Host of the Republican National Convention
Call Center Created to Support RNCThe City of Tampa implemented a 24/7 call center in support of the 2012 Republican National Convention (RNC). The RNC Call Center provided up to date information on any additional street closures that may occur, parking options, basic directional assistance, and hospitality information for visitors.
Bright Lights Safe Nights
Street Lighting Initiative
Launch of SAFECOP
Reduction in CrimeDespite a challenging year focused on planning and training for the RNC, Tampa Police officers were once again able to surpass their goal for crime reduction. Crime dropped 4.1% in Tampa in 2012 which translates to fewer victims every year in our city. The department is constantly tweaking its approach to fighting crime, but one thing that remains constant in all this change is the commitment to working closely with our citizens in every neighborhood.
Social MediaAs social media has grown as a communication tool, the Tampa Police Department has made it a key component of its outreach to our citizens. We see it as a modern community oriented policing strategy. Through social media, we release video of unsolved crimes, inform our citizens with crime prevention tips, showcase unique operations or just highlight good old fashioned police work. This new approach to reaching our citizens has created community interaction in a way we've never experienced before now. By creating fun social media police videos, we've shown the community that our officers are friendly, approachable and committed to serving them.
Tax FraudAfter two years of Tampa Police officers battling epidemic tax fraud, the IRS has joined forces with the department and created a Tax Fraud Alliance. This new approach ensures all possible resources are focused on protecting taxpayers from identity theft. TPD's new Fraud Squad detectives have also been sworn in as federal agents to crush the tax schemes that have stolen millions from our citizens.
Fire Station 22Opened Fire Station 22, located on Cross Creek Boulevard in New Tampa, is nearly completed and set to open in early April. The new $1.7 million facility was funded through an ARRA (stimulus) grant.
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