After 37 years serving the community via the , Community Service Officer Tracy Mishler retired Aug. 10.
“I will miss all my ‘friends’ that I have made during my service with the Police Department and community,” Mishler wrote in an email to the city’s Crime Watch members. “But, retirement seems like the right thing to do with family being No. 1 in my life.”
Mishler said he will continue to serve the community as a reserve officer for a few more months, so you might still see him around town. A community service officer replacement has not yet been hired.
Mishler shared a simple motto that his first training officer taught him: “Leave the good people alone and treat them like family, but put the bad guys in jail. But treat everyone with respect.”
“Simple but so true,” Mishler wrote in the email. “I hope I have lived up to that motto to make Temple Terrace a safe community where we can enjoy the freedoms provided us and which you entrusted in me to ensure.
“Thank you for allowing me to serve you!”
The following incidents were reported by Mishler before he retired:
July 27, overnight
7000 block of Rivergate Avenue
Someone entered a 2001 Toyota Prius and took three jewelry boxes with jewelry valued at $2,000, Mishler said.
July 27, between 1 p.m. and 1:49 a.m. the next day
8900 block of Morrison Oaks Court
Someone entered the home possibly using a key and took two flat screen TVs, four pairs of sneakers and a laptop, Mishler said.
Aug. 1, overnight
7500 block of Wakulla Drive
Someone entered a 2005 Toyota Camry by prying the right passenger window from the door frame and took credit cards and gift cards, Mishler said.
Aug. 1, overnight
11000 block of Saginaw Drive
Someone entered a 2005 Chrysler van through a rear driver’s side door that had a broken lock and took a purse and its contents, including an iPod, Mishler said.
Aug. 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
11300 block of East Queensway Drive
Someone reached in to the open rear hatch of a 2005 Dodge van and took a weed eater and an air compressor, Mishler said.
Sometime between July 16 and Aug. 3
6100 block of Liberty Avenue
Someone entered the home by breaking the glass of a rear bedroom window and took jewelry valued at $10,000, Mishler said.
Aug. 5, overnight
7500 block of Terrace River Drive
Someone broke the rear passenger side window of a 2004 Kia and took an iPad and a brown leather case, Mishler said.
Aug. 5, 2:41 a.m.
202 Bullard Parkway ()
Officers responded to a Sonitrol Alarm of breaking glass, Mishler said. They found someone banging on a window of the library using a hammer in an attempt to break the window. The person said he was planning to steal a computer.
Those with any related information pertaining to any of these cases can call the Temple Terrace Police Department at 813-989-7110.