Office of the Sheriff
The Office of the Sheriff encompasses several units of the Sheriff’s Office involving direct community engagement and support. These units serve to ensure the flow of accurate and timely information from the Sheriff’s Office to the public, provide an avenue for timely resolution of citizen complaints or concerns, and provide a means for direct community engagement to support our law enforcement mission.
The Sheriff’s Office maintains a group of dedicated Crime Prevention Corporals who engage the business and private community in a variety of initiatives. These initiatives include public speaking, assisting to establish neighborhood watch programs, child and teen safety, crime prevention through environmental design, and human trafficking recognition.
The Chaplain Corps is comprised of sworn, deputized representatives of the Sheriff who are ordained and licensed ministers in good standing and trained in many areas of physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. The chaplains have a special understanding and ongoing training to understand the unique job stressors of members of the Sheriff’s Office and their families.
Chaplains are trained in crisis intervention techniques and are available for consultation at all times, including high stress incidents and peaceful situations. Chaplains are on call 24/7 through a rotating on-call schedule with one chaplain available in each of the three Sheriff’s Office districts.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office’s lead Chaplain, Pastor Brian Brown, oversees our Family Support Network. The Family Support Network (FSN) is modeled after a similar program available to U.S. Armed Forces members. The FSN addresses the emotional, spiritual, mental, physical, and other needs of our members and their families.
Mounted Unit/Mounted Posse.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office has two horse mounted units. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit is comprised of sworn deputies and the Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Posse is comprised of civilian volunteers. All of the Posse members donate their time to provide services benefitting our community. Posse members, both horse and rider, participate in challenging drills and training exercises that increase rider and mount partnership and prepare the team to safely participate in public functions. The Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Posse provides assistance to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office for search and rescue operations and a wide range of special events.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Public Information Office collects and disseminates information about criminal investigations, arrests, law enforcement and detention operations, and other news about the agency to the public via mass media, social media, the agency website, mass communication products, and other appropriate means.
The Public Information Office also coordinates media conferences and interviews with Sheriff’s Office personnel, advises the Sheriff and staff on media relations and potentially controversial issues, escorts media personnel during special events, and creates media releases about issues and events in the Sheriff’s Office. Care is taken to withhold information that is confidential or exempt under applicable state law, to protect victims, or could jeopardize criminal investigation or prosecution.
Volunteer Jeep Unit.
The Volunteer Jeep Unit is comprised of civilian volunteers who donate their time and service to benefit the Community. The Volunteer Jeep Unit assists with search and rescue operations, emergency management, and disasters and provides service throughout Pasco County. In addition, the Volunteer Jeep Unit represents the Sheriff’s Office at special events and serves as a community relations team throughout Pasco County.
The Customer Service Unit is overseen by a manager and includes desk officers and customer service specialists. Desk Officers are available at all Sheriff’s Office district buildings to assist the public in answering general questions, initiating some reports, and referring other criminal activity to road patrol or specialized detectives. The Customer Service specialists receive and respond to general citizen inquiries or complaints and work to provide quick and effective resolution to issues brought to their attention.
Office of the Chief Deputy
Future Operations Division.
The Professional Standards Unit investigates policy/procedure violations alleged to have been committed by Pasco Sheriff’s Office employees. A complaint may be initiated by any citizen or Pasco Sheriff’s Office employee. After a complaint has been initiated, the Professional Standards Unit reviews the complaint to determine if any policy/procedures have been violated. If a violation has allegedly occurred, an investigation will commence.
The Professional Standards Unit works closely with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Legal Department regarding creating and updating policies and procedures. The Professional Standards Unit reviews all criminal investigations and officer involved shootings that involve Pasco Sheriff’s Office employees and is available to all employees to answer any questions about the complaint process and policies/procedures.
The Professional Standards Unit reviews and documents all supervisor investigations, member discipline reports, Use of Force reports, Vehicle Pursuit packets, and Vehicle Crash packets.
The goals of the Professional Standards Unit are to maintain the integrity of the cases that are investigated in the unit and provide the Pasco Sheriff’s Office employees an un-biased, timely, fair and thorough conclusion to their investigation. It is important to the Professional Standards Unit to educate employees on policies/procedures and to detect patterns of misconduct to prevent future liability issues for the employee and the agency.
Field Operations Bureau
The Field Operations Bureau is the most visible aspect of the Sheriff’s Office in our community. The Bureau is composed of three divisions: Patrol District One, Patrol District Two, and Patrol District Three, which provide continuous law enforcement services to the almost 500,000 residents of Pasco County.
Patrol deputies answer more than 333,000 total calls for service per year. They respond to routine and emergency calls for service, conduct initial criminal investigations, enforce traffic laws, and provide other vital services to the public. The division consists of 12 platoons divided into 30 squads amongst three districts providing uninterrupted law enforcement services to the approximately 500,000 citizens that live in Pasco County. This number does not include seasonal residents that create a great influx to many areas of our county.
The County is divided geographically into three Patrol Districts, serving as the primary provider of uninterrupted law enforcement services to their respective portion of the County. Each district is commanded by a Captain.
- District One
is west of U. S. Highway 41 and North of Ridge Road, encompassing approximately 140 square miles, and divided into 10 patrol zones, averaging 14 square miles per zone. The District 1 office is located at 7432 Little Road in New Port Richey.
- District Two
is east of U. S. Highway 41, encompassing approximately 490 square miles, and divided into 11 patrol zones, averaging 44 square miles per zone. The District 2 office is located at 36409 State Road 52 in Dade City.
- District Three
is west of U. S. Highway 41 and South of Ridge Road, encompassing approximately 135 square miles, and divided into 10 patrol zones, averaging 13.5 square miles per zone. The District 3 office is located at 11530 Trinity Boulevard in Trinity.
Each Patrol District also provides specialized services and mutual aid, as needed, to the incorporated cities within their respective portion of the County: District One to Port Richey and New Port Richey; District Two, Dade City, Zephyrhills, San Antonio, and St. Leo; and District Three, to Port Richey and New Port Richey. The cities of San Antonio and St. Leo, along with the communities of Concord Station and Meadow Pointe 1, 2 and 3, contract with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office to provide additional law enforcement services through a Contract Deputy.
The specialized units assigned to the patrol districts are:
- Property Crimes.
The Property Crimes Detective Unit assigned to each District is responsible for working all of the property related crimes that occur in the district.
- Strategic Targeted Area Response (STAR).
The STAR Team assigned to each District targets a five square mile area for enhanced law enforcement activities and targets prolific offenders that reside with the district area.
- Intelligence Liaison Officer (ILO).
