TPD Patrol District 3
Major Rocky Ratliff
TPD District 3
3808 North 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33610
The District Three Patrol Division serves East Tampa, the Ybor City area and Port of Tampa with uniformed officer patrols, ROC squads and property crimes detectives. Some of the points of interest in District Three are; the Ybor City Entertainment District, Channelside District, Downtown Tampa, and the expansive Port of Tampa. They also work with the East Tampa Community Revitalization Partnership. The uniformed officers are deployed on a four days on, four days off work cycle (see shift cycle calendar) with twelve squads averaging twelve officers per squad. The uniformed officers are the highly visible components of the department and are the officers who typically respond to calls for service in Tampa.
A squad of plain clothes detectives, the District Latent Investigation Squad is assigned to District Three for latent investigation of crimes against property, robbery, auto theft, and economic crimes occurring in the area encompassed by the district. Part of the squad is also charged with conducting latent investigations on different types of assaults ranging from minor to serious.
Rapid Offender Control Officers
Rapid Offender Control Officers, known as ROC, focus on high crime areas called Offender Control Zones. They are armed with intelligence about repeat offenders and crime patterns in their zones so they can more rapidly identify suspects, solve crimes and prevent additional crimes from occurring. These officers immediately begin the follow up investigation in concert with Patrol before a detective is assigned to a case. One of the ROC Officers is working in each Offender Control Zone around the clock. The crime problems of each hot zone determine if ROC Officers focus on street level narcotics, burglaries, prostitution, robberies or other crimes. A tactical lieutenant oversees the day to day crime patterns and deployment of ROC Officers. They coordinate between Patrol and District Detective Squads to ensure all entities are sharing intelligence and working together to address crime patterns. This supervisor also serves as a key point of contact for citizens, which has enhanced working relationships with the community.
A Crime Prevention Unit is assigned to each district which includes of a sworn police officer and a civilian employee. The team works together in conjunction with community and business leaders in order to improve the quality of life of citizens within their districts. They work daily with citizens within their respective districts in order to solve various quality of life problems such as; overgrown properties, loud music complaints, elderly affairs issues, etc. The team also strives to inform and educate citizens of prevention tactics designed to prevent property crimes such as; home burglaries, auto theft, and auto burglaries. The team also encourages citizens to become involved in a Neighborhood WatchProgram, this is a program created to enlist the time and talents of volunteers for the purpose of crime prevention. Informed and alert citizens who look out for one another are more likely to prevent crimes in their neighborhoods by reporting suspicious behavior to the Police.
School Resource Officers
In 1975, the Tampa Police Department and the Hillsborough County School Board established the School Resource Officer Program. This program has the responsibility of combating crime on a pre-delinquent basis as well as helping our young community understand the functions of law enforcement and the importance of safety. We also increase safety, security, and prevent violence within schools.
District 3 has 9 School Resource Officers and 1 Corporal with direct contact to approximately 9,000 students at the following schools on a yearly basis:
High Schools: Middleton and Hillsborough
Middle Schools: Memorial, Franklin, Young, Ferrell, Williams, and Orange Grove
Downtown Partnership School: Rampello
"Safe kids with bright futures"
"We care to make a difference"