Demolition began Tuesday for the previous police headquarters in St. Petersburg.
St. Pete Officer Michael Weiskopf was the third Bay Area law enforcement officer to die due to COVID-19. At his funeral, Karen Weiskopf said her husband made a "risky decision" not to get vaccinated -- one he later regretted just before he died.
As healthcare workers and community leaders beg people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the city of St. Petersburg is dealing with problems in its own house. Apparently, too many city workers in fire rescue and city police aren’t getting the shot, and when they get sick, the staffing shortages are noticeable.
Law enforcement agencies, residents, prosecutors, and advocates across the Tampa Bay area came together Tuesday night to discuss criminal justice reform including civil citation programs, Florida's anti-riot law, and communication between law enforcement and residents.
A St. Petersburg officer who received a Medal of Valor and was named Officer of the Year in 2011 retired Wednesday after 32 years of service.
The first 100 days are in for the new social worker response program with the St. Petersburg Police Department, the chief of police reported Thursday. It’s part of an effort to shift more mental health and social service calls from police to the experts, and Chief Anthony Holloway said officers and social workers currently go out on calls together.
St. Petersburg city councilors unanimously approved a contract on Thursday with Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services to deploy social workers on nonviolent, noncriminal 911 calls for service.
The St. Petersburg Police Department said last week's shootout wasn't the first time an undercover officer was shot in the line of duty.
The Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force is launching a mobile app to help locate victims and catch suspects.
The cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg will be changing how their police departments respond to certain 911 calls. If someone is having a mental health breakdown, a social worker will soon respond along with an officer.
Critical decisions can be the difference between life and death during a mental health emergency, and police officers often end up responding to those calls.
St. Petersburg police said in July that the city had set aside $3.8 million to hire 25 additional police officers, but instead the department would hire social workers and other trained professionals who could respond to calls for help that did not involve violence.
Multiple law enforcement agencies in the bay area are taking steps to become more transparent by launching pilot programs or purchasing body cameras for officers.
With St. Petersburg police announcing Thursday it will change the way it responds to certain 911 calls, community members say it’s a good first step toward change in policing.
St. Pete’s chief of police says his officers will begin enforcing pedestrian traffic rules following complaints about protesters blocking traffic and emergency vehicles.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan puts it bluntly while talking about the state of morale within his agency. “It’s a bit of a dumpster fire."
The Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg police departments say their policies are sufficient but are reminding officers of the rules. Sarasota PD banned choke-holds. But for the most part, Bay Area law enforcement are only making small changes in response to big outcry for reform.
In the two weeks since George Floyd’s death, there has been a growing movement calling for real, positive changes at local police departments to address racism and brutality.
After a day of trying to convince demonstrators that unity was the key to moving forward, St. Petersburg police brought out the riot gear and lined up to block protesters outside their headquarters.
St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway demonstrated Tuesday the new body-worn cameras he and four other officers will be testing over the next several weeks.