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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.


LAKELAND, FL (January 10, 2017) - On Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at approximately 2:45 p.m., Lakeland Police officers responded to the area of Harden Boulevard, near Forest Park Street, in reference to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian struck by a pickup truck.  

 

Glenn Gillenwater, age 63, of Lakeland, was struck and killed by a 1984 Ford pickup truck driven by 26-year-old Michael Duey.  According to reports, Duey was traveling southbound on Harden Boulevard when his truck began to swerve, drove up onto the raised shoulder and struck Gillenwater who was walking on the sidewalk. Duey’s truck continued down an embankment and struck two trees before coming to a final rest. 

 

Emergency medical professionals from the Lakeland Fire Department and Polk County Fire Rescue arrived on scene and began assisting officers in providing life saving measures. Both Gillenwater and Duey were transported to Lakeland Regional Health Center. Gillenwater passed away due to the injuries sustained in the crash. Duey was treated for minor injuries and released. 

 

Members of the LPD Traffic Homicide Unit closed the portion of Harden Boulevard between Beacon Road and Ariana Street for approximately three hours. 

 

No charges have been filed at this time. This is an open case and the Lakeland Police Department Traffic Homicide team is continuing to investigate.

 

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583.2357.

 

CONTACT


Robin Tillett

Media Relations | Lakeland Police Department | 863/834-2946


Photo Opportunity & Media Announcement

Mulberry High School Students and Teachers Sponsor
Eleven Active Shooter Vests for LPD Officers

WHO: Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens, along with several Lakeland Police Officers and representatives from Derringer Firearms, will be guests at Mulberry High School’s Pep Rally to receive a donation for eleven Active Shooter Vests.

WHAT:
Mulberry High School students and teachers set a goal to fundraise and purchase vests for the seven officers who are graduates of Mulberry High School. They have surpassed the goal and will be donating funds for eleven vests through the Shield the Badges 501c3 corporation. The project is special to the school as fallen Officer Arnulfo Crispin was a graduate of Mulberry High School. Officer Crispin’s sister Brenda, who is also an Lakeland Police Officer and graduate of the school, will be in attendance.

WHEN: Thursday, December 15th at 1:00 P.M.

WHERE: 1 Panther Pl, Mulberry, FL 33860

WHY: Shield The Badges (Non-profit 501©3) was developed to buy an additional layer of protective body armor for Lakeland Police Officers. These special carrier vests are designed to help protect law enforcement in active shooter situations with high caliber rifle fire.

Media inquiries should be directed to (863) 583.2357.

CONTACT:

Robin Tillett | Media Relations | Lakeland Police Department
863/834-2963 | Twitter @lakelandpd


LAKELAND, FL (November 28, 2016) -  The Lakeland Police Department is now accepting toy donations for their annual Annual Cops for Kids toy drive. Now in its tenth year, the toy donation program, with the help of generous community donors, allows families to provide their children with a happy holiday. Toy donations for children up to 12 years of age are accepted. 

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any of the following locations:

  • Lakeland Police Station / 219 N. Massachusetts Ave.
  • Lakeland Libraries (Main & Jackson Branch) / 100 Lake Morton Dr. and 1700 N. Florida Ave.
  • City Hall / 228 S. Massachusetts Ave.
  • Lakeland Electric / 501 E Lemon St.
  • Kelly Recreation Complex / 404 Imperial Blvd

Monetary Donations 

Monetary donations are also accepted and can be mailed to the Lakeland Police Department at 219 N Massachusetts Avenue, Attention: Crime Prevention Unit. Please notate Cops for Kids on the memo line of your check or money order. 

The toys collected will be given to parents at the annual Cops for Kids pick-up party scheduled for December 15, 2016. Kids in attendance will have their photo made with Santa and enjoy a complimentary dinner.

“Over the past ten years, our Cops for Kids program has helped ease the burden for hundreds of families and allowed thousands of children to have a happy holiday,” said Chief Larry Giddens. “One of the greatest things we can do as a police department is give back to our citizens in need, for whom we take great pride in serving every day.”

If you need assistance through the program, you must register at the police station on Monday, November 28, 2016 and bring the following items:

  • Current Lakeland Electric Bill 
  • Photo ID
  • Original Birth Certificate for Each Child

Please Note: Your registration does not guarantee acceptance



Contact

Media inquiries should be directed to 863/583-2357

Robin Tillett, Media Relations | Lakeland Police Department
863/834-2963 (PH) | lakelandgov.net/lpdTwitter @lakelandpd