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LAKELAND, FL (April 27, 2017) - On Friday, April 28, 2017, the Lakeland Police Department will hold the 2017 Annual Awards Ceremony. The event will be held at the Lakeland Police Department at 3:30 p.m. This ceremony recognizes employees for exemplary service to the organization and community.

The Keynote speaker this year will be Judge Bob Grode. 


Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Meritorious Service
  • Life Saving
  • Medal of Valor

Other recognitions will be presented to:

  • Civilian of the Year
  • Detective of the Year
  • Officer of the Year

In addition, there will be a Citizen Appreciation Award.

Light refreshments will be served.

The media is invited to attend for a photo opportunity during the awards ceremony.

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

CONTACT

Gary Gross

Media Relations | Lakeland Police Department
219 N. Massachusetts Ave.  Lakeland, FL 33801

863/834-6949 (PH) 
| www.lakelandgov.net/lpd

Twitter @lakelandpd

 


LAKELAND, FL (April 25, 2017) – The City of Lakeland and Polk County are hosting the Florida Sunshine Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) during the annual garbage truck driver, landfill equipment operator and mechanic competition that is taking place April 28 -29. The competition helps identify the best solid waste equipment operators that will go on to represent Florida at the national SWANA event that will take place in October. 
 
This event is a gathering of the best drivers, operators, and mechanics in the solid waste industry representing city, county and private waste haulers from around the state. There are eight different categories of competition between the truck, equipment and mechanic events to find the best-of-the-best in the solid waste industry. 

Date:

The competition on Friday, April 28th is devoted to industry employee safety and equipment inspection, while Saturday, April 29th is the live action of the driving, operating and hands on repair of solid waste equipment competition.

The truck and mechanics competition site is open to spectators on Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Event website:
swanafl.org/event-2402059

Competition Site Information


Truck and Mechanic Competitions: 
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport 
Air Side Center Parking (South Parking Lot) 
3131 Flightline Drive 
Lakeland, FL 33811

Heavy Equipment Competition
Polk County Landfill
10 Environmental Loop S
Winter Haven, FL 33880

 

CONTACT

Gene Ginn, 2017 Road-E-O Chairman | gene.ginn@lakelandgov.net | Ph: 863.834.8777


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Lakeland’s Fallen Police Officers Honored with New Memorial

Dedication Ceremony Set for March 20, 2017

 

WHO:  Lakeland Police Department, Families of Fallen Officers and the Public

WHAT:  Lakeland Police Fallen Heroes Memorial Dedication

WHEN:  Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Lakeland Police Department, 219 North Massachusetts Avenue

WHY:  Honoring Lakeland’s Fallen Officers


LAKELAND, FL (March 6, 2017) - The Lakeland Police Department invites the community to join us and family members of our fallen officers at the dedication ceremony for the Lakeland Police Fallen Heroes Memorial on Monday, March 20, 2017, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Memorial is located at the front entrance of the Lakeland Police Department, located at 219 North Massachusetts Avenue. 

 

The Memorial is a beautiful site that honors Lakeland’s five fallen officers: Patrolman William Barnett, Patrolman Thomas Nicholson, Officer Eugene DeBerry, Officer Carl Cushman and Officer Arnulfo Crispin. The centerpiece features a life-size bronze Honor Guard sculpture atop a granite backdrop watching over the names of the fallen officers. Attached to the granite are five glass plaques, each etched with a fallen officer’s name and photo.  Also featured is a large glass badge, illuminated with LED lights, to serve as a reminder of those still serving.  The foundation of the site is lined with personalized engraved bricks which were sold to help fund the project.

 

Assistant Chief Link, who also serves on the project team, stated “This memorial will forever honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Lakeland. It has been very humbling to see the support from our community. Without their donations, the memorial would not have been possible.”.

 

To ensure safety for those attending the event, the main entrance to the station will be closed beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Those who need to visit the station for police business should enter on Bay Street. (see attached map)  The portion of Massachusetts Avenue between Cedar Street and Bay Street will be closed beginning at 6:00 p.m. Motorists will be detoured one block over to Kentucky Avenue. Detours will be clearly marked and traffic will be redirected.   Parking for the event is available throughout Downtown. 

 

For additional information, please visit www.lakelandpolicefoundation.com.


CONTACT
Robin Tillett, Media Relations 
| Lakeland Police Department | 863/834-2963

www.lakelandgov.net/lpd | Twitter @lakelandpd





Corridor Study & Master Plan for South Florida Avenue (State Road 37):
Presentation Scheduled

Bartow, FL (February 21, 2017) - At the request of the City of Lakeland, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One, in partnership with the Central Florida Regional Planning Council (CFRPC) and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC), have studied ways to improve mobility, safety, quality of life, and economic vitality along the South Florida Avenue (SR 37) corridor between Ariana Street and Pine Street in Lakeland.  

A Corridor Study and Master Plan has been developed through community engagement, with coordination from the City of Lakeland, Polk County Transportation Planning Organization, Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency, and the Lake Morton and Dixieland Neighborhood Associations as well as other community and business partners.

Open House

The public is invited to the open house and presentation of the Corridor Study and Master Plan on Thursday, February 23, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Polk Museum of Art, Kent Harrison Auditorium, 800 E. Palmetto Street, Lakeland, FL 33801. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the Study, please visit SouthFloridaAvePlan.org.   

For More Information

For further information about this effort, please contact Laura Herrscher, Intermodal Systems Development Administrator, FDOT by email at laura.herrscher@dot.state.fl.us or by calling (863) 519-2379.

ADA

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley at (863) 519-2573 or by email to jamie.schley@dot.state.fl.us at least three (3) days prior to the meeting.