Lakeland Police detective, sergeant placed on administrative lea - WFLA News Channel 8

Lakeland Police detective, sergeant placed on administrative leave

Posted: Updated:
LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

The Lakeland Police Department is dealing with more personnel problems.

Lakeland Police said on Thursday that a detective was placed on paid administrative leave in connection with a criminal investigation conducted by the State Attorney's Office.

Detective Steve Strickland, 54, is the subject of the criminal investigation. Details about the investigation have not been released. Sgt. Pat Guity, 45, was also placed on paid administrative leave. However, Guity is not part of the criminal probe, according to LPD spokesperson Sgt. Gary Gross.

Guity is Strickland's supervisor. Strickland has been with the police department for 14 years, Guity has been employed there for 21 years.

It came as a shock to the department, according to Gross. "It's something that's caught us by surprise,” he said.

“Not sure what all the details are. It's like all these other investigations. It's going to have to take its time to figure out what's going on and I'm sure at the appropriate time the State Attorney's Office will give us the details on the investigation,” he said.

There's no exact time frame regarding when more details will be released, but Gross says there is a 180-day limit for the completion of the investigation.

The Lakeland Police Department recently made headlines when Chief Lisa Womack resigned in January. Womack’s resignation followed a series of high-profile problems, including sex scandals to a report that said the police department has a long-standing policy of not following public record laws

After her resignation, Womack was placed on administrative leave. The State Attorney's Office investigated complaints that she altered the police department's selection process to try to get her nephew hired as a public safety aide in 2012. He was not hired.


  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-04-16 11:57:42 GMT
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
  • Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:03:21 GMT
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
  • State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

    State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

    Monday, April 14 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:09:06 GMT
    Kevin Holmes, massage therapistKevin Holmes, massage therapist
    According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
    According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.