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

You're Going To Want One of These Limited Edition Game-Day Jerseys Worn By Lakeland Flying Tigers Baseball Players! Only 28 of these cool jerseys will be available for purchase at the 2018 Battle of the Badges LPD vs. PCSO softball game this Saturday, June 2nd! It showcases the best in public safety, one half in LakelandPD blue and orange and the other in PCSO green and gold. Tigers players and coaches will be wearing specially designed jerseys representing both LPD and PCSO uniforms. Jerseys will be game-worn and autographed by the Flying Tigers player or coach following the game. Tickets will be available for purchase at the stadium for $100.00 each. (ONLY 28 TICKETS AVAILABLE) Gates open at 3:00 PM and Jersey Tickets go on sale at 6PM! Ticketholders will be able to select a player jersey at the end of the game. Proceeds from the jersey sales will go toward charities identified by LakelandPD and Polk County Sheriff's Office. City of Lakeland, FL - Government The Ledger

Can You Help Identify? On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the subject pictured below fled from one of our detectives attempting to make a traffic stop. The suspect's vehicle is a primer black/white sport bike with a partially covered Florida tag first two digits are MG and the last two are 78. If you can identify the suspect or if you have any additional information in reference to this case, please contact Detective Wayne Marrone at (863) 834-8963 or via email at wayne.marrone@lakelandgov.net.

Shooting Investigation On May 28 th at 5:18 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the area of 603 Kansas Avenue in reference to a 911 call from a citizen reporting a disturbance. The citizen stated that the witness, Kristasia Coby, knocked on their door and reported the suspect, Ronald Williams, had broken a window in the victim’s apartment. The victim has been identified as Sheena Lawson, 32 years of age. Coby left before the citizen could get an exact address. At 5:22 a.m., Officer Richburg arrived on the scene at and was attempting to locate an address of the disturbance when he heard two gun shots. Officer Richburg observed Ronald Williams, 26 years old coming out into the street with an apparent gunshot wound to the right knee. Williams stated he had been shot. Officer Richburg and other officers transported Williams to a position of cover and made arrangements for EMS to pick up Williams at a safe staging location. Williams was transported in a marked police car out of the area and delivered to EMS while other officers maintained a crime scene and secured the area. At 5:33 a.m., a witness from 603 Kansas Avenue came out of the apartment and then Sheena Lawson followed. Lawson stated to the officers that Williams was an ex-boyfriend and that he had broken her bedroom window and climbed through the window. Lawson armed herself with a handgun and in fear for her safety, she fired at Williams several times hitting him on the buttocks and the leg. At that point, Williams fled from the apartment and encountered Officer Richburg. Williams had threatened Lawson in the past and she was so concerned that she had been having various friends stay with her. An arrest affidavit on Williams was completed for Burglary of Occupied Dwelling with Battery on Occupant, Battery (Dating Violence). Williams is still currently in a medical facility for his non-life-threatening injuries. Arrested: Ronald Williams, 26 years old. Lakeland, Fla.

Memorial Day Sales Don’t Include the Register! Today at around 11:16 a.m., Raymond Atkins decided he would enter the Walgreens at 311 East Memorial Blvd and remove a cash register till. After reaching over the counter a few times, he removes the till and exits the store. Atkins then went a block away and smashed it open removing the cash. He didn’t get far after walking right out in front of Sgt. Yzaguirre on North Massachusetts Avenue. Atkins was positively identified by a witness from Walgreens as well as the store surveillance system. His next stop? You guessed it, the Polk County Jail. Atkins was charged with Grand Theft and Criminal Mischief.

HONOR To all of those who have heard the words in this video, we promise to NEVER FORGET the sacrifices made for our freedom.

#ClickItOrTicket Safety Belt Enforcement Wave Going On NOW - Buckle Up The Lakeland Police Department is joining with departments across the state in the Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign. The enforcement runs through Sunday, June 3, 2018, at midnight. Officers from the Lakeland Police Department will be monitoring our roadways for safety belt usage and issuing citations during this campaign and citations for failure to wear your seatbelt. The fine is $114 .00. The ”Click it or Ticket” initiative is designed to increase public safety awareness about the usage of seat/safety belt usage and our goal with participating in this campaign is two (2) fold; to gain compliance with State law, and to save lives.

