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St. Patrick's Day Celebration - Have a Designated Driver

If you are planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, please have a designated driver.

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated saint’s days in the world, but all too often it shares that great distinction with a far lesser one—too many people are driving drunk and killing or maiming themselves and others on the road as a result.  Even if you think you’ve had only a few drinks and are just feeling ‘buzzed,’ don’t kid yourself because Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. Alcohol not only dangerously impairs your driving skills; it also impairs your judgment.

The Lakeland Police Department recommends the following easy steps, for a safe St. Patrick’s Day.
•  Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin and designate a sober driver.
•  If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement.
•  And remember, if you know people who are about to drive, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.


Attempt to Identify - Armed Business Robbery Suspect

    

On Monday, February 24, 2014, an unknown female entered the Seven-Eleven, 290 Lakeland Park Boulevard, and pointed what was implied as a weapon at the victim and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect then left the store and walked across the street to the Days Inn and left in a large dark colored car.

The suspect is described as a female, last seen wearing jeans, a dark hooded sweater with the hood pulled over a white and red ball cap, white shoes, and an unknown style of gloves.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event # 14-4002          Detective Hathcock


Help us Find Kids Who "Do The Right Thing"

We need your help.

Bi-annually the City of Lakeland Police Department honors children in our community who distinguish themselves by exhibiting exemplary behavior. If you know a child whose accomplishment, attitude, or outstanding effort make them a positive role model for their peers, please nominate them for this special award.

To submit a nomination, download and complete an application form found on our website and return it to Officer Lori Edwards via email at Lori.Edwards@polk-fl.net, or via PCSB courier at Rochelle School of the Arts or mail to the address below:

DO THE RIGHT THING PROGRAM
Lakeland Police Department
ATTN: Officer Lori Edwards
219 N Massachusetts Av
Lakeland, FL 33801

Nominations for the award ceremony in April are due by March 18, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.


Monthly Video Series - LakelandPD "Up Close"

In an effort to better serve our community, the Lakeland Police Department is creating a video series to take you “Up Close” into the lives of the men and women who serve and protect. The members of the Lakeland Police Department take pride in the work they do and continue to serve with a Commitment to Excellence. The video series is designed to give the community a “behind the scenes” look into how LPD does business.

Each month the video will highlight a component of the department, giving insight into the operations of that unit. The video will first be shown during the monthly Chiefs Chat, which is held on the first Monday of the month. In addition, the monthly topic of the Chief’s Chat will coincide with the video.

The video is written and directed by Sgt. Gary B. Gross, filmed and edited by City’s Communications Department. The videos will be available on:

•        YouTube 
•        Lakeland Police Department web site:  www.lakelandgov.net/lpd
•        Lakeland Police Department Facebook:  LakelandPD 
•        City of Lakeland web site:  www.lakelandgov.net

Click the link to view this month’s video on the SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle’s): http://youtu.be/4PuDMG4mwTQ