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On October 10th, the Lakeland Police Department began receiving 911 calls from viewers of Periscope about a possible drunk driver using the social media APP Periscope to broadcast herself. Periscope is a live video streaming platform, (owned by Twitter). It allows you to video-record and broadcast to anywhere in the entire world. As a result of the video being streamed worldwide, numerous text messages were sent to the driver asking her to stop driving before she killed someone or herself.

One 911 caller stated the female was driving in the north Lakeland area but he could not provide specific location as he was watching the streaming video live. The female driver advised several times on Periscope that she was “drunk”, and that she had a flat tire. The subject advised several times that she was unaware of where she was.

As the caller was giving police dispatch the details from the video, the video was turned off several times and the caller was unable to provide a vehicle description other than it was a Toyota. This made locating the intoxicated driver more difficult for officers searching the surrounding area and with nothing more to go on other than the make of the car.

The Lakeland Police Department does not provide officers with access to Periscope as an authorized software tool and therefore they did not have the ability to monitor the driver’s actions. One officer took the initiative to utilize their personal account in an effort to locate the driver.

Based on what the officer could observe, and landmarks in the area from the streaming video, LPD officers located the driver eastbound on Carpenters Way. At this time, she was driving a 2015 Toyota Corolla, 4-dr with a flat left front tire.

Her vehicle abruptly hit the south curb with the right front tire/wheel just as officer’s initiated a traffic stop. Officers advised that the driver did not even brake after striking the curb. The subject vehicle stopped in the 1000 block of Carpenters Way at which time the female was identified as Whitney Marie Beall, 23 years old.  Officers advised that they smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Beall, her speech was slow; her eyes were bloodshot and glossy. Bell also appeared to be disoriented. Beall failed the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and she refused the breathalyzer test.  Beall was arrested by Officer Mike Kellner and charged with DUI. She was later transported to the Polk County Jail.

The streaming Periscope video highlights the dangers of driving while intoxicated through the eyes of a drunk and irresponsible young adult. The Lakeland Police Department is extremely thankful that this did not result in an accident and no one was injured as a result of her poor decision.


The Lakeland Police Department sent a four man team and one alternate to the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Patrol Dog National Field Trial in Springfield, Illinois. The competition was held from September 19th – 25th, 2015. There were six events that were judged; obedience, agility, evidence search, suspect search, apprehension without gunfire and with gunfire. These events simulate the different jobs the canine teams are called upon to perform while working in the field.

Officer Chad Whitaker and his K9 partner "Nox" won the trial by scoring an unprecedented 696.51 points out of a possible 700, making Chad and Nox's scores some of the highest on record. The Team was able to secure the second place Department four man team award as well. The four man team and alternate consisted of Sergeant Tye Thompson, Officer Jeff Barrett, Officer Ryan Back, Officer Cory Bowling and Officer Chad Whitaker. This is the third time the Lakeland Police Department has won 1st place at the USPCA Patrol Dog National Field Trial.


Officer Chad Whitaker - Top Dog- 1st place overall
2nd place Criminal Apprehension
3rd place Obedience
3rd place Agility
4th Total Search

They have most definitely kept with the highest standard of Pride and Loyalty, our K9 Unit motto, which has made the Lakeland Police Department’s K9 Unit the unit it is today.

The Lakeland Police Department is very proud of all the officers who represent our department not only in competitions, but day to day in their regular duties protecting our community. To become this proficient at their jobs at this level requires dedication and commitment to excellence.

Chiefs Chat

Monday, September 21, 2015

Lakeland Police Department’s next Chief’s Chat will be held on Monday, September 21st, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Lakeland Police Department located at 219 N Massachusetts Avenue.

On August 27, 2015 at 7:11 a.m., Officer Ace Williams observed a green Kawasaki motorcycle west bound on Parker Street passing on a double yellow line. Officer Williams turned around and caught up with the motorcycle at Parker Street and Massachusetts Avenue at a red light. As the motorcycle turned south on Massachusetts Avenue, Officer A. Williams attempted to stop the motorcycle turning on his emergency lights. At this point, the motorcycle fled at a high rate of speed and Ofc. A. Williams discontinued his attempts to stop the motorcycle and he acknowledged this on the police radio.

Approximately 2 minutes later, the Lakeland Police Department receives a 911 call of an accident at Sikes Blvd and W. Lime Street involving a green motorcycle and a Polk County School bus. This is a 4 way intersection which is controlled by a lighted traffic control device.  It was determined that the 2015 Kawasaki motorcycle was traveling south bound on Sikes Blvd. The 2014 School bus was in the left turn lane on W. Lime Street attempting to turn left (north) onto Sikes Blvd. The school bus began to turn left and while in the intersection, was hit by the Kawasaki motorcycle in the center. The driver of the school bus, Regina Elliott, was not injured and no children were on the bus at the time.

The driver of the motorcycle suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. He has been identified as; Niriel Cordero, 28 years of age, Lakeland, Florida.  Next-of-kin has been notified.  Cordero license is suspended and the preliminary investigation reveals speeding was a factor in the accident.  The investigation is still ongoing and is being investigated by a Traffic Homicide Investigator.