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LPD 12th Annual Open House

LPD 12th Annual Open House

The Lakeland Police Department will host their 12th Annual Open House on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This free event gives citizens the opportunity to go behind the scenes with Lakeland’s finest. This year’s event is focused on “See Something. Say Something”.  During this fun-filled family day, you can meet members of the SWAT team, take a peek inside LPD’s mobile command center, see the armored rescue vehicle up close and check out the k-9 team in action!  There will be tours of the police station beginning at 10:30 a.m. and running until 1:30 p.m. These tours include the Crime Lab, Communications Center and the Emergency Operations Center. The Community Services Unit will be doing bicycle helmet fittings and giving away free helmets to the children. Plenty of children’s activities, live entertainment and free hot dogs and popcorn make for a guaranteed good time!  

So gather your family, friends and neighbors and come out and enjoy a day with the Lakeland Police Department.

Police K9 Hyde Stabbed During Apprehension of Suspect

LAKELAND, FL (July 30, 2016) – The Lakeland Police department responded to a report of an aggravated assault at the Crestwood Hotel, 4360 Lakeland Park Drive, at 8:40 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2016. Upon arrival, officers interviewed a female victim, Raquel Rios, that had been strangled with a dog leash. The suspect, Reuben B. Smith, age 42, had already fled the scene in a vehicle headed to Hillsborough County, armed with a knife.  Rios stated that Smith had asked her if she knew what it was like to be strangled. Rios ran to the bathroom and Smith forced his way in. Rios then stated that Smith proceeded to force his way onto her and wrap a leash around her neck and choke her until she lost consciousness and fell to the floor.

After Rios woke up, Smith escorted her to the bed and again wrapped a leash around her neck however Rios was able to escape and ran out of the hotel room. At this time, Smith left the scene in a white Buick, Regal.

At approximately 3:00 a.m. Smith had returned to Lakeland and was spotted driving eastbound on George Jenkins Boulevard. After seeing officers, Smith sped off and a vehicle pursuit began. During the pursuit, Smith intentionally drove off the roadway on Swindell Road at the Interstate 4 overpass. He rammed the barrier fence attempting to drive on to the interstate but disabled his vehicle upon hitting the ditch. Smith then fled on foot, running eastbound along the shoulder of the interstate for several hundred yards before ducking into a wooded area.

Canine Officer Jeremy Williams and his K-9 partner Hyde responded to the area and began tracking Smith.  Officer Williams briefly lost site of Hyde in the wooded area and attempted to call him back, but Hyde did not return. Moments later Officer Williams found Smith holding the canine down. Hyde had been stabbed twice by Smith, once in the left front leg and once in the left side chest. Both injuries required sutures (2 staples per wound) but appeared to be non-life threatening.  K-9 Hyde was released after treatment.

Smith continued to resist officers as he was placed into custody. Smith is charged with:

1.     Aggravated Assault

2.     Fleeing or Attempting to Elude

3.     Aggravate Assault with Deadly Weapon Without Intent to Kill

4.     Injuring/Killing a Police Dog

5.     Resisting an Officer with Violence

Smith was later transported to the Polk County Jail and at this no mug shot is available. Smith’s address is 1325 Redbud Street, Plant City, Fla.

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583.2357.

Meet the Newest and Nosiest LPD Team Member


Say hello to DYNA, the newest recruit for our Nationally ranked K9 unit. Dyna, however, is very different from the other “boys” on the team. First, she’s a female. Secondly, she is specially trained to detect explosive materials. Her skills will be used to search locations where bomb threats are called in and at large public events. Even at the mature age of two, Dyna still has to prove that she has what it takes to be a member of the elite LPD K9 team. Currently she’s proving her skills under the guidance of Sergeant Aaron Peterman. "So far, she’s doing very well, said Peterman. She’s a very sweet dog with a gifted nose and we hope she has a long career with our unit."

This beautiful Golden Labrador was donated to the department bySoutheastern Guide Dogs. If you haven’t heard of the organization, you need to check them out at This extraordinary group uses the latest in canine development and behavior research to create and nurture partnerships between visually impaired individuals and extraordinary guide dogs. They place more over 100 dogs each year into careers benefitting people with visual impairments, and veterans at NO CHARGE.

During the week of September 30 – October 4, 2013, the Lakeland Police Department K9 Unit competed in the USPCA National Patrol Dog 1 Trials just outside of the nation’s capital. For a second year in a row, the K9 Unit won and retained the title of National Champions. In addition to this great achievement, Officer Ted Sealey and K9 Bruno retain their title of “Top Patrol Dog” in the nation.


The top K9 team in the nation belongs to:


·         Officer Aaron Peterman and K9 Charief

·         Officer Rob Manrow and K9 Quanto

·         Officer Ted Sealey and K9 Bruno

·         Officer Chad Whitaker and K9 Bane

·        Officer Jeff Barrett and K9 Echo (Team Leader/alternate)


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.