If you use assistive technology (such as a Braille reader, a screen reader, or TTY) and the format of any material on this website interferes with your ability to access information, please contact us. The Lakeland Police Department has been blessed with strong support from our community, our City government and our many county, state, and federal partners. Garcia, 54, takes over for former Chief Larry Giddens, who announced his retirement earlier this year after being chief for five years. In these trying times, community is everything. Our Website will be reviewed and tested on an ongoing basis, utilizing assistive technologies by users who have knowledge of and depend on the performance of these technologies. 219 N Massachusetts AvenueLakeland, FL  33801. These assignments include: Uniform Police Officer, SWAT Officer, Narcotics Officer, FDLE Fugitive Task Force, Drug K-9 Handler, Criminal Intelligence Officer, DEA Task Force Officer, SWAT Team Sergeant, K-9 Unit Sergeant, HIDTA Task Force Sergeant, Uniformed Patrol Lieutenant, Criminal Investigations Lieutenant, Commanding Officer of the Uniform Patrol Division and Commanding Officer of the Neighborhood Services Bureau. Garcia, who has served as one of the agency’s three Assistant Chiefs for the past three years, takes over the Lakeland Police Department with the announced retirement of Larry Giddens. He is a Certified Public Manager through Florida State University and he is a Florida Certified Labor Relations Professional. LAKELAND, Fla. — Lakeland's new police chief is now officially helming the department. This is an area he will continue to focus on and it will be the foundation of his administration going forward.”, Garcia said, “I’m extremely honored to continue to serve the City of Lakeland, its citizens and the members of the Lakeland Police Department as we continue to work in partnership to safeguard our neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for our citizens and visitors alike. Delgado said, “We have been blessed to have Chief Larry Giddens at the helm for the past five years and his ability to bring the Department and the community together has been the hallmark of his administration. Download it here. Posted by The Lakeland Police Department is composed of the Administrative Bureau (Chief’s office), the Neighborhood Services Bureau (NSB), the Investigative Services Bureau (ISB) and the Special Services Bureau (SSB). Garcia will be paid an annual salary of $150,000. Through accountability, urgency and transparency in our actions, we will continue to earn such support every day. Here are the latest developments in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus in the Bay Area. A Lakeland native, Garcia graduated from Lake Gibson High and served with Lakeland police for 32 years. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. I don't know about in Lakeland. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the Web page in your email, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make the page accessible for you. Police Department on, 228 S. Massachusetts Ave. | Lakeland, Florida 33801. He also has an extensive list of training assignments on his resume including the most recent Florida Police Chief’s Future Police Chiefs Training Seminar he attended in 2018. He has built a great succession plan within our organization and that made my decision extremely difficult considering our internal candidates. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years. Kevin CookDirector of [email protected] "The Lakeland Police Department has been blessed with strong support from our community, our City government and our many county, state, and federal partners. Users who need accessibility assistance can also contact Jenny Sykes, ADA Specialist at 863.834.8444 or [email protected] Our new Spectrum News app is the most convenient way to get the stories that matter to you. An Assistant Chief oversees NSB, ISB and SSB. The City of Lakeland is committed to facilitating the accessibility and usability of its Website, lakelandgov.net, for all people with disabilities. ", A Lakeland native, Ruben Garcia graduated from Lake Gibson High and served with Lakeland police for 32 years. He has a degree in Criminology from Saint Leo University and served as one of the agency’s three assistant chiefs for the past three years. Garcia has a long list of past assignments as he has progressively advanced in the Lakeland Police Department. If you use assistive technology (such as a Braille reader, a screen reader, or TTY) and the format of any material on this website interferes with your ability to access information, please contact us.