Tampa Police Department

  • Agency: Tampa Police Department
  • Address: 411 N. Franklin Street, Tampa, 33602 FL
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Phone: (813) 276-3200

Tampa Police Department is located at 411 N. Franklin Street, Tampa, 33602 FL. The Tampa Police Department phone number is (813) 276-3200.

Tampa Police Department News

Last night, we celebrated community members at our annual Chief's Appreciation Dinner held at the beautiful Julian B. Lane River Center. Thank you again to the Memorial Committee and all of the sponsors who made the 2018 Memorial Run a huge success, and congratulations to all of this year's community award recipients: OUTSTANDING BUSINESS PARTNERS Ring DPR Construction Children With A Vision, Inc. OUTSTANDING NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Gardens at South Bay Cory Lake Isles Neighborhood Watch Southeast Seminole Heights Civic Association (Official) DAVID WEST ACTIVISM AWARD Melisa Martin-- Macfarlane Neighborhood Association & Crime Watch

Traffic Advisory - Ed Sheeran Concert

Over the weekend, the suspects seen in this video burglarized 11 unlocked vehicles in the area between N. Nebraska Ave to N. 15th St and 109th Ave to Busch Blvd. If you can identify them, please contact Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, Inc. As a safety measure, remember to keep all valuables out of sight to deter criminals like this and please keep your vehicles locked. 18-562575

TAMPA POLICE INVESTIGATE ROBBERY SCAM TARGETING ELDERLY VICTIMS Tampa Police are investigating two recent cases (October 31, November 1) in which suspects misled elderly victims to gain entry into their homes, and then proceeded to rob them. In both cases a man and a woman accompanied by a young child approached homeowners and claimed they worked on their roof a couple of years ago. After gaining the homeowners’ trust, the suspects invited themselves in the homes, claiming they had to use the bathroom. When out of the homeowners' sight, they stole cash and jewelry in one case and prescription drugs in another case. The suspects are described as a Hispanic man and woman, and a child who could be approximately 6 years old. They are believed to be driving the vehicle in the picture, which appears to be a black, four-door Chrysler. Anyone with any information regarding these cases and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, Inc. at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com

ICYMI: Wednesday night, we had the opportunity to hand out more than 600 bags of treats to kids throughout the city while during our Trick-Or-Treat with a Cop initiative. We had just as much fun as the kids 😃

TPD motors and a Patrol Officer assisted the Seminole Heights Elementary School with a 12 block walk to symbolize the 12 grades to success.. This thank u video was made by Ms.Jamie Nicholas' 3rd grade class.

Tampa Police Take to the Streets and Tweets to Keep Trick-Or-Treaters Safe

Congratulations to Officer Mark Landry and all the other award recipients who were recognized during Hillsborough Lodge No. 25 F & AM's First Responder Appreciation Night Award ceremony.

Can you identify these biking burglars? The two suspects rolled up to a home in the 1700 block of East 15th Avenue on October 23 around 9:50 a.m. They broke into a shed and cruised away with stolen lawn equipment valued at nearly $700. If you have info about these two thieves contact Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, Inc. anonymously. You may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

Today we were joined by Tampa Bay law enforcement agencies for canine water training. With all of the water around Tampa Bay, it is not unusual for officers and their K9 partners to search for criminals and missing persons around ponds, lakes, rivers and the bay. Water poses a unique challenge for K9's if they aren't exposed to it. This training allows our K9 partners to build their confidence in the water. Special thanks to our friends at Adventure Island for hosting this annual event. We are often asked how to donate to our K9 officers. For anyone interested, donations are accepted by Rise Tampa, Our Police Foundation. You can go to www.risetampa.org/K9

Operation Medicine Cabinet was a huge success at both of our safe, eco-friendly disposal sites thanks to all of the community members who helped keep their unwanted/expired medication from getting into the wrong hands. Special thanks to Hillsborough County Anti Drug Alliance , DACCO Behavioral Health Inc., and the students from @Tampa Bay Technical High School's med program for being part of this national initiative.

HAPPENING NOW! Free, anonymous, and eco-friendly medication disposal.

USF, TPD, and other agencies have teamed up to use cutting-edge technology to try to solve cold cases and bring closure to families and loved ones. The Art of Forensics project uses DNA analysis, chemical isotope testing, and other strategies to learn as much as they can about the deceased. Forensic anthropologists and artists create clay busts and drawings in the hopes of identifying the victim. Many of the 21 cases on display are homicide victims. The first clay bust in this video is a man who died in a fire in Tampa in 1974. He was never identified. “This is one of the most fascinating projects I’ve ever been involved in,” said Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan. “It’s about justice for these victims. It’s about the families and loved ones.” The Art of Forensics exhibit, created by the USF Institute of Forensic Anthropology & Applied Science, will be on display at the Tampa Bay History Center until November 27. More information at www.forensics.usf.edu

Start the weekend with some positive news 📰 Take a look at how one of the newest members of our Tampa PD family increased his family at home. Join us in welcoming Officer Jesse Whitten to the Tampa Police Department, and sharing his family's heartfelt story. #FeelGoodFriday

