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LAKELAND, FL (November 4, 2016) - A Parking for Heroes initiative will bring a dedicated combat wounded parking space to downtown Lakeland. The idea was borne by Downtown Lakeland Partnership Director Ellen Simms and has received the support from the Polk County Veterans Council. After the initial discussion, a number of veteran advocates started working closely with City of Lakeland staff to make the idea become a reality.

The combat wounded reserved parking space will be adjacent to Munn Park on the corner of Main Street and Kentucky Avenue (Diagram attached). The City of Lakeland Traffic Division approved of the concept and then set the plan in motion.

Gary Clark, Retired US Air Force Colonel and Chairman of the Polk Veterans Council said, “Less than 1% of the US population serve in military uniform. The sacrifices these service members make deserve to be recognized. A dedicated parking space for those who have suffered life long combat injuries is just one way the community can show that they appreciate the service for those that were wounded defending our freedoms.”

The dedicated combat wounded parking space will be clearly marked with a reserved combat wounded sign and unlike many of the spaces downtown, it will not have a two hour time limit. The sign will be installed on Thursday, November 10th and then covered. The sign will be unveiled as part of the Veteran’s Day Parade on Saturday, November 12th at approximately 12:30 p.m.


 

CONTACT:

Kevin Cook, Director of Communications | 863/834-6264




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.

FDOT has advised us that they will be closing access to South Florida Avenue and Riggins Street on Monday, October 31, 2016. This closure is needed to repair an inlet that was damaged by a vehicle. Barricades are currently in place to warn drivers in the area. Residents will have access to Riggins Street from South Tennessee Avenue during the closure.

South Pipkin Road will be closed between Drane Field Road and Currymoore Road beginning Tuesday November 1, 2016 for two weeks. This closure is required to repair a failing storm sewer pipe. Detours will be clearly marked. 

Contact:

Michael Whigham, Manager of Construction & Maintenance | 863/834-3300

Up-to-Date Road Info: 863/834-ROAD


Lakeland, FL (October 17, 2016) | Contractors working for the City of Lakeland will be performing maintenance work on an underground storm pipe. A lane shift will be in place at the intersection of Cedar Street and North Massachusetts Avenue on Tuesday evening, October 18, 2016 from 9:00 p.m. to Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 6:00 a.m.

Roads will remain open during this work, however, the main entrance into the Police Station will be closed for the duration of the work.

For questions please contact Troy McCain at (863) 860-5846.