During her 30 years as a Tampa Police officer, Chief Jane Castor has built a reputation for working side-by-side with citizens, neighborhood leaders, activists and business owners to solve crime problems and improve our community. Those strong partnerships are now the foundation of the Department's crime reduction strategy, leading to unprecedented success in making Tampa a safer city.
Since its induction in 2003, Chief Castor's "Focus on Four" crime reduction plan has been the driving force behind Tampa's 65 percent reduction in crime. Chief Castor was elected president of her police academy class and quickly moved through the ranks of the Tampa Police Department. She has served in nearly every capacity: Patrol, Narcotics, Family Violence and Sex Crimes to Criminal Intelligence, the Field Training Program and Administration.
In 2003, then Lieutenant Castor assumed the lead role in the Department of Homeland Security's Tampa Bay Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). She has become a pioneer in using homeland security trends in local law enforcement. Her dedication to the community reaches far beyond her role within the Tampa Police Department. Chief Castor serves on numerous boards in our community and continues to work with and mentor at-risk children.
Jane attended the University of Tampa on an athletic scholarship in Basketball and Volleyball, where she earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Criminology. In 2006, she was inducted into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2010 was the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award. Jane also holds a Master's of Public Administration from Troy State University and is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy.
Most notably, the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives named Chief Jane Castor, "Law Enforcement Executive of the Year."