Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has an online tool residents can use to keep up with the area’s most-wanted fugitives.
The Internet is fast becoming the new “post office” for law enforcement agencies that want to make sure photos of their most wanted fugitives make it into circulation. Instead of just hanging posters on post office walls, law enforcement agencies these days are creating webpages to get the word out to area residents. Some are even using social media outlets like Facebook as tools in the fight against crime. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has its own online “post office” wall. Dubbed “Find-a-Fugitive,” the webpage features the photos and some background information on the county’s Top 10 most wanted. It also shares photos of deadbeat parents and “dangerous drivers.” Cristal Bermudez Nunez, sheriff's office spokeswoman, said the …
Friday, April 19, 2013
A multi-agency operation was created to decrease pedestrian deaths in Tampa Bay.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Friday, April 19
Florida doubles the national average in pedestrian fatalities, authorities say. In an effort to curb those figures, the Florida Department of Transportation is extending pedestrian safety grants, which were paid for by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Tampa Police Department and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will both receive $100,000. A total of eight jurisdictions are receiving funding. The other six are: Florida Highway Patrol, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Largo Police Department, Pinellas Park Police Department, New Port Richey Police Department. The grant money will increase the number of law enforcement officers in crosswalk enforcement during rush hour. Since the …
Friday, April 5, 2013
The young brothers were abducted from their grandmother’s Carrollwood area home April 3. Authorities now believe their father has taken them out to into open waters.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has updated its Amber Alert for Cole and Chase Hakken, two young boys abducted from their grandmother’s Carrollwood area home on April 3. Authorities now have reason to believe their accused abductor, their father Joshua Hakken, 35, may be traveling with the children on a 1972, 25-foot Morgan sailboat. The boat has the registration number of FL3717BK and has a blue hull. The boat in question is named “Salty” and has a picture of a paw near the hull on both sides, according to a FDLE media release. The stern also has “St. Petersburg” written on it in white letters. The vessel has a blue Bimini top and when its sail is unfurled it is white with blue trim. Read all stories related to the abduction The…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and Tampa Police Department participated.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Tampa Police Department’s two-day warrants round up this week netted arrests in Sulphur Springs, Ybor City, Jackson Heights, Belmont Heights, Seminole Heights, East Tampa and South Tampa, according to Larry McKinnon, spokesman for the sheriff's office. This operation, which occurred Wednesday and today, will assist in reducing the number of outstanding warrants in Hillsborough County. Here's a rundown of the sweep: Arrest: 30 Warrants Served: 37 Charges: 50 Felony: 30 Misdemeanor: 20 Juveniles: 5 Names of those arrested, and number of charges: What do you think about the sweep? Tell us in the comments.
Monday, September 24, 2012
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is taking back prescription drugs this Saturday.
- POLICE & FIRE
- David Rice
Monday, September 24, 2012
As part of an ongoing effort to crack down on illegal pill mills and prevent prescription drug abuse, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is taking part in the Operation Medicine Cabinet Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. On Sept. 29th, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Tampa Police Department, the Temple Terrace Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance, will collect unused or expired prescription medications from citizens to prevent potentially dangerous drugs from getting into the wrong hands. The unused prescription drugs will be collected at several locations on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Citizens will be able to drop off any prescription medications …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is busy at work at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Every quarter the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office holds an awards ceremony in recognition of “distinguished performance” on the job. This quarter’s ceremony might very well give a toast to the deputies involved in keeping the streets safe for the 2012 Republican National Convention attendees. To help residents stay up-to-date on the RNC and the sheriff’s office throughout the week, sheriff's office communications personnel will post tweets on Twitter, post status updates on Facebook (such as this one) and post videos on YouTube, including one on bike and mounted units patrolling the RNC. Sheriff David Gee in a letter earlier this month addressed RNC concerns in a letter to the public. “The RNC demands thousands of law enforcement …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will require deputies to work 12-hour shifts for 10 consecutive days during the Republican National Convention.
They serve a county of 1.2 million people around the clock, investigating everything from auto burglaries to the sound of gunshots piercing the night air. In less than three weeks, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will tackle its largest feat to date: Keeping the peace across the county during the Republican National Convention while working 12-hour shifts for 10 days in a row, from Aug. 24 through Sept. 2. "It's going to be exhausting for the deputies out on the street," said Capt. Andy Ross of District 3, which covers Original Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Westchase, Keystone, Odessa and Town N' Country. "We are getting deputies prepared for this as much as possible." Long Hours Part of the Job The 12-hour shifts aren't new for …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Motorists are being warned of flooding, fallen trees, downed power lines and faulty traffic signals at these roads and intersections in Hillsborough County.
Updated, 10:39 a.m.: The following Hillsborough County roads are closed, officials announced just before 10:30 a.m. Monday: Earlier: The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is urging motorists to stay attentive on the rain-soaked roads today as Tropical Storm Debby continues its effects on the region. Motorists are reminded that: Drivers are also urged to stay attentive to flooded areas. "If you are approaching a flooded roadway, turn around and take an alternate route," the news report advises. The following areas of concern have been noted, with an update expected to be sent after 8 a.m., according to sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon. DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 4
Friday, June 15, 2012
The law enforcement officials who usually provide security at high school sports in Hillsborough County will be needed to work at the Republican National Convention the week of Aug. 27.
What do you think of the possible disruption? Post a comment or vote in our poll below. The Republican National Convention could disrupt the high school football schedule in Hillsborough County this August, TBO.com reports. Several games may have to be postponed or rescheduled because of concerns over traffic and security. Officials told TBO that so many Tampa Police officers Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies are needed to work at and around the convention in downtown Tampa the week of Aug. 27, there may not be enough to provide security at athletic events. Football games in jeopardy include Brandon at Armwood, Robinson at Jefferson and Blake at Leto, all scheduled for Aug. 31. High school swimming, volleyball, cross country and …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
"Operation Running Scared" roundup in areas including Seminole Heights tracks down 26 people wanted for failure to pay child support, possession of narcotics, battery and more.
A roundup by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and Tampa Police Department on Tuesday resulted in 33 warrants served in Central and East Tampa, including Seminole Heights. The sheriff's office's warrants section and TPD's Rapid Offender Control (ROC) Unit fanned out starting at 5 a.m. Tuesday in the areas of Seminole Heights, Sulphur Springs, Ybor City, Jackson Heights, Belmont Heights and the East Tampa corridor, officials said. They were looking for individuals wanted for such crimes as failure to pay child support, possession or delivery of various narcotics, dealing in stolen property, battery, grand theft and petit theft. By the time "Operation Running Scared" wrapped up around 10:30 a.m., 26 people had been served with 33 …