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Lakeland police sergeant resigns amid internal probe

A Lakeland police sergeant investigated over the improper filing of arrest reports — forcing DUI cases to be dropped — resigned Wednesday in lieu of being fired, a police spokesman said.

The resignation of Sgt. Raymond Lloyd, a 15-year veteran of the department, was the latest turn in a laundry list of problems beseting the Lakeland Police Department.

The investigation into Lloyd cited him for neglect of duty, improper conduct and conduct unbecoming an officer, the spokesman said in a news release. Lloyd was not found to have violated polices on untruthfulness or breaking the law.

Lloyd, 42, was cited for “unsatisfactory” preparation and court testimony in a July 16 letter by State Attorney Jerry Hill to Chief Lisa Womack.

The police department has been rocked by several high-profile investigations, including a sex scandal involving several officers, an officer asking a woman to shake out her bra during a traffic stop, the arrest of an officer on rape charges, reports of retaliatory practices in the human relations department and a report of possible nepotism involving Womack’s nephew.

Several employees have resigned or been fired as a result.

A city panel created by outgoing Mayor Gow Fields studied the scandals and made 21 recommendations for changes within the department.

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Lakeland police sergeant resigns amid internal probe