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The Lakeland Police Department has a tips hotline that is available for our community members to report crime information/criminal activity 24-hours a day/365 days per year. To access the hotline you can contact 863-834-2549, or e-mail us at tips@lakelandgov.net. In addition, residents can also contact Heartland Crime Stoppers to report tips on crimes; 1-800-226-8477.

Information is accepted anonymously, or the caller may leave information to be contacted by an investigator. All information regarding reporting persons is held in strict confidence, and shall not be divulged to any party.

Organized Crime

The Organized Crime Unit’s (OCU) primary focus is middle to upper level drug traffickers of narcotics, pharmaceuticals, meth labs, and grow houses. The detectives are often called upon to intercept packages of narcotics shipped through parcel shipping and delivery companies and arrange for a controlled delivery. Like the Narcotics Unit, OCU uses information from confidential informants and other sources to initiate an investigation in to suspected drug trafficking organizations (DTO’s). The OCU also has three detectives assigned to three separate DEA task forces in the Tampa Bay Region. The three task forces focus respectively on traffickers of cocaine and cannabis, methamphetamine and the diversion of prescription medication. There is a strong emphasis to investigate illicit pain clinics known as “pill mills” in Lakeland and across the Tampa Bay Region. The detectives of the OCU work together with the detectives assigned to the DEA task forces and have been successful in federal indictments of suspects trafficking in higher quantity of drugs, using or possessing a firearm while trafficking in drugs and those trafficking drugs in and out of the corporate city limits and the State of Florida.