The ILO Detective assigned to each District is responsible for gathering intelligence on criminals and criminal organizations as well as recent crime trends.
- Code Enforcement.
The Code Enforcement corporal assigned to each District is responsible for addressing quality of life issues as related to county code enforcement.
Joint Operations Bureau
To further integrate operations, we recently created the Joint Operations Bureau. This bureau oversees areas that directly connect to the County during critical situations. The Joint Operations Bureau is led by a Bureau Chief and encompasses Emergency Operations, Special Operations, and Communications.
The Emergency Management Manager serves as the agency liaison to the Emergency Operations Center. This position coordinates the agency’s overall level of readiness and provides situational reports and recommendations as needed during emergencies. The Manager also coordinates training for members and supervisors related to Emergency Management operations. The Emergency Management Manager also oversees the Volunteer Unit comprised of several hundred citizens who volunteer to make Pasco safer and reduce tax payer dollars through their efforts.
- Underwater Recovery Team.
The Underwater Recovery Team conducts dive operations to recover stolen property, locate evidence, and search for victims of drowning. All members must hold appropriate dive certifications and are selected for the team through a rigorous, competitive tryout process. The team is represented by members assigned to Field Operations, Investigations and Criminal Intelligence, and Court Services Bureaus, and the Reserve Deputy Program. The team stays current with monthly trainings and is called out as necessary for searches and evidence recovery.
- Swift Water Response Team.
The Swift Water Response Team was formed in early 2017 in response to the repetitive flooding that occurs within Pasco County. The team is still in its foundational stages and recently acquired the necessary equipment to begin training. The Swift Water Response Team’s rescue boats were recently donated by local community members who recognized the need for the team after witnessing the challenges posed by riverine flooding and storm surge along the Gulf Coast.
- Surveillance Team.
The Surveillance Team is composed of select Detectives and STAR Deputies, and is designed to work with SWAT, Major Crimes, Property Crimes and Warrants Units to gather intelligence on the worst criminals in Pasco County. This facilitates one of the core competencies required for full implementation of the Intelligence-Led Policing processes. This capability was added as an ancillary duty with minimal startup costs.
- Specialty Vehicle Operator Program (SVOP).
The SVOP program supports the Pasco Sheriff’s Office growing fleet of specialty vehicles as part of the overall agency response to critical incidents. This program includes the mobile Tactical Operations Center, the Mobile Command Post, the Intelligence and Information Technology Vehicle and military surplus Humvees and five-ton vehicles used for flood response and evacuation. Members are required to remain proficient in the operation of all vehicles within the SVOP fleet and train regularly to maintain their skills. Vehicle operators are recruited from across the entire agency and serve as scribes on critical incidents. The Specialty Vehicle Operator Program provides for rapid response of critical command and control assets during rapidly evolving incidents and large-scale community events. These assets are often requested by partner organizations such as New Port Richey Police Department and Pasco County Fire Rescue.
- The Volunteers in Policing Section (VIPS).
VIPS encompasses several volunteer programs including the Citizen Service Unit (CSU) program, Operation Dark House, the Ghost Car Program, Parking Enforcement, and volunteers that serve all parts of the agency. CSU’s assist Patrol by directing traffic at crash scenes and handling lower priority calls including found property and criminal mischief complaints. Some CSU members are also trained Traffic Crash Investigators. Operation Dark House and the Ghost Car Program are aimed at crime prevention and have been proven to reduce burglaries in the program areas.
- Citizen Support Services.
Citizen Support Services is composed of paid part-time and volunteer reserve deputies. These deputies are force multipliers who frequently assist with special events such as parades and the County Fair. They provide labor support to Patrol and have full arrest powers. Reserve I and II Deputies must complete the full police academy and a Field Training Officer (FTO) program. Reserve III Deputies have reduced training requirements and must work under the direct supervision of a fully sworn deputy.
- Honor Guard.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard is recognized as one of the best in the region. They provide honors at funerals for current and past members of the Sheriff’s Office and assist with Law Enforcement Funerals across the state. The Honor Guard can be seen presenting the colors at all Sheriff’s Office formal events.
- Special Incident Response Team (SIRT).
The SIRT serves as the Sheriff’s Office mobile field force. They assisted with the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa and stand ready to quickly respond to any type of civil disturbance or mass arrest situation. The team is composed of members of the Field Operations, Investigations and Criminal Intelligence, and Court Services Bureaus.
- Regional Domestic Security Task Force/ UASI Liaison.
The Emergency Management Manager serves as the agency liaison to the Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF) and the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) working group. Each group provides some funding for anti-terror and emergency management functions and allow the Pasco Sheriff’s Office to utilize the myriad of regional resources available, if needed.
- Law Enforcement Support Office.
The Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) Program makes surplus government equipment available to state and local law enforcement agencies. Equipment available ranges from M-16 rifles, MRAPs, tents, cots to surplus clothing. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office Aviation Program is a prime example of the cost benefits of participating in the program, as all current aircraft were acquired through the LESO Program.
- Florida Sheriff’s Association Region 4 Task Force.
Sheriff Nocco serves as the Chair of the Florida Sheriff’s Association Region 4 Task Force. Traditionally, the Task Force is used primarily for mutual aid during natural disasters and high impact special events. Sheriff Nocco’s vision is to develop an expanded corporate response through joint tactics training, integration of explosive detection assets, and other critical incident response elements in light of the rapidly rising threat posed by extremist attacks across the globe.
The Special Operations Division is overseen by a Captain, and encompasses all countywide special operations law enforcement services as well as the agency’s training section.
- Unified SWAT Team.
The Unified SWAT Team is a cooperative effort composed of members of the Sheriff’s Office Field Operations, Investigations and Criminal Intelligence, and Court Services Bureaus in addition to members of the New Port Richey Police Department, Zephyrhills Fire Rescue, and Pasco Fire Rescue. The Unified SWAT Team responds to incidents of barricaded subjects and hostage situations on an as needed basis. The Unified SWAT Team also serves high risk search warrants and performs dignitary protection functions. The Unified SWAT Team is divided into two independent teams that are on call for one month at a time, although both teams may be activated if needed. Each team consists of members who hold various leadership and specialty positions such as snipers, grenadiers, breachers, and explosive breachers. Pasco County is hosting their first Regional Basic SWAT School in April, 2017.
- Canine Unit (K-9).
