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Chief's Chat

Chief's Chat is an open forum offering citizens the opportunity to discuss topics of interest in the community with the Chief of Police. Sessions are held the first Monday of each month, provided it is not a holiday, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the LPD Community Room.

Past Meetings


May 5, 2014

April 7, 2014

March 3, 2014

February 3, 2014

June 4, 2013

May 6, 2013


April 1, 2013

March 4, 2013

February 4, 2013

January 7, 2013-video not available

December 3, 2012

November 5, 2012

October 1, 2012

August 6, 2012

June 4, 2012

May  7, 2012

April 2, 2012

December 5, 2011

August 1, 2011

June 6, 2011 

PowerPoint Presentations:

Violent Crime - February 2012

Crime Information - November 2012

2012 Holiday Plan

Crime Information - February 2013

CALEA Presentation - April 2013


Chief of Police

In January 2014, Assistant Chief of Police Larry Giddens was appointed as the Interim Chief of Police to serve during the transition period after the resignation of Chief Womack. City Manager Doug Thomas has indicated the search for a new Chief of Police could last anywhere from 6 - 8 months. During this time, ACOP Giddens will serve the department in this capacity.

Interim Chief 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 departments Street Crimes Unit. Larry was selected as a K-9 Officer in 1989 assigned to the Street Crimes Unit and Patrol Division. He has served as an Assistant Chief since October 2011.

Giddens stated “I want to assure the citizens of Lakeland that the men and women of the Lakeland Police Department will continue to deliver professional police services as we move through this transitional period.”