Three Accomplished Police Majors Retire Chief Jane Castor Announces Three New Majors and Captains

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Three Accomplished Police Majors Retire

Chief Jane Castor Announces Three New Majors and Captains

Major Gerald Honeywell
District Three Commander

After 30 years of service to the citizens of Tampa, Major Gerald Honeywell is retiring as a well respected leader in the East Tampa community. He leaves behind a unique legacy for his work as a role model and mentor with disadvantaged youth. His program, "Building the Guts to Lead," helped transform the lives of countless underprivileged teenagers. He exposed them to new opportunities and experiences and helped more than 20 earn college scholarships and even more find gainful employment.

Major Honeywell also played a key role in significantly lowering violent crime in East Tampa during the five years that he served as commander of the community along with Downtown Tampa, Ybor City and Channelside. He was well known for always having an open line of communication with citizens and working to unite police and residents to improve the community. As a result of his efforts, public participation at District Three events is at an all time high.

After serving four years in the United States Coast Guard, Major Honeywell started his career in law enforcement with the Tampa Police Department in 1982. Throughout his tenure with the department, he has held supervisory positions in all three districts and the former street level drug program known as QUAD.

He is a lifelong Tampa resident, a graduate of Jefferson High School and Tampa College. Major Honeywell is married to Federal Judge Charlene Honeywell and the father of two children. He attends Bible Based Fellowship Church, where he also holds several leadership positions within the organization.

Major Kenneth Morman
Criminal Investigation Division Commander

Major Kenneth Morman also leaves behind a monumental legacy of accomplishment after serving Tampa for 30 years. He spearheaded some of the department's largest and longest drug investigations that stretched across the United States and into South America. He played a key role in dismantling the prescription drug market by designing the department's program that cracked down on illegal "pill mills." Since 1998, he has been part of the federal task force known as HIDTA for High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. The task force combines local, state and federal resources to take down drug trafficking organizations.

For the last year, he served as Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, overseeing all homicide, sex crimes and family violence, criminal tracking and hit and run investigations. In this role, he advocated for victims' families and worked to build connections in neighborhoods to solve high-profile crimes.

Major Morman's work to streamline investigations into tax refund fraud will be felt long after he is retired. His work with federal law enforcement is already ensuring more timely arrests of tax fraud suspects that have plagued the Tampa Bay Area for more than two years.

During his 30 year career, Major Morman worked in every position in the Narcotics Bureau from Detective to Captain. He also served as a patrol officer and plain-clothes supervisor.

Major Jill Kwiatkowski
District One Commander

Major Jill Kwiatkowski brings her 30-years as a crime fighter to a close in District One where she started her law enforcement career in the late 80s. Over the years, she has applied her diverse knowledge of crime trends and proactive police initiatives to consistently drive down crime in South and West Tampa. During the Republican National Convention, Major Kwiatkowski oversaw police operations on Tampa streets where the convention was not taking place. While most cities experience a spike in crime during a large event, Major Kwiatkowski helped the department achieve a 26% drop in crime during the RNC.
The Major's most notable accomplishment was her role in building the department's Field Training Officer Program. Major Kwiatkowski played an integral part in developing and implementing TPD's training curriculum and overseeing the future officers of the Tampa Police Department. She has worked in every rank in the Field Training Program from Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain.
Major Kwiatkowski also developed the SoHo Policing Program where officers are designated along Howard Avenue to serve as liaisons to the businesses and residents in the area. This initiative promoted a positive working relationship between the officers and citizens they served.
The distinguished crime-fighter has served in patrol in all three districts. She has also served as a Street Anti-Crime Officer, DUI Officer and an Internal Affairs Detective. Major Kwiatkowski has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.

