CONGRATS to Motor Officer Javier Perez - 3rd Place (Novice Division) at Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Skills Challenge!
We have recently been notified by a local media outlet that local law enforcement agencies and the Polk County School board will be requested to provide closed internal affairs cases each week. To ensure a fair understanding of the process for all of our Internal Affairs Cases, now called Administrative Investigations, below is a short brief on how our cases are processed. ...
LakelandPD is Equipped With Naloxone
Recently questions have come about regarding the use of Naloxone by the Lakeland Police Department (LakelandPD). Do we have it available for use? Do officers and team members have access to it? Do we have an adequate supply on hand?
Simply put, Yes.
Naloxone, also commonly referred to as Narcan, is an opiate antidote used to block the effects of opioids, especially in an overdose situation. Opioids include heroin and prescription pain pills like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin. When a person is overdosing on an opioid, breathing can slow down or stop and it can very hard to wake them from this state. To help reverse the effects of the overdose, Nalaxone is administered to the user, allowing additional time for medical services to be rendered.
The Lakeland Police Department uses two brandnames of the medication. The Department purchased twenty-five of the Nalaxone kits in late 2016 for deployment within certain specialty groups or areas. In early 2017, the Department requested 135 Naloxone kits through a state grant, however we only received 62. In total the Department has 87 doses available for use. Those officers issued Naloxone, do not store it in their vehicles and are required to carry it on their person due to the antidote’s sensitivity to temperature and light. It is recommended that it be kept out of direct light and at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
Every uniformed patrol supervisor, including Sergeants and Lieutenants, have been issued the medication to administer should a situation arise where it is needed. All sworn personnel and certain civilian members within the agency have received training on how to use the Naloxone antidote. Specialty Units such as SWAT, Traffic, Neighborhood Liaisons, K-9, Special Investigations and Street Crimes also have doses available for easy access. In addition, the antidote is readily available to our Property and Evidence Section and the Forensic Services Unit, should accidental exposures occur during the processing and storage of evidence.
It is also important to know that with any overdose call within the City of Lakeland, the trained medical professionals of the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) are dispatched simultaneously to the scene. All of LFD’s apparatuses are stocked with the Naloxone antidote. If both teams arrive at the same time, as they often do, LFD will administer the medication and continue with life saving measures. We believe this deployment strategy is effective for the City of Lakeland.
We hope this answers some of the questions you may have about the medication. Our agency is continuing to seek other grant opportunities to acquire additional Naloxone kits.
The Lakeland Police Department is currently investigating two suspicious homemade bottle devices found at separate locations this morning. Both were plastic bottles containing an unknown liquid substance and aluminum foil inside. Neither device was activated.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) announced that Doug Riley, Assistant Chief of Operations at the Lakeland Fire Department, has been accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI). Chief Riley competed with hundreds of new fire chiefs and chief officers from across the country to become a member of the highly competitive and prestigious 2018 cohort program. Along with being accepted into the program Chief Riley has been awarded a scholarship which covers the expenses for attending the program.
LAKELAND, FL (November 21, 2017) – Lakeland residents will decide the outcome of the City Commission race for SW District C between Michael Dunn and Larry Durrence in a Run-Off Election. Registered voters in the City of Lakeland who are planning to participate in the December 5th Municipal Run-Off Election have three easy ways to vote, according to Supervisor of Elections Lori ...
LAKELAND, FL (November 20, 2017) – Registered voters who reside in the City of Lakeland have the option to receive a Vote-by-Mail ballot for the December 5th Run-Off Election. Lakeland residents will decide the outcome of the City Commission race for SW District C between Michael Dunn and Larry Durrence. Voters can request that a ballot be mailed to them by calling the Electi ...
LAKELAND, FL (November 20, 2017) -- The City of Lakeland bike share program, Swan City Cycles is going through a metamorphosis with new bicycles and expanded user friendly services. The Zagster Bikes currently part of the Swan City Cycles bike share program will be going away mid-December and GOTCHA will be the new provider starting early 2018. GOTCHA offers a three speed, b ...
Lakeland, FL [November 17, 2017] – Mayor Howard Wiggs announced his endorsement of and participation in the eighth annual Small Business Saturday. Falling between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support the small, independently-owned businesses that help boost local economies across the country. “Small business is a criticall ...
LAKELAND, FL (November 15, 2017) - The U.S. Customs and Border Protection General Aviation Facility located at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport will officially open at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2017. The First International Flight to clear the Lakeland U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility will arrive between 3:30 p.m.- 4p.m. on Thursday, November 16th.