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Tampa Police Department

Tampa Police Department

The Tampa Police Department makes approximately 2,400 arrests for DUI each year which is accounts for nearly one-half of the DUI arrests in Hillsborough County, FL. In fact, TPD has an entire enforcement unit dedicated to making DUI arrests.

If you have been arrested for drunk or impaired driving by the Tampa Police Department, then contact the criminal and DUI defense attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm to discuss your case. Find out what you need to do within 10 days of the arrest to protect your driving privileges and preserve all avenues of fighting the charges.

Call us before you decide whether to waive all your rights so that you can get immediate reinstatement of hardship driving privileges or whether you should let your attorney contest the administrative suspension so that you have the best chance of getting it removed from your driving record.

Call 813-250-0500 today to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm.

TPD's DUI Enforcement Units

Tampa Police Department's DUI enforcement unit includes a Sergeant, two (2) Corporals, and twelve (12) uniformed officers. TPD's DUI officers primarily work in the evenings and early morning hours patrolling the streets throughout the City of Tampa by responding to calls by other patrol officers who suspect a drive of impaired driving.

All of the officers on the DUI enforcement unit are required to video the entire DUI investigation. When the officer on the TPD DUI unit makes the initial stop that video should show the following:

  • the driving pattern;
  • the traffic stop;
  • the initial questioning of the suspect;
  • the manner in which the suspect exits the vehicle;
  • the driver's performance on roadside agility tests (often called field sobriety exercises);
  • the arrest for DUI;
  • the reading of the driver's implied consent warning if the driver indicates he will refuse to take the breath test; and
  • the transport to the Central Breath Testing facility at Orient Road Jail.

In many of these cases, the arresting officer will later claim that the video equipment malfunctioned in some manner. If the failure to preserve the video was willful or if the officer intentionally destroyed the video, then the trial court can impose various sanctions including the dismissal of the charges, or less serious sanctions such as preventing the officer from testifying about the subject's statements or performance on field sobriety exercises.

DUI Checkpoints by the Tampa Police Department

In order to receive state and federal grant money, the Tampa Police Department participates in several DUI and sobriety checkpoints in Tampa throughout the year. One of the most recent safety checkpoints ran from 10 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017, throughout 1 a.m. on Saturday, June 10. DUI enforcement officers with TPD were stationed near the intersection of East Slight Avenue and North Branch Avenue. According to TPD spokesperson, Janelle McGregor, this DUI checkpoint was part of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grant.

Information from the Tampa Police Department

If you are looking for more information about the Tampa Police Department (also known as TPD), then visit the main website for the Tampa Police Department. TPD has also recently created several social media profiles including the following:


Important TPD Phone Numbers and Addresses

Tampa Police Department Headquarters
One Police Center
411 N. Franklin Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
Phone: (813) 276-3200
Fax: (813) 276-3298
Police Chief Eric Ward
Tampa Police Department - Patrol District 1
3818 W. Tampa Bay Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33614
Main Phone Number: (813) 354-6600
Covering South Tampa, Davis Island, West Shore and West Tampa
Tampa Police Department - Patrol District 2
?9330 N. 30th Street
Tampa, FL 33612
Main Phone Number: (813) 931-6500
Covering Tampa Palms and North Tampa
Tampa Police Department - Patrol District 3
3808 N. 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33610
Main Phone Number; (813) 242-3800
Covering Downtown Tampa, Port of Tampa, East Tampa, and Ybor City

Wikipedia Page for Tampa Police Department - Read more about TPD including information on statistics related to jobs, salary, and employment. Find out about the department's annual budget and priorities.

Florida Fallen Tampa Police Department Officers - The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc., (ODMP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America's fallen law enforcement heroes with a page devoted specifically to Fallen Officers from the Tampa Police Department.

Finding an Attorney after an Arrest by Tampa Police Department

If you were arrested by an officer with the Tampa Police Department for DUI or any criminal traffic offense then contact an experienced Tampa criminal defense attorney at Sammis Law Firm, P.A.. Our offices have been at the same location in downtown Tampa since 200. We are familiar with the tactics used by TPD officers and their standard operating procedures.

Whether your case involves a breath test on the Intoxilyzer 8000, a blood test, a urine test, or a refusal to submit to testing, call us to discuss the facts of the case and the best defenses. We represent men and women charged with a first time offense or a second or subsequent arrest. Whether it was a routine stop or a traffic crash, we can help.

Let us put our experience to work for you. Call 813-250-0500.

This article was last updated on Friday, August 25, 2017.