Patrol K-9 teams primary function is to assist Patrol Deputies with calls for service and K-9 related calls for service including tracking wanted or missing subjects, criminal apprehension, and building and area searches. Several of the K-9 teams are cross-trained to locate narcotics or explosives. The Sheriff’s Office also has a cross-trained patrol and narcotic K-9 and detective handler assigned to the Vice and Narcotics Division to assist with narcotic related investigations. The School Resource Section also has an SRO Corporal and single purpose narcotic detection team assigned to assist with narcotic searches at all Pasco County School District locations. The Canine Unit also oversees two Highway Interdiction Teams (HIT). Each team is composed of one narcotics certified K-9 and handler paired with a Traffic Enforcement Specialist. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office K-9 Association originated in 2015 to allow citizens to fully engage with our K-9 Teams.
- Environmental Crimes Unit (ECU).
ECU consists of a marine and agricultural component. The marine component patrols the County’s waterways enforcing Florida boating laws and responding to calls for service on the water. They also participate in search and rescue missions and criminal investigations on the waterways and in waterfront communities. The agricultural component focuses on problems dealing with loose or mistreated livestock, investigates agricultural related crimes, and serves as liaison between the Sheriff’s Office and the agricultural community within Pasco County.
- Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.).
The primary responsibility of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office S.T.E.P. is to make the streets of Pasco County as safe as possible for its citizens and visitors by actively enforcing all traffic laws in Pasco County. Enforcement locations are chosen by analyzing crash data to determine areas with the highest crash rates. Using Intelligence Led Policing methods, these locations are often found to overlap areas with increased criminal activity and that information is considered when determining enforcement locations. S.T.E.P. members adjust their schedules to cover both days and nights in order to serve the full range of traffic related needs.
- Aviation Unit.
The Aviation Unit provides air support for the Sheriff’s Office members both proactively and reactively. The Aviation Unit has a Chief Pilot, four Deputy Pilots, and a Pilot Instructor. The six pilots make up three flight crews and provide air service countywide. The flight teams assist in searching for criminal subjects and search and rescue missions. They also conduct flight patrols over the County to detect and deter criminal activity. The Aviation Unit also employs a full time mechanic to reduce maintenance costs and maintain each aircraft in a “mission ready” status. The current fleet is composed of four OH-58 aircraft that provide around the clock aviation coverage as needed. The Sheriff’s Office is in the process of seeking funding for enhanced aviation capabilities to include firefighting and water rescue due to the seasonal threats of wildfires and flooding.
The manager of the Training Unit oversees the Sheriff’s Office Training section. The manager coordinates advanced and specialized training based on feedback from community stakeholders, including local law enforcement agencies in Pasco County and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).The Training Unit’s responsibilities have greatly increased the past several years due to the ever-evolving global climate (e.g. terrorism, hostility toward police, social media). There is a full-time position dedicated to our use of body-worn cameras, whose duties include providing video clips to the State’s Attorney Office (SAO) and defense attorneys, in addition to media outlets for quick dissemination of events. Other examples of the increased responsibilities over the past several years include the addition of members who have combat and terrorist training in the military. These new members are providing training in leadership, close quarters combat, active shooter resolution, and explosive breeching.The Training Unit provides post-academy training to new hires, in order to help with the transition from an academic setting to the real world of law enforcement and corrections. They also host training events for participants throughout the Tampa Bay area, such as Emotional Intelligence, Active Shooter Resolution, and Search Warrants.The Training Unit also administers the agency’s tuition assistance program that provides assistance to agency members who wish to better themselves by attending an institute of higher learning. The Training Unit ensures PSO members are compliant with their FDLE certification requirements.
The Assistant Director of the Department of Emergency Services Communication Division of Pasco County is a Sheriff’s Office lieutenant, funded by the BOCC. The center takes 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls and dispatches for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, Pasco Fire Rescue, and the Dade City Police Department. The lieutenant oversees day-to-day operations of the communications center and its employees.
A Captain is responsible for overseeing the Law Enforcement Programs at Pasco Hernando State College (PHSC). This includes planning and scheduling all law enforcement and corrections academies. PHSC does not provide any salary for this position.
Investigation and Criminal Intelligence Bureau
The Investigations and Criminal Intelligence Bureau (ICIB) is comprised of the Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP) Section, Major Crimes Division, Special Investigations Division, and the Juvenile Investigations Division. The Bureau has an annual appropriated budget of approximately $15.5 million and includes 251 BOCC funded positions. A large portion of the funding within this bureau comes from other sources, including the District School Board of Pasco County, the Department of Children and Families, and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Special Investigations Division.
The Special Investigations Division (previously referred to as Vice & Narcotics) is comprised of three Undercover Squads, three Active Crime Enforcement Squads (ACE), and the Warrants Unit. These components support the agency ILP philosophy by utilizing advanced investigative strategies to target criminal organizations and prolific offenders.
The Special Investigations Division (SID) is tasked with initiating and conducting covert and overt investigations related to violent crimes, gun related crimes, drugs, gangs, burglaries, auto theft, racketeering, terrorism, human trafficking, prostitution, and gambling. Detectives assigned to this division are also involved in pharmaceutical diversion cases, synthetic drug identification and enforcement, participation in federal and local agency task forces, maintaining sophisticated electronic equipment, gathering intelligence regarding criminal activities, and providing information to agency members and the public.
The three undercover squads are assigned to each of the three districts and focus their advanced investigative efforts on disrupting, displacing, and dismantling drug trafficking organizations. They participate in the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) and multiple DEA Task Forces and engage in poly drug, money laundering, and RICO investigations with the intent of dismantling criminal groups by any means legally necessary. As there is a clear nexus between illicit drugs and other serious criminal activity, undercover detectives also utilize covert narcotics tactics to target prolific offenders who are responsible for committing a significant amount of crime in our county. In addition, the undercover squads facilitate regular prostitution and reverse prostitution stings and participate in Human Trafficking screening. Our undercover squads also partner with substance abuse providers to implement the CARE program, which coordinates efforts to engage addicts with substance abuse professionals at the earliest possible stage during encounters with law enforcement.
Currently, there are over 16,000 active Pasco County warrants. The Warrants Unit prioritizes the apprehension of prolific offenders and other high value targets through an ILP analysis of offenders and crime types. The Warrants Unit accomplishes their mission through in-depth research, covert and overt tactics, gathering intelligence, relentless pursuit, and focusing on offenders who harm our citizens the most.
The three ACE Units are assigned to each of the three districts and work in conjunction with each District Captain to focus their efforts on prolific offenders, violent crime, gun related crime, and felony crime sprees/trends. Members of this unit utilize advanced investigative strategies, to include both covert and overt tactics, to target prolific offenders and reduce violent crime.
