Florida Matters Newsmaker: Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is never at a loss for words or opinions on criminal behavior. He has recently played a major role in the response to the school shooting in Parkland.
This week on Florida Matters, we talk with Sheriff Judd as part of our ongoing “Newsmaker” series.
During our conversation with him at his office in Winter Haven, we discussed a variety of issues including:
- Programs run by the Sheriff’s Office that train and arm school staff members to fend off active shooters
- A program the department is preparing to launch that offers special services to inmates with severe mental health issues
- The Sheriff’s stance on legalized marijuana
- The Sheriff’s concerns about the state’s juvenile justice system
Hear an extended conversation with the Sheriff on issues like how to recruit and retain law enforcement amid a recent string of attacks on police officers in the state on our podcast Florida Matters More.