Tampa PD to promote 13 of 'TPD's finest" | Community Spirit
Tampa, FL-- Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and her Executive Staff proudly announced today the promotion of 13 of TPD's Finest.
The promotions, they say, will go into effect Sunday, November 25.
They provided a little bit of background information on some of those receiving the honor:
Lieutenant Calvin Johnson: A 12-year crime fighter who has served as a supervisor in Districts One and Three. His career includes five years investigating crimes as a detective and two years as a patrol supervisor.
In his current role as a District Three Patrol Sergeant, Johnson frequently attends public meetings to promote positive working relationships between officers and East Tampa residents. He also dedicates his time to serving as a role model for at-risk males who live in the District Three community.
Lieutenant Johnson graduated with a BA in Criminology and a MA in Public Administration from the University of South Florida.
He is the proud father of two children, 19-year-old Layla and 10-year-old Calvin Jr.
Lieutenant Richard O'Connor: A 24-year crime fighter who will now serve District One residents as a midnight shift commander.
Lieutenant O'Connor is well-known for working with the U.S. Marshals Service to establish the department's first Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) in 2009, which is tasked with locating wanted violent offenders. To-date, Lieutenant O'Connor and his squad have taken over 1,000 wanted suspects into custody, including 142 for homicide-related cases.
Prior to supervising the FAU, Lieutenant O'Connor worked as a detective in the department's Homicide Unit and District One's Latent Investigations Squad. He also spent 10 years teaching defensive tactics to the department's officers, as well as state correction employees.
Lieutenant O'Connor holds a BS in Business Management from University of South Florida.
He and his wife Susan have four children--Sarah, Richie Jr, Madison and Daniel.
Lieutenant John Preyer: A 23-year crime fighter who has spent the majority of his career working to keep citizens and businesses in District Two safe.
During his career, Lieutenant Preyer has worked as a patrol supervisor, Field Training Officer and a latent investigations detective. He was also a member of the department's Tactical Response Team and Honor Guard.
Lieutenant Preyer is a New Jersey native who attended Wagner College in Staten Island, New York.
He is married to District Three Sergeant Susan Bridges-Preyer. They have three children, Jordan, John and Jadyn.
Lieutenant Kevin Schoolmeesters: A 16-year crime fighter who currently oversees the department's Family Violence and Sex Crimes Unit.
Lieutenant Schoolmeesters supervised the District One latent investigations squad prior to heading up the Family Violence and Sex Crime Unit. He has spent six years of his time on with the department as an officer and eventually as a supervisor of a District One plain-clothed squad. Under his leadership, this squad earned two Unit Citations- one for a notable narcotics arrests that netted guns and drugs, and another for breaking up a shoplifting ring.
Lieutenant Schoolmeesters earned his BS in Criminal Justice attended Eastern Michigan University.
He is married with two daughters.
- Sergeant Lela Davis
- Sergeant Sean Davis
- Sergeant Les Richardson
- Sergeant Sam Rojka
- Matt Kamat
- John Miller
- Terry Sims
- Matt Smith
- Jason Tkach