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Tampa, FL -- The Tampa Police Department will undergo a series of mini-audits that Chief Jane Castor says are designed to improve her agency's service and safety.

"To that end we developed a Professional Standards Bureau, which will have the internal affairs under it and then a quality assurance manager position," Castor told reporters Tuesday morning in announcing the move.

Castor says the new Professional Standards Bureau, which will conduct the audits, will conduct reviews in four main areas:

  • Use of Force and Vehicle Pursuits
  • Complaints and Quality of Service
  • Policies, Procedures and Report Writing
  • Vehicle and Equipment

On Tuesday, Castor kicked off the program with some vehicle and equipment inspections.

"We will be able to measure success in that our complaints will go down… which they are already low, but will decrease even further. The quality of our written work is improved and we have those checks and balances which are uniform across the organization."

Eventually, Castor hopes the program TPD establishes can be a model for other law enforcement agencies.

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