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In observance of 2015 National Police Week, May 11 through May 17, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Polk County Lodge #46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (PCLEMF), Inc., will present the 28th Annual Polk County Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Thursday, May 7, 2015 10:00 AM, at the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial in the Lakeland Veterans Memorial Park. The park is located on Lime Street, between Lake Beulah Drive and the west side of the Lakeland Center.

This year’s memorial service will mark the 25th anniversary of the dedication of The Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial that occurred on May 12, 1990.

A total of 32 Law Enforcement and Corrections officers who made the “supreme sacrifice and died in the line of duty” while serving the citizens of Polk County with various State, County and Local law enforcement and corrections agencies will be honored during the Memorial Service “Roll Call of Heroes.”

Family members of fallen officers, representatives from various Polk County Law Enforcement and Corrections agencies, public service organizations, and Federal, State, County and Local government agencies will be participating. This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Mr. Gary Hester, Polk County Deputy County Manager for Public Safety.

Highlights of the service will include: Joint Agency Officer Processional March; Presentation of Colors by a Joint Agency Color Guard; Roll Call of Heroes; Fly Over by PCSO and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Aviation Units; Retreat of the Fallen Rider by the PCSO Mounted Unit; bagpipe players; 3 Gun Volley; and Taps. The Harrison Singers from the Harrison School for Visual and Performing Arts will perform an ensemble of patriotic and spiritual songs.

Immediately following the memorial service, the 28th Annual Memorial Service Luncheon, hosted by the FOP Polk County Lodge #46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund Inc., will take place at the FOP Polk County Lodge #46, located at 125 West Brannen Rd, Lakeland (east from South Florida Ave. @ Sonny’s). The public is invited to attend the memorial service and luncheon. For more information, please call Bill LePere, Assistant Chief (Retired) and PCLEMF, Inc., Chairman, at 863-834-8911.


Today the Lakeland Police Department boarded up a known drug house at 1220 Wright Drive and posted signage stating the house was closed as a public nuisance. The Nuisance Abatement Board ordered the closing of the property because it has a reputation as a location where controlled substances are illegally possessed and can be purchased. The landlord refused to correct the problem. The house will be closed for a period of one year.

After receiving numerous narcotic complaints on a drug hotline, an investigation was conducted by the Special Investigations Section. During the investigation, crack cocaine and marijuana was purchased from the house. In addition, during a search warrant, more controlled substances (over 100 pills), 95 pills of MDMA (commonly referred to as “ecstasy”, cash, two loaded firearms and supplies for cooking, weighing and packaging cocaine was found.

The Lakeland Police Department continues to work towards improving personal safety for residence and landlords by keeping drugs and other illegal activity off their property