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|Chief Jane Castor And Her Command Staff Promote 23 of TPD's Finest
Tampa, FL May 9, 2014 - 5/09/14
Chief Jane Castor And Her Command Staff Promote 23 of TPD's Finest
Captain Yvette Flynn
Captain Yvette Flynn's unique background has shaped her into a compassionate and hard-working crime fighter who is dedicated to helping victims. She tapped into her background as a child protection counselor and guidance counselor when she managed the department's Sex Crimes and Family Violence Unit. Captain Flynn still serves on the board of the Spring of Tampa Bay as part of her efforts to stop the cycle of domestic violence.
Yvette Flynn's ability to speak Spanish helped her as she investigated some of Tampa's most notorious drug dealers as an undercover Narcotics detective. During her 16-year career, Flynn served as a supervisor over Homicide, Patrol, the plain clothes squad known as Rapid Offender Control Squad (ROC) and the street level drug squad, Quick Uniform Attack on Drugs (QUAD).
The newly appointed captain earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Hunter College in New York and a Master of Science Degree in School Guidance and Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Flynn and her husband, a Tampa Police Lieutenant, have five children.
Captain Richard O'Connor
Over the last 26 years, Captain Richard O'Connor has worked to reduce crime in every district within the department. He is a highly decorated officer winning the Award of Valor, two Life Saving Awards and twice being named the Department's Officer of the Month. While most recently he has led officers in patrol, he is well-known for working with the U.S. Marshals Service to establish the department's first Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) in 2009. The FAU tracks down wanted violent offenders in the Bay Area. Under his leadership, the team arrested more than 1,000 wanted suspects, including 142 charged with homicide.
Prior to supervising the FAU, Captain O'Connor worked as a homicide and property crime detective. He also spent 10 years teaching defensive tactics to the department's officers as well as State Corrections employees.
Captain O'Connor holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from University of South Florida. O'Connor and his wife, Susan, have four children - Sarah, Richie Jr, Madison and Daniel.
Lieutenant Douglas Groves began his career in 1995 and was promoted to detective in 2004 and then Sergeant in 2008. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan University. He is dedicated to honoring fallen officers by riding every year in the 250 mile Unity Tour to Washington D.C. during National Police Week.
During his 13-year-career, Lieutenant Michael Stout has earned numerous awards; Officer of the Month in 2012, Life Saving Award in 2009 and the Excellent Duty Award in 2004. He has served on the Hostage Negotiation Team and a Field Training Officer. Lieutenant Stout currently serves on the Honor Guard and as a Firearm and Defensive Tactics Instructor. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of South Florida.
Lieutenant Ricardo Ubinas has served Tampa's citizens for 19 years. Twice he has earned Excellent Duty Awards and once the Officer of the Month Award. Lieutenant Ubinas was a member of the Tactical Response Team (TRT) for six years.
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