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Tampa Chief Announces He is Retiring

“It’s been an honor of a lifetime to help lead this department, to serve and protect this great community,” Chief Brian Dugan said.

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Tampa Offering Signing Bonus to Mental Health Professionals Willing to Team with Patrol Officers

The Tampa Police Department will soon have officers and mental health professionals in the same vehicle on patrol.

FL Officer Shot in Head Last Month Remains Critical

The police department tweeted the update Wednesday, saying Officer Jason Raynor, who authorities say was shot in the head last month by Othal Wallace, has shown some signs of improvement since the shooting but has also had some setbacks.

Police Say FL Man Stole Alligator, Tried to Throw It onto Liquor Store Roof

The suspect said he jumped a fence to an alligator enclosure and stole the gator, according to an arrest report. Officers said when they asked the man what he was doing when he was throwing the alligator in the air, he advised he was "teaching it a lesson."

Surfside Police Were First on Scene at Condo Collapse

“I was shining a light up there. I could see children waving. I shined the light on myself waved to the kid, you know, and just to let them know that we were there for them,” Officer Craig Lovellett said.

Man's Gun Jams After Firing Shot at FL Officer

During the encounter the suspect reportedly fired a round and as described by Officer Pavel Kuznetsov, ‘It literally whizzed by his head,’" the sheriff said.

Fort Lauderdale Hires New Police Chief

Larry Scirotto was formerly the assistant police chief in Pittsburgh. He spent 23 years in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and was the youngest assistant chief in that department’s history.

Miami-Area Agencies Team Up for Anti-Crime Strategy

“I’ve never had to mobilize the entire county,” Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez said about what distinguishes this operation from others. “Our other crime initiatives were always for a specific area that was experiencing a trend, a hot spot.”

Man Accused of Shooting FL Officer in Head Captured in GA

Police later said at a news conference that the suspect was found in a treehouse on a property outside Atlanta, where he had multiple flash-bang grenades, rifle plates, body armor, two rifles, two handguns and several boxes of ammunition.

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Suspect in Shooting of Daytona Officer Still at Large

The search for Othal Wallace continues throughout the state of Florida and into Atlanta, where a Be On The Lookout alert was issued to Atlanta Metro Police. Wallace reportedly has ties to the Atlanta area.

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