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.”