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Lakeland Police Officer Arrested on Suspicion of Driving Under the Influence in Okaloosa County

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Lakeland Police Department Release:
UPDATE: Officer Terminated
LAKELAND, FL (November 7, 2019) – The Lakeland Police Department has concluded the internal investigation of Officer Chad Landry after the arrest of Officer Landry for Driving under the Influence by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office on November 2, 2019. The facts of the probable cause arrest have been reviewed and found to support a sustained violation of both Unlawful Conduct and Conduct Unbecoming. Officer Landry was terminated today, November 7, 2019, for the above violations.
The members of the Lakeland Police Department must uphold the highest standards of conduct in both their personal and professional life in order to maintain the public trust and confidence of the citizens we serve. When that trust is breached by a law enforcement officer, we must be held accountable to the highest standards as well.
I would personally like to apologize on behalf of the department to the citizens of Lakeland and those of Okaloosa County for the occurrence of this incident.
Chief Ruben Garcia
Original Release:
LAKELAND,FL (November 4, 2019) – As the Lakeland Police Department continues to learn the details of the incident, we know at this time a Lakeland Police Officer (Officer Chad Landry) was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in the early morning hours on November 2, 2019, by the Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office. The officer was attending training at the national K-9 trials in Okaloosa County, Florida. The incident involves no other employees or citizens. Lakeland Police Department supervision was sent to gather further information and collect city property. The officer has been placed on administrative leave immediately, and an administrative investigation will be completed swiftly. Chief Garcia spoke with Sheriff Ashley of Okaloosa County and expressed his dire concern with this incident. The Sheriff offered his agency’s full cooperation.
Officer Landry has been employed with the Lakeland Police Department for four years and recently assigned to the K-9 unit. His annual salary is $57,894.