2019 Officer of the Year

Officer Jimmie Bizzle

Tampa International Airport Police Department

At age 14, an intruder tried to break into Officer Bizzle’s family home and this gave Jimmie his first intimate contact with law enforcement.  The assistance and comfort law enforcement provided to Jimmie and his family, sparked his desire for public service work.

Jimmie served in the United States Army for a total of five years on active and reserve duty.  After his honorable discharge, Jimmie worked in the private sector but felt compelled to enter law enforcement.  Jimmie completed the police academy at Polk Community College in 1999.

After obtaining his certification in law enforcement, he began his career as an officer with the Bartow Police Department from 1999 to 2006.  He joined the Lake Wales Police Department as a police officer from 2006 to 2009.  In 2010, Jimmie joined Tampa International Airport Police Department (TIA PD).

In his career with the TIA PD, Jimmie has worked as a Field Training Officer and a member of the SRT team.  Jimmie is a member of the Derrick Brook Charities Foundation serving as a volunteer mentor.  Jimmie is involved with the Teen Summit, where teens meet on Mondays to listen to speakers on topics meant to develop life skills.  Jimmie’s involvement with the teens also provides an opportunity for teens to interact with law enforcement helping to develop a better relationship with police. Jimmie is a member of the Tampa Homeless Initiative where he is actively involved with outreach to the homeless community.  Jimmie was recently nominated as the Tampa Homeless Initiative committee Co-chair.  He also works on the committee for the Florida Office of Attorney General National Conference on Preventing Crime.

In his spare time, Jimmie is working to secure his B.S. in Homeland Security and Public Safety. Jimmie is a loving husband to his wife of 10 years and devoted father to his 8 year old daughter Jamison.