Our debt to the Heroic Men and Valiant Women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will NEVER forget their sacrifices. - President Harry S. Truman

Buckle Up FIRST THING! Sadly, there are no second chances in traffic accidents. #ClickItOrTicket Safety Belt Enforcement Wave Going On NOW - Buckle Up The Lakeland Police Department is joining with departments across the state in the Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign. The enforcement runs through Sunday, June 3, 2018, at midnight. Officers from the Lakeland Police Department will be monitoring our roadways for safety belt usage and issuing citations during this campaign and citations for failure to wear your seatbelt. The fine is $114 .00. The ”Click it or Ticket” initiative is designed to increase public safety awareness about the usage of seat/safety belt usage and our goal with participating in this campaign is two (2) fold; to gain compliance with State law, and to save lives.

New K9 Fundraiser Underway at Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market with our Citizens Academy Alumni Volunteers

All available officers spent the week at local schools to ensure every school had a sworn police officer on campus. Motor Officer Perez, with our Traffic Unit, spent his time this week with the students and faculty at Lincoln Academy. He left inspired. "It has been one of the greatest experiences of my career! I met some great, funny, smart, caring and awesome kids! They treated me with great respect love and appreciation! The teachers, who are my heroes, for teaching our youth were also AWESOME! I was reminded of one of the reasons I became a POLICE OFFICER! Thank you to all the Kids, Parents, Teachers and staff at LINCOLN AVE ACADEMY for making this one of the best weeks in my career!" - Officer Perez FOX 13 News - Tampa Bay WFLA News Channel 8 ABC Action News - WFTS - Tampa Bay Polk County Public Schools Spectrum Bay News 9 10News WTSP

Rest In Peace Sweet Boys... Hope You're Playing Somewhere with endless tummy rubs and treats. You deserve it. Sadly we lost two former K9 Partners last week, passing within days of each other. K9 Harris and K9 Quanto served together during their years here at the Lakeland Police Department, each dedicated to serving as proud K9 Partners. Always excited to come to work, they loved being police canines. K9 Quanto was from Germany and served with the unit from 2007 until retirement in 2014 and K9 Harris, from Hungary, served from 2009 until retirement in 2014. Our sympathies go out to the those who loved them and whose families are no doubt heartbroken. A special thank you to Dr. Donna at My Pet's Animal Hospital, as a part of our K9 Aftercare Program, for the love and support you gave these two officers.

Read about our boys in today's issue of The Ledger! http://www.theledger.com/news/20180524/lpd-has-states-top-dog

Memorial Day weekend is here so plan ahead, buckle up, be patient and safe!

TBT – The Ever-Changing Police Car The best-selling police car in the U.S. now isn't a car. It's an SUV. The SUV’s can accommodate much more of the needed equipment for the everchanging needs of law enforcement today. Everything from rugged suspensions, skid plates, two way radios, cages and partitions, fire extinguishers, in-car video equipment, bumper guards, computers, gun racks and more. Here are some vintage LPD cars and remember, in the early days we did not have a lot of today’s equipment but the officers got the job done.

Have You Registered for Citizens Academy Yet! Spots are Limited! Deadline for Applications is June 8, 2018. Apply today: https://tinyurl.com/y93fvm2h The Lakeland Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2018 Citizens Police Academy. Classes will begin on August 9, 2018, and conclude November 8, 2018, with a graduation ceremony. The Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is designed for selected community-oriented citizens to get an up close, behind the scenes look at the services provided by their local police department. This in-depth academy runs for fourteen (14) consecutive weeks with classes meeting every Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. The CPA includes detailed information on police topics such as uniformed patrol, special investigations (i.e., vice and narcotics), crime scene investigation, SWAT, K9 and many other areas of interest. Also included in the curriculum is a tour of the police station and communications center. A firearms familiarization course is covered one Saturday where participants will be given a chance to test their skills at the firing range. The goal of the course is to provide participants with a greater awareness and appreciation of the challenges and decisions faced by Lakeland police officers each day. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, but do not have to reside within the City of Lakeland to be accepted.

Beautiful! Thanks to Ladies of the Lakes Quilters of Lakeland, Inc. for the amazing quilts! Our officers will put them to good use, giving them to someone who could use extra comfort after a traumatic experience. We appreciate every stitch that went into making these. Thank you for continuing to think of us.

