Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan Meets with H.O.P.E.

   Newly appointed Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan, met with committee members of Hillsborough Organization for Progress & Equality, Inc (HOPE).  The meeting was scheduled for his introduction to the group and the groups introduction to him as concerned citizens.  Their main focus was what his stance is or will be on Civil Citations in the City of Tampa and other concerns of the committee.  H.O.P.E. has been in existence for almost 30 years advocating for the improvement in quality of life, areas of education, employment, bus services and juvenile justice.  The past 4 years H.O.P.E. has worked to reduce the arrests of our children.  Unfortunately, Hillsborough County had been issuing civil citations to only 32% of eligible children but has since improved.  There is still a lot of work to be done under the tutelage of the new chief.  

   Chief Brian Dugan was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and is a Steelers fan, but he loves the Florida weather. His desire was to be with the DEA and because of the long process he thought he would be in Tampa just a short while until the hiring process was complete but President George H. Bush put a hiring freeze that killed the chances of him becoming a member of the D.E.A. 

 In 1990, he was hired with the Tampa Police Deparrtmentand hasn’t looked back since.  Although he didn’t think he would end up becoming the Chief of Police, he is up for the task.  Chief Dugan has served in almost all areas of the Department as; an officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant captain, major, deputy chief, and assistant chief.  He is co-chair to the Tampa Urban Area Security Initiative as well as on the Board of Directors with the Police Athletic League (PAL).  He earned his bachelor’s degree from West Liberty University and a Masters Degree from Troy State University in Public Administration.  He is married with two children, 19 and 16 years of age and a wife of 22 years.  

   The Chief was very polished in his responses.  When it came to Civil Citations, the Chief believes in accountability but is flexible on considering 2nd and 3rd offenses in the issuance of civil citations but struggle with some aspects of it.  When it came to the upcoming legislation of SB 1392, which puts the control of the Civil Citation Program in the hands of the State Attorneys.  His naturally polished response was “I kind of let the mayor take the lead on that.”  Chief Dugan was quick to say, “I am not a politician”, but since he is sitting in an appointed political position, one would beg to differ with that position.  Overall the meeting went very well and scheduled for Monday, April 16th is the big event, The Nehemiah Action, to be held at Bible Based Fellowship Church on 4811 Ehrlich Rd in Tampa FL.  So if you are concerned about the arresting of our youth, you will be there to support HOPE and the Tampa Chief of Police in decreasing the arrests of our children. 

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