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Jane Castor (Tampa Politician)

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Jane Castor
Candidate for Mayor of Tampa
Chief of the Tampa Police Department
In office
September 2009 – 2015
Appointed byPam Iorio
Preceded bySteve Hogue
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Tampa (Criminology)
Police career
DepartmentTampa Police Department
Service years25
StatusRetired
AwardsLaw Enforcement Executive of the Year (2008)

Jane Castor served as the first woman and first openly gay chief of the Tampa Police Department, being appointed to the position by then-Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio in September 2009.[1] She served as chief police until 2015. On April 19, 2018, Castor filed as a mayoral candidate for Tampa.[2]

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Castor played on the University of Tampa's volleyball and basketball team. She graduated from the University of Tampa in 1981 with a degree in criminology. In 2006, she was inducted into UT's Athletic Hall of fame.[1]

In 2002, Castor married to former-assistant chief of the St. Petersburg Police Department, Melanie Jean Bevan. They have two adopted sons. Bevan filed for a divorce on July 12, 2018. Castor has been in a long-term relationship with Ana Marie Cruz.[3]

Castor lives in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa.[4]

Professional Career[edit | edit source]

Tampa Police Department[edit | edit source]

Prior to becoming the chief of the Tampa Police Department, Castor served in the department for 25 years, working as the assistant police chief and in patrol, narcotics, sex crimes and criminal intelligence. She also served as the department's liaison to the gay and lesbian community.[1]

During Castor's tenure as chief, crime in Tampa reduced by 70%.[2]

Biking While Black Controversy[edit | edit source]

Her tenure was marked with controversy for her introduction of a program in 2012 that targeted minor infractions, many related to bicyclists. Over the program's three years duration, over 2,504 tickets were written for bicyclists, 80% of whom were black (approximately 25% of the city's population is black). The Tampa Bay Times mounted an investigation that found the program targeted "poor, black neighborhoods with an obscure subsection of a Florida statute that outlaws things most people have tried on a bike, like riding with no light or carrying a friend on the handlebars." In 2015, Castor defended the program saying "Many individuals receiving bike citations are involved in criminal activity" and that bikes were "the most common mode of transportation for criminals" because the police department had done so well at cutting down on auto thefts.[5]

Castor admitted the program was a mistake the week before she filed to be a candidate for mayor.[2]

Castor Consulting LLC[edit | edit source]

After serving as chief of Tampa's police chief, Castor founded Castor Consulting, a law enforcement consulting agency. Through the firm, she typically gives presentations to police departments in cities with high crime rates where she advocates for proactive policing.[3][4]

2019 Tampa Mayoral Election[edit | edit source]

Castor filed to be a mayoral candidate on April 19, 2018. Ashely Walker, a political consultant who ran Barack Obama's 2012 campaign, is running Castor's campaign. The Political Action Committee associated with her campaign is "Tampa Strong".[2]

Recognitions[edit | edit source]

In 2008, when she was assistant police chief, Castor was named the Law Enforcement Executive of the Year by the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives.[1]

References[edit | edit source]


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