Lake Wales Police Department

  • Agency: Lake Wales Police Department
  • Address: 133 East Tillman Avenue, Lake Wales, 33853 FL
  • Chief: Chris Velasquez (Chief of Police)
Phone: 863-678-4223
Fax: 863-678-4298

Lake Wales Police Department is located at 133 East Tillman Avenue, Lake Wales, 33853 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Chris Velasquez. The Lake Wales Police Department phone number is 863-678-4223.

Lake Wales Police Department News

You will want a piece of this pie! The Lake Wales Police Department members/family are baking!!!! We are welcoming all to come and support this auction to raise money for various community events including this year's Shop-With-A-Cop :)

Here are some Halloween safety tips for a Spooktacular fun time tonight! 1. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 2. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street. 3. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. 4. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. Trick or Treat With an Adult Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups. Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe 5. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. 6. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. 7. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 8. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 9. Drive Extra Safely on Halloween 10. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. 11. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. 12. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. 13. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. 14. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances. 15. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

INAUGURAL SHOP with a COP 5K December 9th 2017. All registration fees will go to the Shop with a Cop program this year.

Thank you Jan Ogden for initiating this great program for Lake Wales. Your work and support is very much appreciated.

Associates of the Southgate Publix stopped by to say thank you for the support and assistance during Hurricane Irma. We always stand ready to help our community partners and thank them for all their support #publixgratitude

The members of the Lake Wales Police Department would like to wish retired Lt. Colonel Ed Clemenzi a very happy 100th birthday! Lt. Colonel Clemenzi served an honorable and distinguished career in the United States Air Force including many missions in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Happy Birthday sir! We salute you and thank you for your dedicated service to our Country!

Effective immediately, there is no more curfew in the City of Lake Wales and County-wide. If the need happens to arise another curfew will be implemented; however, at this time there is no curfew.

REMINDER... For everyone's safety, when approaching an intersection and the traffic signal is not working, per Florida Statute, THE INTERSECTION BECOMES A 4-WAY STOP.

There is a curfew in Lake Wales tonight at 7:00 p.m. for everyone. This is until further notice. Also, please do not drive on the roads at this point, but if you are out on the roads, avoid Highway 60 Westbound at High Street, for there is a downed tree in the road.

As the projected path of Hurricane Irma indicates that the City of Lake Wales will likely experience hurricane force winds, below is information to heed: Please remember that once the storm arrives, it is imperative to keep the 911 lines clear for life-or-death emergencies. If you have a non-emergency, please call 863-678-4223. To obtain information about the storm, you can turn on the TV and/or listen to the radio, and a few stations to check can be WPCD 97.5, WWRZ 98.3, WDBO 96.5 or WQIK 99.1. However, please do not call 911 to ask for updates on the storm. Also, as we will have personnel at the Polk County Emergency Operations Center, keep checking the City of Lake Wales website for updates and also the Emergency Operations Center website What to do when a hurricane is 6 hours from arriving: • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are. • Close storm shutters and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you. • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coolest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored. • Turn on your TV/radio, or check the City/County website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions. • If you will be using a generator, it is very important to follow the instructions for use. What to do when a hurricane is 6-18 hours from arriving: • Turn on your TV/radio, or check the City/County website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions. • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power. What to do when a hurricane is 18-36 hours from arriving: • Bookmark the City/County website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions. • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building. • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. What to do when a hurricane is 36 hours from arriving: • Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions. • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies. • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded. • Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead. • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes. After a Hurricane: • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions. • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media. • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe. • Watch out for debris and downed power lines. • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of fast-moving water can seep your vehicle away. • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away. • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim. • Only if you physically can, do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged room), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.

The Lake Wales Police Department is proud to introduce K9 Team Rhoden/Thor to the K9 Unit. K9 Thor was certified in September 2016 with a former handler, and re-certified through FDLE with new K9 Handler Matthew Rhoden on June 12, 2017. Officer Rhoden is an exemplary officer, and is already amazing handler as well. Thor is a German Shepherd and is now a little over 3 years, 8 months old. He is a strong hunt dog, and shows amazing tracking ability. Although Thor was pre-trained and certified, he and Officer Rhoden underwent the 480 hour canine team training course with an FDLE certified trainer. We are very proud to have Team Rhoden/Thor serving our Community!

Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Kissimmee Police Department. We stand with them and their families especially during this difficult time.

Officer Viera enjoying some one-on-one!