On Friday, March 15, 2019, the Lakeland Police Department will host a promotion and swearing-in ceremony. During the event, Chief Ruben Garcia will be ceremoniously sworn in as Lakeland’s Police Chief. Chief Garcia officially assumed the role on February 1, 2019 after the retirement of former Chief Larry Giddens. Chief Garcia will promote Captain Sam Taylor to the role of Assistant Chief and swear in three new police officers joining the Department: Officers Wakesha Phidd, Justin Claxon and Parker Kellerman.
The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church, located at 72 Lake Morton Drive in Lakeland.
The public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.