The string of four tweets at first seemed to claim officers will be checking IDs at shelters, and will turn away sex offenders and predators.
“You will be taken to a very secure shelter called the Polk County jail”, the Facebook post wrote.
Whether or not the Polk County Sheriff’s Office actually nabs themselves some bad guys during the storm remains to be seen.
Judd’s tweets were a far different approach than that taken by Texas and federal authorities who responded to Hurricane Harvey.
“If you go to a shelter for #Irma, be advised: sworn LEOs will be at every shelter, checking IDs”.
Twitter users quickly criticized the Florida sheriff’s plan to check identification at shelters and arrest people with outstanding warrants. “Rethink your words carefully”, one person tweeted. And, in 2012, Grady was sued by a civil rights organization for “subjecting children held at the county’s adult jail to abuse, neglect and violence”.
The sheriff, who is known for his outspoken comments, made the threat in a series of posts to Twitter.
“If you are looking for, we will escort you with pleasure to the shelter safe and well-kept that is the prison of the county of Polk”, has also written to the chief police officer of this region in the heart of Florida.
Judd defended his decision as people online lobbied criticism: “We can not and we will not have innocent children in a shelter with sexual offenders & predators”.