2003annualreportreader - Polk County Sheriff's Office

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2003annualreportreader - Polk County Sheriff's Office

pcsoDepartment ofAdministrationColonel Grady Judd commands the Department of Administration, which supportslaw enforcement and detention through planning, fiscal, human resources, research,training, communications, maintenance, and other support functions. The Departmentof Administration includes four divisions: Fiscal Services, HumanResources, Staff Services, and Technical Support. Colonel Judd holdsa Masters Degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science Degree in CriminalJustice, and an Associate of Science Degree in Police Science. ColonelJudd joined PCSO in 1972, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.He graduated from the FBI Executive Development Seminar in Julyof 2003, and has been recognized by Polk Community College with a Distinguished Alumni Award.training a top priorityWith the goal of maximizing deputy safety and reducing injury, the Sheriff’s Officetrained and equipped patrol deputies in 2003 with a less-than-lethal weapon, theTaser, capable of instantly stopping a suspect in his tracks. The Taser fires two probes- from up to 15 feet away - that are connected to the weaponby high voltage wire. When the probes make contact withthe target, the Taser transmits powerful electrical pulses intothe body of the suspect, safely bringing him/her under control.In other training news, a state of the art lighting system wasinstalled on the firearms range, offering deputies the opportunityto practice in diverse shooting conditions from bright light toambient street light settings. Also developed was a curriculum fora web-based training initiative that will cover FDLE mandatoryrecertification requirements and will be available todeputies by remote access via computer at the variousdistricts county-wide.proven accountabilityDuring 2003, the Professional Standards Unitprepared and led the agency through the Commissionon Accreditation for Law EnforcementAgencies (CALEA) and the Florida CorrectionsAccreditation Commission (FCAC) on-site assessments.CALEA reaccreditation was grantedin November of 2003, and FCAC reaccreditationwas granted in October of 2003. Both processeswere virtually seamless, and the outcome was areaccredited status for the Polk County Sheriff’sOffice until 2006. Continued accreditation providesaccountability to the public and demonstratesour commitment to excellence.focus: raising the barThe year 2003 was a period of “raising the bar” withinthe agency to promote member growth and satisfaction,resulting in the best possible customer service to thecommunity. The Human Resources Division led theway with a reorganization designed to focus on trainingand member development. Overall employeesatisfaction is evident with the agency experiencingthe lowest job vacancy rate in all areas since 1996, witha total turnover rate of only 6.6%. Not only is theSheriff’s Office keeping the brightest and the best, butis proactively recruiting top candidates from acrossthe state to join our highly successful team.6

efficient servicesDuring 2003, the Fiscal Services Division successfully met the agency’shighest fiscal priority: to continue law enforcement services to thecommunity at current exceptional levels without adding any new countyfundedpositions. The agency remained committed to “doing more withless,” successfully increasing productivity despite limited funding. For thefourth year in a row, the Sheriff’s Office prepared a budget containing no newcounty-funded full-time positions. The only operating increases were limitedto wireless technology airtime, formerly subsidized by grant funding, andinmate medical premiums. The capital budget decreased slightly.PCSO is proud to provide cost-effective law enforcement services, and israted among the ten largest policing jurisdictions in the state. We arecommitted to doing more with less - increasing our productivity despitelimited funding. Based on figures collected for 2003, the Polk County Sheriff’sOffice provides law enforcement services at $178 per capita - which is23% below the average cost ($232) of the other agencies on the “top ten”list. Overall, the Sheriff’s Office successfully oversaw a $90.2 million FY02-03 budget and an $8.8 million Special Revenue Fund budget. Thefollowing chart shows the current 03-04 budget numbers.FY 03-04 budget total: $94,456,42917% operating$15,745,9753% capital $2,613,82680% personnel$76,096,628The chart below breaks down the budget numbers for FY 02-03 and FY 03-04:FY 02/03 FY03/04Law Enforcement 55,849,579 58,767,326 +2,917,747 +5.22%Detention 31,387,442 32,630,169 +1,242,727 +3.96%Judicial 2,946,445 3,058,934 +112,489 +3.82%grantsIn keeping with the agency’scommitment to draw as much ofthe taxpayer’s money back home foruse in Polk County, the Grants Unitmanaged $8.8 million in grants andspecial revenues in 2003. Two newgrants were established: one willfund a project to reduce gunviolence, and the other willprovide substance abuse treatmentfor female inmates.cost savingsDuring 2003, $218,701 wascollected from inmates formedical care, hygiene items, andper diem charges. Thesecollections directly offset the coststhe taxpayer would otherwise haveto pay. Also, Fiscal Servicesworked with the Social SecurityAdministration to identify inmatesreceiving deposits for which theywere not eligible. As a result, theSheriff’s Office was awarded$91,000. Donations of commoditiesand equipment totaling $82,735 andan inmate farm harvest valued at$19,170 also reduced costs by over$100,000. Additionally, PCSOsaved $215,980 through enhancedprocurement processes, such as aqualified products list, an increasein formal competitive bids, use oftotal buying power andnegotiations. At the end of fiscalyear 02-03, an unspent total balanceof $1.8 million was returned to thecounty.inmate laborInmates were put to work at theSheriff’s Office and in thecommunity to save taxpayers over$3.7 million (at minimum wage).7

