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Governor Rick Scott Appoints LPD Detective Nick Marolda to Criminal Justice and Training Commission.



On July 25th, Governor Rick Scott announced five appointments and reappointment to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. Lakeland Police Detective, Nicholas Marolda, Jr, fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning August 2, 2013, and ending August 1, 2017. Detective Marolda has been employed by the Lakeland Police Department for 22 years. 

The CJSTC is made up of 19-members consisting of various assignments to include municipal law enforcement, sheriffs, chiefs of police and correctional officers. Their mission is to ensure that all citizens of Florida are served by criminal justice officers who are ethical, qualified, and well-trained.

The primary responsibility of the Commission is: 

• Establish uniform minimum standards for the employment and training of full-time, part-time, and auxiliary law enforcement, and correctional and correctional probation officers.

• Establish and maintain officer training programs, curricula requirements, and certification of training schools and training school instructors.

• Certify officers who complete a Florida Basic Recruit Training Program, or who are diversely qualified through experience and training, and who meet minimum employment standards.

• Review and administer appropriate administrative sanctions in instances when an officer, a training school instructor, or a training school is found in violation of Florida Statutes and Commission standards.

• Promulgate rules and procedures to administer the requirements of Chapter 943.085 – 943.257, F.S. 

• Conduct studies of compensation, education, and training for the correctional, correctional probation, and law enforcement disciplines. 

• Maintain a central repository of records of all certified officers.

• Conduct quarterly meetings to discuss issues and approve rules that relate to officer standards and training.

• Develop, maintain, and administer the State Officer Certification Examination for criminal justice officers.

The appointment of Detective Marolda attests to his professional competence, dedication to duty and his team-oriented accomplishments as he takes on this new challenge.


FIREFIGHTER TAYLOR RILEY RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FROM FIREHOUSE MAGAZINE FOR HEROISM & COMMUNITY SERVICE! 


 

One of Lakeland’s finest, Firefighter Taylor Riley of Station 1 was recognized by Firehouse Magazine, by being selected as an awardee of their annual Heroism and Community Service Award. Taylor was selected as one of fifty firefighters in the nation, and the only winner from Florida, for his incredible act of bravery when he entered a burning building last December to rescue a young boy. The building was 95% engulfed in flames when he entered. 


Taylor was recommended by his Battalion Chief Michael Williams for the award and was selected by a panel of fire service professionals from across the country.

Congratulations to Taylor Riley and thank you for serving the people of Lakeland so well.

This is a picture of the building when he went in. Not before or after, but during. AMAZING!



 

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. 

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