Field trips should always be this much fun.
On Feb. 28, students in the gifted program at Spook Hill Elementary visited the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center.
During the field trip, Sgt. Leon Mason (Ret.) and Sgt. Hamp Plowden (Ret.) explained to the students how the building was designed to keep it secure in every situation. The students then made their way to the communication hub. Steven Chase and Michelle Melancon gave them a tour around the center and explained the room and the operations that happen there.
This room is the hub for all 911 calls in the county. While in the room they had a surprise visit from the Polk County School Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy. She was there for a tour as well and stopped for a picture and spoke to the students. As part of the tour of the room, David Lambert showed the students the room that is used for training purposes. Once finished in the communication room the students were given time to ask questions about the facility and the job of Deputy Johnny Thomas. The trip concluded with Dorothy Smith, crime prevention specialist, giving them some treats from the PCSO.