Please read the Capitol Report for week ending April 24th, 2015 by Matt Puckett, Florida PBA Executive Director.
Florida PBA Capitol report April 24th, 2015
Your Tampa Police Department is compiling a yearbook to commemorate 130 years of service.
Click here for more information about getting your copy of the new Tampa Police Department Commemorative book.
Please join the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS)-West Central Florida chapter as we host our 2nd ANNUAL 3k (1.9 miles) awareness walk in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida! We will kick-off the walk at the Heroes of St. Petersburg Law Enforcement Memorial at Demens Landing Park and continue along Bayshore Drive passing the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and boat basin. We will walk along the sidewalk at the Pier and turn around to complete the same route.
For registration and more information click here
The next Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 2pm at the PBA office located 1302 W. Busch Blvd.
The next Labor Management Meeting will be held on May 12th, 2015 at 9 AM at HQ.
Any items to be included on either agenda must be presented no later than Friday before each meeting.
LifeScan and Wellness Duty Flex Time
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.
This procedure will also be utilized by members anticipating the use of the Tampa Wellness Centers with the affected employee being able to utilize up to (2) hours of flex time.
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
Tampa Police Special Memorial badge
MUST BE PURCHASED FOR ACTIVE, RETIRED OR RESERVE TPD MEMBER!
Tampa Police Special Purpose Mourning Badge
Chief Castor 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
Letter from Sun Coast PBA on behalf of the family of Officer Charles Kondek, Tarpon Springs PD.
To See the Complete Letter
Highlights of the January Board of Directors Meeting
Several members and their families were recognized at the January Board of Directors Meeting. Awards were presented for PBA Officer of the Quarter as well as recognition for those who have dedicated their time and efforts to the mission of the PBA.
It is with my deepest sympathy that I address you. On Saturday, December 20, 2014, NYPD Police Officers Wen Jian Liu and Rafael Ramos were murdered while sitting inside their marked cruiser. Also that weekend and much closer to home, Officer Charles Kondek of the Tarpon Springs Police Department was murdered while responding to a disturbance call.
Brickhouse Security Scholorship
If you are a current or former uniformed law enforcement officer in the United States who was wounded in the line of duty, you may be eligible to receive this immediate-use scholarship. We hope this donation will serve as an investment in the future, providing you and yours an opportunity to reach your full potential after sacrificing so much for us.
Brickhouse Security Scholarship Opportunity
The 2015 Tampa PBA calendars are available NOW!
Please, only supervisors or their designee are to pick up the calendars for their entire squad at the PBA office, 1302 West Busch Boulevard.
Supervisors or their designee will be required to sign for their squad and place their payroll number on the sheet for accountability.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
We currently have calendars available to non-sworn for $11 plus tax.
Board of Directors Election 2014 Results
The Board of Directors for the Tampa PBA is the governing body of the Association. The ten members that currently make up the Board of Directors are elected by the membership every three years. The current term expires Dec 31, 2014.
Voting polls were open on Monday, November 24th and Tuesday November 25th at all three districts and at HQ on November 25th only. Of the nearly 1000 PBA members, 354 members voted. The voting process was supervised by the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections. We graciously appreciate their assistance with this election.
The PBA welcomes some new faces to the Board as well as many returning Directors. We are looking forward to another term of providing the best possible services to our membership.
We thank you all for participating in this election. The new Board of Directors will be seated January 2015.
Please follow the link for the list of elected members to the Tampa Police Benevolent Association Board of Directors.
As always, Be Safe!
Election Results for Tampa PBA Board of Directors
*** 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
Your New Tampa PBA Office
The Tampa PBA is pleased to announce that it has reached a milestone. On Wednesday May 21st, the PBA purchased our own office building located at 1302 West Busch Blvd. As of July 1, 2014 all day to day official PBA business will be conducted there.
This achievement signifies our commitment and our investment in our city and to the membership of the Tampa PBA. Your PBA will continue to offer excellent services to its members in a location that the membership owns and can be proud of.
Congratulations to the Tampa PBA Board of Directors and our members.
Where To Find Us
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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