Arecent letter in The Ledger suggested the Lakeland Police Department be disbanded and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office take over policing the city.
So we trade an award winning police department that answers to the citizens of the largest city in Polk County to become just another division of a county police department?
Mr. Davis cited some numbers in population and budget. Lakeland’s population actually is closer to 100,000 (more if you count non-residents who work here). That would come to about $300 per person. In Polk County, the numbers I found on the sheriff’s website state the 2004/2005 budget was $104,389,434 and the office was responsible for 330,596 citizens. That’s $315.76 per person. I don’t see a great savings there. Do you?
Finally, while Mr. Davis believes “the proper approach is to model after corporate America,” I certainly don’t want to outsource the protection of my family to the lowest bidder.