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First responders in the Tampa Bay area who have contact with the public are starting to test positive for COVID-19.

Tampa Police Department Chief Brian Dugan announced Wednesday that a 26-year-old officer who just started on the job has tested positive for coronavirus.

The St. Petersburg Police Department soon will be testing a body camera that starts recording two minutes before an officer’s weapon is unholstered.

The decision comes about six years after Police Chief Tony Holloway first expressed support for the devices. 

The Department of Justice is awarding the St. Petersburg Police Department a grant to create the Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force.

Tallahassee is police-chief-less after the man hired for the job rescinded his acceptance of the offer. City Manager Reese Goad says the move was unexpected, but City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow says the city shouldn't be surprised. 

St. Petersburg's assistant police chief is returning home to lead the police department in Tallahassee.

Antonio Gilliam, 41, was chosen among three finalists Wednesday and named Tallahassee’s new chief of police.

Housing, office and retail space, and downtown parking are targeted for the site of the former St. Petersburg police headquarters.

Leon Jackson stands next to a photo of himself from his time as an officer during the civil rights era.
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During this weekend’s opening reception of their updated exhibition, “Beaches, Benches, and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay,” the Florida Holocaust Museum will be honoring the last surviving member of St. Petersburg’s “Courageous 12,” Leon Jackson, with the Upstander Award.

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St. Petersburg will not take 29 police officers off the street and place them in elementary schools. The city – following suit with Hillsborough and Pinellas counties - will instead hire armed security guards.

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The deadly high school shooting in Parkland has people across the nation talking about how to make schools safer. Dozens of Tampa Bay residents and community leaders shared their thoughts on the issue at a recent town hall hosted by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists.

This week on Florida Matters we’ll hear highlights from the event.

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Community leaders talked about putting an end to school violence at a town hall in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood Thursday night. The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists hosted the event in response to the Parkland shooting last month that left 17 people dead.

Authorities say a man has been arrested after a break-in at the Florida Holocaust Museum.

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St. Petersburg Police officials say an officer was seriously injured Friday night during the arrest of a reckless driver. Police say the officer is hospitalized with injuries, but that they are not life-threatening.

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The St. Pete Pride Parade is one of the largest LGBT events in Florida, with crowds expected to be over 100,000.

But after the shooting at a gay club in Orlando which took 49 lives and injured many more, the St. Petersburg Police Department has decided to step up security measures for the parade on Saturday, June 25.

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UPDATE AT 6 P.M. Jan. 28:

Police said two St. Petersburg children, reported missing on Thursday afternoon, have been found.

Dorian and Frederick Sandhu, and their mother, Gigi Ulrich-Woodard, were located Thursday afternoon in Madison, near the Florida-Georgia border.

According to a press release from St. Petersburg Police , two utility workers were staying at a hotel in Madison. When they received the Amber Alert on their phones, they remembered seeing a gray Nissan Altima in the hotel parking lot.

The St. Petersburg Police Department is launching a new transgender sensitivity training program.

The training comes two months after a Tampa transgender woman's murder — and law enforcement's handling of it — captured national attention.

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A water main break in St. Petersburg caused the partial collapse of a downtown building Thursday morning, Bay News 9 reported.

The break in the 12-inch transmission line was noticed about 10 p.m. Wednesday night when water flooded streets near the building on Central Avenue, said Steve Lawrence, St. Pete Fire Rescue Deputy Fire Marshall.

Crews worked throughout the night worked to excavate soil down to the leak itself, but water wasn’t shut off immediately to prevent contamination to the water supply from dirt and debris, according to Bay News 9.

An officer-involved shooting took place early this morning near the intersection of 20th Avenue S and 11th Street in St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Times reports. As police investigated the theft of two vehicles, a man attempted to flee in a stolen Ford F-150 pickup. Officer Brian Fernandez, 29, fired at the man several times. The suspect was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with critical injuries.

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After over 30 years with the Saint Petersburg Police Department, including the last 11 as Chief, Chuck Harmon announced his intention Wednesday to retire on January 6th, 2014, over a year earlier than expected. Mayor Bill Foster told the Tampa Bay Times that he was surprised by the announcement.