her 30 years as a Tampa Police Officer, Chief Jane Castor has built a reputation
for working side by side with citizens, neighborhood leaders, activists and
business owners to solve crime problems and improve our community. Those strong
partnerships are now the foundation of the Department's crime reduction
strategy, leading to unprecedented success in making Tampa a safer city. Since
it's induction in 2003, Chief Castor's Focus on Four crime reduction plan has
been the driving force behind Tampa's 65.8% reduction in crime.
Chief Castor was elected president of her police academy class and quickly moved
through the ranks. She has served in nearly every capacity within the Department
from Patrol, Narcotics, Family Violence and Sex Crimes to Criminal Intelligence,
the Field Training Program and Administration.
In 2003, then Lieutenant Castor assumed the lead role in the Department of
Homeland Security's Tampa Bay Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), she has
become a pioneer in using homeland security trends in local law enforcement.
Her dedication to the community reaches far beyond her role within the Tampa
Police Department. Chief Castor serves on numerous boards in our community and
continues to work with and mentor at risk children.
Jane attended the University of Tampa on an athletic scholarship in Basketball
and Volleyball, where she earned a Bachelor's of Science in Criminology. In
2006, she was inducted into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2010
was the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award. Jane also holds a Master's of
Public Administration from Troy State University and is a graduate of the
prestigious FBI National Academy.
Most notably, Chief Castor was named Law Enforcement Executive of the Year by
the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives in 2009.