In 2016, members of SID initiated 1317 cases, executed 84 search warrants, initiated 84 drug trafficking cases, and arrested 881 subjects. During this timeframe, the unit dismantled 20 clandestine labs, most of which were methamphetamine labs. Members also seized $6.69 million in cash and various illicit drugs totaling $23 million in value.
Juvenile Investigations Division.
The Juvenile Investigations Division (JID) is comprised of two core sections that serve the most vulnerable members of our community: children. These core components, Youth Services and Child Protection Investigations, are tasked with providing safety and security for our county’s youth. Child Protection Investigations primarily provides these services within the confines of the home and through the lens of overall family dependency. The Youth Services Section, however, primarily provides this care within the confines of the home and school but through the lens of law enforcement.
- Youth Services Section.
The Youth Services Section is comprised of the following components:
- School Resource.
The heart of the Youth Services Section is our School Resource Officers. These corporals’ main responsibility is to ensure the safety of our county’s school campuses. They work integrally with the members of the Pasco County School Board and the administrative staff of each assigned school to enforce laws, teach, and counsel the community of students. The School Board’s funding allows for almost every one of our middle and high schools to staff a full-time deputy during the school year. The remaining middle and high schools are within two of the county’s municipalities, who provide resource officers from their police departments.
- Traffic Control Officers/School Crossing Guards.
Another major component of the School Resource unit, based on the number of assigned agency members, is our Traffic Control Officers and School Crossing Guards. This portion of the unit is responsible for ensuring that children can safely cross the roadways in and around our schools.
- Officer Friendly & Explorer Programs.
The Officer Friendly Program, funded partially by the Community Development Block Grant program, focuses on building community relations and working with youth in some of our poorest communities in the county. These communities include Lacoochee, Tommy Town and Dade Oaks, and Carver Heights.
The Explorer Program provides an opportunity for the youth of our community to explore what a career in law enforcement. The assigned deputy works with a group of fellow deputies that act as advisors and assist in law enforcement related training and guidance.
- Youth Diversion.
Another component of the Youth Services Section with a countywide impact is our Youth Diversion Program. This Department of Juvenile Justice funded program is a vital program within our community as it serves youth and their families following times when a youth has committed a select, non-violent crime. The program diverts children from having a criminal record if they successfully complete a program laid out by the Diversion Program staff. The case plans often include completion of substance abuse and mental health counseling, anger management counseling, job readiness training, and other programs to help the children prevent a recurrence of crime in their lives.
- Child Protection Investigations.
The Child Protection Investigation Division is overseen by a Director and is the largest grant-funded area of the PSO. CPID is comprised of various units to support the mission of keeping children safe, and each of its eighty-four civilian members are dedicated to this effort. The Director is responsible for working with the applicable departments within the Sheriff’s Office to ensure the staffing and budgetary aspects of the CPID are managed within the confines of the State provided funding, appropriated annually. The Director serves as the liaison with the Department of Children and Families leadership team, as well sits on the boards of various child welfare organizations within our community and facilitates all memorandums of understanding between CPID and various child welfare organizations. Two Assistant Directors of CPI oversee the CPID Field Units, Case Assignment Unit, Training Unit, Quality Assurance Unit, Family Support Worker Unit, and Support Specialist Units.CPID at the Pasco Sheriff’s Office is one of six sheriff’s offices in the state of Florida that investigate reports of child abuse, abandonment and neglect. All reports investigated by child protective investigators (CPI) are first reported to the Florida Abuse Hotline. The statewide hotline, located in Tallahassee, receives reports of child abuse, abandonment and/or neglect and routes the calls to the county where the child(ren) is/are located at the time the report is made. If the allegations occurred in a household located in a separate county, a dual county assignment will be made. The State’s decision to contract with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office allows for the utilization of expertise and experience of the sheriff’s office in an effort to produce the best outcomes for children and families in our communities.
- School Resource.
Major Crimes Division.
The Major Crimes Division’s primary focus is resolving latent investigations and preventing violent crime by utilizing an Intelligence Led Policing focus on prolific offenders and the collection of intelligence to better inform the crime picture, while also collaborating with our community and various partners in law enforcement. The division is comprised of the following units:
- Major Crimes Unit.
The Major Crimes Unit consists of three squads responsible for the follow-up investigation of the various types of violent crimes committed in Pasco County. This unit is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and investigates homicides, other deaths, attempted homicides, aggravated batteries, sexual batteries, domestic violence, robberies, arson (involving injuries to persons), violent crimes against the elderly, and crimes against children (both physical and sexual). The Unit is also responsible for various secondary assignments, such as the Missing/Abducted Child (MAC) Team. The PSO MAC Team became nationally certified in November of 2014.
In July of 2016, Major Crimes was awarded the Florida Coalition against Domestic Violence INVEST grant. This grant partially funds a Detective to address the needs of the underserved Pasco County citizens who are victims of domestic-related crimes. Several members of Major Crimes are also members of the Tampa Bay Child Abduction Response Team (CART), which is coordinated through the FDLE. This task force assists local agencies with child abduction investigations, such as the Jessica Lundsford and Sara Lunde cases. The Major Crimes Unit often works with other agencies including the FBI, FDLE, and U.S. Marshalls. Several of our Major Crime members are currently assigned to task forces with the above agencies.
- Victim Advocate Unit.
Victim Advocates are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, responding to victims of crisis and violent crimes. Victim Advocates provide support services throughout every stage of the criminal justice process, including accompanying victims to trial. The victim advocates assess the needs of victims and their families to ensure they receive the proper help from other social service agencies. Two of our Victim Advocates are partially funded under a federal grant called VOCA (Victims of Crimes Act). These two advocates focus on the underserved population of Pasco County our elderly population and our Spanish speaking population.
- Economic Crimes.
This countywide investigative unit was tasked with the investigation of 1726 cases during 2016. The Economic Crimes Unit investigates complex, organized fraud, including identity theft, forgery, exploitation of the elderly, schemes to defraud, counterfeiting and money laundering. Due to the complexity of these investigations and jurisdictional issues, investigators work very closely with other agencies including the Secret Service, FBI, U.S. Postal Inspectors, Florida Attorney’s General Office, and FDLE. The sergeant and three economic crimes detectives are members of a task force with the U.S. Secret Service. There are also two detectives who specialize in the investigation of construction fraud and unlicensed contractors, who are contractually funded through the BOCC.
- Special Victims.
This unit investigates crimes and provides services within three separate specialized areas including Cyber Crimes, Missing Persons, and Sex Offender.The Cyber Crimes component investigates the sexual exploitation of children through electronic means. Cyber Crimes Detectives also provide support in the recovery of digital evidence for other investigative units. The detectives are members of the Central Florida Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, FBI, and FDLE task forces for the investigations of exploitation of children.
