Lakeland, Florida -- The panel charting the future of the Lakeland Police Department shares its final report Monday morning. Here's what's in it, and what's been left out.
A stronger human resources department, audits conducted by outside experts, more meetings within the city's staff, and more reports out to the public.
Those are some of the 21 recommendations in a draft version of the Lakeland Police Advisory Commission's final report.
The completed version of that report will be presented to the Lakeland City Commission at 9 a.m. Monday.
The ten-member advisory commission has met 11 times since July to find ways to improve the operation of the city and its police force.
The panel has heard repeatedly from Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack and City Manager Doug Thomas.
But leaders of the volunteer panel declined to bring in the local official who first told the public about many of the scandals, State Attorney Jerry Hill.
The series of expanding scandals within the city's staff are still jarring:
- A sexual underground of on-duty acts involving more than a dozen officers and other city workers.
- An officer asking a woman at a traffic stop to lift her bra and shake it.
- An officer accused of raping and stalking a woman while armed and on-duty.
- Officers whose testimony was declared so unreliable, prosecutors refused to use it in court.
- A Grand Jury study of LPD's handling of public records.
- Allegations, reported Thursday in the Lakeland Ledger, of nepotism and family favoritism, now under investigation by the State Attorney.
The Police Advisory Commission's report does not recommend firing the police chief or city manager.
In fact, recommendation number one is that they be recognized for their cooperation with the panel as it gathered its information.
Lakeland's City Commission will decide what steps to take after the report is officially presented at their 9 a.m. meeting Monday morning.
Grayson Kamm, 10 News