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On November 1, 2013 the Lakeland Police Department will take part in the 2nd Global Police Tweet-a-thon. Last March the department participated in the first ever Global Tweet-a-thon with over 200 law enforcement agencies in 10 countries, speaking 23 languages! During the 24 hour period the participants in the tweet-a-thon sent and shared 48,482 tweets. This time we are hoping to increase the number of participating agencies and tweets.

Why participate? The Lakeland Police Department wants to help promote the use of social media in policing and get the message out to our community, and beyond, about police work and the issues officers face in the performance of their job. We want to connect with our community and give you information in the most effective, efficient manner. We currently use our Twitter, Facebook, Nixle and website to provide information directly to our community. During the Tweet-a-thon, agencies will use the hashtag #poltwt.

So, on November 1st, follow @LakelandPD as we embark on this 2nd Global Police Tweet-a-thon. This time we will also have Sergeant Gary Gross and Captain Rick Taylor tweeting, so you can follow them as well, use @GaryBGross and @CaptRTaylor.

For more information

Join us on Saturday, October 26, 2013 for the PAL Heart of a Champion Event

The event will be held at Florida Southern College from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. It is being hosted by Aline Ouelette, Richard Fitzpatrick and Jean Dufresne. There will... be entertainment and a great meal. The proceeds from the event will benefit the Lakeland Police Athletic League (PAL), Breast Cancer Research Charities and HOAC.

Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door. You may purchase tickets at the Lakeland Police Department. For more information contact 863-834-8970.

StandUP Polk and local law enforcement agencies are proud to join The Drug Enforcement Administration and its national and community partners for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, for citizens who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

Our community’s Spring Purge Your Pills Rx Drop Off will include 6 locations in Polk County for citizens to turn in unused, expired, or unwanted Human and Pet Medications for safe and proper disposal. Medications should be placed in a clear, air-tight plastic bag.

Drop-off locations on October 26th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm are:
Auburndale Police Department – 2 Bobby Green Plaza, Auburndale, FL
Haines City Police Department – 35400 Highway 27, Haines City, FL
Lake Alfred Police Department – 190 North Seminole Avenue, Lake Alfred, FL
Lake Wales Police Department - 133 East Tillman Avenue, Lake Wales, FL
Lakeland Police Department – 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL
Winter Haven Police Department – 125 North Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter Haven, FL
Previous prescription medication collections held in Polk County have resulted in over 1,700 pounds of recovered pharmaceuticals. All medications were safely disposed of via incineration.

For folks unable to attend on October 26th, unwanted medications may also be brought to the Lakeland Police Department’s and placed in the drop box located in the lobby. Medications may also be safely disposed of at home in the following manner: Dissolve medications in water, and mix with coffee grounds or cat litter. Then, pour into a zip lock bag and put in your trash. Do not dump any medications into the toilet or your trash, to avoid harming our lakes and ground water.

For more information on the local Pill Drop event or locations, please contact StandUP Polk at (863) 802-0777.

On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., eat at Chick-fil-A at 4625 South Florida Avenue and they will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Cops for Kids program.  Donations will help provide children with a happy holiday.  We will also be accepting new, unwrapped toy donations at this event.

Mark your calendars to join us on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the Chick-fil-A located at 4132 US Highway 98 N.