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How to Really, Really Write Those Boring Police Reports
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About the Tampa Police Department
According to the Tampa Police Department, “In 1855 the first official law enforcement position created was City Marshall by an act to incorporate the City of Tampa. Over the next 18 years the City Marshall’s duties and responsibilities were expanded to include summoning members of patrol by midnight along with examining and recording marks and brands on butchered cattle.”  Today, the Tampa Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency with an authorized strength of 1,324 personnel.


The uniformed patrol contingent of the Tampa Police Department is divided into three geographic districts.  An Assistant Chief of Police is in overall command of the Police Operations with a Major in command of each of the three districts.  In addition to having uniformed patrol officers in the district command, each district has a number of specialized units like District Latent Investigation Squad which is a squad of plain clothes detectives assigned to investigation property crimes.  Additionally, “the Street Anti-Crime squads assigned to each district are plainclothes squads that handle varied types of complaints and assignments. The squads work in each district to reduce prostitution and prostitution related crimes. SAC squads also work robbery, burglary and auto theft related crimes using various techniques to proactively reduce crime. They also respond to citizen complaints for special problems and concerns.”

According to the City of Tampa annual report, the Tampa Police Department, “has been successful in implementing an organizational structure and innovative crime fighting techniques to generate significant annual reductions in crime rates and provide a high level of police services to the community. Under the reorganized structure, the three police districts are committed to protecting lives, property, and constitutional rights of people residing, working, vacationing, and traversing the city, by maintaining and promoting community order and respect for the law. Construction and occupancy of a new District III facility will help magnify the successes which have been and are being achieved. Other major initiatives being planned for 2008 include: Implementation and compliance with national incident management system standards; deployment of efficiency improving technology; homeland security and response to emergency management activities and incidents; increases in special events requirements; and participation in Urban Area Security Initiative grant programs.”




Kimberly Clark is a thirteen-year veteran of the Tampa Police Department. Since 1990, she has been a state certified high-liability instructor and an avid member of ASLET. During Kimberly Clark’s law enforcement career she worked uniformed patrol, undercover, as a latent detective and field training officer.  As a law enforcement training, Kimberly Clark has provided instruction in report writing, high stress radio procedures, use-of-force documentation, map reading, orientation, and defensive tactics.


After her retirement from the Tampa Police Department, Kimberly Clark continued to teach at the Tampa Police Academy and online classes for the Smith and Wesson Police Academy. Kimberly Clark is the author of How to Really, Really Write Those Boring Police Reports!


According to the book description of How To Really, Really Write Those Boring Police Reports, “they might be boring but reports can make or break cases and even careers! How solid are yours? In this easy-to read and (believe it or not!) enjoyable report-writing guide, expert Tampa PD Academy writing instructor Kimberly Clark teaches you to get reports flowing easily and in the right direction: avoid jumbled and confusing narratives quickly spot key report contributors at the scene; focus on three basic but essential elements every report needs; use street slang wisely to get your point across.”

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