The Missing Persons detectives investigate cases involving missing children, runaways, missing endangered adults, and child custody/parental kidnapping. The Community Service Specialist coordinates a proactive program that allows electronic tracking of lost special needs adults and children through the use of small transmitters. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office is equipped with receivers to track the transmitters.
The Sex Offender has the responsibility of monitoring over 950 sexual offenders, predators and career offenders residing in Pasco County. The unit conducts address verifications at the home of each sexual offender/predator at least four times per year and each career offender twice per year. Sexual offenders and predators are required to register either two or four times per year based on their offense. The unit investigates any violations or complaints received by the Sheriff’s Office and works to educate the public on sexual offenders by hosting community presentations and law enforcement training. The unit also handles any criminal investigations regarding registration.
- Forensic Services Section.
The Forensic Services Section (FSS) is a component of the Major Crimes Division. The duties and responsibilities of the members of the FSS varies. The most important duties performed by the members are crime scene documentation and evidence collection. Each forensic investigator must be skilled in the use of digital and video photography, crime scene assessment, evidence recognition and proper collection procedures, latent fingerprint lifting techniques, the casting of tire and footprint impressions, sketching and measurements of interior and exterior scenes, blood stain assessments and collection, the use of alternate light sources and chemical developers, and a host of other skills needed to process a crime scene. The latent print examiners aid in Automated Fingerprint Identification System entries and conduct comparisons to assist in fingerprint identifications. The forensic investigators and latent print examiners are required to achieve and maintain their certification through the International Association for Identification (IAI). Volunteers are an integral part of the Forensic Services Section and receive extensive training allowing them to assist on calls throughout the county. Advances in science and technology aid in solving more crimes every day and the importance of forensic investigators continues to grow.
- Property and Evidence.
The Property and Evidence Section consists of members who collect evidence for the entire county. It is imperative the evidence collected daily be packaged appropriately for safe keeping. Maintaining the chain of custody is essential for the integrity of the evidence as it is prepared for cases and presented in the courtroom. The members in this section work diligently to ensure each item that arrives in the warehouse is accounted for and housed properly under Florida Statutes, standards and best practices. Each Specialist is required to achieve and maintain their certification through the International Association for Property and Evidence (IAPE) and the Property and Evidence Association of Florida (PEAF). Doing so provides us with the education and training needed for all aspects of proper handling and storage of all types of evidence.
- The Intelligence-led Policing Section. The Intelligence-led Policing Section (ILP) informs critical decisions across all components of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office through the cultivation and dissemination of strategic, operational, and tactical intelligence. Analysts provide actionable intelligence that is strategic, targeted, and future-oriented aimed at crime and harm reduction, disruption, and prevention.Strategic analysts develop products offering insight and understanding to inform big-picture decisions pertaining to policy formation, planning, resource allocation, manpower deployment, and the agency’s overall crime fighting efforts. The strategic analysts define and identify prolific offenders and form the district STAR boxes. The strategic analysts also conduct long term analysis and assessments including population projections, staffing studies, deployment studies, and zone boundary studies.
Separately, criminal intelligence analysts are assigned to the individual patrol districts and specific focuses including juvenile offenders, CPI, and organized crime. These analysts are responsible for having a broader understanding of crime problems within the areas they are assigned to focus. The analysts review incident reports, field contacts, tips, and other sources of information and data with a targeted focus on the Big 4 and select violent crimes. Analysts also coordinate intelligence collection efforts, including connecting crime trends and patterns across multiple jurisdictions. The overarching goal of the analysts is to accurately interpret the criminal environment and determine what crime problems their respective district is truly facing. The analysts are focused on identifying why the problem exists and providing actionable intelligence to influence members to reduce crime, disrupt criminal networks, and prevent future crimes from occurring. Analysts work closely with District Commanders to influence decisions on resource allocation and deployment.
A Criminal Intelligence Analyst assigned to Organized Crime focuses on organized crime groups operating within and from Pasco County. These types of groups operate without borders, accordingly it is imperative to have an analyst who can liaise with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure we are connecting any crime patterns between the various jurisdictions. A Criminal Intelligence Analyst is assigned to Juvenile Offenders and Child Protective Investigations (CPI). This analyst works closely with Child Protective Investigators to assist with focusing investigations and ensuring our limited resources are best spent working with families to prevent children from falling into a life of crime or becoming dependent on social services. This analyst is also responsible for coordination with the School Resource Officers and CPI Detectives in an attempt to identify trends in child victimization and juvenile crime with a focus on preventing future incidents.
A Crime Analyst is assigned to the Court Services Bureau. The Court Services Analyst is instrumental in continuing the collection of intelligence once our prolific and other targeted offenders enter the detention center. In addition, a plethora of information comes from inmates’ phone calls, emails, visitations, and interactions with other inmates within the facility. Capitalizing on these information sources can better inform investigations and our tactics across the agency. The Court Services Analyst works closely with our commanders at the jail to inform them of trends or potential problems that may impact the detention facility.
The Sheriff’s Office recently partnered with the Naval Postgraduate School to incorporate Social Network Analysis into law enforcement. We were one of five agencies selected nationwide to participate and are using this opportunity to bring other local agencies into our operations to learn and develop this strategy further.
The Real-Time Crime Center (RTCC) consists of Crime Analysts and Criminal Intelligence Analysts and is co-located with Pasco County Public Safety Communications. The RTCC allows analysts to leverage and aggregate multiple data sources to improve situational awareness, enhance officer safety, and better inform decision making on calls for service in real-time. Analysts evaluate calls for known threats or other indicators known to law enforcement that may indicate a perceived threat and have an impact on officer safety. Moreover, this real time awareness provides analysts and deputies with a shared understanding of the crime environment, reduce time spent on investigations, and help to resolve cases in real-time by developing and providing suspect information and location data.
Court Services Bureau
The Court Services Bureau has the responsibility of effectively and efficiently operating the County’s Detention Facility, providing security of the courthouses, providing criminal and civil process, and providing support to patrol through teletype operations. The Court Services Bureau consists of three separate divisions: Security Services, Judicial Services, and Support Services each commanded by a Captain. The bureau has an appropriated annual budget of approximately $41 million and includes 367 BOCC funded positions.
Security Services Division.
The Security Services Division is the largest division within the Court Services Bureau. It includes Jail Operations and the Inmate Processing Sections. The Security Services Division is centralized in the Pasco County Detention Facility located in Land O’ Lakes. The facility’s main structure was built in 1991 as a direct supervision facility and provided additional housing for detainees. In 1991, the average daily inmate population, between Pasco County’s two Detention Facilities, was 465 inmates. Today, the Land O’ Lakes Facility houses all detainees. The average daily inmate population for April 2017 is 1,644 inmates.
