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The bond forged between the men and women in fire service is universal, regardless of when or where they’ve served. Proof of that was on a recent visit made by the Lakeland Fire Department’s Assistant Chief Doug Riley, along with Station # 5 ‘s Lt. Jim Hewitt, Engineer-Driver Steve Herndon, and Firefighter Jason Vickers who visited retired Massachusetts Firefighter George Coughlin at Clairbridge Place in Lakeland on August 6, 2013. They reached out to Mr. Coughlin to welcome him to the community and for the opportunity to bond over tales of service as firefighters.  

 

Mr. Coughlin served as a firefighter for over 25 years and upon retiring in Polk County became very involved with fire service related issues in his community. He led the charge and was instrumental in the building of an additional fire station in nearby Winter Haven, and now as a new resident of Lakeland plans to become equally as involved. Firefighters from Station 5 plan to visit regularly to continue to grow the relationship and learn a lesson or two from a this valuable veteran of fire service.

 

Regardless of disparity in age or location of service, its examples like these that make it clear that firefighting is not a career choice but rather a lifestyle.

 


Lakeland Police Department Awarded National Accreditation

The Lakeland Police Department is proud to announce that it received national accreditation on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the Summer Conference in Columbus, Ohio. 

To receive accreditation, the Lakeland Police Department had to comply with 480 internationally accepted standards for the operation of police organizations. In April, a team of assessors from CALEA examined all aspects of the Department’s policy and procedures, operations, management, and support services to verify they met the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. The process holds the department accountable and sets the bar for professionalism. 

On Saturday morning, members of the department appeared before a panel of review Commissioners. Saturday evening a vote was taken and accreditation was awarded to the department. 

Chief Womack said, “I am pleased that the Lakeland Police Department has regained their accredited status and thank all of the men and women of this department for their dedication and commitment to excellence.” She went on to say, “This department is moving forward and I think this shows our community that this department stands ready to serve them.” 

This voluntary process towards accreditation means that the Lakeland Police Department is dedicated to providing the best service to the citizens of Lakeland. 

For more information on accreditation, go to www.calea.org

This information is available at www.lakelandgov.net/lpd and on Facebook. 

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.834.4314. 

 


ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE: Euclid Street and Avon Ave are closed at the intersection with Lake Hollingsworth Drive due a storm sewer pipe failure. The closure will remain in place until Friday August 9, 2013. Residents that live on Avon Ave and Euclid Street will need to use Clearview Ave to access their homes.


MARIA TORRES TO REPLACE ANA RIVERA ON LAKELAND POLICE ADVISORY COMMISSION

LPD UPDATE SITE CREATED TO KEEP COMMUNITY INFORMED

LAKELAND, FL (August 2, 2013) -- Mayor Gow Fields announces Maria Torres as a replacement member of the Lakeland Police Advisory Commission for Ana Rivera who cited expanding workload in organizing chamber events and recent medical news as her reasons for resigning.  Torres will be introduced at the 3 p.m. Lakeland Police Advisory Commission meeting that will take place today at City Hall (228 S. Massachusetts Avenue).

Torres works as an Activities Coordinator/Resident Service Coordinator in a premier gated community.  Torres is also a Spanish and Arts & Crafts instructor for the Wing Chun/Just Dance Summer Camp and Afterschool Program. Torres is the President of Just Cares, Inc., a non-profit organization created to bring enrichment to peoples’ lives through art and educational programs.  Torres is a State of Florida Notary Public and a member of the National Notary Association, also a graduate from the Lakeland Police Department Citizens Academy. Torres said, “I enjoy working with others to help make a difference in people’s lives. This kind of giving back has always been close to my heart and I look forward to working with the Police Advisory Commission as we look at ways to restore trust within the Lakeland Police Department.”

Torres was appointed to replace Ana Rivera, the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Polk County president who resigned from the LPAC panel on Monday.  Mayor Gow Fields said, “In a phone conversation on Monday, Ana shared with me that she and her husband were informed last Friday that he will be facing major surgery.”  He added, “This along with her work schedule and the work for Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be too much for her to continue.”

The Lakeland Police Advisory Commission, appointed by Mayor Gow Fields, is a group of business and civic leaders who are charged with recommending specific actions to improve community trust with the Lakeland Police Department. The Advisory Commission is chaired by Bruce Abels and co-chaired by Tim Jackson. Among the tasks, they will be looking to see if cultural changes are needed and what steps may need to be taken to ensure that employees of the City of Lakeland feel comfortable about bringing complaints forward.

 

The Lakeland Police Department is currently conducting a series of internal investigations and as a way to keep the community informed, the City of Lakeland has compiled information pertaining to these investigations in one place.  The Lakeland Police Advisory Commission has also been formed to define and answer questions concerning the recent controversies involving the Lakeland Police Department.  The group will review policies, conduct research regarding the Department and suggest actions that can be taken to improve community trust.  Materials requested by the Advisory Commission will also be shared with the community and published on this site. For more information regarding the Lakeland Police Advisory Panel and to learn more about the internal investigations, go to www.lakelandgov.netand click on the LPD Update button.

 

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