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Bay area businesses thank police for city's safety in RNC

8:07 PM, Oct 23, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, FL -- The Tampa Police Department has a sleek, newly renovated media center at its downtown headquarters.

It's the place where the chief and her staff will tell us what's going on during an investigation, and it's also where detectives sit down to interview a witness.

After being stuck in a few different decades with a hodge-podge of furniture, the office now has a "Mad Men" styled makeover thanks to more than 30 local businesses. Their $120,000 worth of contributions is their way of saying thanks to officers who kept the city safe during the Republican National Convention.

Chief Jane Castor says they maintain a tight budget without taking officers off the streets, and otherwise couldn't afford to make the renovation without the community's help.

Meanwhile, local businesses surprised Chief Castor and Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee with a check made out to the Gold Shield Foundation. The group of businesses wanted to show appreciation to local law enforcement for ensuring the city was safe during the RNC by making the $25,000 donation at a luncheon at the Columbia. The fund helps families of fallen officers.

Chief Castor and Sheriff Gee say they're grateful for the generosity. Donators include Lykes, SunTrust, Tampa Bay Times Forum, and Fowler White Boggs.

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