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LAKELAND, FL (August 2, 2016) The Lakeland Police Department is proud to announce that it has successfully retained two national accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®).  On Saturday, July 30, 2016, Chief Larry Giddens and senior staff accepted the reaccreditations for the department’s overall standards of performance and for their Public Safety Communications operation at the summer conference in Baltimore, Maryland. 

To receive reaccreditation in the CALEA® Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, the Lakeland Police Department had to comply with 484 internationally accepted standards for the operation of police organizations. The Advanced Program is a more rigorous process than the standard Accreditation Program which requires compliance with only 189 standards.  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 excellence among law enforcement agencies. “The reaccreditation of the Lakeland Police Department reaffirms the dedication and professionalism shown everyday by men and women who work to protect and serve the citizens of Lakeland,” said Chief Larry Giddens.   

To receive the reaccreditation for Public Safety Communications, the 911 Emergency Communications team proved compliance with 211 internationally accepted standards. The achievement certifies that the department meets or exceeds benchmarks and professional requirements in critical incidents, special operations including Homeland Security, organization, training, recruitment and operations. 911 Communications Manager Bill LePere said “Any agency can claim their policies and procedures are among the best, but accredited agencies are willing to go through stringent review by outside assessors who evaluate entire operations to ensure adherence to industry best practices.

Both accreditations are valid for four years, at which time the department will again actively participate in a review process for reaccreditation.  For more information on CALEA® accreditation, go to www.calea.org

Media inquiries should be directed to (863) 583-2357.


LAKELAND FIREFIGHTERS WILL REMIND MOTORISTS SCHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION

Lakeland, FL (August 11, 2016) - Summer fun is done and school is back in session for most Polk County students starting Monday, August 15, 2016. The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) will be promoting safety in school zones as part of its Back to School Safety Campaign, for the seventh year in a row! 

On Monday, August 15, 2016 (and August 18, 2016 at McKeel Central and South McKeel Academy), Lakeland Fire Department personnel will be in school zones holding signs urging drivers to:

SLOW DOWN   |   BUCKLE UP   |   DO NOT TEXT and DRIVE

LFD will have a fire engine and/or rescue truck and its crew posted at high visibility roadways and intersections near thirteen Lakeland elementary schools in the department’s service area. 

Children will be crowding sidewalks and crossing many streets on their commute to and from school. Often in their excitement, children neglect to follow basic safety rules so it is up to motorist to be extra vigilant and to drive safely.

The Lakeland Fire Department’s goal is to ensure that no child is injured this school year by a negligent driver. Since the beginning of this safety campaign in 2009, incidents involving motorist striking school bound pedestrians have steadily declined in Lakeland.

All emergency response units will remain in service while participating in the campaign and will continue to respond to emergencies with no interruptions in service. 

LFD personnel will be stationed at the following locations:

Participating School Name

Address

Neighborhood Fire Station

Safety Promotion Hours

Philip O'Brien Elementary

1225 E. Lime Street

Station 1

7:00 - 7:45 AM 2:30- 3:30 PM

Carlton Palmore Elementary

3725 Cleveland Heights Blvd. 33813

Station 2

7:00 - 7:45 AM 2:30- 3:30 PM

Cleveland Court Elementary

328 E. Edgewood Drive 33813

Station 2

7:00 - 7:45 AM 2:30 - 3:30 PM

Dixieland Elementary

416 W.Ariana

Station 2

7:00 - 7:45 AM 2:30- 3:30 PM

Southwest Elementary

2650 Southwest Ave.

Station 2

7:15 - 7:45 AM 2:30- 3:30 PM

Lincoln Avenue Academy

1330 N. Lincoln Ave.

Station 3

7:00 - 7:45 AM 2:30- 3:30 PM

North Lakeland Elementary

410 W. Robson St.

Station 3

7:00 - 7:45 AM 2:15 - 3:15 PM

Rochelle School of the Arts

1501 MLK, Jr. Ave.

Station 3

7:00 - 7:45 AM 2:30- 3:30 PM

Sleepy Hill Elementary

2285 Sleepy Hill Road

Station 3

7:00 - 7:45 AM 2:30- 3:30 PM

Blake Academy

510 Hartsell Ave. 33815

Station 4

7:00 - 7:45 AM 2:15 - 3:15 PM

Jesse Keen Elementary

815 Plateau Ave. 33815

Station 4

7:00 - 7:45 AM 2:15 - 3:15 PM

**August 18 **

McKeel Academy Central

411 N Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801

Station 1

8:15 - 8:45 AM 2:15 - 3:10PM

**August 18**

South McKeel Elementary Academy

2222 Edgewood Drive South

Station 5

8:00 - 8:45 AM 2:45 - 3:30 PM


 

CONTACT:

Janel Vasallo, Public Relations/Information Manager | (863) 834-8219 janel.vasallo@lakelandgov.net



Lakeland, FL (August 10, 2016) | The Lakeland Fire Department is approaching a major milestone as it prepares to celebrate its centennial anniversary!  

