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Florida sheriff's office awarded for proactive stance combating retail theft

Grady Judd, sheriff of Polk County, Fla., received an award on behalf of his agency's deputies who combat organized retail theft syndicates. The Florida Retailers Federation presented Judd with the plaque on March 12, 2014.
Grady Judd, sheriff of Polk County, Fla., received an award on behalf of his agency's deputies who combat organized retail theft syndicates. The Florida Retailers Federation presented Judd with the plaque on March 12, 2014.Polk County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Grady Judd and the Polk County, Fla., sheriff's office were awarded for a firm and proactive stance in the war against shoplifting. The Florida Retail Federation presented Sheriff Judd a handsomely-inscribed plaque honoring the Polk County law enforcement agency and its cadre of deputies for a consistent and unwavering program dedicated to defraying the enormous costs stemming from retail theft.

The inscription on the plaque reads: "Outstanding Dedication to the Pursuit of Justice and the Investigation and Arrest of Retail Crime Groups," recognition in view of how the Polk County law enforcement deputies went after and brought down several large-scale and highly-organized retail theft syndicates.

Recognizing the importance of quelling such thievery and maintaining the economic integrity of businesses in Polk County, Sheriff Judd and his law enforcement deputies have proactively enforced retail theft statutes, not merely looking at it as a mere misdemeanor but the tremendous scourge which costs consumers more at the cash registers.

"It's not 'just a misdemeanor'", said Sheriff Grady Judd in a press release in response to receiving the Florida Retailers Federation award. Millions are law-abiding, hard-working consumers pay millions more at the check-out registers, largely stemming from the loss due to shoplifters.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd summed it up well when he said the following in a sheriff's office press release after receiving the award on March 12, 2014: “Retail theft is a crime which costs retailers thousands of dollars each year, ultimately costing consumers more for merchandise. The partnership between retailers and law enforcement is important for Polk County businesses and for our residents. We are working together to make thieves accountable for their crimes.”

The aforementioned quote posited by Sheriff Judd on behalf of the Polk County Sheriff's Office is a befitting statement demonstrative of a law enforcement agency's convictions and proactive approach to combating the monumental costs of retail theft...and a well-deserved award in the hands of those who earned it.

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