Check out President Gericitano's first video message. Click here. You must be a registered user to see the video.
MPO Lois Marerro Memorial Clean up
Please join us as we clean up and refresh MPO Lois Marerro's memorial site at District 1. We will be meeting at 6:30am on July 6th, which marks 14 years since she was killed in the line of duty.
LifeScan and Wellness Duty Flex Time
Clarification: The Wellness 2 hours can not be used for days off visits. If you are a midnight or evening shift officer and need to visit the wellness center, make arrangements with your supervisor to flex up to 2 hours to use the Wellness Center for a visit within the same day.
Life Scan Update.
As per TPD Staff, all members interested in utilizing Life Scan / Florida Hospital will be authorized to do so on job time. Midnight and Evening Shift Members will be authorized to flex time for the exam. This time will be authorized by the member’s immediate supervisor pending personnel staffing requirements.
Be aware though, we have just learned that this time is considered "bad time" and you would lose overtime during the week. We are working on a solution for this issue.
Members who are logged into our site can click on the link below and get instructions on how to apply on online for the next promotional exam.
Online application for Promotional Exam
Click here to go to our member forum for information about where to purchase the Supervisory book for the upcoming promotional exam.
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At the monthly board meeting, the PBA Board of Directors awarded Sr. Det. Greg Stout with a Lifetime Member Award. President Gericitano presented Det. Stout with a plaque and PBA watch to thank him for his hard work and dedication to the Tampa PBA. Greg was part of a group that founded the Tampa PBA Charity Fund to assist families of fallen officers. He was also able to spearhead legislation that allowed members to buy back military and police time to enhance their pension. Thanks for everything you did to lead the Tampa PBA in the right direction Greg and good luck in your reitrement.
Tampa Police Special Memorial badge
ON BACK-ORDER! PLEASE pre-pay so we know how many to order. Thank you.
MUST BE PURCHASED FOR ACTIVE, RETIRED OR RESERVE TPD MEMBER!
Tampa Police Special Purpose Mourning Badge
The Tampa Police Department has approved the restricted sale to active, retired or reserve officers only, of a special purpose Mourning Badge that will be commissioned for annual wear during the week of Police Officers Memorial Day, May 15, and for designated special occasions. The badge honors Tampa PD’s fallen with the names of the 31 members lost to date on the back of the badge.
TPD Special Purpose Mourning Badge
Your PBA assisted Board Member Detective Matt Belmonte and Officer Jim Snell with their travel to the funeral of Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate in Mississippi. The Hattiesburg Police Officers were very appreciative that we were in attendance.
Click here to read the latest Legal Bulletin regarding body cameras.
Please read the Capitol Report for the final week of the 2015 Regular Session by Matt Puckett, Florida PBA Executive Director.
Florida PBA Capitol Final Week
The next Labor Management Meeting will be held on July 14th, 2015 at 9 AM at HQ.
The next Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 2pm at the PBA office located 1302 W. Busch Blvd.
Any items to be included on either agenda must be presented no later than Friday before each meeting.
Galls Offers Exclusive PBA Members-Only Discount
Galls is pleased to announce an exclusive discount on all products.
is reserved for Tampa PBA members only. Sale items include over 500
brand new items and include 40 other exclusive promotions as well.
Radisson Resort Orlando Celebration
Proudly presenting an EXCLUSIVELY discounted rate for PBA Union members.
$45/night during May and September
Don't forget that all or a portion of your PBA dues may be tax deductible. You paid $567.06 via payroll deductions for your 2014 Tampa PBA Dues. Please consult with your tax professional.
The NEW Tampa PBA T-Shirts are in!
These shirts feature moisture-wicking technology and are available in gray with the black emblem or navy blue with white emblem. Available through the Tampa PBA.
Price: $12 each
Visit our new Online Store
Letter from Sun Coast PBA on behalf of the family of Officer Charles Kondek, Tarpon Springs PD.
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*** Shift Bid Settlement ***
After months of negotiations, we are pleased to announce we have reached a settlement with the City.
The Home Safe Card was founded by Perry Anderson, a Tampa, Florida, Police Officer, after his nephew was involved in an alcohol-related head-on collision. The Home Safe Card cannot be used for any other kinds of purchases, which ensures that it cannot be misused or abused. As a result, any investment in Home Safe Cards is guaranteed for intended purpose… Transportation Only.
Home Safe Card
Tampa's Finest Coaching Tampa's Kids
The Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) is a registered non-profit 501c3 organization that is dedicated to providing affordable after school, summer and athletic opportunities to more than 500 Tampa Bay youth. P.A.L. has partnered with the Tampa Police Department to provide a safe, healthy environment for our community's children and teens. P.A.L.'s partnership with the police department provides mentorship as well as safety and crime prevention programs.
*** Calling All Tampa's Finest!***
PAL Needs You! Get Involved Today! YOU can make a difference in a kid's life!
Contribute by coaching Tampa's kids in Soccer, Basketball, Tackle Football or Cheerleading.
For information on how you can help, please visit
What Every Officer Should Know
LEO Bill of Rights & Garrity
A law enforcement officer is entitled to the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights whenever that officer is under investigation and subject to interrogation by members of his/her agency for any reason which could lead to disciplinary action, demotion, or dismissal. Routine police inquiries ad reports are not subject to the bill of rights protection since the officer is not "under investigation." Once the questioning or report becomes focused on the officer's conduct for disciplinary purposes, then compliance with Section 112.532, Florida Statutes, is required.
Every law enforcement officer has heard about the "Garrity Rule." Generally speaking, the Garrity Rule prevents "covered statements" from a law enforcement officer "obtained under threat of removal from office" from being used in any subsequent criminal proceeding. As explained by the US Supreme Court, a law enforcement agency, in the course of a disciplinary investigation, cannot compel an office to waive the immunity provided by the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination.
Remember, if you are involved in a police shooting, in-custody death or serious traffic accident:
- Stay calm
- Call the Tampa PBA at (813) 228-8900
- Ask to speak to a PBA Attorney
- Do not talk to anyone until you have consulted with your PBA attorney
Benefits for Same Gender Marriage
Following recent federal court rulings and IRS announcements, public employee retirement systems are required to recognize a marriage between two persons of the same gender for pension and benefit purposes, as long as the marriage was performed in a state which recognizes same gender marriage.
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