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On Friday, January 24, 2014 ten officers were sworn in as members of the Lakeland Police Department at a 3:00 p.m. ceremony. The ceremony was held at the First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Drive in Lakeland. 

The recruits have now completed the seven-week Mini Academy, and will begin the next phase of their training as Lakeland Police officers. During the next 16 weeks, the officers will be on the streets with a Field Training Officer learning more about the department and community they have been sworn to serve. 

In attendance at the ceremony were the family and friends of the officers, Lakeland Police Department staff and personnel, the City Manager, city personnel and Commissioners.

Police Chief Lisa Womack welcomed the new employees during the ceremony and told them “I look forward to the great work you will do for our community, and I know you will be an asset to the department.”

For information on each of our new employees, go to:

Congratulations to the newest Lakeland Police Department employees!

On Friday, January 24, 2014 ten officers will be sworn in as members of the Lakeland Police Department. This completes their seven-weeks in the Mini Academy, and now they are ready to begin the next phase of their training as Lakeland Police officers. The officers will begin the 16 week Field Training phase and will be learning more about the department and community they will serve.  

The swearing in ceremony will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Drive in Lakeland at 3:00 p.m.

The following officers will be sworn in:
   Seth Balser
   Kristopher Conner
   Bradley Dollison
   Mike Fuller
   Valerie Grey
   Misty Nappier
   Ronald “Ronnie” Powell
   Laura Robertson
   Jonathan Stephens
   Keri Suggs



Police are asking for assistance in identifying two subjects in reference to a residential burglary in the 700 block of Rebecca Street. On Saturday, January 11, 2014, at approximately 6:57 a.m., the victim awoke to a loud sound and found glass all over her room. No entry was made into the apartment.

Subject #1 is possibly a black male with a goatee and facial hair.
Subject #2 appears to have a stocking cap on his hair and he has facial hair.

A large white van pulled into the complex and stayed about five minutes and then a large SUV is seen pulling out.

Anyone with information on the identification of these individuals is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event #14-742           Detective Bailey

State Attorney Jerry Hill issued Sgt. Brian McNabb a letter on September 16, 2013 stating that his office would no longer accept testimony from him in the 10th District unless he submitted to a polygraph. The City has reviewed the matter in greater detail and weighed the various options, legal considerations and potential outcomes, and as a result, has reached an agreement to retain him as a certified law enforcement officer with the LPD.

In his present capacity, Sgt. McNabb serves as a training officer for the department and coordinates the Mini-Academy, (in which he also provides instruction in the areas of physical fitness, weapons and other related programs, which does not include court testimony. It is very unlikely he would be called upon to testify let alone be the sole officer who would be called upon to testify in a criminal matter.  As such, there is little risk in him having to be called to court which could potentially impact his ability to testify in the 10th District. 

The agreement the City of Lakeland has reached with both Sgt. McNabb and the WCFPBA is that while he will be returned to normal status, the Department has the right to take into consideration, the effect of the letter to the extent it remains in effect, when and if he becomes eligible for any assignment, transfer or promotion wherein the requirement to testify may be implicated.  While this criteria cannot be exercised arbitrarily or capriciously by the Chief of Police, both McNabb and the WCFPBA have agreed that they will not pursue an administrative appeal of any denial that is made in such a manner.

Chief Womack state that the agreement reached with city management, herself and the WCFPBA represents the best possible outcome for all parties involved in light of the particular circumstances.