Larry Giddens began his law enforcement career in 1984 as an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Lakeland Police Department. He was hired full time by the Department in 1985 with patrol assignments including Field Training Officer, Honor Guard and Uniform Crime Scene Technician. He was selected as a SWAT member in 1987 and served on the department’s Street Crimes Unit. Giddens was selected as a K-9 Officer in 1989 assigned to the Street Crimes Unit and Patrol Division.
Giddens was promoted to Sergeant in 1993 and served as Patrol Sergeant for one year. In 1994 he was assigned to the Street Crimes Unit in the Special Operations Section. Giddens served the next seven years as the Sergeant for this unit.
Giddens was promoted to Lieutenant in December 2001. He was assigned as the Officer in Charge of Delta Squad in the Neighborhood Services Bureau. After serving in this capacity for two years, Larry was transferred to the Special Investigations Section as the Officer in Charge and served in this capacity until July 2006 when he was transferred to the Neighborhood Liaison Section as the Officer in Charge. During this time his unit conducted undercover operations by the Neighborhood Enforcement Team; Crime Prevention and the implementation and facilitation of Neighborhood Watch programs and several other ancillary projects associated with public relations and community policing.
Giddens was promoted to Captain in December 2009 and served as the Commanding Officer of the Uniform Patrol Division. He remained in this position until October 2011, when he was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police where he commanded the Neighborhood Services Bureau. Giddens was promoted to the Chief of Police in December 2014.
Larry graduated from the FBI National Academy class 223 in December of 2005. He has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Polk Community College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology from Saint Leo University. He is a Certified Public Manager through Florida State University and graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police in July 2011.