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Lakeland Police Advisory Commission (LPAC)   
The Lakeland Police Advisory Commission, appointed by Mayor Gow Fields, is a group of business and civic leaders who are charged with recommending specific actions to improve community trust with the Lakeland Police Department. The Advisory Commission will be chaired by Bruce Abels and co-chaired by Tim Jackson. Among the tasks, they will be looking to see if cultural changes are needed and what steps may need to be taken to ensure that employees of the City of Lakeland feel comfortable about bringing complaints forward.

The Advisory Commission will be asked to provide a specific timeline for progress reports and recommendations are expected by September 1, 2013.

Scope:  To define & answer questions concerning the recent controversies involving the Lakeland Police Department & suggest actions that can be taken to improve community trust:
  • Do we – The City & LPD have the appropriate processes in place to address the challenges we are confronting today?
  • What can be done to improve a speak-up culture within the LPD and the City's organizational footprint?
  • What can be done to improve a culture in which citizens can know their complaints will be heard, fairly evaluated and acted upon promptly?
  • What can we set as measurements that we can fairly use to judge success?
Commissioner Members Include:

Email:   Lakeland Police Advisory Commission 

Bruce Abels, ChairmanLogistics & Supply Chain Professional, Retired as President of Saddle Creek Corporation after 15 years


Tim Jackson, Co-Chairman - COO, NuJak Development & Chair-Elect, Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce

Frank O'Reilly - Former Mayor of Lakeland and Former Polk School Board Member


Katrina Lunsford - Vice President, Fifth Third Bank

Dr. Jim Sewell - Retired FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement)

Rick Garcia - Owner & President, Gulf Coast Avionics

Myra Bryant
 - President of the Lakeshore Neighborhood Association and President of Lakeland's Neighborhood Association Council

Mary Smith
 - President of the Dixieland Neighborhood Association

Paul Roberts
 - AP History and AP Government Teacher at Lakeland Sr. High School and Adjunct Professor at Everest University


Maria TorresPresident of Just Cares, Inc., a non-profit organization created to bring enrichment to peoples’ lives through art and educational programs.