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LAKELAND, FL (September 28, 2015) - An agreement has been entered into between the City of Lakeland, David Woolverton and the West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association (PBA). 

Interim City Manager Tony Delgado said, “There were two main issues considered in the unique situation involving Officer Woolverton and his right to work as a sworn member of the Lakeland Police Department. One was the standing position of the State Attorney’s Office with regard to the “death letter” that outlines that the State Attorney’s office will not take testimony from Woolverton.  This is a very important consideration that has to be factored into any decision.” He added,  “The other was the direction given by the arbitrator to return Officer Woolverton to full capacity as a police officer. These two directives were in conflict with one another, so a settlement was negotiated that was a result of compromises on both sides of the table.”  The City of Lakeland and the PBA both made concessions to their original positions that allowed for an agreement to be reached. 

To avoid continuing litigation between the parties, the City of Lakeland will continue to employ Woolverton as a sworn Police Officer with the Lakeland Police Department.  The City will pay Woolverton back pay with interest for lost opportunities to work extra duty details in the amount of $9,688.76.  As a result of a 2013 decision by the State Attorney to not use Woolverton as a witness, Woolverton will remain in the position of Special Operations-Equipment Operator and will not seek transfer from this position for the remainder of his employment with the City of Lakeland.  

As long as the July 2013 letter from the State Attorney remains in effect, Woolverton will not apply for or participate in any overtime detail that would require him to use his official police authority. He will not participate in routine traffic enforcement activities that may require official police documents and Woolverton will not participate in any special assignments including but not limited to the SWAT team that may require him to use his official police authority. The agreement also provides Woolverton with a police uniform and outlines that that he will receive the same treatment as any other member of the Lakeland Police Department and afforded the same rights of a police officer. The signed agreement is attached.

Police Chief Larry Giddens said, “I have heard it said that a when a good compromise is reached both parties walk away from the table a little disappointed.  I believe that is the case here and we have reached a good compromise.  We will now be able to put this situation behind us and move forward.  Thank you to all for the hard work and dedication to this case on both sides of the table.”

Dinner and Silent Auction to Honor Heroes
Proceeds Raised will benefit the Lakeland Police K-9 Unit and the LCPAAA Scholarship Fund

LAKELAND, FL (September 7, 2015) – The Lakeland Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (LCPAAA) in conjunction with the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department is hosting the “8th Annual Honoring Heroes BBQ Dinner and Silent Auction” at the Lake Mirror Complex on Saturday, September 12, 2015. The event, which is open to the public, will begin at 6:00 pm with the auction closing at 7:30 pm.  Tickets for the event are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the event or by calling (863) 934-0710.

While at the event, guests will enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and have fun bidding on their favorite items in the silent auction. On the auction table will be something for everyone’s budget with items ranging from gift cards to local restaurants to vacation getaways. There will be opportunities to meet the K9 officers and their loyal partners. A photo booth will be available where guests can take their photo taken with a K9.

LCPAAA is a volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which focuses on creating a better understanding and cooperation between local law enforcement and the community. If you have any questions or want to find out more about LCPAAA, call (86)398-1074 or visit us online at


LAKELAND, FL (September 2, 2015) - The Lakeland Police Department is joining the Drug Enforcement Administration in the 10th Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day where citizens who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs may bring them to the Lakeland Police Department (219 N. Massachusetts Avenue) on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Those unable to attend the September 26th event can still properly get rid of unwanted medications by using the secure prescription drug drop box located in the Lakeland Police Department lobby. The City of Lakeland Water Department would like to remind citizens to not flush unwanted drugs down the toilet because flushing medications leads to water pollution.

Previous prescription medication collections held in Polk County have resulted in over 1,700 pounds of recovered pharmaceuticals. All recovered medications were incinerated. 

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. According to the 2013 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 24.6 million Americans are illicit drug users. Each day, thousands of teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

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.