Please join us for our April monthly meeting as we welcome Lakeland Police Chief Ruben Garcia. Chief Garcia will speak on his vision for the agency and commitment to community policing.
Chief Garcia has 32 years of law enforcement experience with the Lakeland Police Department. He joined the organization April 1987 after serving four years with the 2nd Marine Division of the United States Marine Corps. He was sworn in as the new Lakeland Chief of Police on Friday, February 1st.
Chief Garcia has a long list of past assignments as he has progressively advanced in the Lakeland Police Department. These assignments include: Uniform Police Officer, SWAT Officer, Narcotics Officer, FDLE Fugitive Task Force, Drug K-9 Handler, Criminal Intelligence Officer, DEA Task Force Officer, SWAT Team Sergeant, K-9 Unit Sergeant, HIDTA Task Force Sergeant, Uniformed Patrol Lieutenant, Criminal Investigations Lieutenant, Commanding Officer of the Uniform Patrol Division and Commanding Officer of the Neighborhood Services Bureau. He also has an extensive list of training assignments on his resume including the most recent Florida Police Chief’s Future Police Chiefs Training Seminar he attended in 2018.
Chief Garcia has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Saint Leo University. He is a Certified Public Manager through Florida State University and he is a Florida Certified Labor Relations Professional. Chief Garcia is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Florida Police Chiefs Association, Polk County Police Chiefs Association, National Tactical Officer Association and the Florida SWAT Association.
Optional lunch tickets are $15 for club members and $20 for non-members. ONLINE RSVP'S ARE CLOSED FOR THE APRIL MEETING. If you have not RSVP'd for a meal, extra meals may be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, subject to availability.
Finally, our membership drive for 2019 is in full swing. To renew membership dues or to join for 2019, visit our membership page or click here.
2900 Buckingham Ave
Lakeland, FL 33803
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