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Lakeland Police Department Promotion Ceremony

 

LAKELAND, FL (July 8th, 2015)

 

A promotion ceremony has been scheduled for Friday, July 10, 2015, at 3:00 pm, in the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center (new building), located at 72 Lake Morton Dr. Lakeland, Florida 33801. 

 

Captains Ruben Garcia and Victor White will be promoted to Assistant Chief of Police, Lieutenants Hans Lehman and Sammy Taylor will be promoted to Captain, Sergeants Brent Addison and Mark Melius will be promoted to Lieutenant, and Officers Joseph Parker, Richard “Brian” Wallace, and Jasper Yzaguirre will be promoted to Sergeant at this time.

 

 

 

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583-2357.

 


Come Have Coffee With The Chief - July 14th at 8AM

Chief Larry Giddens and team members from the LakelandPD invite you to join them for coffee and conversation on Tuesday, July 14th at 9AM at the Coleman Bush Building (1104 Martin Luther King Jr Ave)

Learn about special projects, neighborhood activities and ask any questions you may have.

Hope to see you there!

 


National Night Out is a celebration of the partnership between the community and police departments around the nation. Here in Lakeland, it is a fun day/night centered around giving neighborhood crime a going away party, getting to know your neighbors and community, and this year promoting “See Something, Say Something!”

The 32nd Annual National Night Out celebration will take place on August 4, 2015. The Lakeland Police Department’s Community Services Unit (CSU) has taken the initiative to support this event with some new ideas in bringing communities together and placing more awareness on crime prevention.

 

We would like to invite you and your neighborhood or business to participate in the National Night Out celebration.   Download a Registration Kit

 


TONY KIRK WITHDRAWS APPLICATION AS ASSISTANT CHIEF WITH THE LAKELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT

There will be a press conference at the Lakeland Police Department (219 N. Massachusetts Avenue) in room 3A at 3 p.m

LAKELAND, FL (February 27, 2015) - The City is disappointed to inform the community that Tony Kirk has withdrawn his application as Assistant Chief of the Lakeland Police Department. Kirk was scheduled to start on Monday, March 2nd. Kirk communicated with Chief Giddens earlier this morning that he was withdrawing his application for Assistant Chief of Police effective at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 27th.

Background investigations for police officers are rigorous and Kirk went through a thorough background check for the Assistant Chief position. It was only during the final stages of the new hire process when inconsistencies involving Kirks’s application arose. Kirk explained that he inadvertently indicated that he had never tried marijuana on his internal new hire paperwork, however during the polygraph process he admitted to trying marijuana when he was 20 years old. The use of marijuana so many years ago would not prevent employment with the Lakeland Police Department. However the inconsistencies between the new hire forms and his later admissions regarding marijuana use triggered concerns.

City Manager Doug Thomas said, “This is a very unfortunate incident and we were looking very forward to Kirk joining our team but our law enforcement personnel are held to a high standard and as insignificant as it may sound, inaccuracies between his application and the polygraph process automatically disqualifies a candidate to move forward.” He added, “I wish we weren’t in this situation and I’m truly saddened for Tony and his family under the circumstances that we now find ourselves in.”

Larry Giddens, Chief of Police said, “I’m deeply disappointed that we came so far and this is an unfortunate conclusion to what I thought was going to be a very good addition to our team at the Lakeland Police Department.” He added, “The Lakeland Police Department is full of honorable men and women and we will continue to move forward in making this Department the very best it can be.”