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 The Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College will have special guests this evening. Tonight, the Federal Department of Justice’s C.O.P.S. Office, or Community Oriented Policing Services, will be holding a community listening session to listen to people concerned about the Tampa Police Department’s bike policing strategies.

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UPDATED 4/23 at 2:40 p.m.
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor released this statement in response to the Florida Supreme Court reducing the death sentence for Humberto Delgado Jr. to life without parole for killing police Cpl. Mike Roberts in 2009:

"We respect the justice system and those who have to make tough decisions. 

Regardless of the conclusion, it doesn't bring Mike back and it doesn't relieve the pain that his wife, son and his TPD family feel. His life sentence will still ensure he is held accountable for his actions."

Daylina Miller/WUSF News

  Businesses in downtown Tampa now have a direct line to patrol officers assigned to the area thanks to an expansion of the Tampa Police Department’s “Business Watch" program. 

The program started in 2011 in Ybor City, where police say crime has been reduced 60 percent during the day and 50 percent at night.

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A man being sought in connection with four deaths in Pasco County was taken into custody early Friday morning in Tampa.

The Tampa Bay Times says Adam Matos was arrested at a downtown Tampa hotel after a day-long manhunt.

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A burglar may have played the Grinch to a Tampa family before police officers and dispatchers took on the role of surrogate Santas - but the family's dog is still missing.

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It seems EVERYONE has a blog these days, even the newest four-legged recruit for the Tampa Police Department.

10-week-old Blu, the Bloodhound and his human partner, K-9 Officer Dave Savage, will meet the media for the first time this afternoon, but TPD officials have already unveiled "Blu's Blog," which will feature updates from their training all the way out to their time out on patrol.

Blu was donated to the Tampa Police Department by local businessman Richard Gonzmart.

Police say one of the ways Dwayne White duped elderly victims in Tampa was by telling them they had currency he needed to inspect. The extensive lies didn't stop there, according to the Tampa Police Department. 

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A suspicious package that caused the closure of  a stretch of South Dale Mabry Highway for a few hours late this morning ended up containing garbage.

All of the lanes of South Dale Mabry Highway between Bay to Bay Boulevard and San Juan Street have since reopened.

Shortly after that, a bomb threat led to the temporary evacuation of a Tampa bank. The two events are believed to be unrelated.

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The suspicious package that prompted the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to shut down Terminal 3 at the Port of Tampa turned out to be nothing more than a package of liquor.

Sheriff's officials say that during a routine cargo screening shortly after 9 a.m. today, a specially trained K-9 alerted to an item on the Terminal 3 dock near a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. A second K-9 was brought in and also alerted to the same item.

It’s tax day – time to file your federal income taxes if you haven’t already.

It’s also a reminder of the tax fraud scam that the Tampa Police Department uncovered in the fall of 2010.

Criminals were using stolen names, birth dates and Social Security numbers to file fake tax returns and get IRS refunds. Tampa Police uncovered laptops and debit cards pointing to the tax scam during a routine drug bust.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF News

Representatives from local, state and federal law enforcement met with the media Thursday at an undisclosed Tampa Bay area site where the Multi-Agency Communications Center (MACC) is located.

Over the next week, representatives from around 60 groups with ties to the Republican National Convention, ranging from law enforcement to Amtrak to TECO to the Federal Communications Commission, will work together in the MACC. They'll be monitoring everything from traffic to protests to the weather.

Watch: Police Descend on Occupy Tampa Camp

Aug 21, 2012
Occupy Tampa

Red and blue lights filled the streets surrounding Occupy Tampa's encampment at Voice of Freedom Park last Friday night, as the Tampa Police Department made its presence known.  Officers in body armor patrolled the streets and squad cars stopped passing vehicles for random searches.  Occupy activists recorded it all and held a press conference on Monday, claiming that the TPD had overstepped its bounds and infringed on their rights.  

The Tampa Police Department demonstrated for business leaders the equipment and tactics they will use to control protesters at the upcoming Republican National Convention.

Several police officers acted as demonstrators whose actions grew violent.  Their counterparts in uniform then showed how they plan to respond to a riot.  Officers on bicycles formed a barrier, and mounted police corralled protesters until men in riot gear dispersed the crowd with smoke.

Full video below.

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