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December Chief's Chat

Lakeland Police Department’s next Chief’s Chat will be held on Monday, December 2, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Lakeland Police Department, located at 219 N Massachusetts Avenue.  


Southwest Middle School Lockdown - Update

On November 21st at approximately 10:45 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to Southwest Middle School in reference to a "suspicious male" wearing a backpack that was seen by two students with what appeared to be a gun on the edge of campus. One of the students thought the suspicious male had jumped the fence and was on school property. The school was immediately placed on lockdown and approx. 25 police officers, detectives, traffic enforcement and tactical officers responded to conduct an extensive search of the school. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office also assisted on the perimeter and search.

Shortly after 1:00pm, officers located a BB gun in a residential back yard next to the school were the girls saw the subject. Detectives located the man in his home next to the school and he admitted to having the BB gun outside and stated that he did not point the weapon at any of the students. After re-interviewing the students, officers believe he stayed on his own property and did not cross the fence onto school property as reported. No criminal charges were filed and the school lifted its lockdown shortly afterwards.

School Resources Officers and responding patrol officers utilized the rapid response approach which allows for a faster response to situations where a shooter has entered a school and is attacking students and teachers. Within 10 seconds, a detective advised he was at the school and additional police officers were responding from all specialty units throughout the city. Each responding officer acted swiftly and a command post was established, while maintaining a liaison with the administrators at Southwest Middle School during the lockdown. 


Notice of Disciplinary Action

On November 7, 2013, Lakeland Police finalized disciplinary action on Sgt. Raymond Lloyd. Sgt. Lloyd submitted a letter of resignation on November 6, 2013. The resignation was in lieu of recommended termination. Chief Womack completed her review of all the relevant facts and evidence presented in the administrative investigation, including statements Sgt. Lloyd made under oath in conjunction with the State Attorney’s related investigation as listed below.

Complaint:

On July 2, 2013, Assistant Chief of Police Mike Link and Lt. Lehman were notified by the State Attorney’s Office that Sergeant Lloyd was the focus of a criminal investigation they were conducting.

On October 5, 2012, Sgt. Raymond Lloyd conducted a traffic stop in the course of his assigned duties as a sworn officer with the Lakeland Police Department. This traffic stop led to a DUI investigation being conducted by Officer Edds, based upon probable cause developed initially by Sgt. Lloyd.   It is alleged that Sgt. Lloyd failed to complete a supplemental report documenting his actions in a timely manner, and did not complete his supplement until four months later on 02/28/13, just prior to a Suppression Hearing related to the case.  

On October 5, 2012, Sgt. Raymond Lloyd conducted a traffic stop in the course of his assigned duties as a sworn officer with the Lakeland Police Department. This traffic stop led to a DUI investigation being conducted by Officer Edds, based upon probable cause developed initially by Sgt. Lloyd.   It is alleged that Sgt. Lloyd failed to complete a supplemental report documenting his actions in a timely manner, and did not complete his supplement until he discovered he had not completed the supplement during the SAO’s investigation approximately nine months later.

On June 18, 2013, Sgt. Lloyd provided testimony relevant to the aforementioned DUI investigation while under oath in an official proceeding.  It is alleged that Sgt. Lloyd made untruthful statements, while under oath, during this proceeding.  It is alleged that Sgt. Lloyd engaged in unlawful conduct during the course of his official duties.  It is alleged that Sgt. Lloyd’s conduct reflects unfavorably upon him as an employee of the department, brings the department into disrepute, and prevents his ability to perform as law enforcement officer. 

The sustained violations are:
Raymond Lloyd, 42, employed since 8/27/98. (Resigned)
a. Neglect of Duty
b. Improper Conduct
c. Conduct Unbecoming


Police Investigate Armed Robbery at Chili's Restaurant

On November 5, 2013 at approximately 12:02 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to Chili’s Restaurant, 3980 U.S. 98 North in references to an armed robbery. An employee who was taking the trash out at the rear entrance was forced back inside the restaurant by gunpoint by three armed masked men. The suspects then forced five other employees to lie down on the kitchen floor. Three patrons were also ordered into the kitchen at gunpoint by two of the suspects and ordered to lie on the floor. During the robbery, one of the suspects struck an employee in the head with a handgun causing a laceration. The suspects robbed the business and all 9 victims of their individual money. An undetermined amount of money was taken.

Violent Crimes Detective responded to investigate the armed robbery and interview witnesses. A stolen vehicle (2010 White Dodge Charger) was located on the North West corner of the Lakeland Square Mall property. This vehicle had been previously stolen from Orange Bowl Lanes, 4318 U.S. 98 North. It is undetermined if this vehicle was involved in the robbery and detectives are currently following up on possible leads at this time.

Anyone with information on the Armed Robbery is asked to contact Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.