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Lakeland Police union split on confidence in Chief Womack

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Union officers voted on whether they have confidence in Chief Lisa Womack Union officers voted on whether they have confidence in Chief Lisa Womack
LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) - Lakeland Police Department Union officers were split on whether they have confidence in their leader, Chief Lisa Womack.

Union members cast a non-binding vote Wednesday night with 80 members voting for confidence, and 80 voting for no confidence.

According to a press release from Lakeland PD, non-sworn employees and sworn non-union employees also voted, with 43 choosing confidence, and 72 voting "no confidence".

The vote took two days, and took place at LPD Headquarters in downtown Lakeland. The result won't require any action from the city or department, but allowed officers to voice their opinions.

Lakeland city manager Doug Thomas released a statement in the wake of the vote, which read in part:  "... the results of the vote are concerning because it represent the current pulse of both sworn and non-sworn Departmental personnel.  I plan to meet with the leadership of the various employee groups at the Lakeland Police Department to discuss their feelings and concerns to better understand the particular issues that impacted their individual voting, especially among non-unionized civilian personnel.  I will also be meeting with Chief Womack to discuss her perspectives of tonight’s outcome and how she and the administration at the Lakeland Police Department can best address the concerns regarding the Department."

Lakeland PD has been plagued with problems. They have fought everything from sex scandals, to a recent report that says the police department has a long-standing policy of not following public records laws.

In total, almost 30 LPD employees have been disciplined, and a handful have resigned.

(Adrienne Pedersen contributed to this report)


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