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Promotion Ceremony

A promotion ceremony has been scheduled for Friday, July 10, 2015, at 3:00 pm, in the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center (new building), located at 72 Lake Morton Dr. Lakeland, Florida 33801.

Captains Ruben Garcia and Victor White will be promoted to Assistant Chief of Police, Lieutenants Hans Lehman and Sammy Taylor will be promoted to Captain, Sergeants Brent Addison and Mark Melius will be promoted to Lieutenant, and Officers Joseph Parker, Richard “Brian” Wallace, and Jasper Yzaguirre will be promoted to Sergeant at this time

On June 28th, the mother of an 11 year old called the Lakeland Police Department after she discovered disturbing text messages between her child and his teacher from this past school year. The arrestee, Alecia Dotson, 45 yrs old, is employed by the Polk County School Board as a Paraprofessional at Highlands Grove Elementary where the victim attended as a 5th grade.

There were approximately 100 text messages sent back and forth between the two. On June 28, Dotson sent a text message to the victim asking to pick him up and take him to the library. The mother decided to check her son’s cell phone and discovered several inappropriate text messages sent to her son. While the Lakeland Police was at the mothers house conducting an investigation, Dotson again sent a text message saying, “Love bug what are you doing” and “I’ll be sure to tell her we won’t have sex on the first visit…LOL.”

The Special Victims Unit began an investigation on June 29th and had control of the victim’s cell phone. On June 30th, Dotson sent another text message asking the victim “Are you awake love bug?” Dotson, believing she was talking to the victim when in fact it was detectives, arranged a meeting with him at the Cinemark Movie Theater for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual conduct. Prior to arriving at the theater, Dotson stopped and picked up a bottle of strawberry warming lubricant from Spencer’s at the Lakeland Mall. Dotson was taken into custody after she showed up as planned at the Lakeland Mall.

Dotson stated that over the last three weeks the relationship between her and the victim evolved from a “Mentorship” to a “Crush” and then a “Romantic relationship.”  Based on the investigation, Dotson was charged with:


·       Sexual Battery (attempt) under 12- (2 counts)

·       Use Computer Device to Solicit a Child

·       Traveling to Meet a Minor

·       Unlawful Use of Communications

 Dotson was later transported to the Polk County Jail on June 30th.

Early Reminder For "Coffee With The Chief"

Have you ever wanted to ask the Chief of Police a question, but didn’t know how to go about doing it? The Chief along with the staff from the Lakeland Police Department will be available to answer questions from members of the community in a casual setting while enjoying a cup of coffee.  “Coffee with the Chief” will be a reoccurring event taking place on Tuesday every three months at various locations.

The “Coffee with a Chief” program is a unique way to strengthen the partnership between the police department and the community and we will discuss special projects, and other related events. Members of the community will be able to ask specific or general questions related to the neighborhoods they live in. Coffee will be provided at no expense.

All community members are invited to attend.

The event is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 .a.m. on Tuesday, July 14th at: The Coleman Bush Building,  1104 Martin L King Jr Avenue


On Saturday, June 20, 2015, at approximately 8:46 p.m., an unknown black male entered the victims' vehicle and removed it from the BP, located at 3501 Cleveland Heights Boulevard.


The suspect is a black male, wearing a red t-shirt, black basketball style shorts and black shoes with red laces.


Anyone with information on the identification of this person is asked to contact, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.


LPD Event #15-12359  -  Bulletin CS #15-46