25th Annual Tampa Police Memorial Run 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk
- Dates: October 12, 2019
- Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- 410 N Franklin St , Tampa, 33602
In 1994 a group of officers met together to discuss the need for a monument to recognize our fallen officers. In addition, the inaugural Tampa Police Memorial Run was held in October of 1995. The current Memorial Room consisted of 8 x 10 photographs of each fallen officer with a small name tag along with information on their sacrifice. The Memorial Room was located in the old line up room, which now was serving as the roll call room for the Detective Division. The photographs were upgraded to larger frames and moved to the old Traffic Court Room located on the first floor at 1710 Tampa Street. The Court Room became the new Memorial Room. In addition, several display cabinets were brought in and Tampa Police historical items were placed on display. Officers donated items to the new Tampa Police Museum. The Tampa Police Memorial Committee began having meetings to discuss and formulate a plan to obtain a lasting monument to honor our fallen officers. The Committee invited several local area artists to create a monument that would be representative of our fallen officers. The Committee began to develop methods to pay for this project. Squad donations were accepted and the Committee elected to have a 5K run/walk to raise funds to help pay for the project. The Gasparilla Distance Association came in to assist the Committee in planning the run/walk. The three local artists presented models of their creations for a fallen officer monument along with a verbal explanation of the meaning of each entry. The Committee elected to have each model placed on display in the Memorial Room and have the officers vote as to which entry should be chosen to be the Tampa Police Memorial. The employees selected a monument created by Tampa Artist Ms. J. J. Watts. Her model was the cut out silhouette of a uniformed police officer meaning the officer was missing from his department, friends and family. On a small table in front of the silhouette were the tools of the trade; police hat, handcuffs, gun belt, police baton, radio, and a Glock pistol. The Tampa Police Morning Badge was on the front. The names of the fallen officers were placed on the side panels. A poem titled “The Monument” by retired L.A.P.D. Sergeant George Hahn. The first Tampa Police Memorial Run was held on October 10, 1998 with over 1,100 runners and walkers. The run/walk was held in conjunction with the Taste of Tampa, an event sponsored by the Tampa Tribune. The Committee obtained several sponsors that provided valuable funding for the start of this event.