These notes of support mean so much! "I wanted to compliment Officer Perez that is posted at a local elementary school this week. I am a teacher there and a mother of two children that attend. My oldest has told me several times that she is "best friends" with the officer because he always smiles and points at her when she sees him, which she does back to him. My youngest, who knows very little about any school violence issues, told me she feels safer. He has walked our school with a smile on his face and hasn't acted bothered with his new detail at all. In 2 days, he already feels like a member of the staff. The parents were at school for special events today and enjoyed interacting with him. He has done a great job and we are so grateful to have him. Please pass on my gratitude to him!" - A Grateful Parent "Thank you so much for keeping our children and teachers safe! My children attend St Joseph’s Academy and were greeted this morning with High 5’s from one of LPDs finest! Stay safe and thanks again for all you do!"

Homicide Investigation On Monday, May 21, 2018, at approximately 10:35 p.m., Lakeland Police officers responded to a reported shooting at The Park At Cortona Apartments, 5233 North U.S. Highway 98 North. Once on scene, officers made contact with resident Henry Schreiner, age 55, who advised he had shot his brother inside of the apartment. Upon a search of the apartment, Robert Schreiner, age 52, was found inside the bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head. After being transported to Lakeland Regional Health, medical professionals declared Robert Schreiner deceased a short time later. Henry Schreiner told officers that he had picked up his brother from his home in Polk City and brought him back to his apartment. The two brothers began drinking tequila and playing cards. At some point during the evening, Schreiner said his brother became agitated and irate over family issues and the two began to argue. During the argument, Schreiner said his brother pulled out a pocket knife, brandishing it as a weapon, and threatened to cut his throat. His brother then told him to go to his room and go to sleep. Schreiner said once inside the bedroom, his brother followed him in and continued the argument. Schreiner then grabbed his firearm, which he kept under his pillow, and told his brother to go back to the living room. His brother then moved to the foot of the bed with the knife in hand and Schreiner, who indicated he was in fear for his life, shot him. After seeing his brother fall to the ground, Schreiner realized he had, in fact, shot his brother and placed the firearm to the side of his head and pulled the trigger in an attempt to take his own life. After the unsuccessful attempt, Schreiner then called Lakeland Police, advising that he shot his brother. Henry Schreiner was transported to Lakeland Regional Health, where he remains, with non-life-threatening injuries to his face and eye. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Shoplifters from Tampa Arrested During Surveillance On May 17, 2018, at 2:10 p.m., Lakeland Police Detectives were conducting a surveillance operation at Lakeside Village, 1429 Town Center Drive, in reference to ongoing retail thefts at Victoria’s Secret. Detectives observed a black Kia pull up near Carter’s children clothing store and four females exited the vehicle while the driver remained in the vehicle. The females were carrying purses that appeared to be empty. The suspects went into Carter’s and a short time later exited returning to the Kia. The Kia then drove around to Victoria’s Secret and three of the females entered the store. In the meantime, employees with Carter’s contacted the police department to report a theft of merchandise and they described the same suspects. The theft of merchandise from Carters totaled $28.86. Twanshaye Larry concealed merchandise in her purse while an unidentified fourth female concealed items under her dress. Shaquondra Williams acted as a look-out and helped block the view of concealment from nearby store employees. Iesha Larry concealed merchandise in her purse and exited the store without paying. While in Victoria’s Secret, three of the four suspects began to rapidly select Pink brand merchandise. The merchandise was selected without regard to price or size and placed into black in-store shopping bags. When a marked police car arrived in reference to theft from Cater’s, the females dropped the merchandise and left in different directions. All three were apprehended without incident. Police attempted to stop the Kia and it fled the area with the fourth suspect, an unidentified driver. All three suspects acted in concert with each other to deprive the merchants with the possession and retail value of the merchandise. The total value of the merchandise from Victoria’s Secret was $1,337.50. Shaquondra Williams had no identification or money on her at the time of arrest. Williams also gave an officer a false name, date of birth and address. Arrested: • Shaquondra Williams, 29 yrs old, Tampa, Florida - Grand Theft, Petit Theft and Giving False Information to a LEO. • Iesha M. Larry, 27 yrs old, Tampa, Florida - Grand Theft and Petit Theft. • Twanshaye R Larry, 24 yrs old, Tampa, Florida – Grand Theft and Felony Petit Theft. The Lakeland Police Department will be using dedicated resources to combat retail theft. This will include detectives conducting surveillance's from the parking lot and inside the stores in effort to reduce retail theft. #NotInLakeland #YouWillBeCaught

