Polk County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Polk County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 1891 Jim Keene Blvd, Winter Haven, 33880 FL
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Polk County Sheriff's Office is located at 1891 Jim Keene Blvd, Winter Haven, 33880 FL. The Polk County Sheriff's Office phone number is 863-298-6200.

Polk County Sheriff's Office News

Back in October, a work truck was stolen from the Circle K store on Spirit Lake Road in Thy Haven of Winter, while the driver was in the store. As the driver saw the thief backing up the truck, the driver ran toward the truck. The thief drove directly at the driver, but missed him. Inside the truck were some business checks which proved too tempting for the truck thief. Yep, he tried to cash one at Amscot, and of course you have to show legal ID to do that. So, our suspect was identified as Kevin. Sometimes, we hate to admit, some thieves make it easy on our detectives. Very thoughtful of them. When deputies finally found Kev (with the stolen truck in his yard, of course), Kev admitted that he knew the truck was stolen, but he didn’t steal it...because, he added, he can’t drive. Things that make you go hmmmm….. When asked why he didn’t report the truck as being stolen to the cops, Kev said it was because he does not like the police. That hurts, Kevin. Kevin was arrested. Not for hating the police, but for a smorgasbord of crimes. There were charges for Grand Theft Motor Vehicle, Regular ol’ Grand Theft, Felony Petit Theft, Forgery, Uttering a Forged Instrument - and the big one, Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon.* Kevin’s criminal history resembles the Golden State Warriors record after the NBA All-Star break at 48-8. Only, instead of wins and losses, Kevin has felonies and misdemeanors. As in, 48 felonies and 8 misdemeanors. He has been to Florida State Prison four times! We're hoping he'll be incarcerated in the big house a fifth time, and hopefully that one will be an extended stay. #PCSO #KevinsWordsCutDeep #ShowingYourIdentificationToCommitYourCrimes #WeJustPutHimOver50Felonies #WootWoot #PuttingKevInJail #ForgedInstrumentsAreNotTubas #KevShouldReallyFindANewLineOfWork *Editor's note: at the time this was drafted in Oct, the suspect had a pending aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge, in reference to attempting to hit the victim with the vehicle; the suspect was booked in on the theft & forgery charges and has since bonded out; the aggravated assault charge has been filed against him.

The only good thing we can say about this collection of suspects is, there were 7 less arrests made by PCSO for DUI in October compared to September. It would be great if we could get through the entire month of November without making any arrests for DUI - and by that we mean, it would be great if nobody would drive under the influence. Is that too much to ask? #WednesdayWisdom - DON'T 👏 DRINK 👏 AND 👏 DRIVE! 👏 #PCSO #HopingEveryoneObeysTheLawInNovember #LetsCallItNoCrimeNovember

What's worse than being awakened by deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office trying to bust down your door? Being awakened by two guys trying to bust down your door, and saying that they are with the Sheriff's Office, but they really aren't. That's what happened early Saturday morning, November 3rd, on Alderman Road in Auburndale. As you can see from the video, the two guys weren't selling Avon or Girl Scout cookies either. And they had guns. And they weren't very safe with the guns either. In fact, if we were the one bad guy, we'd be super miffed at the other bad guy for pointing his gun right at him. Not to mention that he has his finger on the trigger. Oh, I guess we just did mention that. After failing to gain entry, the two men fled, so fortunately, the people inside were not hurt, but daggum, that had to be scary for them. They obviously wanted to get in that house. The compassionate, caring side of us can't help but think that maybe they were just cold and hungry, and needed a place to stay for the night. Therefore, we'd like to find these guys---we have a nice warm place for them to stay, and we can hook them up with some nice comfy clothes, and scrumptious food for their bellies. If you have any information that might be helpful, please call Detective Goreck at 863-298-6914, or if you'd like to remain anonymous, you can call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guaranteed! #PCSO #KnockKnock #WhosThere #Us #UsWho #GesundheitNowGoAway #TheyWouldHaveGottenInIfTheyOfferedThinMints #DoingThisInPolkCountyIsAGoodWayToGetYourselfShot #ALot #KeepaKnockinButYaCantComeIn

