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LPD Takes Top Honors at 13th Annual Florida SWAT Association Spring Shoot Out

LPD Takes Top Honors at 13th Annual Florida SWAT Association Spring Shoot Out

Congratulations to Sergeant Dale Deas who was awarded the TOP SNIPER honor and Officer Preston Hale who came in second place at the annual SWAT competition. The duo also took first place honors in the overall team competition.

The Spring Shoot Out Competition is a weeklong event designed to test the skills of snipers from across the State of Florida. Officers are judged on their accuracy, physical stamina, knowledge of range estimation and scope adjustment, and target recognition. Competitors are required to run six different timed shooting courses and are graded on their speed and accuracy.

CONGRATULATIONS Sergeant Deas and Officer Hale. You make us proud!

*Photo courtesy of Cody Kunitsugu with J5 Imaging, LLC.

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.

Twelve Hour Stand-Off Ends with Suspect’s Arrest

Twelve Hour Stand-Off Ends with Suspect’s Arrest

The Lakeland Police department responded to a report of a domestic aggravated assault at 1616 Hollingsworth Creek at 6:35 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2016. The victim advised officers that his brother, Guerry Jason Wardell, age 48, threatened him with a baseball bat and was still somewhere inside the house they shared.  The victim also advised that guns were in the house in various locations.


After several unsuccessful attempts to make contact with Wardell, the SWAT team and negotiators were called to the scene. The State Fire Marshal’s Office also assisted onsite with additional equipment. Wardell refused repeated commands to exit the home. Chemical agents were deployed into the home at approximately 1:00 a.m. in an attempt to get Wardell to surrender. At approximately 6:30 a.m. Wardell was located in a second floor bedroom hiding in a closet.

Wardell was arrested without incident and transported to the Polk County Jail. The area of New Jersey Road between Sylvester Avenue and Lawton Lane was blocked off for approximately ten hours.

Suspect:  Guerry Jason Wardell
Age:  48
Address:  1616 Hollingsworth Creek  Lakeland, FL
Charges:  Domestic Violence – Aggravated Assault, Domestic Violence – Battery and Resisting an Officer without Violence 

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583.2357.


The Lakeland Police Department SWAT Team participated in the 33rd annual International SWAT Round-up at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office training facility from November 8-13, 2015. There were a total of 61 teams participating in this event from around the world such as Stockholm, Kuwait, Hungary and Sweden.


The SWAT Roundup consists of several competitive events over a five day period with a different event taking place each day. The events are geared for simulation of real life scenarios and are intended to challenge the team as a unit. Optional events emphasize weapon expertise and physical fitness. The competition is timed with the best time overall winning the entire event. Teams are penalized and additional time added on to an event for missed shots or other errors. The five events are: Hostage Rescue, Pritcher Scramble, Officer Rescue, Tower Scramble and Obstacle Course.

The officers that are selected to compete in these events train year round on a consistent basis. For LPD to finish in second place takes dedication and commitment from each member of the team. For SWAT team members, it’s an opportunity for them to come together as one to learn from each other from across the globe. Our agency is proud to say that LPD came in 2nd place


The 2nd Place Team Members are:


Sgt. Bob Bernhardt

Sgt. Brian McNabb

Sgt. Jasper Yzaguirre

Sgt. Dale Deas

Det. Mike Glass

Ofc. Mark Eby

Ofc. Preston Chatmon

Ofc. George Anthony


The training and education program is a vital component of the SWAT Round-Up International experience. Training for 2015 was conducted by nationally renowned instructors and included numerous relevant courses for SWAT.


The Lakeland Police Department is proud of these officers who represent our members not only in this competition, but day to day in their regular duties protecting our community. This award is representative of the commitment of these officers as individuals and the ability of our members to work together on teams.