uilding partnershipsReaching out into the community to form partnershipsand help build safer and better neighborhoods is the topgoal of the PCSO Crime Prevention, Child Safety andVictim Services Section. During 2003, the CrimePrevention Unit initiated several new programs,including the Citizen’s Assisted Patrol (CAP) program,and a partnership with the Attorney General’s Office toprovide services for seniors through the Senior Sleuth’sVolunteers’ program.Additionally, equipmentwas acquired to providea photo and fingerprintidentification cardfor children atno costto the parents. The unit also welcomed a new member -“PC” a remote controlled miniature patrol car - that interactswith children. Specialists presented nearly 500 presentationsto the community, participated in 25 parades, conducted 28Sheriff’s leadership tours, and delivered over 150 ATSmessages and 37 cell phones to seniors for use in a possibleemergency. In another service to the community, victimadvocates worked with victims of crimes in 2003 by making362 home visits and 767 telephone contacts, and completingnumerous other helpful tasks for victims.innovative advancesThe PCSO Central Services Bureau implementedseveral new programs in 2003. One such program,which also serves to benefit at-risk youth withinthe state, is the donation of property and evidenceitems that are ready for disposal to the Sheriff’sYouth Ranches. This procedure also eliminatedthe local auction process, which requirednumerous hours of preparation by agencymembers, therefore resulting in a significant savingsin personnel cost to the agency. In anotherinnovative program, the Fleet Section purchasedand refurbished 33 GM certified used unmarkedvehicles, as opposed to new, at a cost savings of$129,000. The fleet section also implemented amechanic apprentice program through a local votechcenter.8the cutting edgeThe PCSO Technical Support Division stayed onthe cutting edge of technological advances during2003, making great strides to update and improveinformation services and equipment. Newadditions were added to the polksheriff.orgwebsite, such as a judicial process search whereviewers can query eviction/repossession status byfirst and last name; a new monthly CrimePrevention Newsletter; and under the “CustomerService” heading is a new Home Security Survey.The polksheriff.org website received 30,351,995hits during 2003. In other technical support news,the Telecommunications Section (dispatch center)received a total of 470,411 calls from citizens. Ofthose, 188,679 were 9-1-1 calls for emergency help.The Sheriff’s Office responded to a total 213,303calls for service in 2003.

giving to theCommunityPolk County Sheriff’s Office members demonstrated theircommitment to philanthropic giving in 2003, voluntarilyraising over $106,000 for various worthy charities andorganizations. During numerous fundraisers held in 2003,PCSO members pulled out all the stops to make sure that heartresearch and education advanced, that the search for a cancercure continued, and that less fortunate families had access tothe programs and services they needed. They funded educationscholarships, and made the holidays memorable for many kidsand elderly in need. Enthusiasm and creativity hit a high markduring the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk funddrive. Members raised more than $9,000 over a 3-monthperiod for the Heart Walk. Each and every year, PCSOmembers show their continued commitment to thecommunity by supporting the United Way’s annual fund drive,and 2003 was no exception. Members renewed their personalsupport through paycheck deductions, and team memberscompeted in Campaign Kick-Off games, raising more than$28,200 for the cause. On a more personal level, agencymembers raised over $26,000 through the COPS Golf Tournament in order to make the holidays special forlocal needy children, families and elderly. And the girls at the Youth Villa near Bartow were treated to aspecial Christmas party and gift certificates because of members’ compassion and commitment. Additionally,members raised funds for the American Cancer Society: deputies ate mountains of donuts and members heldbake sales and barbecue lunches. All this netted the Cancer Society almost $43,000 in funds to continue theirimportant cause.chaplain programSeven volunteer chaplains from around Polk Countywere sworn in to form the first-ever ChaplaincyProgram for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in 2003.These chaplains hail from all over Polk County, andwill serve agency members and the community onan as-needed and on-call basis, for counseling needs,spiritual needs, and overall support. There areagencies all over the U.S. who have similarprograms, and it has long been a dream of SheriffCrow’s to provide this valuable service to agencymembers. The chaplains will fall under thedirection of retired Major Marvin Pittman, theagency’s contracted chaplain, and they will share oncallduties of responding to major or stressful crimescenes. They have all been administered a specialoath of office by the Sheriff.numbers to know...PCSO main: 533-0444PCSO toll-free: 1-800-226-0344crime stoppers tip line: 1-800-226-TIPScrime prevention unit: 534-6677drug hotline: 533-3784graffiti eradication program: 298-7574gang suppression unit: 298-7574adult protective services: 1-800-342-9152child abuse hotline: 1-800-96-ABUSEdomestic violence program: 413-2700injunction for protection info: 534-4000support group battered women: 413-2700senior crime hot line: 1-800-535-0060sexual abuse, treatment center: 519-3744suicide, crisis center: 519-37449

