Jane Castor joined the Tampa Police Department in 1983 and was elected the first female president of a police academy class. In 2009, she became the first woman to be named chief of the Tampa Police Department. Chief Castor has redefined community policing in her hometown and driven down the crime rate with her innovative approach to fighting crime.
Over the course of her career, Chief Jane Castor built a reputation for working side by side with residents, community leaders, business owners and neighboring law enforcement agencies to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in Tampa. Those community partnerships are the foundation of TPD's dynamic crime reduction strategy, 'Focus on Four.' Since its induction in 2003, the plan has reduced violent and property crime by 70%.
Involving the department in the community, Chief Castor recently opened the doors of a multi-million dollar gymnasium for the Police Athletic League, which serves more than 300 at-risk children. The department also opened a safe haven for children called the RICH House. Chief Castor's commitment to at-risk kids is exemplified in her new Young Adult Police Academy. It targets kids on the verge of becoming involved in crime.
Chief Castor partnered with the Florida Holocaust Museum to develop a course on protecting people's rights. She also worked with a University of South Florida professor to ensure all Tampa Police officers attend a day-long training on recognizing and overcoming biases to establish fair and impartial policing practices. To address the daily demands of policing, Castor partnered with a non-profit to create a First Responder's Post Trauma Training. It's designed to help officers work through their most traumatic incidents, and is offered to first responders statewide.
The department has smoothly handled many large-scale, national and international events under her command, including Super Bowl XLIII and the 2012 Republican National Convention. Chief Castor developed a progressive policing strategy that avoided the classic confrontations associated with political conventions. Officers even provided food to hungry protesters.
Chief Castor testified on the topic of officer safety before President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing in February 2015. She serves on the board of the Major City Chiefs Association and on Harvard's Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety. She was named Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year in 2009 by the National Association of Women in Law Enforcement
A Tampa native Chief Castor received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Criminology from the University of Tampa. She recieved Master's of Public Administration from Troy State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.