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

"The world is full of cowards and the world is full of heroes. We need to highlight those heroes and what they gave." Sheriff Bobby Schultz Our officers will wear the traditional black badge shrouds until further notice in honor of Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsay. Sergeant Ramirez and Deputy Lindsay were murdered today while eating inside a restaurant in downtown Trenton. Sergeant Noel Ramirez, a 7-year veteran, had been with GSCO for about two years. He leaves behind a wife and children. Deputy Taylor Lindsay, just 25 years old, had been with the GCSO for three years. He leaves behind his girlfriend. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all of those who love these heroes. #NeverForget

Heartbroken. Two deputies with the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office were shot and killed in the line of duty this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these two deputies and their colleagues and friends at GCSO. http://www.wfla.com/news/florida/2-deputies-killed-in-gilchrist-county/1130313710

TBT to 1978 with Officer Herb Koffler and his wife Jeanne as he is awarded Officer of the Year Meritorious Service Award. Koffler retired as a sergeant in 2002 after 27 1/2 service with LPD.

LakelandPD​ High School Police Academy for 1 week only this summer. Spots are Limited. Sign Up Today! We're looking for a few good teens, to participate in a one-week, hands-on course for young people who are interested in a career in law enforcement. This highly interactive program allows High School students to see what a career in Law Enforcement is all about. Academy Dates: JUNE 18 - JUNE 22 Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Location: LakelandPD Training Center Cost: FREE Extras: Academy Shirts and Lunch Provided MANDATORY Information Meeting May 1, 2018 Session 1 - 5:30 pm or Session 2 - 7:30 pm RSVP: http://www.lakelandgov.net/departments/lakeland-police-department/join-our-team/high-school-police-academy/hspa-apply-today/ Criteria: • Must be at least 16 years of age and going into the 11th grade, 12th grade or just graduated. • No Arrests • No out of school suspensions in the last year • Must maintain a “C” average or better • Must be willing to participate in all activities (Academic and Physical) • Obtain a recommendation from your School Resource Officer and/or School Administrator • Must be interested in a career in law enforcement • Receive parental or legal guardian approval • Complete and submit the application found online at http://www.lakelandgov.net/departments/lakeland-police-department/join-our-team/high-school-police-academy/ City of Lakeland, FL - Government

LakelandPD High School Police Academy for 1 week only this summer. Spots are Limited. Sign Up Today! We're looking for a few good teens, to participate in a one-week, hands-on course for young people who are interested in a career in law enforcement. This highly interactive program allows High School students to see what a career in Law Enforcement is all about. Academy Dates: JUNE 18 - JUNE 22 Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Location: LakelandPD Training Center Cost: FREE Extras: Academy Shirts and Lunch Provided MANDATORY Information Meeting May 1, 2018 Session 1 - 5:30 pm or Session 2 - 7:30 pm RSVP: http://www.lakelandgov.net/departments/lakeland-police-department/join-our-team/high-school-police-academy/hspa-apply-today/ Criteria: • Must be at least 16 years of age and going into the 11th grade, 12th grade or just graduated. • No Arrests • No out of school suspensions in the last year • Must maintain a “C” average or better • Must be willing to participate in all activities (Academic and Physical) • Obtain a recommendation from your School Resource Officer and/or School Administrator • Must be interested in a career in law enforcement • Receive parental or legal guardian approval • Complete and submit the application found online at http://www.lakelandgov.net/departments/lakeland-police-department/join-our-team/high-school-police-academy/ City of Lakeland, FL - Government

"Bearied" In Kindness.... and we LOVE IT! An invasion of Teddy Bears took place yesterday in Downtown Lakeland. As part of an annual national community service project, Florida Southern College Kappa Delta Sorority and the local Girl Scouts council joined forces and marched from Munn Park to the steps of the downtown police station with hundreds of stuffed bears to donate to the Lakeland Police Department. These bundles of fluffy goodness are used by patrol officers and victim advocates to comfort children who are frightened or traumatized by some unfortunate accident or criminal event. The bears are given to the children as a way to ease their fears and help them cope with the situation at hand. As a special surprise... an unsuspecting Lt Kimball was covered with all of the kindness these young ladies had to offer. Thanks, ladies! We truly appreciate the cuddly support.

Officers Guptill and Martin Bestowed WoodmenLife Life Saver Award! Tonight we were very proud to watch Officers Guptill and Martin receive the 2018 Woodmenlife Life Saver Award at the organization's Annual Community Awards Banquet. On November 2, 2017, Officer David Guptill was on duty as the Field Training Instructor for Officer Derek Martin. While engaged at a community event at Munn Park, a call was dispatched concerning a suicide attempt at a location on Main Street. Recognizing they were near this incident, Officer Guptill and Officer Martin quickly responded. On scene, they found an individual lying on the ground, not breathing and with no pulse. Officer Martin quickly jumped into action and began performing CPR while Officer Guptill stabilized the airway of the individual. Due to the difficulty of the scene in the abandoned building, medical services took several minutes to arrive. During this time, Officer Martin continued CPR on the individual until firefighters and EMS could take over lifesaving efforts. Upon the arrival of EMS, the individual was intubated and developed a weak pulse. He was subsequently transported to Lakeland Regional Health. Officer Martin determined that the individual was a contractor working on the building and he was having money problems. While alone in the building, the individual attempted to hang himself with electrical conduit. Officer Martin developed enough information to place the individual into custody under the Florida Baker Act. On November 10, 2017, the individual was released from Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center and reunited with his wife. Due to Officer David Guptill and Officer Derek Martin’s quick actions, we believe they were directly responsible for saving the individual’s life. City of Lakeland, FL - Government WoodmenLife - Lakeland, FL Chapter 588 WoodmenLife - Lakeland, FL Chapter 78 WoodmenLife - Winter Haven, FL Chapter 106

