Tarpon Springs Police Department

  • Agency: Tarpon Springs Police Department
  • Address: 444 South Huey Avenue, Tarpon Springs, 34689 FL
  • Chief: Mark LeCouris (Chief of Police)
Phone: (727) 937-6151
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Tarpon Springs Police Department is located at 444 South Huey Avenue, Tarpon Springs, 34689 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Mark LeCouris. The Tarpon Springs Police Department phone number is (727) 937-6151.

Tarpon Springs Police Department News

TSPD has a new K-9 on board! After conducting an extensive search for a new Police K-9, our K-9 handler Officer Tommy Nguyen has selected 14-month-old Belgian Malinois “Charlie K”, so named in honor of Officer Charlie Kondek, to join our K-9 Unit. Charlie K will be training rigorously with Officer Nguyen and K-9 Erni in the coming months ahead preparing for his role as primary K-9, upon Erni’s retirement. After retiring from TSPD, Erni will then go to live with Officer Nguyen and his family and enjoy a much-deserved rest. Welcome K-9 Charlie K!

This past weekend, members of the Alpha-late squad participated in the "Trunk or Treat Halloween Bash" at the Tarpon Springs Community Center. Our officers got to see some great costumes that all the boys and girls are wearing for Halloween. Officer Gomez, aka "Bat Cop", also dressed for the occasion. It was a wonderful turn-out and we had a few potential future recruits pose for some photos!

This past weekend members of the "Alpha-Late" squad, Sgt. Crawford, Officers Gomez and Rose, took to the streets of Tarpon on bike patrol. Not even having to take shelter from the pouring rain could dampen their enthusiasm or discourage them from riding the streets! The three officers rode late into the evening covering a total of 18 miles throughout the city. Bike Patrol offers more opportunities for citizens to interact with police officers on a more personal level. It not only saves tax payer money by conserving gas used for patrol cars, but helps to keep our officers in good physical condition. Expect to see more bike patrols being conducted in the near future in your neighborhood!

TSPD welcomes new members to the blue and red families. Over the past 14 months our officers and fire fighters have not only been busy saving lives and protecting the City of Tarpon Springs but also expanding our PD/FD family! It’s true, Tarpon Springs Police Department & Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue experienced a “Baby Boom”! 16 (11 PD & 5 FD) babies have joined our PD/FD family in the last 14 months! How cute are our future police officers/fire fighters? Not all are pictured but we congratulate everyone and wish them the very best.

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On behalf of K9 Dobies, we wish to extend a special thank you to Barb Gris, Michele Manos, and Hector Cadena. Through their very generous support, Dobies has been outfitted with a top notch canine medical kit. Thank you for supporting ALL of our TSPD officers... even our four legged ones!

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All of us at TSPD wish Andrew Kondek the very best and we are very proud of his accomplishments and his desire to follow in his father’s footsteps. Good luck and stay safe Andrew.

On Friday, September 21st, 2018 at 5:00 pm., the Tarpon Springs High School will be conducting their Homecoming Parade in Tarpon Springs. The parade is expected to last for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. During this time traffic flow on Tarpon Avenue and Pinellas Ave. (Alt. 19) will be restricted to pass through as well as adjoining streets. This primarily affects west Tarpon Avenue movement from Disston Ave. to Pinellas Ave. and S. Pinellas Avenue from Tarpon Avenue south to Martin Luther King Dr. Please utilize alternate routes during this time. Thank You

High Visibility Enforcement in Tarpon Springs

Date is Saturday, September 29th, 2018 at 6pm

On Saturday, September 8th, the Tampa Bay Area Chief’s Foundation held their annual Gala at Innisbrook Resort. The presentation of colors was displayed by The TSPD Honor Guard, and Representatives of the Chief’s Foundation had the honor of awarding Andrew Kondek, son of fallen Tarpon Springs Police Department Officer, Charlie Kondek, a Police Academy scholarship and presented him with a St. Michael’s Medallion. The TSPD family is very proud of Andrew, and wishes him all the best. In addition to presenting the Academy Scholarship, The Chief’s Foundation also recognized the Tarpon Springs Cops and Kids Program as the Community Policing Unit of the Year. We congratulate Officer Quinones who supervises the Youth Center and the entire staff who work to make this program such a success! Click the below link for video about Cops & Kids Award: https://youtu.be/u-umpJZ2KhA

TSPD welcomes a new officer, Tyler Hammond! Mayor Alahouzos and Commissioner Sieber joined Chief Kochen, Major Young, Major Trill, and all of TSPD in welcoming Officer Hammond on board today at the swearing-in ceremony. We look forward to working with Tyler and wish him great success.