On October 11, 2018, 20 officers left the Tampa area as members of the multi-agency "Tampa Strong Platoon" to assist the panhandle with Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. Personnel from Tampa Police teamed with members of Tampa International Airport Police Department, University of South Florida Police Department, and Plant City Police Department, On October 16, three Tampa Police tactical dispatchers were deployed to Jackson County to help their Sheriff's Office handle incoming 911 calls and dispatching of officers to those in need. On October 18, an additional ten officers were deployed to help our friends in the north deal with the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Michael. During the past two weeks, these officers and dispatchers have been working with the communities of Panama City, Mexico Beach, Parker, and Jackson County, Florida to ensure public safety. From traffic control and answering calls for service, to delivering water and helping others cope with the loss of property, these officers and dispatchers brought the heart of Tampa to those in need in the Florida Panhandle. Now, they are all home. Today, Captain Carlos Rodriguez led the returning officers in a final briefing at the I75 Southbound Pasco County Rest Area in Lutz, after the successful completion of their mission before each member of the Tampa Strong Platoon completed the final leg of their journey. Welcome home everyone!! You made us proud.


James Wilcher - Officer of the Month Throughout his employment, Officer James Wilcher has continuously demonstrated hard work and dedication toward making the city of Tampa a safer place for everyone. Below are just a few examples of why this recognition is well deserved. On September 23, 2017, Officer Wilcher responded to N. Perry Avenue for the report of a man who was not breathing. Using his AED, he was able to revive the man – allowing him to survive his medical emergency. The next day, Officer Wilcher responded to the Broadway Bar for a disturbance. When he arrived, he saw a male carrying a gun. It was later found out that the man was a convicted felon. Due to Officer Wilcher's diligence and documentation, this felon was charged federally and was recently sentenced to 19 years in prison. On June 6, 2018, Officer Wilcher was dispatched to N. Ashley Drive for the report of an overdose. He removed a dose of Narcan from his belt and administered it to the unresponsive man. The male was revived and recovered at the hospital. On August 22, 2018, Officer Wilcher was on his day off, enjoying some fishing near the Gandy Bridge. He witnessed a man purposefully jump off the bridge, in an attempt to end his life. Officer Wilcher grabbed the man from the water, holding his head above the water until on-duty Tampa Police Marine units could respond. On September 30, 2018, Officer Wilcher conducted a traffic stop for an improper turn. When approaching the car, he could smell the odor of marijuana. Officer Wilcher located 563.7 grams of the narcotic inside the vehicle. The subject was already on probation for armed robbery, and now had violated his probation. In recognition of his exemplary performance, not only for his life-saving measures, but also for arresting a vast number of prolific felons and making the city a safer place, Officer James Wilcher is the Tampa Police Department Officer of the Month.

This morning Officer Josh Kennedy was called to the front office of Sheehy Elementary, where his is currently assigned as a School Safety Officer. There, he was met by a teacher, Mrs. Cruz, and three of her students. Mrs. Cruz told Officer Kennedy about Spirit FM 90.5 doing a special campaign called the "10-24 Project" which encourages the community to write notes of gratitude to law enforcement on 10/24 since "10-24" is a common code in many law enforcement agencies for "Trouble Send Help". Mrs. Cruz's students wrote letters about what they think Officer Kennedy does as an SSO. This morning he was presented with the letters. "This really meant a lot to me and I thought it was a nice gesture to reflect the positive relationship we share between police and the youngsters", said Officer Kennedy after reading the kind notes from the kids he loves to work with. Thank you to Mrs. Cruz, all her students, and Spirit FM 90.5 for your support & the keepsake writings given to Officer Kennedy.

Tampa Police Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Event

We had a blast last night with New Tampa residents at Benito Park for Neighborhood Night Out! We enjoyed great food together thanks to Rise Tampa, Titus O'Neil, Tijuana Flats and PRECINCT PIZZA | Latest Vibes 🎶 by Retired Officer Jerry Matos aka First Class Entertainment | Unity with everyone who came out to take a stand against crime. We even gave out a FREE Ring doorbell camera 🤗 Next stop?! Copeland Park tonight from 5:30p-8p #SaferTogether

Tampa Police detectives need your help identifying a woman who may be linked to several car burglaries in the South Tampa area. The woman was caught on surveillance footage arriving at a Walgreens on West Kennedy Boulevard on Oct 18. She went inside the store and tried to make a purchase with a credit card that was stolen during the string of auto burglaries. The transaction was declined. Later that day, either the same female or a second female suspect went to a Speedway on North Dale Mabry and used a different credit card taken during the burglaries. The suspect was able to purchase multiple gift cards with the stolen credit card. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, Inc.. Anonymous tips may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

The following officers did a superb job this morning at Primrose School: Sgt. Graham, Cpl. Nelson, MPO Fleita, MPO Lewis, Officer Collum and Officer German. The motorcycle was a huge hit! The kids loved it all.

The Thunderbug helped us out with traffic control tonight.

Update from the #TampaStrong Platoon! All of the officers from Tampa PD, Plant City Police Department, University of South Florida Police Department, Tampa International Airport PD are doing well. This week, some of them traveled to the City of Mexico Beach to help with stabilizing the community after Hurricane Michael's devastating impact. In an emotional show of gratitude, Mexico Beach Police Chief Anthony Kelly presented the #TampaStrong group with the "Police" sign that once hung on the headquarter's building, and a key to the front entrance--the only two things left from the catastrophic storm.

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