Lakeland Police Department

  • Agency: Lakeland Police Department
  • Address: 219 N Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, 33801 FL
  • Chief: Lisa Womack (Chief of Police)
Phone: 863.834.6900
Fax:

Lakeland Police Department is located at 219 N Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, 33801 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Lisa Womack. The Lakeland Police Department phone number is 863.834.6900.

Lakeland Police Department News

Do You Know This Person? If so please contact LakelandPD LPD Event #17-21989 Date of Bulletin: 11/03/17 Type of Bulletin: Need to Identify Incident Date: 9/29/2017 On Wednesday, September 29, 2017, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the suspects pictured used a stolen ID and Debit card to attempt a felony check cashing. The ID and Debit card were taken from a vehicle burglary. If you can identify the suspects above or if you have any additional information in reference to this case, please contact Det. Dustin Fetz at (863) 834-8993 or via email at dustin.fetz@lakelandgov.net.

LPD Event #17-21157 Date of Bulletin: 11/03/17 Type of Bulletin: Need to Identify Incident Date: 10/18/2017 Lakeland Police need to identify the suspect of a theft that occurred within the city limits of Lakeland, Florida. The subject pictured took items from a local business and exited without paying for the items. The suspect is a black female, wearing a long curly wig, white shirt and multi-colored skirt. If you can identify this suspect please contact Detective Scott Hutton at 863-834-8969 or via email at scott.hutton@lakelandgov.net. You CAN do something about Crime. You CAN receive up to $3,000.00 CA$H for your information. You WILL remain completely anonymous. Do you have information regarding a crime? Report a crime by calling 1-800-226 TIPS(8477). You can even add the P3 tips app on your smart phone. You will always remain anonymous. If you believe you need to contact police directly remember that you must contact crime stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

Happy Birthday Chief Giddens! For 33 Years he has served this community and he truly loves being a part of the Lakeland Police Department. Today, we wish him the happiest of birthdays and say THANK YOU for your service. Our beautiful City of Lakeland, FL - Government is a better place because of your leadership and dedication.

Recently, the Lakeland Police Department in conjunction with the Southern Police Institute (SPI) at the University of Louisville, held an Intelligence Led Policing Class. Thirty seven students ranging from the rank of Deputy Chief to Crime Analyst attended the course. Several members of LakelandPD, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Lake Wales Police Department, Winter Haven Police Department, Miami Police Department, Miami Beach PD, Clermont Police Department (FL), Fort Pierce Police Department and several others attended the class. The course covered various methods of how to let data and intelligence assist us in the reduction of crime and deployment strategies.

Thanks Diana Waldo for the photos!

Beautiful morning to Pull a Plane! LakelandPD was once again proud to participate in the Annual Special Olympics Plane Pull. Special Olympics Florida Plane Pull is a giant tug-of-war, pitting teams of up to 15 members against a plane to see which team can pull the 50 ton United 737 aircraft 12 feet the fastest. Teams must raise a minimum of $1,500 to participate. Events like this allow Special Olympics Florida to continue providing year-round training and athletic competitions at no cost to our 40,000 athletes statewide. Special Olympics Florida’s year-round programs in health, education, community building and sports address inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics programs allow athletes to overcome these challenges and give them an opportunity to participate in their community, strengthen their abilities, and become champions!

Great night celebrating with Larry Mitchell and so many others at the 28th Annual New Life Outreach Ministry Fundraiser Dinner at Harvest Assembly of God. Chief Giddens was presented will a special surprise award from CEO Larry Mitchell. New Life Outreach Ministry serves approximately 25,000 meals per year and admits over 100 new clients. Their innovative program is designed to help Polk county residents who have been released from jail or prison within the last five years to gain the skills they they for employment. The program serves those who are serious about getting assistance with substance abuse, mental health, job skills and ultimately re-entry into the job market.

@LakelandPD staff and @lakelandgov Commissioner Phillip Walker enjoying the New Life Outreach Ministry 28th Annual Fundraiser

Now we all know cops don’t cry... but we might have gotten something in our eyes when we watched this 🤧 Well done Highlands County Sheriff's Office. Well done.

