Sheriff Grady Judd has earned higher education degrees through the Masters level - having obtained both a Masters and Bachelor degree from Rollins College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, and the FBI National Executive Institute. He was a recent participant of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP).

Sheriff Judd has taught as an adjunct professor at both the University of South Florida and Florida Southern College. He is a Polk County School Board Hall of Fame inductee, a past recipient of Polk State College's prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2008 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award, the 2011 Protect Our Children Junny Award, the 2013 Callyo's Leaders in Online Child Protection Award, as well as the 2013 Church Women United Human Rights Award. He continues to serve the community on several boards and committees, including the Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) and Polk Vision. He is currently the President of the Florida Sheriffs Association.

Grady is married to Marisa, his wife of 40 years. He has two grown sons and nine grandchildren.


Polk County is the fourth largest county in the state with 2,010.2 total square miles, 1,874.9 square miles of which is land area. 

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is a full service law enforcement agency which employs 1,674 full-time (659 sworn, 347 certified, 668 civilians), in addition, there are 266 part-time and 3,300 volunteer members.

The PCSO provides security and civil process for the 10th Judicial Circuit, and operates two jail facilities with a combined capacity of 2,576 inmates. 

The law enforcement service area for the PCSO is subdivided into specific geographic areas of directed patrol and investigative responsibility composed of two divisions and five districts.


Professionalism and Crime Fighting


Out of 17,985 law enforcement agencies in the United States, the Polk County Sheriff's Office is the only agency in the United States to have received three "Accreditation with Excellence" awards from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), for Law Enforcement, Public Safety Communications, and for Polk State College's Public Safety Training Academy.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office has had a longtime commitment to professional accreditation dating back to 1994, when the PCSO was first accredited by CALEA for its law enforcement operations.  Since that time the Sheriff's Office has accumulated and maintained eight professional accreditations.  Those accreditations are:

1. Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.

2. Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program

3. Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc.

4. Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc.

5. National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.

6. National Commission on Correctional Health Care

7. Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation Program

8. National Academy of Emergency Medical Dispatch

There have been a total of 37 accreditations and re-accreditations since 1994.  

The PCSO works to maintain transparency, innovation, and professional development to ensure the utilization of best practices, and to maintain the trust of the community it serves.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office implemented its Proactive Community Attack on Problems (PROCAP) program in 1997. Since then, the crime rate has fallen by 65.6%.  PROCAP is a philosophy that emphasizes proactive strategies, focusing on problems, and working hand in hand with the community. Rather than reacting, the PCSO is focused on the systematic collection and analysis of crime tips and statistical data to determine where and when crime is occurring, and increasing law enforcement presence and formulating crime reduction strategies in identified areas to prevent future crimes.

The Polk County crime rate, which is the number of crimes per 100 residents, is down 7.25% from 2012 (2.48) to 2013 (2.30). This is the lowest crime rate ever measured in the Polk County Sheriff's Office jurisdiction, breaking the previous record low of 2.48 crimes per 100 from last year. Reliable crime statistics in Polk County started in 1971, when the crime rate was recorded at 4.16 crimes per 100.

Social Media is a phenomenon that is changing how we communicate with each other.  Now, instead of relying on traditional methods for getting news, residents go to the Internet and social media sites. There, they get news faster and with less filtering or interpretation from traditional news providers.  

The PCSO's innovation is readily apparent in its online presence through a variety of social media applications.  Cases have been solved based on fan's and follower's tips proving the social media community is a powerful tool in combating crime.

The PCSO uses NIXLE to provide emergency text and email messages directly to subscribers. The service, created by Nixle, LLC, delivers public safety and community event notifications from the PCSO by web, e-mail, and cell phone free of charge. 

The PCSO Facebook page has 60,000+ followers, which places the page among the most followed law enforcement pages in the country.  The PCSO also posts breaking news information and public service information to its YouTube account and Twitter account, which has 5,868 followers and growing.   

Each of the social media applications are used to keep the community informed and maintain a day-to-day relationship with the residents we serve.

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