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Florida Southern College announced last month that former Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens will take over as the college’s Director of Safety and Security at the end of the current academic year. 

Current Director of Safety and Security Bill Carew will retire in May.

“With his experience, knowledge, and stellar character, I am confident that Chief Giddens will continue to support our important commitment to campus safety,” Florida Southern College President Dr. Anne Kerr said in a press release. “He is an exemplar of outstanding leadership, and we look forward to welcoming him to our FSC team.”

Giddens has served the Lakeland Police Department for the past 34 years and has served in multiple capacities including SWAT, Street Crimes and Police Chief. Giddens was named the Interim Police Chief in Feb. 2014 and has served as Police Chief since March 2015. 

“I’m excited to join the team at Lakeland’s prestigious Florida Southern College,” 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.”

For more information on the transition, look for the next edition of The Southern.


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