Detectives Seeking Tips In Hit-And-Run Accident The Lakeland Police Department is investigating a hit-and-run accident that occurred on April 12, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. The 59-year-old driver of a 2016 Honda Goldwing motorcycle was northbound on Galloway Road near Gate 11 at Publix when he was hit by the suspect's vehicle traveling southbound on Galloway Road. The suspect's vehicle is described as possibly a grey or black Jeep Cherokee with heavy front-end damage and displayed a temporary tag. The suspect's vehicle lost control and ran off the right side of the roadway, striking the metal guardrail. The vehicle then bounced back into the roadway and collided with the Goldwing motorcycle. The suspect's vehicle came to a stop briefly after hitting a metal fence. The driver then backed up and fled the scene of the accident refusing to exchange information or render aid as required by law. The driver of the motorcycle sustained several non-life threatening injuries. See the below map for the location of the accident and an image of a 2016 Goldwing motorcycle. (not actual M/C). Suspect's vehicle: Possible a grey or black Jeep Cherokee with heavy front-end damage and a temporary tag. Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers Florida AT 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto www.P3tips.com to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app.

Gov. Scott Reappoints LPD Det. Marolda to Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission Governor Rick Scott announced five reappointments and one appointment to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. The Lakeland Police Department is proud to say that Lakeland Police Detective Nicholas Marolda, 50, has been reappointed for a term beginning April 13, 2018 and ending January 1, 2021. Mission: To ensure that all citizens of Florida are served by criminal justice officers who are ethical, qualified, and well-trained. Primary Responsibilities of the Commission: — Establish uniform minimum standards for the employment and training of full-time, part-time, and auxiliary law enforcement, and correctional and correctional probation officers. — Establish and maintain officer training programs, curricula requirements, and certification of training schools and training school instructors. — Certify officers who complete a Florida Basic Recruit Training Program, or who are diversely qualified through experience and training, and who meet minimum employment standards. — Review and administer appropriate administrative sanctions in instances when an officer, a training school instructor, or a training school is found in violation of Florida Statutes and Commission standards. — Conduct studies of compensation, education, and training for the correctional, correctional probation, and law enforcement disciplines. — Conduct quarterly meetings to discuss issues and approve rules that relate to officer standards and training. — Develop, maintain, and administer the State Officer Certification Examination for criminal justice officers.

Yesterday, we were proud to have two teams compete in the Polk County Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation Sporting Clays event. Over 150 shooters attended the fundraiser, and our team consisting of Assistant Chiefs Garcia and Link, Sergeant Thompson and Officer Mailly came in 2nd Place overall! The event raised almost $50,000 to help children of law enforcement officers pay for college.

Our 911 Emergency Communications Team is SIMPLY THE BEST! These men and women serve a critical role in every call that a police officer responds to. They never know what situation awaits with each call. They are the lifeline to our officers, providing critical information while officers are in route to a call and on scene. In celebration of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week last week, Chief and other members of staff served up lunch and dinner to this amazing unit. Lakeland Fire Department also stopped by with treats and thank yous as our 911 Communications team dispatches for fire services as well. Celebrated annually, the week honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the world’s citizens. It is with honor that we have the opportunity to show them our appreciation for the job they do.

Thank You to the members of the Sun Friends RV Park for donating over three dozen new stuffed animals! Our officers and detectives use them to help calm children during stressful or traumatic situations. Thanks for helping to bring comfort little hearts when they need it most.

Thanks to these cuties for stopping by our table to say hello to Crime Practioner Angie Ellis at the 2018 Live Green Eco Fest in Munn Park today.

Thanks to Anna and Malania with Berea Baptist church in Auburndale for stopping by today with donuts for our officers and 911 Communications team. The church members bought the donuts for a fundraiser and then donated them to local police departments.

