Captain Hans Lehman
Captain Lehman began his career at the Lakeland Police Department in 1996, however, his interest in policing was first sparked in 1984 at the age of 14 when he became a Police Explorer at LPD. Upon completion of college, he attended the Police Academy and was hired by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in 1995. Captain Lehman served as a patrol deputy and Community Oriented Policing Unit deputy until he was hired by the Lakeland Police Department in 1996. In 2002, he was promoted to Sergeant and in 2009, he was promoted to Lieutenant.
In his time at LPD as an officer, sergeant and lieutenant, he has worked in, or supervised the following components: Patrol, Special Operations, DUI Enforcement, Traffic Homicide, K-9 Unit/Program, Aviation Unit, Dive Team, Honor Guard, School Resource, Police Athletic League, Community Services, Special Event Management, Office of Professional Standards (Internal Affairs and Accreditation). In addition, Captain Lehman has Public Safety experience as a former state certified Firefighter/EMT.
A lifelong resident of Lakeland and graduate of Kathleen Senior High School in Lakeland, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Stetson University and later his Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from Troy University. Captain Lehman is a Certified Public Manager and a graduate from the Southern Police Institute’s 126th Administrative Officer’s Course at The University of Louisville and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) in Boston.
Captain Lehman has been the recipient of numerous awards from Florida Department of Transportation and Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for his efforts in education, prevention and enforcement of impaired driving. He is a nationally certified Drug Recognition Expert/Instructor, FDLE state certified instructor and an Adjunct Instructor with the Institute of Police Technology and Management at the University of North Florida.
Captain Lehman is a Board Member on InnerAct Alliance and a committee member for the Red Ribbon Half Marathon and Fun Run.
Captain Lehman currently serves as the Commanding Officer of the Uniform Patrol Division.