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Coyote Community Presentation

On Wednesday, July 23rd, Angeline Scotten with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission  will be giving a presentation about coyotes in Lakeland beginning at 6PM in the City Commission Chambers. The presentation is being given in response to several cat mutilations reported in April around the Lake Hollingsworth area. In these cases, the cat carcasses were examined at the University of Florida in Gainesville by Veterinary Forensic Pathologist, Nanny Wenzlow, D.V.M.  The results of the examination were that each cat died of predatory animal and furthermore DNA samples taken from the cat carcasses confirmed a coyote was responsible.

The presentation will cover co-existing with coyotes, myths, facts about coyotes and how to keep your pets safe. Also in attendance to answer any questions will be Gary Morse, Regional Public Information Director with FWC, Craig Burke, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control and Sgt. Mike Lewis, Lakeland Police Department.

 

Date: July 23rd, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Lakeland City Hall, Commission Chambers, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue.


LPD Officers Cleared in Deadly Use of Force

In a letter received from the State Attorney’s Office, Officer Doug Mills and Sergeant Jeff Gary were justified in their use of deadly force. The incident occurred on June 10, 2014 at 800 North Florence Avenue. During the confrontation, the suspect later identified as Tommy Lanier pulled a handgun and shot Officer Doug Mills once in his right arm. Officer Mills and Sgt. Gary returned gunfire striking Lanier multiple times.


Police Investigate Drowning

On July 4th, at 7:14 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 4722 Puritan Lane in reference to a death investigation.  The child was left unattended for a brief time and exited through an opened door and fell into the swimming pool. The investigation revealed that there were at least four adults present in the dwelling when the incident occurred.  The mother, Samantha Holt, 17 yrs old, was in a different portion of the dwelling at the time of the drowning. The decedent was in the care of his biological father, Brandon Paul, 18 yrs old.  Paul and a friend were playing billiards in the same room that the decedent was in.   Paul left the decedent with his friend to find a baby-gate.  During that time, the child was left alone while the friend went to utilize the restroom.  When Paul return he could not find the decedent.  During the search, Paul located the decedent in the swimming pool. Paul and his friend attempted to provide CPR and notified emergency personnel. 

The decedent was transported to LRMC and pronounced deceased 8:15 p.m.. This case is still under investigation and an autopsy will be conducted on Monday and determine manner / cause of death.

Decedent: Galvin Lee Paul,07/26/2013 (11months old) .


CALEA Onsite for LPD Communications Center

The Lakeland Police Department Communications Center Invites Public Comment on Accreditation Efforts

The Lakeland Police Department Communications Center is scheduled for an onsite assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets industry standards.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in seven areas inherent to public safety communications industry: (1) Organization, (2) Direction and Supervision, (3) Human Resources, (4) Recruitment, Selection and Promotion, (5) Training, (6) Operations and (7) Critical incidents, Special Operations and Homeland Security.

As part of the onsite assessment, communications employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments during a telephone session, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, from 2:00 p.m., to 4:00 p.m.  Members of the community are encouraged to phone-in and offer comments to the Assessment Team.  Telephone comments will be limited to 10-minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA Public Safety Communications standards.  Phone numbers for public comments are: (863)701-6887 and (863)701-6894.  The local contact is Bill LePere, Communications Manager, (863)834-8911.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Lakeland Police Department Communications Center’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to: 

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia 20155



ON SITE ASSESSMENT TEAM

Lakeland Police Department
Lakeland, FL
July 14 – 16, 2014

Mr. Bill LePere, Communications Manager
863-834-8911
mailto: bill.lepere@lakelandgov.net


ASSESSORS


Ms. Jo-Anne Munroe TEAM POSITION: L

2003 Mill Road
Alexandria, VA 22314

mailto:  joanne.munroe@alexandriava.gov

Jo-Anne began her career in public safety in 1977 as a dispatcher and retired from Onondaga County Department of Emergency Communications Syracuse, NY as the Deputy Commissioner in March of 2010. She served as her departments CALEA Accreditation Manager for 8 years and has been a CALEA assessor since 1999. She also has served as the Chair of APCO's Institute ADCOMM, served on several workgroups to update APCO's Basic Telecommunicator, Fire Dispatcher and Supervisors course. She received APCO's Presidential Award for her work on the Fire Dispatcher course and received a Certificate of Appreciation from CALEA for her work on the 2nd Edition Standards for Communications. Currently she is an instructor with APCO teaching the APCO/CALEA Communications Accreditation Managers course. She has a BS and Master's from Jacksonville State University in Emergency Management. Currently Jo-Anne is employed as the Director of the Department of Emergency Communications in Alexandria, VA.


Ms. Mary Strickland TEAM POSITION: M
Cobb County 911 Emergency Communications

140 North Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA  30060

mailto:  kathy.strickland@cobbcounty.org

Kathy Strickland became a member of the Cobb County Emergency Communications Center in 1998. During that time she has worked in the center as a dispatcher and Training Officer. She was promoted to Public Safety Services Coordinator in 2005 and further serves as the Accreditation Manager. In addition of being a CALEA assessor and state of Georgia assessor, she is the Vice President for the Public Safety Communications Accreditation Support Network (PSCASN), a member of the Georgia Police Accreditation Coalition, and a member of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO). Kathy currently holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Georgia College University.