pcsoColonel Willie E. Hall serves as the commander of the Department of Detention.The Department of Detention includes administration of the Sheriff’s Officedetention facilities, including the main jail booking center, the new SouthCounty Jail in Frostproof, Central County Jail in Bartow, Juvenile Boot Camp,and the bailiffs. Detention is tasked with the housing, custody and care ofall persons arrested in Polk. Colonel Hall, a certified jail manager, AJA, is a22-year veteran of the PCSO, and graduated from St. Leo University with aBA in Criminology. Most recently, Colonel Hall graduated from the FloridaCriminal Justice Institute Chief Executive Seminar in April 2003.proven accountabilityDuring 2003, a team of assessors from the FloridaCorrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC)conducted an on-site audit of the Department of Detentionduring a three-day inspection. Detentionpassed with flying colors, achieving 100% complianceand a 3-year accreditation status. The FCACassessment examines all aspects of detention, includingbooking, classification, housing, sanitation, foodservice, personnel issues, fiscal activities, security,training, and medical. Detention also received accreditationfrom the National Commission on CorrectionalHealth Care in 2003. The PCSO JuvenileBoot Camp also was awarded “Deemed Status” in2003 during an annual review by the Dept. of JuvenileJustice Bureau of Quality Assurance.Department ofDetentionincreasing securityA new fingerprint identification system was installed in the PCSOcentral booking center in 2003 that will prevent inmates from tryingto escape by booking out using another inmate’s name. The programworks like this: during book-in, an inmate’s fingerprints are scannedinto the system using ultrasound technology, and the inmate’s specificidentification information is entered into the system. When it’s timeto be booked out, the inmate’s fingerprints are scanned into the systemonce again. The program then confirms if the correct inmate is beingreleased via fingerprint match. If an inmate were to try to escapeunder a false name, the new program would instantly notify bookingpersonnel that the fingerprints do not match. In other securityimprovements, additional security window bars were installed atSouth County Jail.jail growthThe Department of Detention began exploring thepossibility of a major expansion at the South CountyJail in Frostproof during 2003. The expansion wouldaddress the ongoing challenge of prolonged inmateovercrowding in the two PCSO jail facilities. InNovember 2003, the Public Safety Coordinating Councilvoted to support an architectural review regarding apossible South County Jail expansion and to moveforward with the project. A current proposal requestsan expansion that would house up to 1,024 additionalinmates. It is vital for the future of the county that jailexpansion and increased alternative incarcerationprograms occur. The average daily inmate populationin 2003 was 2,425, which is 34% over the rated capacityof 1,808. The PCSO booking center booked in 28,175inmates in 2003. Visitation also increased, with 58,999inmates receiving non-contact visitation over thecourse of the year.110

