, and they are:
The Polk County Sheriff's Office has over 1,800 full-time members, and several part-time and volunteer positions as well. We are always hiring! Click here to find out how to apply.
If working for the best law enforcement agency in the nation doesn't appeal to you, Polk County is home to many other wonderful businesses and organizations, with career opportunities for the entire family. Polk County's biggest claim to fame is being the birthplace of Publix's founder George Jenkins. The Publix corporate office is located in Lakeland, with more than a dozen supermarkets spread over 2,000 miles. There are plenty of career opportunities at large organizations such as State Farm and Geico, as well as an Amazon warehouse. Mosaic Industries has a huge presence in Polk County as well.
If you're a veteran, you'll be happy to know that there is a new state-of-the art Veterans Affairs medical center conveniently located in Polk's largest city, Lakeland. Polk County is home to six hospitals, three professional clinics, and several assisted living facilities.