With a population of 645,000 across 2,010 square miles, Polk County is the fourth largest county in Florida. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office employs 550 sworn officers to protect is residents.

The Challenge

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) was looking for a training tool that would deliver daily training in all high-liability areas in a quick (3-5 minute) setting during roll call. As a premier online training platform for law enforcement, PoliceOne Academy provides departments with a convenient system to conduct and document short-format classroom-facilitated video training.

The PCSO had a training system – but had no clear, reliable method of delivering video-based training and tracking compliance. The department also needed a resource for high-quality training courses it could use to train officers in high-liability areas before gaps in training manifested.

The Solution

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd places a significant emphasis on the globalization of training. He wanted all agencies in the Polk County jurisdiction to have standardized training at their disposal. Upon implementation of the PoliceOne Academy, each district Captain chose seven monthly lesson plans to cover in countywide roll call sessions. Additionally, the Academy provided the PCSO with an effective way to document their CALEA accreditation requirement for shift briefing training and other compliance needs.

The Results

With PoliceOne Academy, Polk County delivers high-quality, supervisor-led training during roll call to 1,230 total officers in the Sheriff’s Office as well as county police departments in Auburndale, Davenport, Lake Alfred, Lake Wales, Lakeland and Winterhaven.

"The department also needed to resource high-quality training courses and train officers in high-liability areas before gaps in training manifested."


Polk County (FL) Sheriff’s Office
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