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Lakeland, FL (November 9, 2016) – On October 29, 2016, at 7:11 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Subway store, located at 5395 Socrum Loop Road. The cashier stated that the suspect approached the front register and lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun. The suspect demanded money and the cashier complied. The suspect fled on foot to the rear of the business.

On November 1, 2016, at 9:57 p.m.
, the Lakeland Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Exxon Station, located at 4655 Socrum Loop Road. The suspect entered the business through the south side door, approached the counter and then produced a handgun. The suspect demanded the clerk to give him all the money in the register and then fled out the south side door.

On November 6, 2016 at approximately 1:56 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to XYZ Liquor, 2190 Hwy 92 East, in reference to an armed robbery. The suspect approached the clerk at the registered, lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun and demanded the cash from the register. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.

A fourth robbery occurred in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction at the Marathon Gas Station, 111 Marcum Road, on November 3rd and it is believed to be the same suspect. The clerks were not injured in the robberies

The suspect is described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male, approximately 6’0 tall, 150 pounds, clean shaven, possibly 25 to 35 years of age. He was wearing a Tampa Bay Rays hat, dark shorts and a gray sweatshirt during several of the robberies. The suspect should be considered ARMED AND DANGEROUS.

If you can identify this suspect, please contact Detective Edward Sealey at 863.834.5991 or by email at edward.sealey@lakelandgov.net. Heartland Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. To be eligible for a cash reward from Crime Stoppers you must contact crime stoppers before contacting police.

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LAKELAND, FL (October 28, 2016) | The Lakeland Police Department is proud to announce that it has successfully obtained reaccreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). Chief Giddens and members of the department attended the quarterly CFA meeting in Weston on Wednesday, October 25, where they were presented with the official accreditation status. The designation will remain in effect for a period of three years.


In order to obtain the accreditation status, the Lakeland Police Department was required to demonstrate compliance with 54 mandatory standards. In addition to the mandatory standards, the Department also achieved compliance with 20 non-mandatory standards. Proof of compliance was determined by an assessment team, sent by the Commission, during an on-site review on July 13, 2016. During the visit, the team reviewed the department’s policies, procedures and practices.

“The Lakeland Police Department is an impressive agency that holds its members to the highest standards. It was apparent during the assessment that every member of the agency is proud of the work they do for the City,” wrote Sergeant Nicole Minick, Team Leader with CFA.

“As with our national CALEA® reaccreditation earlier this year, this designation from the CFA 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.

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

The Lakeland Police Department is scheduled for an onsite assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards. 

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas; policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. 

As part of the onsite assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session, Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The session will be conducted in the City of Lakeland Commission Chambers, located at 228 S. Massachuset
ts Avenue, Lakeland, Fl. 

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency ability to comply with CALEA standards. The local contact is Accreditation Manager Caroline Renew (863) 834-8907. 

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Lakeland Police Department’s ability to comply with standards for accreditation may send them to:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
135 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia 20155
 

Lakeland Police Participate in Click it or Ticket Safety Belt Enforcement Wave


LAKELAND, FL (March 1, 2016) - The Lakeland Police Department will join with departments across the state in the Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign. The enforcement runs from March 1, 2016 thru March 14, 2016 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 seat belt. The fine is $114 .00. It only takes two (2) seconds to “click” your seat/safety.

Florida State Statute 316.614 specifically addresses seat belt usage and the following information is being provided /disseminated in advance of the event to educate the public on seat/safety belt usage. It is unlawful for any person:  To operate a motor vehicle in this State unless each passenger and the Operator of the vehicle under the age of eighteen (18) years are restrained by a safety belt or by a child restraint device pursuant to Florida State Statute 316.613 , if applicable; or To operate a motor vehicle in this State unless the person is restrained by a safety belt. It is unlawful for any person eighteen (18) years of age or older to be a passenger in the front seat of a motor vehicle unless such person is restrained by a safety belt when the vehicle is in motion.

The ”Click it or Ticket” initiative is designed to increase public safety awareness about the us age 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.