Chief Brian Dugan
During his 28-year career with the Tampa Police Department, Chief Brian Dugan has played several key roles in establishing the department’s reputation as a well-respected, highly professional organization. He has served in every facet of the department, developing a diverse background of experience that has attributed to the progressive leader he is today. He is moving the department forward to build stronger partnerships with both law enforcement and the community as a whole.
In November 2017, Mayor Bob Buckhorn halted a national search for Chief and named Dugan the 32nd Chief of Police, after he successfully served as the department’s Interim Chief for four months. He hit the ground running in 2017 to help Tampa residents and public safety prepare for Hurricane Irma, which was the largest storm to ever make landfall in the state of Florida. Soon thereafter the first National Hockey League player protested police brutality by demonstrating during the National Anthem of the season opener. Dugan initiated a conversation with the player to foster a better relationship, which has since evolved into a great partnership. During that time, he also met with residents at various public forums to help further an already established relationship within the community. October kicked off a serial killer investigation and apprehension of the killer involving four murders within fifty-one days. He was a constant presence in the community to reassure the safety of Tampa’s residents.
It was these types of community partnerships that inspired several first time initiatives during Dugan’s tenure as chief, including: community walking alongside police officers for a ‘trick-a-treat’ launch of the department’s Halloween patrol, inspiration for the department’s new Community Investment Grant program (funded by LETF), the launch of a youth boxing program stalled in years of planning, implementation of a teambuilding training for businesses, established a Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT) to address the OPOID crisis and street level drugs, and a departmental restructure to more efficiently police in today’s society.
During his career, Chief Dugan has served as an officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, deputy chief, and assistant chief. As the Assistant Chief he oversaw Special Operations, Criminal Investigations and the Special Support Division, and has taken primary responsibility for the Department’s $146 million budget. He served as co-chairman of the Tampa Urban Area Security Initiative, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Police Athletic League.
Hired in 1990, he spent several years in the North Tampa district that encompasses Sulphur Springs, Seminole Heights and New Tampa. He has also worked in the Criminal Intelligence Bureau, Street Anti -Crime Unit, Quick Uniform Attack on Drugs Squad (QUAD), Internal Affairs Bureau, Mayor’s Security Detail, and as a Field Training Officer.
Dugan earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from West Liberty University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officers’ Development Course. In 2014, he attended the Senior Management Institute for Police. He is a Leadership Tampa graduate and a member of several professional associations, including the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, the Police Executive Research Forum, and Major Cities Chiefs Association. Chief Brian Dugan is married with two children.