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Shauncey Aubrey Miller, Jr. did a bad, bad thing. He's our latest contestant for #WarrantOfTheDay ...come on down, Shauncey! Your phone may have beeped out one of those Amber Alerts on Monday evening, November 5th. Here's why: Miller went berserk (technical term for having “anger management issues”). He jumped on the hood of his ex-girlfriend's car, climbed inside of the car through the rear window, and began attacking the woman while she's driving...punching her, choking her, then he ended up pushing her out of the moving vehicle. The victim suffered only minor injury, and was obviously shaken-up. Inside the car were two small children (a one-year-old and a 4-week-old) who were not related to Miller. Fortunately, in a flurry of bad decisions, Miller made one good one---he dropped the children off at a relative's house, and the children were safe. An Amber Alert was issued after the initial assault and kidnapping of the children, but cancelled shortly afterwards once it became known the children were safe. An arrest warrant has been obtained for Miller. He faces charges of Kidnapping (two counts), Battery by Strangulation, Robbery, and Burglary of a Conveyance. We need to find him. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Miller, you are asked to contact Detective Valdez at 863-298-6961, or if you'd like to remain anonymous, you can call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guaranteed! #PCSO #ShaunceyAubreyMillerJr #BehaviorLikeThisIs #Violent #Insane #Nutso #Bonkers #PeelYourEyeballsAndKeepThemPeeled #ThisIsCrazierThanAlecBaldwinCrazy

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Meet Jimmy from the City of Haines. He’s been in trouble with the law in the past, usually on minor drug charges, but Jimmy recently decided to up his game to burglary and theft. Jimmy broke into structure not far from where he lives. Like, less than 1,000 feet far. Jimmy also broke into someone’s home…also not far from where he lives…like less than two hundred feet far. Jimmy wasn’t one for putting stuff away either. He left his thefty take sitting outside of his residence, where one of the victims saw it. We’re talking about a hand truck, roll of copper wire, yard cart, box of small wire, extension cords, box of assorted tools, and a pressure washer. Detectives caught up with Jimmy and arrested him. He was charged with two counts of burglary and grand theft. He would have been charged with Reckless Disregard for Concealing Your Loot, but there’s really no criminal charge for that…just consequences. #PCSO #JimNeighbors #JimmyDidNotJimmyTheLocksInEitherCrime #JimmyDidNotPutALotOfEffortIntoHisCrimes #JimmyGotJammedUp #AndLikeABadNeighborJimmyIsThere #JimmyIsLikeTheNeighborWhoComesToBorrowSugarOnlyHeIsStealingExpensiveStuff

Tomorrow is the day! Here's some helpful information from the Polk County Elections Office. If you're not sure where your voting location is, please contact them at https://www.polkelections.com/ Get out and vote for the candidates and amendments of your choice!

#SheriffsShortStory A deputy conducted a traffic stop at 3:30 in the morning, and the driver identified himself as Leonard. Leonard didn’t have a driver's license. Leonard didn’t have insurance on his car. Leonard also didn’t have a current registration for his vehicle. Basically, Leonard hit the Traffic Trifecta and won a free trip for one to Beautiful Downtown Bartow, with a stay at Grady’s Graybar Hotel. By the way, 52-year-old Leonard has NEVER had a license, and his car hasn’t been registered since 2007. #PCSO #TrafficTrifecta #HasHisCarBeenStuckInATimeWarp #TheCarHasntBeenRegisteredSinceGeorgeWBushWasPresident

If your Sunday plans include traveling near Haines City, especially around Lake Eva, please be careful, and patient. Or it may be best if you avoid the area altogether. Thank you. http://m.ap.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/florida/course.aspx#axzz5VjRGueev.

Today’s youth will never know the struggle..... well except for the clock on your stove. Good luck with that. In the good news department- it will be right again in the spring. On behalf of Polk Fire Rescue, we do want to remind you that when Daylight Saving Time begins & ends it’s a great time to change all the batteries in your smoke detectors. Be safe, everyone. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep! #DST2018 #DaylightSavingTime #whatAreWeSaving #NobodyReallyKnows

