Tampa's Crime Rate Continues to Decrease
Operation Summer HeatThrough this operation, the Tampa Police Department has identified the 459 most dangerous and prolific criminals and took the steps necessary to get them off the streets. Tampa Police and the U.S. Marshals Service began the operation by searching for 378 felons wanted on a total of 459 felony warrants. After the four-day operation, they cleared 186 warrants and tracked down or arrested 156 Felons. The remaining warrants were be assigned to Tampa Police Districts for the next stage of the operation. Additionally, 69 of the warrants were cleared by arrest and five of those arrests were by the U.S. Marshals Service in Georgia, Ohio, Virginia, Texas and Jacksonville; 21 suspects were deceased; 20 suspects were located in prison and will be charged with TPD warrant when released; 46 suspects are located in other states, but the State of Florida will not extradite to Tampa.
Operation Rain MakerThe Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office discovered the tax scam a year ago and began investigating it on a case-by-case basis. The agencies quickly realized the scam was taking place in epic proportions and joined forces with the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service. They formed the Cash Back Task Force in March to tackle the epidemic. The task force uncovered various schemes the defendants utilized to cash the illegally obtained treasury funds. Task Force Results:$100 million intercepted tax dollars; $5 million in recovered tax dollars and assets; $25 million stolen tax dollars; and 49 arrests.
Gun Buy BackCity and community leaders joined forces to help stop gun violence and save lives. Save Our Sons, Turn in Your Guns, was gun buy-back event aimed at keeping deadly weapons out of criminal hands. Over 1,000 guns were turned in at the one-day event. The Tampa Bay Lightning generously donated more than $12,000 to this cause.
Ybor City Business Watch Program is LaunchedThe Ybor City Business Watch Program was launched through a partnership with Tampa Police Department. The new program helps improve communication effort with Ybor City business owners and police.
Fire Station 22Construction for Fire Station 22, located on Cross Creek Boulevard in New Tampa, is nearly completed and set to open in early April. The new $1.7 million facility was funded through an ARRA (stimulus) grant.
Bayshore Boulevard Bike EnhancementsCompleted in January, the Bayshore Boulevard Bike Enhancements Project spanned from from Platt Street to Rome Avenue. The $2.4 million project included lane reductions to allow the addition of bike lanes, pedestrian crossing signalization, and pavement repair.
Armenia Avenue / Main Street Signalization ProjectThis $107,000 project is a signal upgrade project to replace an outdated signal installation with a new single-mast arm pole and includes double pedestrian traffic signal heads, on an aluminum pole plus new pedestrian crossing facilities.
Walk-Bike Plan Phase I Receives APA Distinguished Project AwardCompleted in June 2011, the Tampa Walk-Bike Plan, Phase I cost $89,885.61 and was funded through the Metropolitan Planning Organization as part of a federal surface transportation program grant. The plan was award was selected by the the APA Suncoast Chapter to receive the APA Distinguished Project Award for 2011.
North Boulevard Bicycle and Pedestrian Enhancement ProjectCompleted in September, this project including pavement resurfacing and the addition of on-road bicycle lanes for approximately half the project and sharrow markings on the other half of the project with the accompanying signage for on-road bicycle accommodation. The project spanned from Cass Street to Osborne Avenue and cost was approximately $650,000.
MacDill Ave. Bicycle Enhancement Project,This project extends from Interbay Boulevard to MacDill AFB and was completed October 2011. City Resurfacing Project, which included the addition of sharrows pavement markings and signs for motorists to share the road with bicyclists.
Mayor Buckhorn rolled out several public safety initiatives during his first year in office including an ordinance curbing street solicitation, a large warrant round-up, and a successful gun buy-back program.
Mayor Buckhorn and the Tampa Police Department
launched "Operation Summer Heat", a 4 day warrant
round-up that took 156 of Tampa's most dangerous
criminals off the streets.
The Mayor and Tampa Police launched a gun buy-back
program with support from the Tampa Bay Lightning
that collected more than 1,000 guns.
Mayor Buckhorn with a class of new Tampa Fire Rescue