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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency serving Polk County, Florida. Polk County is the fourth largest county in the state, with approximately 2,010 total square miles, and is the ninth most populated county with an estimated population of 715,000. Polk County is comprised of seventeen municipalities, the largest being Lakeland, and is located in Central Florida, with Tampa to the west and Orlando to the east.
The Sheriff administers directed patrol and investigative responsibilities in a primary service area that includes the unincorporated regions of the county, as well as within six municipalities that have contracted with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to provide law enforcement services - these include: Frostproof, Polk City, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Dundee, and Mulberry. The primary service area of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office accounts for 65% of the county’s total population, separated into two divisions with five districts. In addition, the Sheriff’s Office administers dispatching services for every city fire and police department in the county, except the city of Lakeland, as well as Polk County Fire Rescue.
The Sheriff is delegated the responsibility, by the Board of County Commissioners, of administration and daily operation of the Central County Jail, South County Jail, Central Booking, the transportation of inmates, and the housing of
pre-adjudicated youth. The Sheriff is also statutorily charged with providing deputies to attend the Polk County Board of County Commissioners’ meetings. Additionally, the Sheriff maintains courthouse and courtroom security for all sessions
of County and Circuit Courts within Polk County, Florida, and the Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland.
We, the members of the Polk County Sheriff ’s Office, are committed to excellence in providing law enforcement, detention, and public safety services. In partnership with our community, we will serve with integrity, compassion, accountability, and professionalism.
Our vision is to maintain a staff of well-equipped, highly-trained, professional members to provide the highest level of customer service with a sense of urgency. While providing comprehensive services, we will be transparent in our actions. Utilizing cutting edge technology, we will continue to proactively reduce crime and enhance the quality of life to ensure Polk County is a safe and attractive place to live, work, and visit.
As a member of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, I will treat our customers with integrity and compassion. I am accountable for all my actions and am committed to professionalism.
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 (Florida), the public, and the media.
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