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Lakeland police chief meets with state attorney

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LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

Lakeland is bringing in the heavy hitters to hopefully restore public confidence in the embattled police department. The Lakeland Police Department has been plagued by a sex scandal, a grand jury investigation, training issues and a harshly worded report from the state attorney questioning how the agency is being run.

On Friday, the Mayor announced that the city is forming a commission to find ways to restore trust in the police department and encourage city employees and citizens to report problems as soon as they notice them.

The commission includes some of the most influential people in the Lakeland area, culled from business, education, and politics.

There will be about a dozen members including the presidents of Florida Southern and Polk State Colleges, former mayors, bankers, CEO's and more.

They will have two to three months to study the agency's problems and make recommendations.

In the meantime, citizens will have their say. A public meeting has just been scheduled on July 22 at 6 p.m. The location has not been determined, but it is likely the meeting will be held at the Lakeland Center because the crowd is expected to be so large.

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