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Major Diane Hobley-Burney

Major Diane Hobley-Burney

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 Force.

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.