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State leader wants Judd involved with Lakeland PD investigation

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The Lakeland Police Department has been under fire for weeks for high-profile scandals, and now state legislators say they think the Polk County Sheriff's Office needs to help restructure the city's department.

Legislator Seth McKeel said he's deeply concerned after reading State Attorney Jerry Hill's investigative report on the department and thinks the city needs Sheriff Grady Judd as a consultant.

McKeel said Judd has done a good with the sheriff's office and has great ideas that would help the police department.

The Polk county delegation delivered a letter Tuesday to Mayor Gow Fields calling the behavior of LPD officials shocking, revolting and a clear cause for action." The letter went on to suggest city officials work with Judd "to make proper reforms to the Lakeland Police Department."

Judd responded to the letter on Tuesday night. Judd said, "We cannot lose sight that there are many fine and hardworking officers at LPD who are outstanding public servants. If the city wants my help, or help from any of our staff, we are more than willing to do whatever we can. " 

The legislators said having Judd help would save the city of Lakeland from paying large fees to private consulting firms.

 Mayor Fields and city leaders have insisted for weeks that they have faith in Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack and want to give her chance to clean up the department. They say she needs to finish internal investigations.

6/28/2013 Related Story: Lakeland police officer has lengthy disciplinary file

8 on your side has investigated the police department for weeks and uncovered an officer falsifying documents and submitting problematic testimony in DUI cases.

6/20/2013 Related Story: FL investigates Lakeland police DUI procedures

State Attorney Jerry Hill slammed the department after an officer made a woman shake out her bra after a traffic stop. 8 on your side discovered he wasn't the only officer using this controversial method of searching women. Dash cam video of one of the incidents went viral, embarrassing the department and the city.

6/20/2013 Related Story: Officials question Lakeland bra-shaking police search

Then the biggest scandal of all broke last week when Hill released his investigation into a sex scandal involving at least 10 officers who admitted to having sex while on duty.

6/26/2013 Related Story:
Lakeland Police Department sex investigation

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