The Uniform Patrol Division of the Lakeland Police Department provides public safety services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service. The Uniform Patrol Division played a key role in answering 100,984 calls for service to the 100,008 population of the city.
The Uniform Patrol Division is committed to the philosophy of community policing as the fundamental manner in which police services are delivered and used as an operational strategy that promotes a dynamic partnership between the citizens and the police. The premise is for both the community and their police to work together to identify, prioritize, and solve contemporary problems such as crime, the fear of crime, social and physical disorder, and general neighborhood decay, with the goal of improving the overall quality of life in the Lakeland community.
The two day shift squads work 0630-1830 hours and are allotted seventeen officers, whidh includes two K-9 officers and five PSA’s. The day shift squads are supervised by one lieutenant and three sergeants who are geographically assigned as are the officers on the squad.
The Training Section is assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division I and are responsible for maintaining each police officer's annual certification requirements. The Field Training Program is also encompassed in the Training Section. The Field Training Program is a structured block of training wherein newly hired officers are exposed to all aspects of being a Lakeland Police Officer. The Training Section is managed by a Lieutenant. The two sergeants in the section supervise one full time and one part time training officer, as well as numerous Field Training Officers.
The night shift squads work 1830-0630 hours and have eighteen officers, which includes two K-9 officers, who are geographically assigned in the city. Each night shift is supervised by one lieutenant and three sergeants who are geographically assigned, as are the officers on the squad.
There are two power squads, commonly referred to as the Alpha/Bravo power squad’s that supplement the four patrol squads. Each power squad is comprised of eleven officers and is supervised by a total of 4 sergeants and one lieutenant. The power squads’ schedules (days and hours) are set to ensure that they are working during the peak call for service times particularly assisting on the weekends when we tend to deal with larger crowds/incidents and have less support personnel on duty.
Our members continue to be our greatest asset and we will continue to strive and provide so that all can do their jobs and enjoy their work.