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This is the official blog of the City of Lakeland, Florida. Check back frequently to stay up to date with all that going on in our beautiful city!


Lakeland, FL (November 22, 2016) - On November 21, 2016, at approximately 8:50 PM , the Lakeland Police Department (LPD) responded to the Old Navy store, located at 919 Lakeland Park Center Drive. An employee in the store stated that four suspects had entered the store, concealed merchandise into bags and attempt to exit the store. When confront at the exit and after passing all points of sales, the suspects dropped three of the bags of merchandise which contained at total of $1075.94 in merchandise. On suspect identified as Ashli Adams, struck the employee in the face as another suspect ran out the store with a bag of merchandise totaling $331.04. The employee was unable to get a look at the vehicle or provide a direction of travel for the suspects.

At approximately 9:00 PM, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Gann was conducting a traffic stop on a 2010 Mercury Milan in the area of Kathleen Road and Interstate Drive due to the vehicle having a seize tag order. During a search of the vehicle, deputies observed numerous items of clothing from the Old Navy Store that still had the security devices on the merchandise. Deputy Gann contacted LPD and determined that they were conducting a robbery investigation at Old Navy that occurred 20 minutes earlier.

The employee that was battered was transported to the scene by LPD and she positively identified the four suspects. The officer who investigated the robbery also noted that the four suspects were wearing the same clothing as captured on video in Old Navy at the time of the incident. The video is not being released at this time.

  • Donovan Brown, 19 years of age, Tampa, FL – Charged with Grand Theft
  • Ashli V Adams, 19 years of age, Tampa, FL – Charged with Robbery without a Firearm.
  • Rashonda Milton, 19 years of age, Tampa, FL – Charged with Grand Theft
  • Alexis Lee, 18 years of age, Tampa, FL – Charged with Grand Theft

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


LAKELAND, FL (October 13, 2016) | BULLETIN: P16– 051 | The Lakeland Police Department will host their 12th Annual Open House on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This year’s event, focused on “See Something. Say Something”, will feature a scavenger hunt and the first public unveiling of the department’s new MRAP Rescue Vehicle. 

This FREE event gives citizens the opportunity to go behind the scenes with Lakeland’s finest. During this fun-filled family day, you can meet members of the SWAT team, take a peek inside LPD’s mobile command center, see the armored rescue vehicle up close and check out the K-9 team in action! There will be tours of the police station beginning at 10:30 a.m. and running until 1:30 p.m. These tours include the Crime Lab, Communications Center and the Emergency Operations Center.

The Community Services Unit will be doing bicycle helmet fittings and giving away free helmets to children. Plenty of children’s activities, live entertainment and free hot dogs and popcorn make for a guaranteed good time! So gather your family, friends and neighbors and come out and enjoy a day with the Lakeland Police Department.

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583.2357.

CONTACT:

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


LAKELAND, FL (August 2, 2016) The Lakeland Police Department is proud to announce that it has successfully retained two national accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®).  On Saturday, July 30, 2016, Chief Larry Giddens and senior staff accepted the reaccreditations for the department’s overall standards of performance and for their Public Safety Communications operation at the summer conference in Baltimore, Maryland. 

To receive reaccreditation in the CALEA® Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, the Lakeland Police Department had to comply with 484 internationally accepted standards for the operation of police organizations. The Advanced Program is a more rigorous process than the standard Accreditation Program which requires compliance with only 189 standards.  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 excellence among law enforcement agencies. “The reaccreditation of the Lakeland Police Department 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.   

To receive the reaccreditation for Public Safety Communications, the 911 Emergency Communications team proved compliance with 211 internationally accepted standards. The achievement certifies that the department meets or exceeds benchmarks and professional requirements in critical incidents, special operations including Homeland Security, organization, training, recruitment and operations. 911 Communications Manager Bill LePere said “Any agency can claim their policies and procedures are among the best, but accredited agencies are willing to go through stringent review by outside assessors who evaluate entire operations to ensure adherence to industry best practices.

Both accreditations are valid for four years, at which time the department will again actively participate in a review process for reaccreditation.  For more information on CALEA® accreditation, go to www.calea.org

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


Missing/Endangered Person Larry Langford

Lakeland Police are searching for missing/endangered person Larry Langford, W/M, age 53, 5’10” tall and weighing 200 pounds.  Langford went missing at 0830 hours on 6/4/16 from the Lake Wire Retirement Center, 315 West Peachtree Street, Lakeland, Florida.  

Langford has a medical condition and is on medication.   Langford is on foot and was last seen wearing a blue shirt and khaki pants. Langford is bald with gray hair, beard, and mustache.  If you come into contact with Langford, or have information of his whereabouts, please contact police immediately. 

Police have attempted to track with K-9 and saturated the area in an attempt to locate Langford. 

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

 

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.860-4178.