- Jail Operation Section.
The Jail Operations Section encompasses the supervision of all adults, or adjudicated juveniles facing charges as adults, incarcerated in Pasco County. The jail population for the last quarter of 2016 reflects that 85.2% of inmates were awaiting trial or incarcerated for a felony offense. The Jail Operations Section is comprised of four platoons which operate on 12 hour shifts. Deputies assigned to housing units (pods) are responsible for the supervision of inmates in a direct supervision environment and may supervise up to 112 inmates, in general population housing units. Housing units containing juveniles, disciplinary inmates, inmates in segregation or medical inmates will receive supervision with a lesser ratio of inmates per each deputy. In addition to the four platoons the Jail Operations Section includes an Inner Perimeter Security Team which is responsible for handling emergency calls for service within the jail including responding to inmate fights, disciplinary problems, or medical emergencies. The Pasco Detention Facility has a rated bed capacity of 1,432, and as the population increases it becomes increasingly difficult to manage the inmate population, provide appropriate housing classifications of inmates, or segregate those who pose a threat to the security or orderly running of the facility.
- Inmate Processing Section.
The Inmate Processing Section is comprised of seven units including Intake/Release, Classification, Juvenile Assessment Center, Property/Cashier, Inmate Records, Sentencing and Sex Offender/Felon Registration.
- Intake / Release.
As the central booking location for all law enforcement agencies operating in Pasco County, the Intake/Release Unit is responsible for intake and release procedures of all individuals taken into custody. Intake procedures for each inmate include searches, medical screening, photographing, fingerprinting, DNA submission, computer entry of charges and demographics, paperwork distribution, and initial classification. Release procedures include final warrants checks, victim notification, computer entry, and if applicable, sex offender registration. In 2016, 30,942 intake and release procedures were conducted along with 212 critical incidents, including use of force, emergency restraint chair use, suicide attempts/gestures, medical, injuries, assaults, and introduction of contraband.
The Classification Unit is responsible for classifying inmates to ensure the safety and security of inmates, staff, and citizens. Inmate classification statuses may change due to criminal charges, behavior, or other issues. Classification is responsible for reviewing, validating and updating all reports generated on the inmate population, in order to ensure proper classification, housing, and handling. Classification is tasked with preparing, reviewing, and updating inmate classification statuses to present to the Re-Classification Committee and discuss at Intelligence-led Policing (ILP) Aim meetings. Classification identifies, reports, and distributes information on veteran inmates to the United States Veterans’ Services. They refer inmates with medical or mental health issues to medical/mental health staff. Classification reports identified gang members to the ILP Section and the gang liaison. They determine which inmates are eligible for worker status. Inmates with holds from other agencies/states, or the Department of Corrections, are identified and tracked. Juvenile inmates, and inmates that fall under the Jessica Lundsford Act or Anti Murder Act, are identified and reported to the Clerk of the Court and Judiciary. Inmates born outside the United States are identified, tracked, and reported to the Criminal Alien Assistance Program and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, to be submitted for grant funds. Classification assists in procedures for special handling of inmates such as risks, juveniles, administrative segregation, red dot, and protective custody inmates.
- Inmate Records.
Records is responsible for the contents, privacy, security, and preservation of inmate records for each inmate admitted to the detention facility. They are tasked with maintaining adequate supplies for the Classification Unit and submitting work orders for any machines or equipment that are not operating properly. The Records Clerks answer incoming calls for inmate records, fill record request, collect and report data to include Social Security disability information, inmate counts, monthly inmate statistics, and prepare victim letters.
Juvenile Assessment Center. The Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) is a collaborative effort between the Pasco Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Juvenile Justice. It is a centralized processing facility for youth who are taken into custody by law enforcement. Youth are searched, booked, fingerprinted, photographed, DNA is submitted, and they are assessed for educational deficiencies, chemical dependencies, and family needs. These functions are partially funded through a contract with the Department of Juvenile Justice.
- Property / Cashier.
The Property Cashier Unit is responsible for the control, storage, and retrieval of monies and property of inmates. They process payments and receipts for cash bonds, cash purges, and child support purges provided to Intake / Release and the Clerk of the Court. The Property Cashier unit verifies and tracks all monetary transactions. They review bonds for accuracy and forward them to the Intake/Release unit. They verify, update, and track transactional documentation for deposits, payments, and release of monies to agency members, inmates, and bondsmen. Cashier Property technicians search, sort, and inventory all personal property entering the facility with newly arrested inmates. Additionally, they detect and report any counterfeit monies to the United States Secret Service.
The Sentencing unit is responsible for reviewing, validating, and updating all court documents on current inmates. They document and apply court orders, bond reductions, adjustments, stipulations, as well as furloughs, commitments, programs, and county sentences for inmates in custody or scheduled for incarceration. Sentencing calculates all credit for time previously served, process judicial orders, ensure proper amounts of good time, inmate worker gain time, and Americans with Disabilities Act gain time are awarded and applied to sentences. When inmates leave the facility, sentencing reviews and transfers all files on time served, or on any other court ordered releases, including release on recognizance, purges, no information filed, administrative count closures, and dismissals. Sentencing determines if DNA submissions are required and completes packets for inmates who meet the requirements of Florida Statute §394.913, the Sexually Violent Predator Program. They are responsible for tracking State custody inmates, placing holds, and arranging transports. Sentencing prepares, reconciles, and processes all commitment packets to be forwarded to the Department of Corrections. Sentencing maintains open communication with other agencies and programs to ensure inmates are transported and released promptly upon eligibility.
- Sex Offender / Felon Registration.
Florida Statute §775.13 mandates that any person convicted of a crime, in any state or federal court, or foreign country, which if committed in the State of Florida would be considered a felony, will, within 48 hours after entering any county in the state, register with the Sheriff of said county, be fingerprinted, and list the crime for which convicted, place of conviction, sentence imposed, if any, name, aliases, if any, address, and occupation. The statute provides registrants the opportunity to register with FDLE in lieu of registering with the county Sheriff.The Florida Sexual Predators Act (F.S. 775.21) and the sexual offender reporting requirement (F.S. 943.0435) involves the registration and re-registration of convicted sexual offenders and predators. These persons are required to register with the local Sheriff’s Office within 48 hours after establishing either temporary or permanent residence in Florida. All sexual predators and offenders are required to re-register, either biannually or quarterly, during the month of their birth, and every third or sixth month following their birth month, pursuant to FDLE designated requirement for that predator or offender. As a result, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office maintains the names and addresses of all identified sexual offenders and predators.
