Chief Brian Dugan

Assistant Chief Dugan

During his 27-year career with the Tampa Police Department, Interim Chief Brian Dugan has played several key roles in establishing the department’s reputation as a well-respected, highly professional organization.


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 has served in every facet of the department at some point in his career, developing a diverse background of experience.


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 currently serves as co-chairman of the Tampa Urban Area Security Initiative, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Police Athletic League.  In 2017, with the retirement of Chief Eric Ward, Mayor Bob Buckhorn named Dugan as Interim Chief. On November 7, 2017 Mayor Bob Buckhorn appointed Dugan as Chief of Police.

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 prestigious 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 belongs to 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, and the Police Executive Research Forum.  Brian Dugan is married with two children.