Assistant Chief Bercaw joined the Tampa Police Department in 1997 and currently serves as the Deputy Chief over Operations.
During his 21 years at TPD, Assistant Chief Bercaw has worked in all three districts. He has become known for his proactive crime reduction initiatives and his management of large scale events in security and transportation for the Super Bowl, Republican National Convention, IFFA (International Indian Film Academy - AKA Bollywood), Gasparilla and the College Football National Championship. In addition, he was instrumental in devising retail theft crime reduction strategies with Walmart and other retail establishments.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from University of South Florida (USF). In 2016, Major Bercaw was honored by the USF Department of Criminology by being named to their Wall of Fame as an Outstanding Criminology Ambassador. He is an active member of the Tampa Bay Area Police Chiefs Association.