TPD Training Unit
The Tampa Police Department Training Unit's goal is to provide job specific
training that will improve the performance and proficiency of its officers as
well as ensure the Department's philosophy and Standard Operating Procedures are
clearly understood. The Training Unit provides and coordinates training for all
personnel within the department.
training is held on a yearly basis to continue education given to
current City of Tampa Police Officers. It focuses on updates to
new laws and criminal procedures, physical agilities test, firearms training and qualification,
vehicle operation, defensive tactics, and CPR. Officers are also
afforded the opportunity to take part in online learning classes that is
developed and presented by the Training Unit.
training is training offered by the Training Unit or by outside
instructors brought in by the Training Unit. It offers officers
who wish to better themselves an opportunity to take part in
instructional specific topics like narcotics investigation, patrol
carbine rifle instruction and qualification, vehicle speed measurement,
officer survival, and other job related topics.
New Officer Training
Holdover training, also known as new hire orientation,
is where newly hired officers are exposed to an six-week orientation
to the Tampa Police Department. This training prepares the newly
hired officer for their work at the Tampa Police Department. The
training includes classroom instruction of the agency's Standard
Operating Procedures and mandated instruction to include domestic
violence, human diversity, mental health, juvenile sex offender
investigations, and ethics. The training will include high
liability topics to include firearms training and qualification,
defensive tactics, physical fitness awareness, and vehicle operations.
Holdover Training will prepare the newly hired officer to enter the
20-week Field Training Program.
The Tampa Police Department requires yearly
re-qualifications training for all officers. This is done
through our in-service training program. Officers must
complete the state qualification course which is set by the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standards and
Training. Officers are issued a Smith & Wesson M&P .40 firearm
or they can elect to carry a personal firearm authorized by the
department. Other firearms carried by officers include a 12
gauge shotgun or patrol carbine rifle.
tactics are NOT the same as self-defense or martial arts.
While martial arts provide a technical basis for defensive tactics,
they are generally not suitable for use on the street. The
role of defensive tactics in law enforcement is to assist the
officer in performance of an arrest or restraint of a subject.
This increases the margin of safety for both the officer and the
subject. Officers are trained in different types of
disciplines to include takedowns, restraints, control techniques,
and basic ground fighting.
Less lethal weapons includes the Electronic
Controlled Device or commonly known as Taser, Oleoresin Capsicum
spray also known as OC spray or pepper spray, flexible baton round
or the "bean bag gun," are all used as incapacitation weapons.
They are designed to incapacitate a subject. Officers at the
Tampa Police Department are required to be exposed to OC spray and
the Taser prior to being deployed on the streets.
Emergency vehicle operation training consists of in-depth training
on how the police vehicles and other vehicles will react when
confronted with stress full driving conditions. Officers must
pass skills courses that will test their driving ability prior to
driving a police vehicle.
All officers are trained in the current practices and applications
of CPR as well as the use of the AED. Officers are currently
ASHI (American Safety Health Institute) every other year.