City council debates over Tampa Police Dept. review board, red light cameras

Tampa Police Department
Tampa Police Department

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — A debate over who should have the power to scrutinize the Tampa Police Department is brewing at City Hall. Mayor Bob Buckhorn recently signed an executive order to create a Citizens Review Board for TPD. The move left some City Council members shaking their heads since they were considering creating one.

Buckhorn hopes to have the Citizens Review Board operating by December. He would appoint the majority of members to the board. The City Council would appoint the other two.

Buckhorn says the board will review concerns about TPD procedures and internal affair investigations. Some community activists believe the Mayor will have too much power and the board won’t be independent enough to be effective. They plan to take their concerns to council members Thursday morning.

Also on Thursday’s agenda, an updated report on Tampa’s controversial red light cameras. Some council members have asked city staff to research how effective the cameras are at reducing crashes and how much money the city makes off them.

The meeting at Tampa City Hall starts at 9 a.m. Check back with WFLA.com for updates.

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