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Lakeland Police Department’s next Chief’s Chat will be held on Monday, January 6, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Lakeland Police Department, located at 219 N Massachusetts Avenue. 

Cancel....Child was located at 334 W. 10th Street, Lakleand, Florida and detectives are following up with interviews of the parents.


A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for 4 months old, Ta'kera Gilbert, who was last seen at her residence, 1225 North Lincoln Avenue, Lakeland, Florida. The Department of Children and Family Services received court order today to take custody of the child due to concerns of the mother, Lisa Buckowski, current mental state and information that she is not taking her medication. There are no allegations of child abuse and no criminal charges at this time against the mother. The mother may be going to Tampa in an unknown vehicle. The above photograph of the left is of the mother.

Ta’Kera Gilbert is 4 months old and was last seen wearing white onesie with a pink design, pink pants, and a pink cap. She has black hair and blue eyes.

Detectives are currently following up on leads to locate the child and anyone with information on the whereabouts of Gilbert should call 911 or the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6966.

On December 5th,2012,  Montgomery responded to the victim’s residence in reference to a home visit on a case he was assigned involving her son. While at the residence, the victim’s children arrived home from school and Montgomery asked them to leave the residence. Montgomery is then alleged to have told the victim that she “needed” to have sex with him. The victim said no at which time Montgomery said, “Well then I am going to be forced to do what I have to do”. The victim said she felt helpless due to his position with DCF so she did not resist and was sexually battered.

Several weeks later, the victim reportedly got a phone call from Montgomery urging her to immediately return home so he could speak with her in reference to additional information he received from the police. The victim met Montgomery at her residence at which time Montgomery said, “You owe me for getting you out of trouble”. At this point and time, Montgomery sexually battered the victim again.

On September 11, Violent Crimes Detectives interviewed spoke with Montgomery and he denied having any sexual or personal interaction with the victim at any time.

On December 9, detectives received notification from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that DNA evidence found in the victim’s residence matched the DNA profile of Montgomery.

On December 12, 2013, Lakeland Police Department Violent Crimes Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Montgomery. He was arrested by the Bartow Police Department without incident on the behalf of the Lakeland Police Department as he returned to work. Montgomery has been booked into Polk County Jail and charged with:

Sexual Battery (2 Counts), F.S.S. 794.011 (4) G, Felony 1st degree.

Jason Montgomery had been employed by Department and Children’s Family Services (DCF) as an Investigator since 10/14/11.

There Are No Festivities in Jail
Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, be reminded that Lakeland Police will be out this holiday season from December 13, 2013, to January 1, 2014, to arrest anyone caught driving drunk behind the wheel.

The message is simple, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan for a designated driver.

Millions of drivers on America’s highways still think they are invincible, and they choose to jeopardize their safety and the safety of others on our roads. Don’t let your 2013 holiday season end in an arrest or worse, death.

In December, an average of 25 people a day die in drunk driving crashes. That means approximately 775 people aren’t making it home for the holidays. In 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. And, almost 1 out of every 4 cars in fatal crashes during December had a drunk driver. That’s 1 in 4 crashes that were avoidable!

Lakeland Police Department recommends these simple tips for a safe holiday season:

•  Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
•  Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
•  If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
•  If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement; and
•  Remember, Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take that person’s keys and help him or her make other arrangements to get home safely.