Chief Jane Castor Announces Three New Majors and Captains

Major Diane Hobley-Burney

Major Diane Hobley-Burney will command District III that includes Downtown, Channelside, Ybor City and East Tampa where she started her career 24 years ago. Hobley-Burney said, "It's an honor to oversee police services in the community that I consider home." The newly appointed Major has worked as a leader in East Tampa to reduce crime and to help spur economic redevelopment by partnering with other community organizations. She oversaw the federal Weed and Seed Program that created anti-drug programs to revitalize the neighborhood and help disadvantaged children in East Tampa. She has also served as a mentor at the department's RICH House that is a safe haven for underprivileged children in Sulphur Springs. She looks forward to strengthening partnerships in the East Tampa community to create new programs helping children in need. She believes community oriented policing is the key to building and growing relationships with Tampa's citizens.

Most recently, Hobley-Burney served as a Patrol Captain. During her diverse career, she has worked as a Commander over the Support Services Bureau that includes the Personnel and Training Unit, Evidence Control, Records and the Reserve Force. The newly appointed Major has also worked as a Patrol Lieutenant, supervised one of the top producing Quick Uniform Attack on Drugs Squads, worked as a Domestic Violence Detective, supervised the School Resource Officers Program and managed Crime Prevention. As the department's Domestic Violence Coordinator, she worked to stop the cycle of abuse and became a domestic violence trainer for the agency.

Hobley-Burney recently earned her Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Criminal Incident Management from Saint Leo University. She also holds a BS in Sociology from Saint Leo University. She started her career at the department by graduating in the top of her police academy class.

Major Keith O'Connor

Major Keith O'Connor has played a critical role in the department's crime reduction success as a supervisor in patrol and the former street level drug unit, QUAD. He most recently served as a patrol Captain where he was instrumental in creating a new enforcement program to prevent violent crime in the city's entertainment districts. The 18-year veteran also sprearheaded the creation of the department's first homeless liaison position that has been a resounding success. The new liaison officer has made great strides connecting homeless people with the social services needed to get them off the streets.

During the Republican National Convention, O'Connor served as a
Commander of the Crowd Management Team that worked to diffuse potential conflicts with demonstrators and helped showcase the agency in a positive light nationally.

The TPD veteran helped the department implement the Rapid Offender Control Program in 2010. As a lieutenant, this aggressive crime fighter was also the driving force some of the Department's successful holiday crime reducing operations. He also served as a Field Training Officer for six years.

Major O'Connor earned his BA from the University of South Florida and is married to the newly appointed Captain, Mary O'Connor. They have two children, eleven year-old Ryan and six-year-old Natalie.

Major Paul Driscoll

The department's senior Captain Paul Driscoll was also promoted to Major today. While he has served the department in many capacities, for the 1ast 13 years Driscoll has run the agency's grant program. In that role, he has brought more than 80 million federal and state dollars into the department. That funding paid for a new fleet of helicopters and the video downlink system from the police helicopters. This plays a key role in catching fleeing suspects and managing the city's largest events by providing a bird's eye view to commanders. He also obtained funding to create the department's in-car video program, saved dozens of civilian jobs during budget cuts and brought in funding for multiple crime reduction initiatives in the patrol districts. Most recently, he has managed the 50 million dollar RNC Security Grant from the Department of Justice.

During his 10 years in Patrol, Driscoll earned two Life Saving Awards for rushing into burning homes on two different occasions. In 1989, he saved an elderly man and in1992 his efforts saved four elderly men from a burning boarding home.

He worked as a Field Training Supervisor for two years before taking on the unique role of working with city's Department of Innovation and Technology to advance the department's use of technology. He launched the program that put laptops into patrol cars and helped select the department's state of art records management system. The newly appointed Major is best known at the department for creating the four on four off patrol deployment. It increased efficiency and provided more thorough police coverage throughout the city.

Major Driscoll has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Buffalo. He worked six-years as a nuclear engineer before joining the Tampa Police Department to realize his dream of serving the community. He is currently enrolled in the part time law school program at Stetson University. He has two children, 24-year-old Paul and 19-year-old Stephanie.

Three new captains were also named today; Mary O'Connor, Ruben Delgado and Eli Vazquez. All of the promotions are effective 9/3/12.

Laura McElroy