Tampa Police Department

The Tampa Police Department is in charge of combating crime and conducting law enforcement tasks in the city of Tampa, FL. The department consists of 1,000 sworn police officers and around 350 civilians who provide backup and assistance to the regular officers.

Tampa police force is composed of four specialized units; each has its own specific tasks and responsibilities.

The Street Anti-Crime Squads (known as SAC) engage in crime prevention across all the districts. They are in charge of combating prostitution, robbery and burglary. They also deal with car thefts.

The Quick Uniformed Attack on Drugs Squads (referred to as Q.U.A.D.) operate to stop street drug trade.

Crime Prevention Practitioners deal with community policing. They interact with the local population to rid the neighborhoods of criminal activity. They supervise neighborhood watch teams and function as a connecting factor between the city’s residents and Tampa Police Department. They operate across all of the city’s districts.

District Latent Investigation Squads are the department’s detective force. They are attached to the city’s districts and they are responsible for investigating property related crimes. They also investigate assault cases.

The District Units

Tampa’s municipal area is divided into 3 districts assigned to patrol divisions. Each patrol division consists of 12 -14 squads.

District one encompasses the areas of Davis Islands, west side and Tampa’s peninsula. District two includes the city’s northern areas, among which are Hunters Green, Tampa Palms and Busch Gardens while district three covers the eastern parts of the city –  Ybor City, Downtown and also Port Tampa Bay.

Tampa crime rates

350,758 people reside in Tampa. The total number of crimes committed in 2013 reached 12,712, of which 2,184 were violent crimes and the rest were property crimes. To be more precise, last year, the city’s police officers had to deal with 23 murders, 47 rapes, 574 robberies, 1,540 assault cases, 2,535 burglaries, 7,354 thefts and 639 auto thefts. Statistically speaking, there were 0.07 murders and 0.13 rapes for every 1,000 residents. 70 crimes occurred per 1 square mile.  In terms of crime index, Tampa is considered safer than 18 per cent of all cities across the United States.

Conducting a Tampa criminal background check

To acquire information on a person’s criminal history is it advisable to carry out your inquiry on a county level. To undertake a Hillsborough County warrant search turn to the sheriff office. You have two options:

  • You can visit the sheriff office and view their databases. They are located in Tampa at 2008 E. 8th Ave. Their phone number is (813) 247-8000.
  • You have the option of using their online warrant search tool. To initiate the inquiry you will have to fill in the person’s name, race, sex or DOB.

Another tool that will assist you in finding Hillsborough County outstanding warrants is the wanted persons search provided by the Florida Crime information Center. It will show you warrant information related to the entire state.

The sheriff office also puts at your disposal an arrest search tool to help you trace arrest records. It contains thousands of records, some of which date back to 1999 and even earlier.

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