Deputy Chief - Police Operations
Deputy Chief Eric Ward's experience fighting crime in District III and his years of serving in Special Operations have prepared him for this new post. In his 25-year career, Ward has served as the department's Specialty Teams Commander overseeing K-9, Mounted Patrol, Traffic, Air Service, Marine Patrol, Dive Team, SWAT, Hostage Negotiation Team, Bomb Team, Honor Guard and the Special Incident Management Unit. Ward also served as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Region 4 SWAT Commander. Each year, Ward helped oversee security at more than 800 city sponsored events.
Ward's well-rounded career includes assignments in
Patrol, the Criminal Intelligence Bureau, K-9, Gang Suppression Unit, Firehouse
Program, Street Anti-Crime Squad and Selective Enforcement Bureau. He is a
certified instructor in Defensive Tactics, Fitness and Chemical Agents. Before
becoming part of the department's command staff, Ward was a member of TPD's
Tactical Response Team, Honor Guard and Hostage Negotiation Team. He is also a
two-time recipient of the department's Officer of the Month Award. Deputy Chief
Ward earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University. He
is married with two children.