While Major Paul Driscoll has served the department in many capacities, for the
last 13 years Driscoll has run the agency's grant program. In that role, he has brought more than 80 million federal and state dollars into the department. That funding paid for a new fleet of helicopters and the video downlink system from the police helicopters. This plays a key role in catching fleeing suspects and managing the city's largest events by providing a bird's eye view to commanders. He also obtained funding to create the department's in-car video program, saved dozens of civilian jobs during budget cuts and brought in funding for multiple crime reduction initiatives in the patrol districts. Most recently, he has managed the 50 million dollar RNC Security Grant from the Department of Justice.
During his 10 years in Patrol, Driscoll earned two Life Saving Awards for rushing into burning homes on two different occasions. In 1989, he saved an elderly man and in
1992 his efforts saved four elderly men from a burning boarding home.
He worked as a Field Training Supervisor for two years before taking on the unique role of working with city's Department of Innovation and Technology to advance the departmentís use of technology. He launched the program that put laptops into patrol cars and helped select the department's state of art records management system. The newly appointed Major is best known at the department for creating the four on four off patrol deployment. It increased efficiency and provided more thorough police coverage throughout the city.
Major Driscoll has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Buffalo. He worked six-years as a nuclear engineer before joining the Tampa Police Department to realize his dream of serving the community. He is currently enrolled in the part time law school program at Stetson University. He has two children, 24-year-old Paul and 19-year-old Stephanie.