TIME SPENT WITH A CHILD IS NEVER WASTED - ❤️❤️ School Resource Officer Preston Chatmon was caught doing what he does OH SO WELL... engaging and connecting with students. Michelle Vandersteen wrote: Officer Preston Chatmon is very involved at North Lakeland Elementary! Our students just love him. Good Job Officer Chatmon!

We wish Lakeland Fire Department Firefighter/EMT Payden Cherry the very best on his deployment to Guantanamo Bay! Thank you for your service both here in our community and abroad. Be safe! See you soon.

Thanks to State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit Brian Haas for always taking the time to be a part of our Annual Citizens Academy. Last week, State Attorney Brian Haas spoke to the participants in our Citizens Police Academy about the State Attorney's Office, the criminal justice system and how both work together with law enforcement to keep our communities safe.

4AM Media Briefing - Officer Involved shooting At approximately 8:43 p.m. Lakeland Police officers responded to Crescent Drive in response to complaints of a man with a gun yelling racial slurs at neighbors. Neighbors reported that Jerry Roach, age 71, fired a shot in the air and then pointed his gun at them from his front yard. Multiple officers responded to the area, set up a perimeter, and surrounding residents were evacuated. Officers made continuous requests for Roach to exit his residence, which he refused. Once negotiators were on scene, contact was made with Roach via phone. During the last phone conversation with a negotiator, Roach declared he was coming out and officers would have to kill him. He also made statements that he was bringing his shotgun with him even though numerous requests for him to exit the residence unarmed had been made by negotiators. Immediately after that at 10:52 p.m., Roach came out of his residence armed with a shotgun and continued to advance toward officers. Officers again gave multiple commands for Roach to drop his weapon and he did not. Six of our officers simultaneously shot Roach. Officers immediately began performing life-saving measures and Roach was transported to Lakeland Regional Health where he was pronounced deceased at 11:20 p.m. No officers were injured during the incident. Roach had a criminal history that includes three felony and two misdemeanor arrests. None of the officers involved were injured. Consistent with policy, all officers are on routine paid administrative leave pending the investigation. The criminal investigation into the incident will be conducted by the Lakeland Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit and the administrative investigation will be conducted by the Office of Professional Standards, which is standard practice for any officer-involved shooting that occurs inside the City limits. Independent review of the officer involved shooting will also be conducted by the State Attorney’s Office.

The Lakeland Police a Department is on the scene of an officer involved shooting. More updates to come later in the morning. UPDATE: At approximately 8:43 p.m. Lakeland Police officers responded to Crescent Drive in response to complaints of a man with a gun yelling racial slurs at neighbors. Neighbors reported that Jerry Roach, age 71, fired a shot in the air and then pointed his gun at them from his front yard. Multiple officers responded to the area, set up a perimeter, and surrounding residents were evacuated. Officers made continuous requests for Roach to exit his residence, which he refused. Once negotiators were on scene, contact was made with Roach via phone. During the last phone conversation with a negotiator, Roach declared he was coming out and officers would have to kill him. He also made statements that he was bringing his shotgun with him even though numerous requests for him to exit the residence unarmed had been made by negotiators. Immediately after that at 10:52 p.m., Roach came out of his residence armed with a shotgun and continued to advance toward officers. Officers again gave multiple commands for Roach to drop his weapon and he did not. Six of our officers simultaneously shot Roach. Officers immediately began performing life-saving measures and Roach was transported to Lakeland Regional Health where he was pronounced deceased at 11:20 p.m. No officers were injured during the incident. Roach has a criminal history that includes three felony and two misdemeanor arrests. None of the officers involved were injured. Consistent with policy, all officers are on routine paid administrative leave pending the investigation. The criminal investigation into the incident will be conducted by the Lakeland Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit and the administrative investigation will be conducted by the Office of Professional Standards, which is standard practice for any officer-involved shooting that occurs inside the City limits. Independent review of the officer involved shooting will also be conducted by the State Attorney’s Office.

You made it! Congratulations to class of XXXII on completion of the 2017 Lakeland Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. We wish all of our graduates well and hope to see you volunteering at upcoming events with our Lakeland Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.