Today's #SaturdaySpotlight is dedicated to Dr. Thomas E. McMicken, who recently passed away and in whose honor we have dedicated the mental health unit at the South County Jail in Frostproof. A plaque commemorating "Helping HANDS, a Thomas McMicken, MD Legacy Program" was unveiled this week in the jail - the unit itself is painted purple to help calm those suffering from mental health issues. His family came to see the plaque and tour the unit with Sheriff Judd. Helping HANDS is an innovative model that focuses on Healthcare Access, Navigation, Delivery, and Support. The program focuses on inmates who have had two or more arrests in the past 12 months and are receiving psychotropic medications while in jail. Referrals to the program come from the jail; however, participation in the program is voluntary. Dr. McMicken served as the chairman of the Citizens Health Care Oversite Committee until his death. He was an advocate for the development of this program. The program is made possible through partnerships with the BoCC Health and Human Services Division, Indigent Healthcare Program, and Fire Rescue Division, and with the assistance of most mental health providers in the community. And with the support of Tri-County Human Services each Helping HANDS participant is assigned a Community Paramedic and a Peer Specialist, who both meet with the inmate during and after incarceration, and assist with any needs the inmate has. "Dr. McMicken was a beloved physician and member of our community, particularly in Bartow. Although his presence is missed, his legacy lives on with the dedication of this program in his name. He was a true friend, a mentor, and a leader, who implemented so many wonderful things within Polk County and inspired others to do the same." - Grady Judd, Sheriff Thank you, Dr. McMicken. Through this program, you continue to save lives. #PCSO #MentalHealthAwareness #HelpingHands

The PCSO School Crossing Guard Unit is seeking substitute crossing guards for the Crystal Lake and Combee Road areas. Anyone interested is asked to call Supervisor Cross at 863-534-7300 ext. 108, or email scross@polksheriff.org. Thank you! #PCSO #SchoolCrossingGuards

K9 Deputy Valle and his partner Blade, along with Deputy Bradford who has some cool stuff for snow-and-tell, were able to bring some smiles to a few kids’ faces up in Bay County this week. We love the panhandle people! 💚

We love this time of year, when kids and adults alike dress up and share their pics with us! Please enjoy these Polk Countians in their creative costumes, many of whom either work here or were sweet enough to pose with a deputy. #PCSO #HappyHalloween #Halloween2018

Sheriff Grady Judd is giving the media an update to last night's investigation into the standoff near Skyview Drive and Goodyear Avenue in Lakeland that resulted in the suspect, 43-year-old Michael Manning, committing suicide. Manning shot at two PCSO deputies before turning the gun on himself. Thankfully, no deputies were injured.

Sheriff Grady Judd is addressing the media in regards to a barricaded subject who shot at deputies around 7:27 pm Thursday, November 1, 2018. No deputies were injured. UPDATE: Fri Nov 02, 2018 06:34 am Two deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office were shot at Thursday evening, November 1, 2018 shortly after 7:00 P.M. What followed was a three and a half hour standoff at the residence which ended when deputies entered the residence and found the suspect deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Deputies initially responded to the scene following information from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office of a possible in-progress domestic disturbance at this location. Deputies were trying to make contact with the possible victims, 44-year-old Jennifer Manning and her 14-year-old son Shawn Manning. Deputies stood at the doorway of the house talking to a man inside the residence through the door, and he refused to exit the residence. The man told deputies at one point that he didn't want to go back to jail. Shots were then fired at the deputies, narrowly missing them. He shot about five times with a shotgun. The deputies took immediate cover, and set up a perimeter around the house. Deputies said the final shot they heard was muffled, followed by a "thump." The PCSO SWAT unit then responded to the standoff. While deputies tried to end the standoff peacefully, they also worked at trying to find Ms. Manning and her son Shawn, by pinging her phone. At about 10:50 P.M., entry was made into the residence, and the suspect's body was found. Detectives learned early Friday morning that both Jennifer Manning and Shawn Manning were located elsewhere, safely. "The shots went on either side of one of the deputies, narrowly missing both deputies. It was only by the Grace of God that these deputies were not hurt. We are very happy that our deputies are safe, and Jennifer and Shawn Manning are also safe." - Grady Judd, Sheriff. PCSO was assisted by the State Fire Marshall's Office, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, and the Lakeland Police Department. This is an ongoing investigation, and we expect to have more information available sometime Friday.

PCSO and Polk Fire Rescue fell in love with a local radio station while up in the panhandle: 96.9 The Legend. They named their camp after the radio station, which of course plays country hits.

