Tampa Police Department's Outdoor Festival Marks 27 Years of Community Partnership

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 The theme: "Black History and Beyond" celebrates the importance of growing police and community partnerships throughout the year

What:    Chief Jane Castor will recognize our Unsung Community Heroes:  retired Tampa Police Sergeant Sam Jones Sr. (posthumously), retired Officer Lamarcus Larry (posthumously), retired Captain Sam Jones, Jr and local community activist Rechi Butler for their contributions in uniting officers with the citizens they serve.

When:  Saturday, March 7, 2015

Event - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Award Presentations - Noon     

Where: Lowry Park Bandshell, 7525 North Boulevard, Tampa     


The Tampa Police Department is inviting residents to enjoy a day filled with entertainment, historical exhibits and community outreach services during its 27th Annual Black History Celebration.  This year's outdoor celebration, which promotes bringing cops and citizens together as one will highlight local entertainers and feature a variety of interactive activities and free giveaways for the entire family to enjoy. The department will have its emergency vehicles on display, as well as demonstrations from the K-9 and bomb teams.  Visitors will also have an opportunity to pet animals from Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and win admission tickets to the zoo.

Blake High School's Jazz ensemble, Simply,' will provide guests with a true jazz in the park experience.  The young group of musicians has entertained audiences at a variety of events to include: the City of Tampa's Black History Celebration, the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, Crumb & Cork Jazz Lounge, the Florida Aquarium and The Tuskegee Alumni Luncheon. 

The Tampa Police Department's Black History Committee partnered with several non-profit agencies to provide on-site health screenings, job search assistance and access to community resources. 

The celebration is free and open to the public.

Janelle McGregor