advanced facilitiesSouth County Jail in Frostproof is the largest, newest, stateof-the-artfacility in the PCSO detention system. In a moveto improve and increase the monitoring of inmates at SCJ,a new closed circuit TV video system went online in 2003.The video camera system features 180 cameras locatedthroughout SCJ, both inside and out, that offer 24-hourdigital recording of the facility. The cameras feature zoomcapabilities that allow detention deputies to closelymonitor and record inmate activity. A video system alsowas installed at the Central Booking Center in Bartow, andone courtroom and one holding cell in the court housebasement were wired with video technology so a trialcould be conducted without the defendant being presentin the actual courtroom. Central County Jail in Bartow wasconstructed in the mid-1980s and is designed to house 800inmates. CCJ features a courtroom with video capabilitiesfor first appearance and other hearings. During 2003,visitation hours were expanded to seven days a week atthe Central County Jail in Bartow to help handle increasedvisitation needs.new programsIn 2003, a grant for a JASA (Jail Alternatives toSubstance Abuse) Program was approved andstarted up at CCJ for female inmates. JASA hasproven to be a successful drug treatmentprogram. In another grant, a full-time teacherdedicated to helping inmates prepare to takethe GED was hired thanks to a Polk CountySchool Board Adult Education grant.inmate laborInmates who attain trustee status are allowedto work in the jail facilities. Inmates plant,maintain, and harvest crops at the jail farm tosupplement jail food and cut costs. During2003, inmates harvested 16,017 pounds ofproduce, and spent a total of 20,768 hours oflabor on the farm. Inmates also performed avariety of tasks throughout the jail facilities,for a total savings of $2,888,246 in 2003. Inanother program - the Weekend Work ReleaseProgram - participants perform tasks such aspicking up trash on roadways, mowing, layingsod, tearing down abandoned buildings, andcleaning out lake systems. In 2003, weekendprogram participants worked 99,837 hours.They collected a total of 54,066 bags of trashand 8,647 tires, and they cleaned up 3,659 milesof roadway.detention academyIn a joint project between PCSO and PolkCommunity College, PCSO Detention Sgt. GaryCasini was named in 2003 to serve as theDetention Academy Coordinator for thecollege. In his new role, Sgt. Casini was put incharge of coordinating the PCC detentioncertification program, which PCSO detentionrecruits attend in order to receive certification.DNA databaseSince September 2003, PCSO Bailiffs have beencollecting DNA samples from all suspects convictedof certain felony crimes. These DNAsamples are sent to the FDLE where the informationis gathered in a database.11

pcsoColonel Gary Hester serves as the commander of the Department of LawEnforcement. The Department of Law Enforcement includes patrol deputies,detectives, and support operational unit personnel. Colonel Hester is a 24-yearveteran of the PCSO. He has an Associate of Arts degree from St. LeoUniversity; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Summa Cum Laude,from St. Leo University; Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice fromthe University of Alabama; and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute,97th Administrative Officers Course. During 2003, his Master’s Thesis on lawenforcement officers and use of force was published in a national journal,The Journal of Criminal Justice.12Law EnforcementFor the fourth year in a row, crime in unincorporated Polk County (over which thePCSO has jurisdiction) has dropped dramatically. In 2003, overall crime went down4%, compared to the same time period in 2002. Even more astounding, according toUniform Crime Report (UCR) statistics, PCSO has seen a decrease in crime in everycategory compared to 1997, for an overall decrease of an incredible 40%. This significantdecrease in crime can be attributed in large part to the success of the PROCAP(Proactive Community Attack on Problems) program (which began in January of 1998),encouraging and supporting community involvement, and continuing a strongpartnership with the Board of County Commissioners. Thanks to this drastic reductionin crime, people are safer today than they have been in the last 31 years inunincorporated Polk County. The crime rate (crimes per 1,000 residents) for2003 was 3.6%. The crime rate has not been that low since 1972, when it was 3.35%.Three PCSO Crime SceneTechnicians receivedInternational Certificationfrom the InternationalAssociation for Identificationand Forensic CertificationProgram in 2003. The CrimeScene Technicians successfullycompleted the certificationprocess, which included anextensive review of volumesof study material and wrappedup with a 200-question exam.The study focused on bothforensic and criminalinvestigation issues.Department ofdrop in crimesolving crimesThe PCSO Bureau of Criminal Investigations is tasked with theresponsibility of investigating major crimes, and is divided into a numberof specialized units which focus on certain types of crimes, such ashomicides, robberies, and sex crimes. The PCSO Homicide Unit continuesto be among the best in the country. Among the Homicide Unit’s manyother noted accomplishments is the homicide clearance rate (number ofcases solved). From 1999 through 2003, there have been 91 homicides andonly 5 are currently unsolved. This gives the Homicide Unit a clearancerate of 94.5% during this period., which is far more successful than that inother major cities, such as Boston with 68%, New York with 77%, andDallas with 65%. In one of the most high profile cases of 2003, the HomicideUnit successfully solved a double homicide in which victims Jeremy Jarvisand Allison Sousa were violently stabbed to death in a business complexin the Winter Haven area. On a positive note, the family of Allison Sousahonored her memory with a donation to purchase a new dog - named“Bolt” - for the PCSO K-9 unit. All BCI investigative units had a successfulyear, with detectives clearing cases and making numerous arrests.

