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Captain James D. Tagliarini, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (ret.) “held positions as a patrol deputy, narcotics detective, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, patrol lieutenant, lieutenant and captain of the Organized Crime Bureau and patrol Captain. He is a graduate of Hillsborough Community College with an Associates of Arts degree and the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

James attended the Drug Enforcement Administrations narcotic school and is a member of the Florida Sheriff's Associations (law enforcement member), the Florida Narcotic Officer's Association, the Florida Association of Licensed Investigators, the Fraternal Order of Police, the University of South Florida Alumni Association and owns his own private investigators agency in the State of Florida.

James has served on the board of directors' of the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association as an associate, the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance and the first Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training (MCTFT) Advisory Committee of the Tampa Bay area. James is considered by many as the founder of the Florida Narcotic Officers Association (1992), and served as President for the first four years of existence. James has published articles in the Narc Officer, the Florida Police Chief, and has published articles and edited the Florida Narcotic Officer.”  Captain James Tagliarini is the author of Why Would you Want to be an Undercover Cop?

According to the book description of Why Would you Want to be an Undercover Cop, “This is a story about the October 15, 1976 shootout with the Outlaw Motorcycle Club in Tampa, Florida. There are a number of short stories about the detectives that made up the unit at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office during that period. There are humorous stories that end up at the tragic ending. Over the years these stories were told over and over again. I decided to put the stories together for the right version of the many tales from the "Narc Side". I hope you enjoy them.”

About the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
In 1845, the Florida legislature enacted a law which said that the Sheriff of each county within the state would be elected every two years.  For the first ten years, the Sheriff of Hillsborough County was a one man job.  Today, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s officer is a full-service law enforcement organization staffed by over 3,400 personnel.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is organized into four departments: Patrol Services; Investigative Services; Administrative Services; and, Detention Services. The Patrol Services Department is organized into four geographic districts, each commanded by a Major.  According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the patrol services “consists of more than 1200 sworn law enforcement deputies.  These deputies are tasked with providing law enforcement services for the residents within the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.  Patrol services include response to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, traffic enforcement, traffic crash investigations, selective enforcement and community oriented policing services.”

The Detention Services Department “administers the county jail system which has a rated capacity of 4,190 images.  It is comprised of two jails and a work related facility.  The department provides processing and detention services for all law enforcement agencies in Hillsborough County.  Additionally, it furnishes staff for the secure component of the juvenile assessment center, a centralized receiving, processing and intervention facility for adolescents taken into custody by law enforcement officers.”

Source: hcso.tampa.fl.us

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