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Lakeland Police Department’s next Chief’s Chat will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Lakeland Police Department, located at 219 N Massachusetts Avenue. This month attendees will hear a presentation about the function of public information and community relations.


The Lakeland Police Athletic / Activities League (PAL) need volunteers for this year’s Annual Sun n Fun Fly-In Convention scheduled for Tuesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 6, 2014.

Anyone who would like to help and/or have middle and high-school age children who need community service hours are encouraged to participate.  You must be at least 13 years old to volunteer. Volunteers 13 through 17 must have the approval of your parent or legal guardian. 

Volunteers will receive free Fly-In Day Pass, a T-Shirt, free lunch daily, and free drinks during the work shift.

There are two daily volunteer shifts at the Fly-In: 6:45 am to 11:00 am and 10:45 am to 3:00 pm.

To volunteer, contact PAL Executive Director Tim Abram at 863.834.8970.


Lakeland Police want to remind residents that as the Detroit Tigers Spring Training Season begins they will need to expect an impact to traffic. On Thursday, February 27, 2014 and extending through the end of March the Detroit Tigers will hold Spring Training home games at Joker Marchant Stadium.  All homes games will begin at 1:05 p.m. and the public should expect traffic delays on Lakeland Hills Boulevard in the area of Tiger Town from 11:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. For those not attending a game, we request the use of Florida Avenue as an alternate route.  Those traveling on Lakeland Hills Boulevard are requested to be mindful of pedestrian traffic attempting to cross the street.
 
PARKING:

If you are coming to a game and arrive from the south, all traffic should turn right/east onto Bella Vista and enter the parking area off of Gilmore Avenue or Lake Avenue.  If you are coming to a game and arrive from the north, all traffic should turn left/east onto Granada Street and follow signs for parking.  The main entrance, Al Kaline Drive, will remain open before and during the games for traffic. 
 
EXIT PATTERNS:

In order to facilitate a timely exit, right turn only out of Al Kaline will be permitted.  All Granada Street traffic will either turn north on Lakeland Hills or east towards West Lake Parker Drive.  All Bella Vista Street traffic will go east towards West Lake Parker Drive, south on Lakeland Hills Boulevard or cross over to Florida Avenue.  Traffic in this area can expect delays from about 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.



Lakeland Police want to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. In order to enforce this reminder, the Lakeland Police Department will join with departments across the state in the Spring Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign. The enforcement runs from March 1, 2014 thru March 15, 2014 at midnight. 


According to new data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in five years. In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts. NHTSA data also details how more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed during the nighttime hours of 6:00 p.m. – 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belts.   

The single best thing anyone can do to protect themself and save lives is to buckle up.