New Training Facility for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office

For years, officers have trained by shooting at stationary targets. A big step was popup targets as officers moved through training buildings. Today training can be much more realistic. The Polk County Sheriff’s office spends considerable time training officers. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday the department added a tool to improve that training. Imagine a […]

Sikes Principal Swindler Arrested

This morning Sikes Elementary Principal Corey Swindler was booked into the Polk County Jail on seven charges ranging from “Sexual battery” to “Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age.” A spokesman for the sheriff’s office issued the following release: 38-year-old Corey Lynn Swindler, principal […]

PCSO Reports on Steroid Arrest

As a member of the fourth estate, we receive the media alerts from the Lakeland Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Some we’ll follow up and some we read for background and move on. There simply isn’t time to cover every story when you’re part of the not-for-profit press. However, there are the occasional alerts we feel readers would find interesting. We’ve presented a few in the past, and will continue to do so when appropriate. Please understand that the text inside was written by the PCSO, and is presented for your information….

Lakeland Police Change Beats

The Lakeland Police Department is changing their beats to improve officer assignment and response flexibility. In the past, LPD utilized smaller single officer assigned beats. Two or three officers will be assigned to each of the new zones. LPD Lieutenant Jody Sisson, who participated in the remapping project, says the new beats allow officers to work together in between calls to target problem areas.

Stolen City Truck Recovered

The Lakeland City truck stolen the morning of April 28th was found approximately 12 hours later by a Lakeland Police Department officer. It was 3.2 miles South of the location of the theft. LPD reports the vehicle appeared ransacked, but drivable. The doors were unlocked, keys were left on the floor board, and personal property software were missing from the vehicle.

Lakeland City Truck Stolen

The city water utilities division needs your help. It seems the driver didn’t listen to any of the many Lakeland Police Department reminders, and left the keys in a city truck while he ran into a convenience store. As you’ve deduced, the truck was gone when the city employee ran back out.

The truck was stolen this morning from the 2000 block of East Edgewood Drive. Based on the description, we believe it is the location inside:

LPD Seeks Help With Bank Robber ID

Bank RobberAt about 2:25 today the Mid-Florida Federal Credit Union, located at 2105 New Tampa Hwy was robber. The Lakeland Police Department would like your help identifying the suspect pictured at left.

The bank robber was described as a black male, 6’03” to 6’05”, 25-35 years of age, 200 to 215 pounds, with gold teeth on lower jaw.

The suspect passed a note demanding money and fled by foot to the Northwest. Witnesses did not report seeing a weapon. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

If you think you know the person pictured, call Crime
Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS, or LPD Detective Tye Thompson at 863.834.8955.

Click the photo for a larger image.

Guns for Money

Guns 2Yes, you can get money for your guns. Check in the couch, look under your car seat, grab that rifle off your neighbor’s gun rack, pull out that pistol with the serial number filed off that you were saving for a special occasion. They’re all worth $50.

The Lakeland Police Department has decided to host their first “gun buy back” meet and greet. While supplies last, LPD will trade your oily old guns for…

Goodfellas Grill Stolen

Goodfellas GrillYou might recognize this grill from our August feature on Goodfellas Grills. If you see it parked behind a neighbor’s house you might want to give the police a call.

Denis Baldwin, owner of Goodfellas Grills, reported the grill stolen yesterday. Baldwin said a neighbor saw a suspicious truck around 6 am. Baldwin said the neighbor reported three men guys got out of the truck. It appears they merely busted the look, hooked up the grill and drove off with it.

Lakeland Police Investigating Shooting

When the Lakeland Police have certain breaking news they send an alert to the media. It’s always just the information LPD has that covers the facts as they’re known. It includes instructions for further contact, and gives the media an idea when additional information might be forthcoming. About 30 minutes ago LPD released they were […]

Lake Hollingsworth Drive – Do You Stop?

When traffic control signals are not in place or in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling […]