Members of the Council will experience hands-on activities over the course of the ten weeks while gaining a much better understanding of what it takes to operate a Municipal Police Department. The Council consists of approximately 20 members who serve voluntarily and meet bimonthly with Assistant City Manager of Public Safety Charlie Bird, Police Chief Brannan, Fire Chief Emery, and agency members for a total of ten sessions.
Activities for the Council include:
Experience hands-on scenarios
Participate in activities at the Burnam-McCall Training Facility
Tour the Polk County Jail, Booking Facility and meet with court officials
Ride with Winter Haven Police and Fire for a shift
Spend time at the Polk County Sheriff's Emergency Communications Center (911)
Applications are accepted during November with the Council starting at the end of January each year. Notification of application submission will be sent through media and social media outlets beginning in October.
2024 Public Safety Leadership Council Application Period Has Closed.