Man are we going to miss this guy! Today we bid a fond farewell to Sergeant Tom Collins after 29 years of service to the citizens of Lakeland. 29 Years! During his distinguished career as a law enforcement officer Collins served as a Field Training Officer, worked in the Special Investigations Section, Uniform Patrol Division, Special Weapons and Tactical Unit, Street Crimes Unit and the Criminal Investigations Section. Tom acknowledged that his 29-year career could not have been as successful, enjoyable and as deeply satisfying as it has been if it were not for the support and friendship of so many people over the years. We will miss Sergeant Collins and wish him the best as he opens the door to the future, takes a deep breath, steps through and starts a new beginning.

Meet "Chief" Lucas, future leader of LakelandPD This four year old cutie stopped by to check out his future office as he hopes to be Chief of Police one day. Chief Giddens couldn't wait to give him, brother Andres and sister Brooke the grand tour. The trio were given bags with goodies, made honorary officers and asked as many questions as they liked. Chief Lucas took a spin in the Chief's chair and was given a special gift from Chief Giddens, his very own miniature police cruiser. We're told that Lucas, he had no intention of taking his uniform off when he headed off to preschool after leaving the station. He proudly showed everyone his badge that the Chief gave him, showing he was a real police officer for the day. His grandmother told told him that it was so cool that he got to sit in the Chief’s chair and that she's never gotten to do that. He said, "I know, you’re not a cop, like the Chief and me." 😂 😂 😂 Lucas we can't wait to see in you in that chair one day! We know you've got what it takes.

Meet "Chief" Lucas, future leader of LakelandPD This four year old cutie stopped by to check out his future office as he hopes to be Chief of Police one day. Chief Giddens couldn't wait to give him, brother Andres and sister Brooke the grand tour. The trio were given bags with goodies, made honorary officers and asked as many questions as they liked. Chief Lucas took a spin in the Chief's chair and was given a special gift from Chief Giddens, his very own miniature police cruiser. We're told that Lucas, he had no intention of taking his uniform off when he headed off to preschool after leaving the station. He proudly showed everyone his badge that the Chief gave him, showing he was a real police officer for the day. His grandmother told told him that it was so cool that he got to sit in the Chief’s chair and that she's never gotten to do that. He said, "I know, you’re not a cop, like the Chief and me." 😂 😂 😂 Lucas we can't wait to see in you in that chair one day! We know you've got what it takes.

Tom Collins, a 29-year veteran with the Lakeland Police Department who recently retired this week with the rank of sergeant, took the time to give us a few words as we remember his service and dedication to the department and community. During his distinguished career as a law enforcement officer Collins served as a Field Training Officer, worked in the Special Investigations Section, Uniform Patrol Division, Special Weapons and Tactical Unit, Street Crimes Unit and the Criminal Investigations Section. Tom acknowledged that his 29-year career could not have been as successful, enjoyable and as deeply satisfying as it has been if it were not for the support and friendship of so many people over the years. Tom’s fellow colleagues and friends will gather on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 3:00 pm, in the Lakeland Police Department’s Don Jones Community Room to celebrate his retirement. We will miss Sergeant Collins and wish him the best as he opens the door to the future, takes a deep breath, steps through and starts a new beginning.

The Lakeland Police Department is holding open registration for the Cops for Kids program on Monday, November 6, from 9AM until 4 PM at the station. Parents or guardians who need assistance for children 12 and under must apply in person. If you need assitance through the program this year you must register at the police station and bring: Current Lakeland Electric Bill Photo ID Original Birth Certificate for Each Child Please Note: Your registration does not guarantee acceptance and you must not have received assistance from the program for the past two years. This toy donation program, with the help of generous community donors, allows families to provide their children with a happy holiday. Any questions about Cops for Kids should be directed to Cindy Sharp, Community Service Unit at 863.834.6912 The Ledger lkldnow City of Lakeland, FL - Government Lakeland Public Library

Definite winner for BEST PROP. Young Officer Finney with the powdered DONETTES. 🤣🤣 Well played sir ....we hope you got your fill of treats last night!

❤️❤️❤️ the Boots!! Officer Lenorah working the Just Dance Fall Festival making sure everyone is having fun!

SWAT Officer Jase has caught a couple of inmates on the loose! Good Job sir. 🎃👻🎃

Looks like Officer Gomez has a new partner, officer Brylee at the Police Athletic League. What a cutie! #LakelandPD #LakelandPAL

Officer Lila at @JustDance Fall Festival patrolling the streets and keeping them safe and fun