We at TSPD are encouraging everyone to Lock It, Don’t Lose It. Burglars are working hard every day to take what doesn’t belong to them. It’s a crime of opportunity for them and a risk they are willing to take to steal your valuables and create a multitude of problems for our victims and our community. Most of the delayed burglaries we respond to our victims have forgotten to lock their vehicle or residence for various reasons and we understand it sometimes happens. But we also hear that they have lived here for many years and nothing happened before so they never lock their vehicle or residence. While that may be true, it’s usually just a matter of time before the burglars are scouting your neighborhood, parking lot or park looking for their next victim. Unfortunately we can’t be everywhere all of the time but we are vigilant in our patrols to deter this crime as much as possible. Leaving your vehicle or residence unsecure will surely cause problems for you if you become a victim to a burglary simply because you left your vehicle or residence unsecure. Firearms, credit cards, personal identification, cash and yes, the keys to the vehicle inside a vehicle that is unlocked can be a costly and frustrating mistake. We strongly encourage everyone to ensure their vehicles and residences are locked when unattended even if is for only a few minutes because that’s all it takes to go inside and take what is yours. Do not leave valuables visible from the exterior as well because if they can see it, they can get it by simply breaking a window. We love interacting with our Tarpon Community but we would like to do it on a positive note instead of an unfortunate note. Please Lock It so you Don’t Lose It.

City Marshal Ruben T. Jones, was born in Tarpon Springs in 1873. He was elected Marshal for twelve straight one-year terms beginning in 1906. History says he was a no-nonsense law officer. He survived a gunfight during which he reportedly shot and killed a rival for his job. After being acquitted for this shooting, Jones was re-elected. Marshal Jones was on a hunting trip in the Weeki-Wachee Springs area. Jones and a friend, Herbert E. Scott went to town on the afternoon of August 27, 1921, leaving their wives at the camp. When they did not return that evening, the campers went looking for them. They found the two men shot to death in their truck. Jones' body was reported to have 50 buckshot holes. The crime was never solved and no motive was ever known. The badge worn by Marshall Jones was fashioned by a local artisan from two $20 gold pieces. It was worn by all succeeding Police Chiefs in Tarpon Springs until it was retired in 1967. It remains on display at the Tarpon Springs Police Department. On this anniversary 97 years ago, TSPD remembers the sacrifice Ruben Jones gave and recognizes him for the service to the City of Tarpon Springs.

We at TSPD are encouraging everyone to Lock It, Don’t Lose It. Burglars are working hard every day to take what doesn’t belong to them. It’s a crime of opportunity for them and a risk they are willing to take to steal your valuables and create a multitude of problems for our victims and our community. Most of the delayed burglaries we respond to our victims have forgotten to lock their vehicle or residence for various reasons and we understand it sometimes happens. But we also hear that they have lived here for many years and nothing happened before so they never lock their vehicle or residence. While that may be true, it’s usually just a matter of time before the burglars are scouting your neighborhood, parking lot or park looking for their next victim. Unfortunately we can’t be everywhere all of the time but we are vigilant in our patrols to deter this crime as much as possible. Leaving your vehicle or residence unsecure will surely cause problems for you if you become a victim to a burglary simply because you left your vehicle or residence unsecure. Firearms, credit cards, personal identification, cash and yes, the keys to the vehicle inside a vehicle that is unlocked can be a costly and frustrating mistake. We strongly encourage everyone to ensure their vehicles and residences are locked when unattended even if is for only a few minutes because that’s all it takes to go inside and take what is yours. Do not leave valuables visible from the exterior as well because if they can see it, they can get it by simply breaking a window. We love interacting with our Tarpon Community but we would like to do it on a positive note instead of an unfortunate note. Please Lock It so you Don’t Lose It.

