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Deputy Chief David Black 

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Chief Chris Velasquez

Velasquez, C - Chief of Police

Judi Gladue, Executive Assistant

The Police Chief, Deputy Chief and an Executive Assistant are responsible for the overall administration of the department. The Office of the Chief is responsible for budget formulation and management, public information, crime prevention programs, career development, community partnerships, emergency management, purchasing, internal auditing, grant development and administration, policy formulation, purchasing, and strategic planning. 

Chief Chris Velasquez 863-678-4223 X 260  cvelasquez@lakewalesfl.gov

Deputy Chief David Black 863-678-4223 X 259  dblack@lakewalesfl.gov

Judi Gladue, Executive Assistant 863-678-4223 X 260 jgladue@lakewalesfl.gov

Under the direction of the Chief of Police, the Lake Wales Police Department is divided into three main Divisions: Operations, Investigations, and Support Services. These Divisions are administered by the Deputy Chief of Police with the assistance of three Lieutenants.