LAKELAND (Jan. 9, 2019) – Florida Southern College announced today that Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens has accepted the position as the College’s new Director of Safety and Security. Chief Giddens, who announced his retirement from the Lakeland Police Department on Monday, will begin his new role at the College at the end of the current academic year. Bill Carew will retire as Director of Campus Safety in May.
“I’m excited to join the team at Lakeland’s prestigious Florida Southern College,” Chief Giddens said. “Although it is bittersweet to leave the amazing people at the Lakeland Police Department, I felt it was the right time to transition into the next chapter of my life. This opportunity allows me to use my law enforcement skills and, more importantly, spend quality time with my family.”
Chief Giddens has served the local community with the Lakeland Police Department for the past 34 years. He was named Interim Police Chief in February 2014 and was officially named Police Chief in March 2015. Chief Giddens began his law enforcement career as an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Lakeland Police Department in 1984, and he was hired full-time in 1985. Before becoming Police Chief, he served as a SWAT member, as part of the department’s Street Crimes Unit and Patrol Division, and in various leadership positions. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in December 2005.
Florida Southern’s Department of Safety and Security serves the campus 24 hours a day year-round, promoting and supporting a safe environment for students, staff, faculty, and thousands of annual visitors and tourists.
“The safety of our campus is our highest priority,” said Florida Southern College President Dr. Anne Kerr. “With his experience, knowledge, and stellar character, I am confident that Chief Giddens will continue to support our important commitment to campus safety. He is an exemplar of outstanding leadership, and we look forward to welcoming him to our FSC team.”