Hot Dog!!! Thanks to Alvin “Ernie” Cantrell, AMVETS Lakeland Post 32, for his donation of $1,000 to our K9 Team!!! This joins the $2,000 donation given by the AMVETS POST 32 Lakeland Chapter on Monday. Sgt Peterman and K9 Blizzard were so grateful for the surprise donations totaling $3,000. Wow. Wow. WOW! Thank you so much for the love and support! AMVETS National Headquarters Amvets 32 Ladies Auxiliary The Ledger Spectrum Bay News 9 FOX 13 News - Tampa Bay WFLA News Channel 8 ABC Action News - WFTS - Tampa Bay 10News WTSP lkldnow

Sgt Rodriguez Receives Medal of Heroism Award On Saturday, May 19, Sgt Adrian Rodriguez received the Medal of Heroism Award from the Sons of the American Revolution. He was recognized for his actions during a call last November involving an armed suspect who was threatening his neighbors and barricaded himself in a house after firing shots in the air. Sergeant Rodriguez spoke with the suspect for nearly two hours in an attempt to end the situation peacefully. Unfortunately, the efforts were unsuccessful and the suspect exited the residence with a shotgun in hand and advanced toward officers, ignoring commands to lower his weapon. Fearing for their safety and that of their fellow officers, officers were compelled to use force, which ultimately resulted in the death of the suspect. However, without the efforts of Sgt Rodriguez and other officers at the scene, the incident could have been much more violent. Congratulations Sgt. Rodriguez.

K9s Recognized at Monday's City Commission Meeting Accolades and Stuffed Donut Dog Toys... WIN WIN Our K9 team stood before the Commission at Monday's City Commission meeting to be recognized for their achievements at the recent 2018 USPCA Region 1 Field Trials. And of course, what treat is perfect for every good police officer ... donuts of course. Mayor Bill Mutz gave each K9 their own stuffed donut complete with squeaker filling. Watch video: https://www.facebook.com/LakelandPD/videos/10156505982995159/

Buckle UP From May 21-June 3, State and local law enforcement agencies across the Nation are stepping up enforcement to crack down on motorists who aren’t wearing their seat belts. Click It or Ticket isn’t about citations; it’s about saving lives. In 2016, there were 10,428 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. To help prevent crash fatalities, we need to step up enforcement and crack down on those who don’t wear their seat belts. Seat belt use is required by law for a reason: In 2016, seat belts saved an estimated 14,668 lives of occupants 5 and older. From 2012 to 2016, seat belts saved nearly 67,000 lives. If all passenger vehicle occupants 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts, an additional 2,456 lives could have been saved in 2016 alone

Eight Guns and Cocaine Recovered During Search Warrants Last week’s downpour of rain didn’t deter Lakeland Police Department Detectives and S.W.A.T. from kicking in doors at 717 West Magnolia Street and on New Tampa Highway. Detectives had responded to complaints from the neighborhood about drug sales in the duplex on Magnolia Street. During their investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant and on May 17, 2018 at 8:29 a.m., they executed the search warrant without incident. Thirteen people were inside the duplex at the time of the search warrant and six ended up getting arrested. Detectives located crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, synthetic cannabis (K2), marijuana, 11 crack pipes, scales, syringes, surveillance cameras and seven handguns and a bullet proof vest. Two of those handguns were stolen. Detectives also did another search warrant that same day related in this case at 4780 New Tampa Highway, #10 and recovered a rifle, synthetic cannabis (K2) and methamphetamine. Arrested: Darry Townsend, 50 yrs old – Possession of Cocaine. Ebony Jefferson, 23 yrs old – Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Willie Jiles, 39 yrs old – Possession of Cocaine, Use/Display of a Firearm while in Commission of a Felony, Keeping a Public Nuisance Structure/Drug Activity, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Tameshia Moody, 44 yrs old – Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Cedric Stubbs, 50 yrs old, Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Marangelly Vazquez, 22 yrs old - Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Our detectives solid police work and thorough investigation took some dangerous drugs and guns off the streets. Let's give them a shout out! #KeepingYouSafe #KnockKnock #CleaningUpLKLD

K9 Team Recognized this morning at the Commission Meeting This Morning