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2022 Public Safety Leadership Council Application Period Begins

Posted October 13th, 2021

Winter Haven Public Safety Director Charlie Bird is seeking residents of Winter Haven, who are over the age of 18, to participate in the Winter Haven Public Safety Leadership Council.  The dates for the council will be held every other Tuesday beginning in January until mid-May 2022.

The Council will consist of approximately 20 members who will serve voluntarily and meet every other Tuesday from 6 – 9 p.m. with Director Bird, Police Chief David Brannan and agency members from both Police and Fire for a total of ten meetings. The Council will begin on January 18, 2022. Participants will be asked to complete assignments and provide feedback on Department operations.

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 Municipal Police and Fire Departments.  Council members will participate in tours at the Polk County Jail book-in, Central County Jail and the Courthouse. Participants will be required to serve specified timeframes at the Sheriff’s Emergency Communications Center and complete a Ride-A-Long with both Police and Fire. Participants have proven to be a valuable community resource in advising on topics that affect the Department.

Those interested in serving on the Public Safety Leadership Council can request an application by calling 863-291-6178. Applications can also be obtained by going to the Department website at  and clicking the Community Services link on the homepage or send an email to   Applications must be submitted no later than December 1, 2021 to be considered for the upcoming council that will begin on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Citizens awarded the opportunity to serve will be notified no later than December 15, 2021 in order to make plans for the meeting dates. A listing of meeting dates will be sent along with the application.

For more information, contact Jamie Brown at 863-291-6178 or email