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DATE/TIME: October 25, 2018 at 1:30 PM

LOCATION:  Interstate 75 Southbound Pasco County Rest Area (Between SR54 & SR56)

DETAILS:  On October 11, 2018, 20 officers left the Tampa area as members of the multi-agency "Tampa Strong Platoon" to assist the panhandle with Hurricane Michael recovery efforts.

On October 16, three Tampa Police tactical dispatchers were deployed to Jackson County to help their Sheriff's Office handle incoming 911 calls and dispatching of officers to those in need.

On October 18, an additional ten officers were deployed to help our friends in the north deal with the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

During the past two weeks, these officers and dispatchers have been working with the communities of Panama City, Mexico Beach, Parker, and Jackson County, Florida to ensure public safety. From traffic control and answering calls for service, to delivering water and helping others cope with the loss of property, these officers and dispatchers brought the heart of Tampa to those in need in the Florida Panhandle.   

Officers will hold a final briefing at the I75 Southbound Pasco County Rest Area in Lutz, after the successful completion of their mission before each member of the Tampa Strong Platoon completes the final leg of their journey home.