Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd featured in Playboy magazine

April 5th, 2010 by

Lakeland, Florida – Twistee Treat ice cream shop at 4945 U.S. 98 in Lakeland is a busy place on a Friday night. Customers will tell you it’s the place to be for a cool cone and just about any other ice cream treat.

Friday evening, the heated topic of discussion was
about the the sheriff of Polk County, Grady Judd, being featured in the pages of Playboy Magazine.

Barbara Janzen and her husband, Tom, are Lakeland residents who say they haven’t seen the magazine.

Anna laughed and said, “I never thought we should go out and buy one.” Anna and Vincent Tedesco are also of Lakeland.

Anna said, “I’m a little shocked to think that it’s there. I would hope he didn’t approve it being there.”

Sheriff Judd says he didn’t grant an interview to Playboy Magazine and even if they called him up and requested one, he’d turn them down. Because Sheriff Judd is a public official, journalists can report on him and the sheriff’s department without contacting the department first.

Judd said, “I would never interview with Playboy. That goes against my principles and code of ethics, but it’s what it is.”

The sheriff was quoted in the “Newsfront” segment of the magazine, on page 127, for coming down hard on about a dozen law enforcement officers who were supposed to be working last year.

Their assignment started out as a drug search, but when they discovered stolen property, they had to stop and wait for a different group of detectives to respond. During that downtime, a security camera in the homeowner’s house captured images of law enforcement officers playing a Nintendo Wii bowling game.

Sheriff Judd says, “They thought it was a good idea at the time, but I can assure you that they don’t think it’s such a good idea [now] and I haven’t heard anything about playing a video game on a search warrant since.”

Sheriff Judd says Playboy writers made some mistakes in the article. “They got it wrong. They said it was Grady Judd, the sheriff of Tampa. Their editing was very poor.”

Some say the sheriff’s debut in Playboy isn’t all bad. Jason Hendrix of Lakeland said, “I think it’s good, because it allows everyone to see he is working towards being a positive example for society.”

Tom and Barbara Janzen say they don’t think any less of the sheriff. “No. No, not whatsoever. We love him. He’s a very good sheriff.”

Sheriff Judd says he hasn’t seen the magazine and doesn’t plan to purchase a copy. He says a deputy called the office to alert him about the article.


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