Chief Brian Dugan
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan is best known for the innovative ways he cultivates police community relationships through outreach and engagement. He creates a team approach to fighting crime by developing a sustainable methodology of continuously enhancing public trust and building community partnerships. This is evident with his new community investment grants, trendy podcast series, forward-thinking citizen police academies, and his commitment to officer training that focuses on treating all citizens with dignity and respect.
Chief Dugan learned the value of community relationships during his 30 years as a Tampa Police officer. He quickly rose through the ranks and appointed Chief, after leading Tampa through some of its darkest days when a serial killer targeted the Seminole Heights community. He led a coalition of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and became the voice of calm and strength in the city, until the suspect was brought to justice.
Determined to put “bad money” to good use, Chief Dugan implemented a community investment grant program with the use of drug forfeiture funds. During his first year as chief, the department invested in four local non-profits whose missions ranged from empowering underprivileged children through education to providing ex-offenders with employability skills in an effort to reduce recidivism.
Just recently, Dugan launched “Role Call with Chief Brian Dugan” – a unique podcast series that highlights the diverse roles community members play in public safety. Each week Chief Dugan trades in his police radio for a microphone to host the 30-minute show alongside a featured guest. With a reach of more than 1,000 listeners, these fascinating conversations help draw important parallels between community service and police work.
Under Chief Dugan’s leadership, citizens can learn first-hand about their agency through a series of half-day citizen academies. Dozens of community leaders, local business owners, activists, and professional athletes have walked in an officer’s shoes through this engagement program. Chief Dugan invited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Lightning players working for social justice to take part in the program that creates a productive environment for an exchange of ideas, concerns, and challenges.
Chief Dugan is proud of his officers for driving down crime, but he is most pleased with the community policing that takes place in Tampa every day. Officers and employees work side-by-side with citizens to solve and prevent crimes.
Chief Dugan earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from West Liberty University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University. He is a graduate of the prestigious Southern Police Institute’s Command Officers Development Course. In 2014, he attended the Senior Management Institute for Police. He is a graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute and Leadership Tampa. Chief Dugan is also a member of several professional associations, including the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Police Executive Research Forum.
As a cancer survivor, Chief Dugan is grateful for each day he has the opportunity to make a difference in the community and law enforcement. Most importantly, is his role as a husband and father to two children.