Tampa Police Department Training, Audit 16-05
The Tampa Police Department (TPD) as an authorized law enforcement agency in the State of Florida is required to ensure that all active officers and instructors comply with the training requirements set by both the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and TPD themselves. For TPD, the responsibility of meeting this requirement falls largely to the Training Unit. The Training Unit staff consists of four Training Specialists, one Range Master, and one police officer. This staff reports to a Corporal assigned on a full-time basis to training. The Corporal reports to a Sergeant who splits his duties overseeing both the Personnel Unit and the Training Unit. The Training Unit reports ultimately through the Support Services Division and to the Chief of Police.
Initial officer certification requirements are set by FDLE and largely take place outside of the domain of TPD. These requirements include meeting minimum physical qualifications, completing required training programs and courses at a Training School certified by the state’s Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC), passing the State Officer Certification Exam, and then being hired by TPD. Once hired as an active officer by TPD, an individual must meet mandatory retraining requirements. These include completing 40 hours of in-service, advanced, specialized, or career development training every 4 years including retraining in use of force and firearms qualification. Retraining also covers subjects such as human diversity, domestic violence, juvenile sexual offender investigations, discriminatory profiling, and professional traffic stops. TPD further requires that all officers attend mandatory in-service training for the department each year as well as meet annual firearm qualifications standards set by the department beyond the bi-annual FDLE requirement.
Similarly, initial instructor certification requirements are set by FDLE and largely take places outside the domain of TPD. The requirements are different for the general instruction certification and high-liability areas instruction certifications. Generally, the requirements include completing required training and license certification courses, completing a required internship and student evaluation requirements, and becoming affiliated with a CJSTC-certified training school or criminal justice employing agency such as TPD. Once certified, instructors must meet maintenance requirements every four years including teaching a CJSTC-approved course in the area where the instructor is certified once within the four year period and submitting related documentation.
The report in its entirety can be viewed on TampaGov.net.