focusing resourcesThe Bureau of Special Investigations is responsible for investigating,apprehending and successfully prosecuting suspects involved in theuse, delivery, and manufacturing of dangerous drugs. BSIundercover detectives focus on vice crimes, auto theft,street gangs, and internet crimes. Detectives work withlocal, state, and federal agencies through task forces andother cooperative efforts to successfully reduce thelevel of crime in the community. They also workclosely with Polk County Crime Stoppers toencourage the community to call in tips about drugactivity and crimes in their areas by offeringcash rewards. During 2003, detectives seized13 meth labs, 94 pounds of meth, 34 pounds ofcocaine, and a mix of numerous other drugs.They made 1,256 drug arrests.sharing info to combat crimeAlso in 2003, Intelligence Unit detectives investigatedseveral cases where suspects exhibited extremely bizarreand violent behavior during their contacts with deputies.The Narcotics Intelligence Coordinator researched the issueand determined that the symptoms were consistent withcocaine-induced psychosis. This information was publishedin the Florida Criminal Activity Bulletin, distributed by theFlorida Department of Law Enforcement to help spread theword to other agencies that may encounter similar cases. Alsoduring 2003, the Florida Department of Law Enforcementnotified PCSO detectives that they had performed an analysison unknown pills seized by Polk County Sheriff’s Officedetectives and determined that the pills contained the illegaldrug Fentanyl. This was the first seizure of the pill form ofFentanyl in Florida. The Intelligence Unit publishedintelligence bulletins regarding this new trend, and thesebulletins were published to law enforcement officersnationwide, as well as in Canada.homeland securityIntelligence Unit detectives also worked closely in 2003 withlocal, state, and federal authorities to investigate threats tohomeland security. They completed comprehensivevulnerability assessments on several key locations within PolkCounty that might be attractive targets for terrorist attacks.Thanks to these efforts to increase security, citizens can beassured that law enforcement and other emergency operationsagencies stand ready and well-prepared to respond to anyfuture terrorist threats.“computer cop”The Computer Crimes Unit worked withthe Crime Prevention Unit to start a newprogram in 2003 called “Computer Cop.”The program’s goal is to educate parents onhow to protect their children frompredators on the Internet. The programincludes a Power Point slide presentationon Internet safety and a free copy of“Computer Cop” software that allowsparents to monitor their children’s activitieson the Internet.RxPatrolDuring 2003, the Intelligence Unit establishedcontact with the National Associationof Drug Diversion Investigators(NADDI) and became involved in theRxPatrol program. This program featuresan information clearing that enables law enforcementofficers, pharmacies, and pharmaceuticalcompanies to share informationon pharmaceutical related crimes. RxPatrolis an effort to combat the theft and illegaltrafficking of prescription medications.13

Special Operations Division memberswork in a number of specialty units thatoffer specialized training to better servea variety of needs in the community.safe schoolsSchool Resource Officers are assignedto local schools to help ensure the safetyof students. In 2003, SROs made 556arrests, including 78 drug arrests. Theyalso removed 38 weapons and onefirearm from school grounds.K-9 trainingIn early 2003, four new canines joinedthe PCSO K-9 unit after the handlers andcanines completed a 12-week school.Additionally, all PCSO K-9 teamsassigned to patrol were trained in scentdiscrimination tracking during 2003. Inother K-9 news, the PCSO bloodhoundteam received an honorable mention forthe 2003 Florida Missing Children’sTrailing Team of the Year award.the environmentThe PCSO Environmental Unit receivedfunding in 2003 for two additionaldeputies. In a high profile issue, theSouthwest Water Management Districtadvised Polk County that a $500,000 finewas looming due to water over-pumpingin northeast Polk. The EnvironmentalUnit responded to the area and issuedover 1,000 citations for water violations.This massive effort satisfied SWMD andhelped the county demonstrate anattempt to reduce water usage.safe roadsIn 2003, 28 red light enforcement lightswere installed at 16 intersectionsidentified as high crash locations. PCSOTraffic Unit members monitored theseintersections, with numerous citationsbeing issued for traffic light violations.The unit also conducted an aggressivedriving campaign in 2003.COPS campCOP (Community Oriented Policing) deputies pulled out all thestops the Summer of 2003 to create a memorable week for morethan 100 kids in attendance at the COPS Silver Star Youth Camp.Acting as camp counselors and instructors, deputies taught kidsarchery, outdoor skills, water safety, fishing and so much moreduring the five days of fun-filled summer camp. The week-longyouth camp served as a great opportunity to promote positiverelationships between deputies and children. COPS and SchoolResource deputies operated the camp, with each deputy workingas either a camp counselor or a program instructor.reaching neighborhoods“Empowerment through information” was the focus of the secondannual Neighborhood Problem Solving Conference held in 2003.In a joint effort, the PCSO, the Polk County Office ofNeighborhood Revitalization, and numerous local municipalitiesand organizations hosted the one-day conference. The event wasdesigned to empower residents through knowledge andinformation, and focused on providing information about all thevital services - law enforcement, fire, code enforcement, utilities,and more - available to Polk County residents. Additionally, PCSOhelped sponsor the annual Spanish Neighborhood Problem-Solving Conference, or “Construyendo Comunidad,” with the goalof helping Polk County’s Spanish-speaking communities improvethe quality of life in their communities and strengthen theirrelationships with local agencies. All of the activities andinformation, including the Sheriff’s Office training curricula, wasprovided in Spanish.14

