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Now in its 16th year, the Cops for Kids toy donation program, with the help of generous community donors, allows families to provide their children with a happy holiday!

You can drop off NEW, UNWRAPPED toy for children ages 12 and under from November 1 to December 9 at any of the below locations:

- Lakeland Police Department: 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue

- City Hall: 228 S Massachusetts Avenue

- Lakeland Public Libraries: 100 Lake Morton Drive, 1700 N Florida Avenue, 4740 S Florida Avenue

- Lakeland Electric: 501 E Lemon Street

- Kelly Recreation Complex: 404 Imperial Boulevard

If you would like to submit a monetary donation, feel free to message us for the submission info.

The toys collected will be given to parents at the annual Cops for Kids pick-up party scheduled for December. Kids in attendance will have their photos taken with Santa and enjoy a complimentary dinner. 

For additional information about the Cops for Kids program, please call 863.834.6912 or email cynthia.sharp@lakelandgov.net.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2023 Citizens Police Academy! Deadline for Application is December 9, 2022. No cost to attend!
The Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is designed for selected community-oriented citizens. The CPA includes detailed information on police topics such as uniformed patrol, special investigations (i.e., vice and narcotics), crime scene investigation, SWAT, K9 and many other areas of interest. Also included in the curriculum is a tour of the police station and communications center. A firearms familiarization course is also covered one Saturday where participants will be given a chance to test their skills at the firing range. This in-depth academy runs for fifteen (15) consecutive weeks with classes meeting every Thursday night from 6:30PM - 9:30PM. Apply today with the link in our bio!
Classes will begin on January 12, 2023, and conclude April 20, 2023, at a graduation ceremony.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. You do not have to reside within the city of Lakeland to be accepted.



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