Tampa Police Department to host "Meet Me at the Park" event | Families
Tampa, Florida -- Saturday, February 23, Tampa Police Department is hosting an outdoor festival celebrating 25 years of community partnership.
The department's Black History Celebration themed the event, "Meet Me at the Park," hopes to promote the department's efforts in bringing cops and citizens together in positive environments. Residents are invited to enjoy a day filled with entertainment, historical exhibits and community outreach services. This is the first time the department is hosting its annual celebration outdoors in a festival-style atmosphere.
The celebration will feature a variety of food and merchandise vendors, interactive activities for children and a locally designed mural that pays tribute to African-Americans in law enforcement. Non-profit agencies will also be on site to provide free health screenings and job search assistance. The event is free for the public to attend.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Chief Jane Castor will also be there to recognize retired police officer Sergeant Rufus Lewis for his continued commitment to serving the citizens of Tampa. Lewis is receiving an award for his continued service to Tampa's citizens through his mentorship with the city's children. He is considered one of the pioneers who worked tirelessly to help minorities overcome employment obstacles in the department.
The event will be held at the Police Athletic Leauge, 1924 West Diana Street, Tampa
It will start at 11 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.