Three Warner students were among 40 students from several colleges who got an opportunity to sit down with Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd on Monday Feb. 13 and converse with him on this generation’s perception on law enforcement.
“Sheriff Judd started this opportunity last year to be able to gain a better understanding of millennials by meeting and having lunch with college students,” said Senior Director of Special Projects and SACSCOC Liaison Dr. James Moyer.
“His premise is to be in touch with the newer generation and learn how to keep this generation engaged and with an improved perception of law enforcement.”
Discussions and questions ranged from “How can the Sheriff’s Office recruit young people from this generation to work for us?” to “How can law enforcement and people become friends and not enemies?” and even “What do you personally look for when seeking employment?”
After lunch and an hour and a half long discussion, Dr. Moyer scheduled a tour for the Warner students to view the Sheriff’s Office and the Command Center for all 911 Calls for the county that covers multiple agencies with Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement Services.
Other schools that attended include Webber International University, Polk State College, Travis Technical School, Ridge Career Center, Florida Southern, and Southeastern University.
“It was truly a memorable day,” said Warner student Christopher Massey. “Just to know that our Sheriff truly cares about our personal insight into what is taking place around us, truly shows that his heart is for our community and not just a name and a badge that he wears.”