When Major Diane Hobley-Burney was appointed to manage the
district that encompasses Tampa's vibrant and fastest growing
neighborhoods, she could not have been happier. She states with great
passion, "It's an honor to oversee police services in the community that
I consider home." Major Hobley-Burney is thrilled to serve the residents
of District III, which includes a flourishing Downtown, Channelside,
Ybor City and East Tampa.
During her diverse career, she has worked her way through the ranks
starting out as a patrol officer. Her assignments span the gamut from
Field Training and School Resource Officer to a Detective in Domestic
Violence, Corporal in Crime Prevention, Sergeant and Lieutenant in
patrol, Captain in the Support Services Bureau which included the
Personnel and Training Unit, Evidence Control, Records and Reserve
Her efforts to stop the cycle of domestic abuse inspired her
to became a domestic violence trainer and serve as a domestic violence
coordinator for the Department. She also oversaw the Federal Weed and
Seed Program that created anti-drug programs, revitalized the
neighborhood and helped disadvantaged children in East Tampa.
She has led a number of successful crime reduction initiatives. Notably,
"Operation Safe Zones" and "We Know
What You Did Last Summer," which was part of the a federal grant to
reduce crime and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. Her innovation created specialty call signs for
officers during the operations that identified them of their role and
assigned area. This out of the box thinking to use call sign identifiers
is still in use today in some assignments.
She believes community oriented policing is the key to building and
growing relationships with the citizens of Tampa. She strives each day
to assure that the mission of the Tampa Police Department, which is to
Reduce Crime and Enhance the Quality of Life Through a Cooperative
Partnership with all Citizens, is always fulfilled.
Major Hobley-Burney earned her Master of Science in Criminal Justice
with a concentration in Criminal Incident Management from Saint Leo
University, where she also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.