Get to Know the PSO – Emergency Operations

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Director Hill also serves as the Florida Sheriff’s Association (FSA) Coordinator for the Region 4 Task Force. Sheriff Nocco is the Florida Sheriff’s Association (FSA) Chair for the Region 4 Task Force This is an eight county (Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sumter) Task Force with numerous federal, state, and local agency participation through mutual aid agreements and everyday operations. Much of this coordination requires knowledge of all resources available for mutual aid agreements and coordinating Task Force training events, operations, and technology sharing opportunities.

Furthermore, this Division also serves as the agency’s liaison for the following programs: Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO), Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF), and the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI). The LESO program makes U.S. government and military equipment available to non-federal agencies. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit and the Special Vehicle Operator Program are prime examples of the cost benefits of participating in the LESO program. The RDSTF and UASI programs provide funding through grants for anti-terror and emergency management functions and allow the Pasco Sheriff’s Office to utilize any of the myriad of regional resources available if required.

The Emergency Operations Division provides command and control of the following agency special units: Augmentation Force, which includes the agency’s Extra Duty program, Civilian Support Unit, Parking Enforcement, Jeep Unit, and Horse Posse. This Augmentation Force has 395 volunteer positions.

Additionally, the Bomb Liaison, Honor Guard, Special Incident Response Team (SIRT), Special Vehicle Operators Program (SVOP), Surveillance Unit, and Waterborne Operations Unit on a daily basis. All of these special capabilities provide the Pasco Sheriff’s Office with a force multiplying capability for many different types of emergencies, incidents, and events.

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