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First meeting for Lakeland Police advisory panel

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Coming into Thursday's meeting, the advisory panel was already off to a rough start. They lost five members, including three on Wednesday, before the first get together.

Commissioners had to put that behind them in the first meeting and focus on the task.

"I think we can give them some advice and council to make sure this doesn't happen again," said commissioner Jim Sewell.

The initial meeting was focused more on getting organized and planning ahead rather than diving right into the sex scandal.

At least 10 officers are accused of having sex both on and off duty with a civilian employee at the Lakeland Police Department. A handful of folks have already lost their jobs because of it.

We did learn the police investigation into scandal is likely to wrap up on September 1st.

This group may continue their look into the causes and solutions up to a month later or more.

Bruce Abels, a retired logistics professional was voted as chair of the advisory commission.

"If you dont have a culture that has certain values, that organization won't do well," Abels said.

Following the meeting, police Chief Lisa Womack was optimistic.

"This process is always good for an organization it takes good strong input from community to prvent thigns from ahppening," said Chief Womack.

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