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The Lakeland Police Department is scheduled for an onsite assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards. Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas; policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

As part of the onsite assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session, Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The session will be conducted in the City of Lakeland Commission Chambers, located at 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, Fl.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency ability to comply with CALEA standards. The local contact is Accreditation Manager Caroline Renew (863) 834-8907.

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

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)

135 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320

Gainesville, Virginia 20155

On March 11th, at 7:44 a.m., Samuel Alicea, 35 yrs old, entered the Lakeland Police Department to utilize the public restroom in the front lobby. One of the officers at the front desk heard a loud “thump” sound coming from the restroom. The officers concerned for the safety of Alicea knocked on the door several times and yelled out for a reply but to no avail. 

Officers used a key to gain entry and discovered Alicea lying on the ground unconscious and unresponsive. The officer observed several personal items of Alicea on the sink which included measuring spoons, small plastic baggies commonly used to store drugs and a syringe. Alicea was bleeding from the arm and it appeared he has just injected himself. Alicea was transported to Lakeland Regional Health. 

The substance in the syringe tested positive for heroin. After being released from the hospital, Alicea was transported to the Polk County Jail and charged with Possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Arrested:  Samuel David Alicea, DOB 11/16/80, 814 N. Kentucky Avenue. 

At approximately 11:13 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department received several calls in reference to a shooting at 926 Marietta Street. Prior to police arriving at the scene, the victim arrived at the Lakeland Regional Health Emergency Room with several gunshot wounds. The suspect has fled on foot from duplex and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and red shorts. He is described as a black male with short black hair.

Police K-9 searched the surrounding area while the PCSO Helicopter assisted circulating the surrounding area. Police officers secured off a 5 block radius as well as requesting that four schools be placed on lockdown as a precaution during the search which last approximately 2 hours.

The victim has been identified as Zachary Anton McCray, 23 yrs old, 926 Marietta Street. He is being treated at this time for multiple gunshots wounds and his condition is unknown. The suspects identity is not being released at this time.

The investigation is ongoing at this time and Violent Crime Detectives are still interviewing witnesses. 

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