The Tampa Police Department is committed to utilize the Truancy Intake Center
as an aggressive interdiction program, "that puts kids on notice that the
community will not allow them to skip school and commit crime." The Truancy
Intake Center works in conjunction with the Hillsborough County School Systems
and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to promote the interdiction and success
of the program. The Tampa Police Department believes Truants are a
"high" priority in our community. Other agencies involved in the
Truancy Intake Center are the Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc. and
the Children in Need of Services/Families in Need of Services (CINS/FINS)
School truancy is one of several patterns of behavior known to increase the likelihood
of delinquency. Youth who do not attend school are more likely than youth who
attend school to become involved with drugs, alcohol, gangs and violence.
Indeed, research linking truancy to daytime burglary and vandalism suggests that
truancy is a "gateway to crime" and "a first step to a lifetime
of unemployment, crime, and incarceration."
Empty Seats, Empty Minds
Truancy is costly. Without adequate skills, youth are unable to secure
employment and to become self-sufficient adults. School districts lose hundreds
of thousands of dollars in federal and state revenue that is based on average
daily attendance figures. Businesses pay to train uneducated workers who need
instruction in basic reading and math before training can begin on specific job
skills. Taxpayers pay high taxes for law enforcement and welfare related to
drop-outs who choose to follow a life of crime and are dependent on welfare.
How it Works
During the school year, the Truancy Intake Center opens it doors from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, Monday
Truant students are brought to the center for processing by the Tampa Police Department and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Parents are contacted to come and gather their child at the center.
Prior to leaving the center, the parent(s) and their child meet with a Hillsborough County School Social Worker or a
(Child in need of services/Family In need of Services) This helps insure the
child and parent are guided in the proper
direction for additional services after leaving the center.
If you are aware of a youth not attending school,
hanging out on the corner or just staying home, please feel free to call the
Truancy Intake Center at: (813) 936-9099. You may remain anonymous.
Hours of Operation: 8:00am - 4:00pm / Monday - Friday.