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The Lakeland Police Department will hold the next Chief’s Chat on Monday, February 2, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Lakeland Police Department, located at 219 N Massachusetts Avenue. 

This month, Lakeland PAL Director, Tim Abram will be the guest speaker.

Have you seen Liliany Martinez? If so, please contact LPD Investigative Aide Charlene Ali at 863-834-8974.

Liliany Martinez left her residence in the 700 block of Hull Street the evening of January 18, 2015 and has not returned. Lakeland Police are looking for any information on the whereabouts of Liliany.

Ms. Martinez is 16 years old, 5'5" tall and weighs approx 120 lbs. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black jacket. She has black hair with highlights and wears blue contact lenses.

On Monday, December 29, 2014, at 11:12 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 1935 Crystal Grove Drive #53 to assist PCEMS call of a child not breathing. The baby, Princeton Graham, 5 months old, was in the custodial care of his biological father, Robert Graham and Graham’s girlfriend.


Graham was in apartment #61, babysitting other children and his baby. Graham advised he was attempting to feed the baby formula and the baby began to choke. Graham said he turned the baby over and administered several back blows to the baby’s back to stop it from choking. Graham then took the baby to apartment #53 were the resident there called 911.


On December 31, the baby, Princeton Graham, succumbed to his injuries at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida.


On January 2nd, an autopsy was performed and the findings of the medical examiner were that Princeton Graham died as a result of “Shaken Baby” caused by blunt force head trauma from assault.


Detectives stated that the father had admitted to overly rough playing with the baby on December 28th by slamming the baby on the bed, bouncing it on his knee and shaking the baby for about four minutes.


The father, Robert Graham knowingly and willfully abused the baby which resulted in his death. He was arrested on January 8th, without incident at his residence and charged with Aggravated Child Abuse, F1 and Manslaughter, F2.


Arrested: Robert Donte Graham, DOB 11/3/91, 8128 Simpson Lane, Lakeland, Fla.

This year the men and women of the Lakeland Police Department will celebrate and honor 130 years of law enforcement service to the citizens of Lakeland. It all began in 1885 when George F. Newell was elected as the first City Marshal. At the time he was the only law enforcement officer and the Tax Collector. 

Today there are over 350 sworn and civilian LPD team members working hard every day to keep our city safe and secure.  In commemoration of the 130th anniversary of the Lakeland Police Department, and to honor our fallen members that sacrificed their lives in the performance of duty, a special purpose badge was custom designed exclusively for LPD. The badges made at no cost to LPD and department members were able to self-purchase them if they chose so.  Chief Giddens has approved for
the badge to be worn by Sworn, PSA, and Chaplain members from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.  Non-sworn employees and retirees are also eligible to purchase coins and lapel pins and badges with some restrictions.