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Committee releases recommendations for Lakeland Police Dept.

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Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack has been under fire. It began several months ago after a sex scandal broke out. Then she had to deal with several embarrassing training issues like the now-infamous bra shaking.

Most recently, one of her own officers was arrested for sexually assaulting a woman.

Monday, she finally got good news. There was talk that city commissioners might take a vote whether or not to fire her. During a grueling four-hour meeting, a vote never came up.

"I am looking forward to having the pressure reduced so we can move forward," Womack said.

Womack will probably be following recommendations set forth in a long-awaited report written by the Lakeland Police Advisory Commission.

It suggests improving the relationship between Womack and State Attorney Jerry Hill by meeting four times a year. It also recommends trying to find a way to calm the so-called "war" between LPD and the media.

To help, it says cops who deal with media should be professionally trained and transparent. The report also says LPD should set up a complaint line for that employees can call without fear of retribution.

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