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Grand jury report critical of Lakeland PD

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LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) - A grand jury presentment on the scandal-plagued Lakeland Police Department was released Friday after being sealed for 11 months.

The report is critical of the chief, and the agency's public records requests.  It also says Lakeland PD has a long-standing policy of not following public records laws.  The report accuses the former public information officer of not knowing how to follow the law, and failing to respond to requests for information. 

Related content: FULL TEXT of report

The report blasts Chief Lisa Womack, saying she needs to be removed from her job.  Womack fired back Friday, saying the criticisms are not factual.

"The criticisms that are contained in that are not factually based," said Womack.  "This is an outstanding police department with an outstanding ability to recognize when changes need to be made, and move forward with those changes, and that's exactly what has been occurring."

Chief Womack said many changed are in place to facilitate the release of information, and that these changes have been in place for months.


Related content: coverage of Lakeland Police Department scandals

Outgoing Lakeland mayor Gow Fields says most of the information in the report is old news.

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