pcsorecognitionsDeputy Sheriff of the Year - Detective John ConoverAs an undercover detective assigned to the PCSO Auto Theft Task Force, Detective Conover’s responsibilitieshave included investigating motor vehicle thefts, chop shops, vehicle identification alterations, as well aslong-term investigations involving organized motor vehicle theft. Last year, John was solely responsible forrecovering over $1 million in stolen vehicles, and had a key role on the Task Force in recovering over $5million in stolen vehicles, resulting in nearly two hundred and twenty five (225) arrests.Detention Deputy of the Year - Detention Deputy Hjorth “Nick” HarvilleDetention Deputy Harville has distinguished himself in several ways. First, as a member of the DetentionDeputy Training and Evaluation Program, in addition to ensuring that new members are given proper trainingprior to assuming the responsibilities of a detention deputy, Nick took the initiative to track and monitor allhis platoon’s training needs. He also developed and implemented a training model, via a Powerpointpresentation of his own design, to help enhance the DDTEP. He also serves as a member of the CrisisNegotiation Team.Civilian of the Year - Steve HowardSince joining the PCSO in 2001, Steve Howard has worked diligently to be the most cost-effective managerhe can be, saving the Sheriff’s Office an immeasurable amount of money. He has obtained designation as aCertified Professional Public Buyer, Certified Public Purchasing Officer and a Certified Purchasing Professional.And through his hard work, the PCSO is now noted as the first government agency in Polk County and the firstlaw enforcement agency in the nation to achieve the honor of National Institute of Governmental PurchasingOutstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award.answering the call of dutyDuring 2003, a number of heroic PCSO members were called up to activeduty in the military, and left to serve our country overseas or at variousmilitary bases throughout the country. Throughout the year, yellowribbons were tied around trees at all agency facilities as visibleevidence of the agency’s support of our troops. Our hats are offto all our members who so willingly responded to serve theircountry and we recognize them for the heroes they are: WarrantsUnit Detective Craig Powers, Northeast Deputy NathanielMulkey, Administrative Investigation Detention Deputy InspectorDan Hostetler, Northeast Deputy Deeann Dees, Special OperationsDeputy Brian Hangar, Detention Sgt. Thomas Brabant,Telecommunicator Gerald Inoa, School Resource Officer AndrewWilliams, Central County Jail Detention Deputy Sally Gardner, SoutheastCOPS Deputy Jason Dechenne, Northeast Echo COPS Deputy BenitoDominguez, Southwest COPS Deputy Paul Murray, Southwest COPSDeputy Conrad Case, Southwest COPS Deputy Jerome Borum, BCISystems Technician Steven Riggall, Intake Detention Deputy JustinMacIntosh, Central County Jail Detention Deputy Stephen Supinger.15

honoring the ultimate sacrifice“Greater love hath no man than thisthat a man lay down his life for his friends.”The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is involved in an effort to honorand recognize our fellow law enforcement officers who have fallen inthe line of duty by supporting a Polk County Law Enforcement Memorialexpansion project. We must make sure the memorial will have adequatespace in the future to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.Unfortunately, the current configuration has only four remaining unmarkedpedestals. We all hope and pray we will never need these, but history tells us wewill. We have an obligation to preserve the memorial - it is a small price to pay tohonor those who have paid the greatest price of all. Please consider joining us inthis important effort. Call 535-1951 to help.2003 Annual Reportdesigned and published by thePCSO Public Information Office

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