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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.

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.



Date: June 21, 2016

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: Lakeland Police Department

219 N. Massachusetts Avenue. 3rd floor Conference Room



LAKELAND, FL (June 21, 2016) - During a three-day operation in mid-April, a multi-agency undercover sting was conducted focusing in on unlicensed contractors. Those agencies that played a vital role in the successful operation include the Lakeland Police Department, State Attorney’s Office 10th Judicial Circuit, The Florida Department of Financial Services Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Compliance, and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Eight individuals advertised their ability to perform wide-ranging plumbing and electrical work without proper licenses or training. All but one had no worker’s compensation coverage to protect their employees in the event of an accident or injury.

The undercover sting operation was conducted in an effort to stop these illegal practices. Detectives responded to public advertisements, created by the defendants, requesting that they perform services at a specified location in Lakeland. The workers were invited to the home by an undercover detective posing as a homeowner in need of home repairs. Once they provided the undercover detective with a proposal for work that would require a contractor's license in the state of Florida, they were in violation. A few highlights from the operation are:

·       Several of the defendants utilized web sites advertising their services and that they were insured.

·       One defendant admitted he was not allowed to do some of the work he agreed to complete.

·       Lettering on one of the subject’s van stated, “Licensed & Insured”.

·       One subject provided a fictitious business license number.

·       Business cards handed out stating, “Licensed & Insured”.

·       Some of the subjects had prior criminal charges for:

o   Aggravated Assault

o   Carrying Concealed Weapon

o   Lewd Lascivious Battery Child under 16 years of age

o   Sexual Battery

o   Felony Battery

"We must be vigilant and continue to crack down on those who are contracting work illegally and working without a license,” said Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens. “Unlicensed contractors place our citizens at risk and threaten the livelihood of our law-abiding contractors and their employees. “ 

 Detectives worked with the State Attorney’s Office and throughout the investigation and later had capias issued for the below listed individuals. The below six defendants were taken into custody between June 16th and 17th and they were all charged with, Engaging in a business as a contractor without a license (M1) and Fail to secure workers’ compensation insurance coverage (F3). 

1.     Justin Cortes, 48 yrs old - Polk City, FL.

2.     Greatlen Bozeman, 43 yrs old - Winter Haven, FL.

3.     Herbert Vanegas, 54 yrs old - Lakeland, FL.

4.     Henricus Van Der Linden, 56 yrs old - Winter Haven, FL.

5.     Stuart Rhodes, 67 yrs old - Lakeland, FL.

6.     Juan Carlos Diaz, 35 yrs old - Lakeland, FL.

7.     Raymond Figueroa-Garcia, 30 yrs old, Winter Haven, FL.

The below listed defendant, Raymond Perdue, had his worker’s compensation insurance, but did not have a contractor’s license. Charges were filed with the State Attorney’s Office for Engaging in a business as a contractor without a license (M1) and Perdue was issued a summons to appear in county court.

8.     Raymond Perdue, 45 yrs old, Lakeland, FL. 

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Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583-2357.


In an effort to better serve our community, the Lakeland Police Department is creating a video series to take you “Up Close” into the lives of the men and women who serve and protect. The members of the Lakeland Police Department take pride in the work they do and continue to serve with a Commitment to Excellence. The video series is designed to give the community a “behind the scenes” look into how LPD does business.

Each month the video will highlight a component of the department, giving insight into the operations of that unit. The video will first be shown during the monthly Chiefs Chat, which is held on the first Monday of the month. In addition, the monthly topic of the Chief’s Chat will coincide with the video.

The video is written and directed by Sgt. Gary B. Gross, filmed and edited by City’s Communications Department. The videos will be available on:

•        YouTube 
•        Lakeland Police Department web site:
•        Lakeland Police Department Facebook:  LakelandPD 
•        City of Lakeland web site:

Click the link to view this month’s video on the SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle’s):