Incident Command Center at Sun ‘n Fun

Traffic Fatality Near Interstate 4 and US 98 N On Friday, April 13, 2018, at 11:14 a.m., a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle and a 2017 Ford F350 truck collided in the center southbound travel lane of US 98 north near the Interstate 4 overpass. According to a witness, the driver of the truck, Hubble Keller, 43 years of age, was traveling in the outside lane and began merging into the center lane when his truck struck the motorcycle, operated by 21-year-old Odlanyer Rodriguez. Upon impact, Rodriguez lost control of the motorcycle and fell into the roadway. The rear tires of the F350 truck subsequently drove over the motorcycle and Rodriguez. Lakeland Police Department, Polk County Fire Rescue, and the Lakeland Fire Department arrived on scene and began to provide life-saving measures. Rodriguez was transported to Lakeland Regional Health where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 11:46 a.m. Members of the Traffic Homicide Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The roadway was shut down for approximately three hours. The investigation is still ongoing, and no charges have been filed at this time. City of Lakeland, FL - Government

Traffic Alert - LPD is working a traffic fatality on 98 north at I-4 involving a motorcycle and truck. Southbound on 98 is blocked and will be for at least 3 hours. Additional details will be posted later in the evening.

Welcome home to the veterans of Honor Flight Four. We were proud to stand alongside the hundreds of people at SUN 'n FUN last night to welcome home these veterans who served in WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars. We salute you and THANK YOU for your service!

2018 Flight To Honor

Suspect Arrested For Resisting Arrest With Violence On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, the Lakeland Police Department was notified about a social media post showing two police officers in a struggle with a subject near the 98 North and Interstate 4 access ramp. At approximately 4:20 p.m., Officer J.R. West observed a male lying on the side of US Highway 98N under the Interstate 4 overpass. Officer West stopped to check on the safety of the male, identified as Justin Abbott, age 38, who was found to be sleeping. Given the dangerous location of the interstate access ramp and the agreement between the City of Lakeland and the Department of Transportation, West gave Abbott a trespass warning and informed him he would be required to leave the area. During this exchange, Officer Anthony arrived on scene to assist. Officers West and Anthony attempted to get the subject to leave the property several times and he refused. Abbott was then informed that he was under arrest for trespassing. As officers attempted to arrest Abbott, he began actively resisting. Officers West and Anthony tried to physically restrain and handcuff Abbott who continued to physically resist their efforts. During the struggle, Abbott pushed Officer Anthony, who fell to the ground while still holding on to Abbott. The momentum caused Abbott and Officer West to fall to the ground as well. As Officers continued to struggle with Abbott, Officer West deployed his Conducted Electricity Weapon (CEW), commonly known as a Taser, to gain control of Abbott. The device was ineffective and Abbott continued to resist. After a second attempt to deploy the ECW, Officer Anthony observed Abbott grab Officer West’s CEW. Seeing Officer West struggling to regain control of his CEW, Officer Anthony struck Abbott several times before he was finally taken into custody. Abbott was taken to Lakeland Regional Health, as standard procedure when an ECW is deployed. He was found to have no treatable injuries. Both Officers West and Anthony received minor injuries and were also treated at Lakeland Regional Health. Abbott, age 38, was charged with Trespassing and Resisting with Violence, and later transported to the Polk County Jail. As with all use of force cases, a thorough administrative review is being conducted by the chain-of-command.

Earlier this afternoon, the Lakeland Police Department was notified about a social media post showing two of our officers in a struggle with a subject under the 98 North and I-4 overpass that took place around 4:20 p.m. We have reviewed the video, and it is understandable that some may form an opinion based solely on the viewpoint shown. All use of force incidents are reported and thoroughly reviewed by the chain-of-command and the Office of Professional Standards. We will release additional information as soon as possible.

We are There For You Emergency responders have prepared for months to keep you safe at the second largest air show in the nation. We are there for you providing security, traffic control, first aid, crowd control and what else may occur. With many demonstrations in the air and static displays on the ground, units like emergency services, fire, security and medical, already have plans in place to deal with potential crises. Come on out and enjoy the 44th Annual Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In.

Aircraft Incident On Monday, April 9, 2018 at approximately 6:24 p.m. a 2016 experimental amateur built aircraft experienced difficulty while attempting to land at the Sun ‘n Fun Air Show. The experimental airplane had a hard landing causing the front wheel to collapse and the plane to roll over on runway 8-26. The student pilot, Steven Gerard Felix, age 54 of Alexandria, VA was not injured.The runway was closed for approximately 30 minutes as emergency personnel responded to the scene. The experimental aircraft was moved to a secured location and FAA personnel responded to the scene for a preliminary investigation.

Mayor Bill Mutz proclaims April 8-14, 2018, as CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK in the City of Lakeland, FL - Government and expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation for those community members, victim service providers, and criminal justice professionals who are committed to improving our response to all victims of crime so that they may find relevant assistance, support, justice and peace. Americans are the victims of more than 20 million crimes each year affecting individuals and communities. Providing victims with knowledge of their rights and available services strengthens their ability to recover. Victims who feel understood and supported are more likely to disclose their victimization, seek services, and participate in the justice system. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is an opportune time to commit to ensuring that all victims of crime are offered appropriate services in the aftermath of crime. The Lakeland Police Department is hereby dedicated to serving victims, building trust, and restoring hope for justice and healing. Chief Larry Giddens, Chief Mike Link, Captain Hans Lehman, Lieutenant Ed Cain, and Kristin Stokes, Victim Services Coordinator were all on hand to receive the proclamation.