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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


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.