Neighborhood Watch

Welcome to one of the best crime fighting teams our community has – Neighborhood Watch. Through the Neighborhood Watch program, together we can better ensure the safety of your family, home, and community. As an active member, you are encouraged to be and to act as the “eyes and ears” of law enforcement.

 

 

Neighborhood Watch consists of two meetings. At the first meeting a Specialist will instruct you on:

  • Reporting suspicious activities, vehicles, and persons
  • Operation Identification
  • Vial of Life
  • 911 usage

At the second meeting we will discuss:

  • Home Security
  • Auto Theft Awareness
  • Any specific problems your neighborhood might be experiencing such as mail theft, vehicle theft, drugs, or speeding.
  • PCSO will provide “Neighborhood Watch” signs to post in your community.

The real keys to this program are getting to know your neighbors, reporting suspicious persons, vehicles, or activities, thereby reducing the opportunity of crime occurring in your neighborhood.

To initiate a Neighborhood Watch program in your community, please call the Crime Prevention Section at 863-298-6677 or email crimeprevention@polksheriff.org.

Business Watch

The goal of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office is to educate business owners, managers, and employees about preventing crime in the workplace.
Business Watch is a unique program designed for businesses to establish a formal network of communication between businesses in a specific area or industry, their employees, and the Sheriff’s Office regarding crime-related problems.
Business Watch provides a vehicle for crime prevention specialists to educate and guide business owners and employees in the following areas:

  • Crime Reporting
  • Operation Identification
  • Robbery Prevention and Awareness
  • Burglary Prevention
  • Personal Safety and Self-Protection

Simply stated, Business Watch asks everyone in businesses to be the eyes and ears of their local law enforcement agency.

For more information on this program and how to organize a Business Watch, contact the Crime Prevention Section at 863-298-6677 during normal business hours or email crimeprevention@polksheriff.org.

 

C.A.T.- Combat Auto Theft

The “Combat Auto Theft Decal Program” is a statewide program designed to assist law enforcement by identifying vehicles that are not usually driven during the early morning hours

C.A.T. is offered free to the public and is a voluntary automobile decal registration program that authorizes law enforcement officers to make investigative stops of registered vehicles.

The program benefits are multifold: deterring vehicle theft, aiding in the recovery of stolen/abandoned vehicles, and aiding in the identification of stolen/abandoned vehicles.

Registering Vehicles for C.A.T.

The “Combat Auto Theft Decal Program” is a statewide program designed to assist law enforcement by identifying vehicles that are not usually driven during the early morning hours

C.A.T. is offered free to the public and is a voluntary automobile decal registration program that authorizes law enforcement officers to make investigative stops of registered vehicles.

The program benefits are multifold: deterring vehicle theft, aiding in the recovery of stolen/abandoned vehicles, and aiding in the identification of stolen/abandoned vehicles.

Sheriff’s Leadership Council Tour

The Sheriff’s Leadership Council Tour is a one-day tour of our agency that allows community and business leaders the opportunity to view PCSO operations firsthand. As a participant of this program, you will many of the day-to-day operating functions of the agency. This program helps us create steadfast partnerships that will enhance the quality of life for our citizens.

The mission of the Sheriff’s Leadership Council is to:

EDUCATE citizens about PCSO and the services we provide

Build AWARENESS for community involvement in crime prevention

Provide INTERACTION between our agency members and our community

If you, your neighborhood association, business, or civic group are interested in attending this one-day opportunity, please contact the Crime Prevention Section at 863-298-6677 or email crimeprevention@polksheriff.org.

The Seniors vs. Crime project, sponsored by the Office of the Attorney GeneralOpens in New Window, allows consumer-conscious seniors to be actively involved in protecting their communities and their fellow seniors from becoming victims of consumer fraud.

Volunteer “Senior Sleuths” investigate and attempt to resolve complaints they receive from seniors in the local community, and often assist the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and local law enforcement as requested. They also help educate the public about the program as well as common scams that typically target seniors.

Please email your questions or concerns to seniorsvscrime@gmail.com, or call 863-577-1672 or 863-577-1673. The office is manned on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.