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Unit Supervisor - Cynthia Sharp

Contact number: 863.834.6912
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Ms. Sharp was born and raised in Ohio and moved to Florida in April 1996. She is married with 6 children and 16 grandchildren. She joined the Lakeland Police Department Community Services Unit it October of 1996 as a part time Neighborhood Watch Coordinator and became a full time Crime Prevention Practitioner in December of 1996. She holds a certification as a Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner. She also holds designations in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), Advanced Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, Elderly Services, Child Passenger Occupant Protection Specialist, and Bicycle/Pedestrian Specialist.

Ms. Sharp was selected as the Lakeland Police Department 2009 Civilian of The Year. She has served as President for the Polk County Community Traffic Safety Team in the years 2002 – 2004. Ms. Sharp served as Vice President of the Suncoast Crime Prevention Association in the years 2010 – 2012. In 2013, she was elected as President of the Suncoast Crime Prevention Association, a position she currently holds. Ms. Sharp has had the honor of being a guest presenter for the Florida Neighborhood Conference and the Southern States Crime Prevention Conference. She has also served on numerous boards throughout her career at the Lakeland Police Department.


A picture of crime prevention practitioner Susy Aviles

Crime Prevention Practitioner Susy Aviles

Susy Aviles has been with the Lakeland Police Department for 5 years.  She is certified as a Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner and in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED).  



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Crime Prevention Practitioner Angie Ellis

Contact Information: 863.834.6960
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Angie was born and raised in New York City, N.Y. When she graduated from high school, she relocated with her parents to Miami, Florida.  She attended the Florida Highway Patrol Academy in 1997 where she graduated and became a Florida State Trooper.  In 1999, she married and left her career in law enforcement to help her husband with his family furniture business in Sebring, Florida.  Her husband sold the family business in 2007 when they decided to move to Lakeland, Florida.  She became a stay at home mother for several years and then decided to pursue a career with TSA/Department of Homeland Security as a Transportation Security Officer. Angie began her career with LPD in April 2014 as a Public Safety Aide and will now serve the department as a Crime Prevention Practitioner.



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Crime Prevention Practitioner - Jessica Crawford

Contact information: 863.834.2973
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Jessica graduated from South Lake High School in 2008.  During high school, she was a member of JROTC and Chorus.  After graduation she worked at Best Buy in multiple departments.  During her time there, Jessica had a daughter.  It became overwhelming trying to be a mom and work while her husband also worked two jobs.  She left Best Buy to become a stay-at-home mom.  Their daughter is now 4 years old and attends St. Joseph’s Academy.  Jessica and her husband moved back to Lakeland in 2010 when her husband accepted a job with the City, he’s Adam in IT.  She was able to start working again and has worked for Geico and AT&T in their call centers.  Jessica’s mother has always been active in law enforcement since she was young and it inspired her to pursue a similar career.  Her mother started in Bartow as a Correctional Officer and now works for PCSO as a Correctional Officer in Orlando.  Helping her mom study to become a CO, is what first got Jessica interested in law enforcement.  


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Crime Prevention Practitioner - Gwen Stanislowski

Contact information: 863.834.3974
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Gwen was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida and graduated from Lakeland Sr. High School in 2005 with High Honors with Distinction.  She was in the banking industry for 8 years, but it was never really her passion.  Gwen was ready for a change and began pursuing a career with the City that would allow her to be out in the community making a difference.  She is loving her role her at LPD and looks forward to meeting new people and building relationships with the community.  Her husband of 9 years, Joey, works as a firefighter for Polk County Fire Rescue and together they have three sons.