Officer Everett Elwin Blewfield had served the Tarpon Springs (Fla.) Police Department for less than two weeks when he was shot to death by a group of thieves in 1926. Everett Blewfield was born on February 17, 1883 in Rockford, IL, the oldest of four children born to Florence E. Soule and Charles H. Blewfield. He had brown hair and blue eyes, and like many children in his community, attended school through the eighth grade. In 1902, Everett married Ella Victoria Grans in Rockford and they had three sons, Quinton Everett born June 1, 1907 and twins Elwin Fay and Delwin Ray born August 14, 1914. Everett worked as a farmer operating his own farm, first in his native Winnebago County, and later in nearby McHenry County, IL. In the 1920's, the Blewfield family, left Illinois and moved to the Gulf Coast of Florida. The family settled in Tarpon Springs, a coastal community noted for its sponge fishing. They made their home at 313 North Ring Avenue and Everett operated a restaurant, the Illinois Cafe', at the corner of Tarpon and Ring Avenues. After living in Tarpon Springs for about a year, Everett E. Blewfield joined the local police force. On the recommendation of Chief E.R. Washington, the Tarpon Springs Board of City Commissioners appointed him as a Patrolman on August 3, 1926. In the early morning hours of August 16, 1926, a man who was boarding at Policeman Blewfield's home alerted him to suspicious activity. Around 6 a.m., Herbert Loechelt observed a car occupied by two women that had been stopped on the corner minutes before begin to enter the alley behind a grocery store. He told Policeman Blewfield and both men responded to the alley. As they approached the car and the rear door of the grocery store, two suspects came out of the door. One opened fire on Policeman Blewfield before the officer was able to defend himself. The round struck the officer in the chest and he managed only a few steps before collapsing on the sidewalk along Safford Avenue. Policeman Blewfield, age 43, was dead at the scene. Both men fled with the women in the waiting car and Chief Washington alerted Police Departments and Sheriff's officers throughout the region. Investigation revealed that the two men had burglarized the grocery store, blown up a safe and stolen money and checks. They were in the process of escaping with the money when Policeman Blewfield interrupted them. Within a day, the four were captured. The men, Arthur Reed (alias Arthur Davenport) and Louis Thomas (alias Louis Curtis), were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. The women, Bernice Spaulding and Phyllis Thomas, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to a year in prison. Thomas was executed in November 1927 and Reed's sentence was commuted to life in prison. Policeman Everett E. Blewfield was survived by his wife and three sons. He was buried in hometown in Illinois. His oldest son Quinton later served a Deputy Sheriff with Hillsborough County.

TSPD was proud to host a special awards ceremony today, as Dr. Angus Jameson, Pinellas County Medical Director, presented Officer Jacob Miller with a Certificate of Commendation for administering CPR and Narcan to a Tarpon Springs resident in medical distress. It was Officer Miller's quick thinking and life-saving efforts on July 11, 2018 that directly attributed to a successful outcome. Also present at today's ceremony were Mayor Chris Alahouzos and Vice-Mayor David Banther who, along with Chief Kochen and the entire TSPD staff, wished to extend their appreciation and support. Congratulations Officer Miller!

https://youtu.be/7lPc3OkXbCA Learn more about the Tampa Bay Area Chief's Foundation Gala

We at TSPD are encouraging everyone to Lock It, Don’t Lose It. Burglars are working hard every day to take what doesn’t belong to them. It’s a crime of opportunity for them and a risk they are willing to take to steal your valuables and create a multitude of problems for our victims and our community. Most of the delayed burglaries we respond to our victims have forgotten to lock their vehicle or residence for various reasons and we understand it sometimes happens. But we also hear that they have lived here for many years and nothing happened before so they never lock their vehicle or residence. While that may be true, it’s usually just a matter of time before the burglars are scouting your neighborhood, parking lot or park looking for their next victim. Unfortunately we can’t be everywhere all of the time but we are vigilant in our patrols to deter this crime as much as possible. Leaving your vehicle or residence unsecure will surely cause problems for you if you become a victim to a burglary simply because you left your vehicle or residence unsecure. Firearms, credit cards, personal identification, cash and yes, the keys to the vehicle inside a vehicle that is unlocked can be a costly and frustrating mistake. We strongly encourage everyone to ensure their vehicles and residences are locked when unattended even if is for only a few minutes because that’s all it takes to go inside and take what is yours. Do not leave valuables visible from the exterior as well because if they can see it, they can get it by simply breaking a window. We love interacting with our Tarpon Community but we would like to do it on a positive note instead of an unfortunate note. Please Lock It so you Don’t Lose It.