Judicial Services Division.
The Judicial Security Section is responsible for judicial security at the county’s courthouses, as well as criminal and civil processes initiated through the courts.
- Judicial Security.
The Judicial Security Section consists of two units, the West Pasco Judicial Center (WPJC) and the Robert Sumner Judicial Center (RSJC).The Judicial Security Section (JSS) is responsible, per Title V of the Florida State Statutes Chapter 30, for the safety and security of the Judiciary in all official proceedings within the 6th Judicial Circuit in Pasco County. JSS is responsible for the overall physical security of the county’s two courthouses, the safety of the citizenry of the courthouses, and the general public who frequent these facilities. The JSS is statutorily responsible for security at all official Board of County Commission meetings and any hearing assigned by the Office of Court Administration. The section is responsible for the safety and security of all in-custody defendants appearing before the courts. Bailiffs are responsible for taking persons into custody appearing before the court that have been found guilty, sentenced to jail, or found to have active warrants.
The Judicial Security Section provides security and a Law Enforcement presence during the following programs:
- • BAR Association Meetings
- • Various Board of County Commission Meetings
- • Conflict Resolution / Peer Pressure
- • DCAP Ambassador Program
- • Drug Court
- • Juvenile Arbitration
- • Mediation for Dependency
- • Night Court
- • Pasco County Construction Board
- • Planning Commission
- • Safe and Sane Streets
- • Teen Court
- • Traffic Court
- • Veterans Court
- • Victim Impact Panel
- • 3D (Drinking, Driving, Drugs)
- Civil Process Unit.
The Civil Process Unit is responsible for serving all court issued documents within the county. These documents include writs, Domestic Violence Injunctions, ex parte orders, summons, subpoenas, and other documents issued from the court system. During 2015, the Civil Process Unit, with the cooperation of the Clerk of Courts and County I.T., began mailing misdemeanor and 3rd degree felony subpoenas, when appropriate, to defendants and witnesses. This procedural change helped reduce manpower and equipment demands within the unit.
- Criminal Process Unit.
The criminal process clerks are responsible for maintaining warrant files and making warrant entries into FCIC/NCIC and the in-house computer system as warrants are received. They ensure the diligent search process is conducted on all applicable warrants. The unit completes all warrant validation processes in compliance with FDLE.
Teletype is a secure communications system used nationwide (and worldwide via Interpol). Users of the system are verified Criminal Justice and/or Law Enforcement Agencies identified by a unique alpha/numeric code. This teletype unit is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The core functions of Teletype are:
- • Querying FCIC/NCIC and in-house programs on behalf of agency law enforcement officers and other agency members for articles, DVI’s, stolen vehicles, warrants, probable cause pickup confirmation, parole and probation status, driver’s license information, vehicle registration information, missing people, guns, and carrying concealed weapon permits.
- • Entering stolen articles, stolen/lost guns, stolen vehicles, Domestic Violence Injunctions, warrants (after hours), missing people, and stolen license plates, and be on the lookout (BOLO) notifications into FCIC/NCIC.
- • Processing requests from agency members who are in need of a tow truck for their agency vehicles, investigative purposes, or at owner’s request.
- • Assisting agency members research active calls and cases.
- • Validating all PSO hot files within FCIC/NCIC pursuant to an FDLE validation schedule (daily, monthly, and yearly schedules).
- • Corresponding with agency law enforcement officers to ensure the completion and accuracy of case files vs FCIC/NCIC entries.
Support Services Division.
The Support Services Division oversees supervision of the detention facility’s supporting missions. One of the main focuses of support is to ensure opportunities are available to inmates to participate in productive educational, vocational, recreational, and religious programs. In addition to program opportunities, the division is responsible for facility purchases of supplies utilized to meet operational needs of the jail, monitoring of medical and food service contracts and activities, providing laundry services, as well as ensuring inmate access to phones, visitation, mail, and commissary.
- Vocational Training. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office provides a number of vocational programs designed to mitigate recidivism through education, while providing inmates with skills to enhance opportunities for successful reintegration into the community. The vocational programs provide education on carpentry, construction skills, food service, sewing, and welding. These programs may be funded through federal grants and are sustained through the Inmate Welfare Fund.
- Inmate Labor & Support Services.
Inmate Labor and Support Services is responsible for purchasing, shipping/receiving, and facility maintenance. These areas provide inmates with operational, time management, and organizational skills. The inmates working in these areas have an opportunity to become certified in the use of warehouse equipment. Inmate Labor is utilized for the overall cosmetic maintenance, janitorial services, laundry, and maintenance of the detention facility grounds. In addition, the Inmate Labor & Support Services Unit provides janitorial services for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office District and Administrative Offices.
- Operation Payback.
The Operation Payback Program (OPB) is an alternative county jail sentence administered by the Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with County, Circuit Judges, and county staff. The court has the option to sentence a defendant to straight time in jail or OPB. The Judges, in collaboration with prosecutors, defense attorneys, and any other entities deemed necessary, will determine the eligibility of defendants for the program. The Judge sentences an inmate into the program. This program allows selected, low risk offenders, to work at designated work sites to complete terms of sentencing.
- Pasco County Contracted Work Crews.
The Pasco County Contracted Work Crew’s responsibilities include Road and Bridge, Parks and Recreation, and Animal Control. The work crews are supervised by certified corrections deputies who work cooperatively with county entities to assign work tasks capable of being performed by inmates who meet criteria for assignment to outside work details. The County Contracted Work Crews performed a total of 18,355 hours of labor during the 2016 calendar year.
In 2016, the construction crew completed numerous projects throughout the agency. These projects included building a new pole barn for inmate vocational programs, assisting the county with rebuilding the District Three modular, and complete remodels of the Child Protection Investigations offices, Human Resources, and areas throughout the Sheriff’s Office Administrative Building.
Operational Logistics Bureau
The Operational Logistics Bureau provides primary support to the agency’s mission, and includes human resources, information technology, purchasing, professional standards, and fleet and facilities maintenance. The bureau has an annual appropriated budget of approximately $13.3 million and includes 56 authorized positions.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Purchasing Department is responsible for acquiring, purchasing goods, services or works from external vendors in partnership with agency bureaus to ensure the agency is provided goods and services needed to fulfill commitments to “fight as one.”
Purchasing ensures goods and services are procured at the best possible cost to meet the needs of the agency in terms of quality, quantity, time, and location. The Purchasing Department also ensures all internal and external mail is distributed within the agency via courier services to all bureaus and provides printing services within the agency.
