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.


  • NewsMore>>

  • One dead, one injured on beach after plane crash

    One dead, one injured on beach after plane crash

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:18 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:18:43 GMT
    Man killed and his daughter was critical injured when they were hit by a plane making a crash landing on Caspersen Beach in Venice.Man killed and his daughter was critical injured when they were hit by a plane making a crash landing on Caspersen Beach in Venice.
    An emergency landing by a small plane on Caspersen Beach in Venice claimed the life of a man walking with his young daughter Sunday, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.About 2:45 pm, Venice Airport contacted the sheriff's office regarding a small plane in distress that was unable to make it back to the airport, Sarasota County sheriff's spokeswoman Wendy Rose said in a news release. Instead the pilot was going to try to land on the beach.The 1972 Piper Cherokee airplane hit the man and...
    An emergency landing by a small plane on Caspersen Beach in Venice claimed the life of a man walking with his young daughter Sunday, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.About 2:45 pm, Venice Airport contacted the sheriff's office regarding a small plane in distress that was unable to make it back to the airport, Sarasota County sheriff's spokeswoman Wendy Rose said in a news release. Instead the pilot was going to try to land on the beach.The 1972 Piper Cherokee airplane hit the man and...
  • Woman killed by stray bullet in Manatee shooting

    Woman killed by stray bullet in Manatee shooting

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:29 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:29:44 GMT
    A shooting was reported at the intersection of the US Highway 301 and University Parkway early Monday morning where one woman was struck by a bullet and killed, Manatee County Sheriff's Office said.
    A shooting was reported at the intersection of the US Highway 301 and University Parkway early Monday morning where one woman was struck by a bullet and killed, Manatee County Sheriff's Office said.
  • Automated car to take Scott for ride

    Automated car to take Scott for ride

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:27:00 GMT
    An automated car will take Florida Governor Rick Scott for a ride Monday, as Audi tries to sell the state on its latest technology.
    An automated car will take Florida Governor Rick Scott for a ride Monday, as Audi tries to sell the state on its latest technology.
  • 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.