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Who:   City of Lakeland leaders will be joining citizens, local church leaders and youth organizations in a display of solidarity during the Refuse to Lose - Summer of Safety Awareness March.

 

WHAT:  A project of the City of Lakeland, FL - Government and Mayor Howard Wiggs Refuse to Lose-Gang Task Force initiative, the awareness march is being held to show unity and support for our youth this summer.  The goal is for every parent to be aware that there are a number of programs and activities that will help keep children busy this summer.

 

WHERE: Participants will meet at the City of Refuge Church of God in Christ, located at 1105 North Ruth Avenue.

 

WHY:  Research indicates that parents play a pivotal role in keeping young people out of gangs and children that are subjected to negative influences have a higher risk of joining a gang. Members of the Gang Task Force want all children to have the opportunity to be involved in positive summer activities and programs.  Information on the variety of Summer of Safety programs will be made available during the Refuse to Lose march.  Mayor Howard Wiggs said, “We are very excited to walk in unison to show our young people that we care about them and for the parents, it will be a great time to learn about the many resources that are available to help keep our youth busy during the summer months.”

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WHEN: Thursday, May 18, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Groups will be meeting in the parking area of the City of Refuge Church of God in Christ at 1105 North Ruth Ave. The march will kick-off at 6:00 p.m.

 

For additional information about the event, contact Lynne Simpkins at 863.834.6027 or by email at lynne.simpkins@lakelandgov.net


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

 


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




NOTICE: THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  WE WILL UPDATE THE NEW TIME/DATE AS SOON AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

 

The Lakeland Police Department will host the annual Media Relations Day on (POSTPONED, TBD). Several benefits can arise from holding and establishing a Media Relations Day to include, but not limited to; allowing LPD to build upon and enhance the media relations partnership with local media outlets through strengthened communications.


During this time, we will have a roundtable discussion followed by a survey which will give us feedback from you, for future training and roundtable discussions. This is a time for the media to share how we can effectively work together and understand the demanding needs placed on both law enforcement and the media in today’s environment.

Presentation

We will also be giving a 45-minute presentation on how the 3D Laser Scanner is improving the efficiency and effectiveness of crime scene investigation and crash reconstruction. You will step inside a crime scene in our community room and then see how it is rendered into a 3D image. You’ll learn how it’s used to take measurements, inspect evidence, and analyze blood splatter or bullet trajectory.Media representatives will be given a copy of the video and additional material if needed for a news story.


Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: Lakeland Police Department, 3rd Floor, 3A conference room.