We love this time of year, when kids and adults alike dress up and share their pics with us! Please enjoy these Polk Countians in their creative costumes, many of whom either work here or were sweet enough to pose with a deputy. #PCSO #HappyHalloween #Halloween2018

New month - new members! Please join us in welcoming these newest PCSO members to the green team! Front Row – L to R: Erica Foster, June Medina, Kathleen Labonte, Ashley Rust, Nicole Vega, and of course, Sheriff Grady Judd Back Row – L to R: Edson Chavez, Juan Sanchez, Wayne Primus, Jr., Jon Dalton, Terrance Judd (no relation to the Sheriff), Brian Bravo, Brayden Seckinger, and Stephen Raney Welcome to the family, y'all! #PCSO #NewMembers #OneBigHappyFamily

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th, and even though this is considered a mid-term election, we could see huge voter turnout. The downside to that is long lines. But...we have an option: Early Voting. That's right, you can vote early and most likely avoid long lines. Every election is determined by the people who show up. Let your voice be heard. Early Voting stations are throughout the county, and you can find the nearest one to you by clicking here: https://www.polkelections.com/Voter-Services/Early-Voting And now, a few memes for some meme-ovation.

The next PCSO Concealed Weapons Course is scheduled for Saturday, NOVEMBER 17, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. If the morning class fills up, we will have a second class in the afternoon on the same day, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is the course required by the FL Dept of Agriculture as part of an application to obtain a concealed weapons permit. YOU MUST CALL 863-298-6242, during normal business hours (Mon-Fri, 8-5) to reserve your seat. When you call, you will be given further instruction about where to go for the training. Cost of the class is $45; proceeds go to Polk Sheriff's Charities, Inc., and the cost is non-refundable. Students shall not wear loose hanging clothing and shall wear close-toed shoes. Each student will be required to provide the following: 1- A modern manufacture firearm* capable of using modern ammunition. 2- 50 rounds of clean modern manufacture ammunition. 3- Modern manufacture protective eye-wear designed for a shooting environment. 4- Modern manufacture hearing protection designed for a shooting environment. 5- Adequate sun protection. (i.e. hat, long-sleeved shirt, sunscreen) 6- Adequate hydration for extended outdoor activity. The class will start on time. Students arriving late will be asked to reschedule for a later class. Any questions about the CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION, please call Lieutenant Marco Avila at the PCSO Training Section at 863-534-7200, during normal office hours. NEXT CLASS – NOVEMBER 17, 2018 - CALL 863-298-6242 to reserve your spot! *we will have handguns available for the hands-on portion of the course, but we prefer you bring your own if possible.

If hearing Sheriff Judd read the end of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" doesn't get you in the Halloween spirit, nothing will: http://www.max983fm.com/thrillerchallenge-local-celebrities-read-thriller-poem/

On October 13th, Michelle from Lakeland lost her debit card, and when she realized it was missing, she called her credit union to have it cancelled. The card was found by someone. Obviously, if it was found by someone honest, you would not be reading this post right now. The credit union told the victim that the new Fake Michelle had used her card at Kathleen Food Mart and Kathleen Citgo. And guess what…we have a picture of Fake Michelle. The picture shows that Fake Michelle appears to be a white female, in a pink shirt, with sunglasses, and a green towel? Is that a baby’s burp rag? Maybe her getaway driver is a baby? Maybe it’s the notorious Babyface Baby, waiting outside in the Baby Buggy. This could get dangerous, because Babyface just did nine months in solitary confinement, and he doesn’t want to go back. If you recognize Fake Michelle, please call Detective Ryan at 863-577-1600, or if you'd like to remain anonymous, you can call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guaranteed! If you cross paths with Babyface Baby, beware---he may be armed with a loaded diaper, and he gets hangry when he hasn’t had his bottle. #PCSO #FakeMichelle #BabyfaceBaby #JailForFakeMichelle #TimeOutForBabyfaceBaby #IfWeCatchBabyfaceHeProbablyWontBeTalking #WeLoveBabiesAndWeTotallyMadeThisUp #WellThePartAboutFakeMichelleIsReal #ExceptHerName

We still have plenty of spots available for next week's November 8th class! Call us at 863-298-6677 or email crimeprevention@polksheriff.org.