Communications Bureau - Frequently Asked Questions
When should I call 911?
911 should only be called for life or death emergencies, medical emergencies or crimes in progress. For other
matters that require Police
responses, call (813) 231-6130.
Why do I have to answer so many questions when I call 911?
911 call-takers have been professionally trained to gather as much detailed information as possible. This does not delay police response.
Usually the call-taker has already sent a call for service and continuously
updates that event. The more details that are included in the call ensure
citizen and police officer safety.
Why am I asked for my address? Doesn't that show up when I call 911?
Call-takers are trained to verify the address of the caller. Cellular calls DO NOT provide an accurate locations, so the call-taker will confirm the address with the caller.
How can I get a job with Tampa Police Communications?
There are 3 ways to apply:
Go to the 2nd Floor, Tampa City Hall, 315 East Kennedy Blvd between 8:00 A.M.
and 5:00 P.M. Fill out an employment
Pick up an employment application, take it home, complete the application and mail it to:
City of Tampa, Employment Services, 306 East Jackson Street, Tampa, FL 33602