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Lakeland Police detective, sergeant placed on administrative leave

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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.

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