Fleet Maintenance provides the Pasco Sheriff’s Office with solutions to their transportation, equipment, and logistical needs while optimizing the return on investment of each tax dollar spent. They strive to provide the highest level of customer service to each member of the agency to which we serve.
Fleet maintains and repairs the full agency fleet of approximately 1,000 vehicles and provides all necessary ancillary support services. This includes handling tag and title work, new vehicle procurement and vehicle disposition, negotiation with third party vendors for specialty and upgrade work, maintaining and distributing the fleet fuel and insurance cards, and impounding and tracking vehicles confiscated in coordination with the agency’s legal department.
Pasco Sheriff’s Office Information Technology Department plans, operates, and supports the agency’s IT infrastructure, enabling agency users to carry out their roles efficiently, productively, and securely. The department meets multiple business and technical requirements, while providing a secure IT infrastructure and working to minimize costs.
IT is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all information technology equipment issued to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office including computers, laptops, tablets, printers, cellular phones, scanners, and fingerprint scanners.
In addition, the department provides web development and design services, software development services, network support services, security monitoring and response services, and operates a Service Desk with Mobile Technician services.
To assist with planning, senior members of the IT team work with agency personnel to develop an IT strategy that supports the agency’s objectives. They develop software and other elements of the IT system to meet the needs of agency departments such as Patrol, Child Protective Investigations, and all associated administrative functions. The team also ensures that the correct level of IT resources are available to meet changing levels of demand. To increase flexibility and responsiveness, the IT team investigates new service options, including specialized vendor support for complex IT issues, IT equipment leasing options, and testing and evaluation of new equipment.
To enable employees to effectively use IT resources, the IT team provides various forms of user support. The team provides ongoing support to users through a helpdesk and virtual facilities on the agency intranet. A 24/7 on-call Service Desk provides around the clock support to Agency users as they rotate between shifts and respond to issues and calls.
In support of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office values, vision and mission, the Human Resources Division is committed to providing quality customer service and servant leadership to recruit and retain a high-quality workforce that safeguards Pasco County’s most valuable resource – its citizens. Our success lies with our hard working members. Hiring a diverse group of well qualified individuals benefits the Pasco Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Pasco County. Our successful integration of prior and current enlisted members of the U.S. Armed Forces into our organization is award winning.
At the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, we have career opportunities for a wide variety of individuals looking to grow their careers. Our agency affords all members the path for advancement while providing training to succeed. When it comes to taking care of the people who support, defend and protect our community, we make it our mission to contribute to the well-being and future of our members and their families; including the development of an industry leading Family Support Network.
The HR Division is a strategic partner in maintaining and developing the Pasco Sheriff’s Office by maximizing the value of human capital and aligning it with agency objectives.
Management Services Bureau
Headed by a Bureau Chief, the Management Services Bureau offers administrative and operational support to all Sheriff’s Office bureaus. The Bureau provides guidance to ensure agency initiatives comply with applicable laws, regulations, generally accepted accounting principles, and grant requirements. The Management Services Bureau has three main components: the Legal Section, headed by General Counsel; the Strategic Planning and Budget Section, headed by a Director; and the Finance Section, headed by a Director. The Bureau has a current appropriated budget of approximately $2.1 million dollars and consists of 27 authorized positions.
The Legal Section is headed by the General Counsel, who oversees the Assistant General Counsel, Staff Attorney, Legal Affairs Coordinator, Contract Administrator, and Records Unit. The attorneys in the Legal Section provide guidance and legal expertise to the Sheriff and deputies in the field. The attorneys also respond to SWAT call-outs and high-liability incidents. The section reviews all agency contracts, agreements, leases, and grant applications. The section also reviews and coordinates responses to public records requests. The attorneys publish legal bulletins to advise agency members on important legal topics and changes in the law, and conduct regular legal trainings for new hires, supervisors, specialty teams, and deputy read-offs. The Legal Section is responsible for maintaining, reviewing and updating agency General Orders and policies to assure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Members of the section participate in collective bargaining meetings for labor union contract negotiations, and handle all actions brought under the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act. The Contract Administrator prepares requests for proposals, coordinates agency insurance claims, and monitors contracts to ensure appropriate notices and renewals occur.
The Records Unit is responsible for centrally managing the agency records functions, including assisting and guiding the agency in establishing records management procedures, managing the records storage center, and ensuring the proper disposal of records following approved retention and disposition schedules.
Strategic Planning and Budget Section.
The Strategic Planning and Budget Section supports the operations of the Sheriff by preparing and managing the annual operating budget, developing and implementing the long-term strategic plan, and applying for and managing grant-funding opportunities. Strategic Planning and Budget is comprised of four (4) members including a Director, Budget Analyst, Strategic Planner/Grant Writer, and Grant Coordinator. The Director is responsible for preparation of the annual budget, in addition to oversight of budget analysis, strategic planning, and grant writing and management. The Director also works with agency management on the creation, analysis, and implementation of agency policy. The Budget Analyst assists the Director with the preparation of the yearly budget, as well as the preparation of budgetary and spending analysis for all agency funding sources. The Strategic Planner/Grant Writer conducts meetings for the drafting and updating of the agency’s Strategic Plan. This member also conducts the appropriate research for writing and submitting of agency grant applications. The Grant Coordinator participates in the grant application process, and is responsible for the management and administration of grants awarded to the agency. This member also coordinates meetings with the granting agencies to conduct monitoring reviews of grant-funded programs.
The Finance Section is responsible for maintenance of the general accounting systems for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. Responsibilities of the section include preparation and maintenance of the Sheriff’s financial records, preparation of periodic financial statements, management of invested funds, disbursement and receipt of funds, payroll functions, and balancing of Sheriff’s Office accounts and records. The payroll employees process bi-weekly payroll for approximately 1300 members, including tax and retirement reporting. Fixed assets, the Purchasing Card program, Child Protective Services fund, grants/agreements/MOUs, and general ledger accounts are each assigned to a specific accountant to oversee the specific fund. The Finance Technician processes cash receipts, and the Accounts Payable Technician processes disbursements.
The Finance Section performs cost accounting for three major governmental funds, twenty-seven non-major revenue funds, one proprietary fund for self-insurance, three Fiduciary funds, and one fixed asset fund. The three major governmental funds are the General Fund, Child Protective Services Fund, and Commissary Fund. Non-major revenue funds include federal, state, and local grants, and contracts and memorandums of understanding with various state, local, and federal agencies.
The Report Management Unit is responsible for the content of reports generated in the agency to ensure compliance with Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) requirements. The unit also compiles and submits required statistics to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI to comply with UCR reporting requirements.