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.
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.