To mark the significance of this achievement and as a way of sharing the department’s pride in having 100 years of service, the department will be celebrating with a Centennial Celebration for the entire community! It will take place at Fire Station 1, located at 701 E Main Street in Lakeland on August 13, 2016, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 

The event will celebrate the department’s past and present. The community celebration will feature:

  • Leaping Lena, the Department’s Restored 1938 Pirsch Fire Engine
  • Historic Artifacts and Displays
  • Live Demonstrations
  • Station Tours
  • Apparatus and Equipment Displays
  • Photo Booth
  • Refreshments
  • Giveaways 
  • and more!

The event is free and open to the public and everyone in the community is encouraged to attend.

You are encouraged to share this information with the community and join LFD on Saturday, August 13, 2016. For more information, interview requests with department representatives, filming, etc. please contact Janel Vasallo.

CONTACT:

Janel Vasallo, Public Relations/Information Manager | (863) 834-8219 | janel.vasallo@lakelandgov.net


LAKELAND, FL (August 3, 2016) — Publix Super Markets is pleased to announce support of the City of Lakeland, the Detroit Tigers and the Lakeland Flying Tigers by sponsoring the field naming rights of Tigertown. On February 9, 2017 —  the first day of the 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) spring training season — the stadium will be renamed Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. The naming rights will continue through 2036. 

“Lakeland is where our roots are, and we are proud of our long-standing relationship with the City of Lakeland and Tigertown,” said Brian West Publix Lakeland media and community relations manager.  “We are honored to have an opportunity to help keep America’s pastime alive and well in this great city.”

The Publix sponsorship will assist with the redesign and updates to the complex, which include:  

  • A 72,000-square foot player development facility to house Major and Minor League clubhouses (largest in the Grapefruit League)
  • A new state-of-the-art High Definition video scoreboard will sit atop the enhanced Berm in left field
  • The “new Berm” will feature a unique food and beverage destination
  • Improved and realigned seating areas, including additional shading
  • A 360-degree walk around design offering fans great sightlines and a constant view of the game
  • Upgraded concessions and new vending areas offering a variety of menu items
  • New artificial field surface in the Minor League complex
  • Improvements throughout the complex to assist in player development and rehabilitation

“This is a great day and we are very excited to have Publix Super Markets as the naming sponsor for what will now be Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Publix Super Markets is synonymous with Lakeland and we can’t wait to see their name in the outfield,” said Mayor Howard Wiggs. “We have a dedicated team overseeing construction of the stadium and once the project is complete, we will have one of the finest Spring Training facilities in all of Major League Baseball.”

Bob Donahay, Director of Parks & Recreation said, “The construction and design team has been working day and night on the Tigertown complex so it will be ready for the opening day of Spring Training. The partnership with Publix Super Markets will allow us to complete the vision and we look forward to showcasing Lakeland’s very own field of dreams.”

"The Detroit Tigers thank Publix, the City of Lakeland, Polk County and the State of Florida for sharing our vision and commitment to provide a first-class entertainment experience and a point of destination for Tigers and all baseball fans to enjoy," said Duane McLean, Tigers' Executive Vice President of Business Operations.  "The history both the Tigers and Publix have in Lakeland is historic and unique. Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium will symbolize how deeply rooted and invested both the Tigers and Publix are within the Lakeland community for many years to come.” 

Named in honor of the late Joker Marchant, a former Lakeland Parks and Recreation Director, Joker Marchant Stadium was used by the Detroit Tigers for Spring Training for the first time in 1966.

Publix is privately owned and operated by its more than 184,000 employees, with 2015 sales of $32.4 billion. Currently Publix has 1,122 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 19 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.

The City of Lakeland was incorporated January 1885 and has grown to become on of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.  To learn more about the City of Lakeland, please visit www.lakelandgov.net.

The Detroit Tigers, Inc., a charter member of the American League in 1901, have won four World Series and 11 American League pennants. The team is owned by Michael Ilitch who purchased the ballclub in 1992. Michael and his wife, Marian, jointly own other companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Champion Foods, Uptown Entertainment and Ilitch Holdings, Inc.  Marian Ilitch is the sole owner of MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit www.tigers.com.

CONTACT:

Brian West | Publix Super Markets | (863) 688-7407 ext. 63486