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Auditors give Lakeland Police Department a glowing report

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State legislators are so concerned about the turmoil at the Lakeland Police Department that they're calling for the city to bring in Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd as a consultant.

In the midst of all this, though, LPD is trying to earn back two high-profile accreditations it lost years ago.

Chief Lisa Womack serves as a commissioner for the national organization, CALEA, and told city leaders this week she's confident the department will get that accreditation later this month.

"Each and every member of this department, not just me, has been working hard," she said. "I called it a Herculean effort."

CALEA's auditors finished in Lakeland in April checking to see if the department met its 480 standards. With such serious problems at the LPD, some have questioned whether the accreditation will happen. But the group's report was released this week, and it's glowing. The report outlines LPD policies and concludes with this:

"The Lakeland Police Department is well prepared to professionally manage the issues of today and the future."

Craig Hartley of CALEA says the recent controversies will be considered but may not impact the decision to give the department back its accreditation.

"The accreditation process looks beyond singular events and it looks at how these organization manage through these types of crisis and other challenges they might encounter," he said.

Here's the next step: The CALEA board will hold hearings at its conference in Columbus, Ohio later this month, and Womack will have to answer questions about the on-going scandals before the board makes a decision.

Meanwhile, assessors from the state commission for law enforcement will visit the department next Wednesday, and the public will have a chance to voice their opinion.  

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