The Tampa Police Department was bestowed a framed gift by Grow Financial Credit Union, via Chief Executive Officer Bob Fischer, acknowledging the persistent efforts of the Tampa police force’s diligence in serving the community.
The plaque presented to Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor will stand among the assorted framed art works exhibited upon the walls of Tampa police headquarters in downtown Tampa, Fla., located at 411 North Franklin Street.
Staff from Grow Financial and Tampa police administration co-mingled before and after the plaque’s unveiling ceremony, honoring the concept of cooperative efforts between a law enforcement agency and its business leaders.
The Tampa Police Department proudly involves itself in its jurisdictional boundaries, an example of which is its Crime Prevention Partnership. A few of the particular avenues it has been enmeshed in is its Tampa Downtown Partnership and its Westshore Alliance, both of which seek to work together with area business merchants to stave off criminal elements.
Grow Financial is one such business partner in the realm of TPD’s Crime Prevention partnership, thus recognized such an alliance via the plaque offering.
No novice to such concepts, the Tampa Police Department (TPD) has implemented various programs to instill and see to fruition its overall objectives in the Tampa community.
Tampa police programs now include the Youth Citizens Academy whereby Tampa police officers instruct and educate young individuals about the dynamics, purposes and philosophies in maintaining Tampa as a secure environment. The recently initiated six-week pseudo-academy instruction involves an empirical view into American law enforcement principles. This effort underscores the caveat of constructive involvement for young teens, and also serves to encourage a potential career in law enforcement.
As well, Tampa police officials continue their Bike registration program. This feature serves to etch unique identifiers on bicycles so that, in the event a bike is stolen, the identifier can facilitate the return once a bicycle is recovered by Tampa police officers. This service is free to any interested participant.
Moreover, Tampa police officers recently opened its RICH House (Resources In Community Hope), made possible by cooperative efforts of Tampa-area businesses and the Tampa Police Department. The RICH House is staffed by a Tampa police officer who guides area youth in various subject matters, including academic study, and provides a safe place for kids to socialize.
TPD’s police animal partners are often out and about in the community, affording Tampa citizens and visitors, especially kids, the unique opportunity to meet and greet officers on horseback and/or those with police canine partners.
Out in Copeland Park recently, Tampa police horses and police canines co-mingled among the public enjoying the environment and sunny weather. This, too, provides a great service to the Tampa community and its inhabitants, enabling tangible experiences in Tampa’s police/community involvement.
Given the specter of police functions and modes by which to successfully carry out its mission, the Tampa Police Department maintains a diverse contingency. Everything from marked cruisers, motor bikes, bicycles, helicopters, planes, boats, horses, canines, Segways, scooters, divers, crime scene vans, SWAT vehicles, mobile command centers, bomb squad utilities, and robotic equipment are all employed.
Perhaps the only mode missing is a pogo stick.
The Tampa police have requisites to do a demanding job, often with unyielding situations, and they conduct themselves selflessly.
With one of the most successfully-embedded neighborhood watch programs in the nation, it is no wonder that this attribute, among countless others, garnered the bid for Tampa to host a major political event.
Tampa hosted the Republican National Convention (RNC) in 2012 and, with the vast stores of federal dollars provided to the city to conduct such a large-scale event, the Tampa Police Department rolled out every imaginable device so as to deliver a peaceful, non-violent, cordially-hosted event.
Unremarkable were the number of incidents recorded during TPD’s hosting of RNC 2012; remarkable were the factors exhibiting the professionalism, safety and security to millions who partook in this monumental event.
Tampa cops were mobile and stationary, dispensing ice-cold water bottles to attendees scorched by the climate. Signs of a mature, yet still maturing agency, abound.
Stemming from the RNC, federal dollars also compensated for the Tampa to be strung and outfitted with security surveillance camera systems. Tampa was permitted to retain the equipment after the RNC concluded, and agreed to provide maintenance thereafter at the city’s expense.
It is no wonder TPD has garnered myriad accolades throughout its history, with evolving growth quite evident.
Visitors to Tampa Police Department headquarters will now observe one more addition to its collection of art adorning the walls. Colorful paintings, now joined by the Grow Financial plaque perched upon an easel, are treats for the eyes.
The Tampa police administration and brave men and women of the Tampa police force invite you to view its digs and to meet and greet its staff.
Come and visit the art work on display, joined by its newest accolades in the form of the plaque of recognition given by Grow Financial in Tampa.
No better relationship can exist, especially when all parties are on the same page, in unified efforts to maintain safety and security. Instilling harmony among its citizenry is a TPD staple. There is no denying the Tampa Police Department and all its personnel has it down to an art form.
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