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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Florida Chapter Recognizes @LakelandPD DUI Officers Cortes and Kellner

On Friday July 25, 2015 Officer Carlos Cortes & Officer Mike Kellner received the MADD Florida Recognition of Excellence Award for their Individual DUI Enforcement efforts. Both of these officers use their passion, enthusiasm and dedication to save lives by locating and arresting impaired drivers.

WAY TO GO Gentleman - Lakeland Is Lucky to Have You on Our Team!

Benefit Basketball Game with LakelandPD Officers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Alumni

Save the date! On Saturday, August 22 at 7 PM officers with the Lakeland Police Department will take on alumni Tampa Bay Buccaneers players in a game of basketball. The game will take place in the Lakeland Senior High School gymnasium. 

Admission: $10 - Adults, $5 - Students and Children under 12 are free.

All proceeds will benefit our Lakeland PAL Youth League.




LAKELAND, FL (July 20, 2015) - The City of Lakeland will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, July 28th at 6 p.m. so citizens can learn more about municipal governance models including strong mayor and city manager forms of government. Mike McGrath, Chief Information Officer with the National Civic League will give a nonpartisan overview of the various local government models. The meeting will be held in the City Commission Chambers located on the 3rd floor of City Hall at 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue. 

Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Law Olmsted, Louis Brandeis and other leading municipal reformers founded the National Civic League in the late nineteenth century; the league has been instrumental in efforts to make local governments more open, accountable and effective.  Mayor Howard Wiggs said, “We have a great deal of discussion taking place in our community about various governance models and this is an excellent opportunity for our citizens to hear about the issue so they can be informed and engaged in the process.”

The National Civic League is a 120-year old nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Denver, Colorado.  The League focuses on public participation and civic action. It depends on groups and individuals across the country that promote community engagement and problem solving approaches to build better governments.

As chief communications officer at the National Civic League, Mike McGrath heads the organization’s publication program, edits the 102-year-old National Civic Review and other NCL publications. He recently served as research and writer for the Fiscal Sustainability Case Investigations Project, a joint effort of NCL and the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy.  He has a master’s degree in journalism is from the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.



Congratulations to the Lakeland Police Department - 3rd Place Honors in Florida Law Enforcement Liaison Program 2015 Click or Ticket Challenge.

The annual awards, supported by the Florida Department of Transportation, recognize those agencies who participate in the annual Click or Ticket Challenge with traffic enforcement and education initiatives geared toward saving lives by enforcing Florida's safety belt laws.