Lakeland City Commissioner Howard Wiggs believes Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd should look into problems at the Lakeland Police Department.
"Given the challenges we've faced, who wouldn't want a second opinion?" Said Wiggs. "We've had, this thing has moved towards distrust in the community. And Grady is a very trusted guy. His reputation is he's always going to do the right thing."
Wiggs is running for mayor of Lakeland, but says this is not a political move. "I've served 21 years, I own my own business, life is good for me, I believe I can make a real positive difference, but if the community doesn't believe that, I have lots of things I can do with my time. "
Sheriff Judd says he will only get involved if a majority of city council members ask him to get involved. "I'm not going to but into the city's business.. If they don't want assistance, that's okay." said Judd. "At the end of the day, I just want what's best for the city of Lakeland, the police department and most importantly, the citizens of Lakeland. "
If Sheriff Judd does audit the department, it would be a comprehensive view from the top of the department all the way down, from how dispatchers answer calls, to how patrol officers respond to them. Commissioner Wiggs plans to bring up the idea at Friday's commission workshop, and if other commissioners are interested, they could call for a vote at Monday's commission meeting.
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