Signal 14 - Spring 2012
Bikes Roll into Town for the RNC
When the Republican National Convention rolls into town, 200 bicycle officers from all over the Bay Area will roll down Tampa’s streets. The bike patrols will serve dual roles of keeping visitors safe and acting as ambassadors for the city. Bike patrols are a proven method of law enforcement connecting with the community.
Finding Homes for the Homeless
54-year-old James lived on Tampa’s streets for more than two years. Today, he’s living with his brother in his hometown of Casper, Wyoming and working to get his life back on track. This success story all started with Tampa Police Department’s first Homeless Liaison, Officer Dan McDonald.
Sniffing for Kilo and Hounding the Drug Dealers
Meet Kilo, a rookie one-year-old black Labrador Retriever. This work-a-holic has one mission, cashing in on crime. Although he just hit the streets, his Handler Corporal Kevin Doan has a bold prediction sure to make the other K-9 officers cringe; Kilo will be the number one drug detection dog in TPD’s history.
PEZ Helps Reduce Prostitution
Tampa Police officers have new tool for fighting prostitution in neighborhood that has struggled with the age old crime for years. The department worked closely with the State Attorney Mark Ober to create a Prostitution Enforcement Zone known as PEZ. TPD reviewed three years of prostitution cases to establish the boundaries of the PEZ.