Overview

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.


Crime Prevention

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.


Mounted Posse/Mounted Unit

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.


Public Information Office

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.


Customer Service

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.

Future Operations Division

The mission of the Future Operations Division is to help the Sheriff’s Office strategically meet the law enforcement related needs of our rapidly changing community. Comprised of both civilian and law enforcement members, the division works to provide comprehensive assessments and recommendations to improve department efficiencies by focusing on strategic planning, forward thinking, and innovative ideas. The division will also track the future development of Pasco County and the impact this will have on law enforcement and its capacity to meet the needs of our growing county.


Professional Standards

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.

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 Divison

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.

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.

Special Operations

The Special Operations Division provides 24 hour county-wide tactical support to law enforcement support to law enforcement operations by utilizing special tactics, unique equipment, and deploying specially trained personnel in unusual law enforcement situations and events. They coordinate with other agencies and organizational elements concerning special events and potential catastrophic situations to enhance community policing, reduce criminal activity and support to three Pasco Sheriff’s Office uniform operations patrol districts. The Special Operations Division’s capabilities consist of: Agricultural Crimes Investigation, Aviation, Canine (K9), Marine Operations (MAROPS), Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT),and Selective Traffic Enforcement and Highway Interdiction units. When directed, the Special Operations Division will plan, deploy, and execute critical incident response for both manmade and natural disasters, mutual aid task force requirements, and other high liability operations.

  • Aviation Unit
  • The Aviation Unit provides air support for the Sheriff’s Office membersboth 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 recovery 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 and one UH-1 Hueywith Churchill Navigation and FLIR capability. The Aviation Detachment provides around the clock aviation coverage as needed.
  • Bomb Liaison
  • The Bomb Liaison is comprised of a law enforcement deputy and one law enforcement K-9 team. The law enforcement K-9 is a specially trained bomb detection dog. Members of this unit also maintain other full-time responsibilities within the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. Members of the Bomb Unit are part of the Tampa Bay Regional Bomb Squad and respond to calls within Pasco County and throughout the Tampa Bay area as needed. During 2006, the bomb unit responded to seven Pasco incidents involving suspicious devices, homemade bombs, and recovery of military ordnance. The bomb unit deputy also conducted two burns to destroy ammunition confiscated or turned in to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.
  • Canine Unit (K-9)
  • The 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 Pasco Sheriff’s Office K-9 Association
  • Environmental Crimes Unit (ECU) ECD consists of an agricultural and marine component.
    • AGRICULTURAL DETACHMENT:
    • The agriculturalcomponent 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.
    • MAROPS DETACHMENT:
    • 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 MAROPS detachment provides waterborne support for the Sheriff’s Office members both proactively and reactively. The detachment has four certified deputies that assist in conducting search and rescue missions, maritime law enforcement, boating safety and education, and directed patrols to detect and deter criminal activity.
  • Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) The primary responsibility of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office traffic enforcement program 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. Traffic enforcement is conducted utilizing two traffic units: the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) and the Highway Interdiction Team (HIT). The units adjust their schedules to cover both days and nights in order to serve the full range of traffic related needs.
    • HIGHWAY INTERDICTION TEAM (HIT):
    • Each team is composed of one narcotic certified K-9 and handler paired with a Traffic Enforcement Specialist.
    • SELECTIVE TRAFFIC ENFORCMENT PROGRAM (STEP):
    • is a team of four deputies commanded by a sergeant that conducts traffic enforcement based on traffic data analysis and intelligence led policing.
  • Unified SWAT Team
  • The 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. SWAT is open to other police department members and fire rescue personnel within Pasco County. The Unified SWAT Team responds to incidents of barricaded subjects, hostage situations, and other high-risk situations. The Unified SWAT Team also serves high risk search warrants and performs dignitary and VIP 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. The SWAT team also has dedicated medical personnel to conduct triage and life-saving, field expedient, advanced first aid in unsafe or hostile environments.
  • Training
  • The training division of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement training to Sheriff’s employees in accordance with Florida Department of Law Enforcement Training and Standards. This division is headed by a training director who either instructs or utilizes certified instructors from throughout the Office to deliver training. The division also solicits training from outside sources to ensure that all Sheriff’s personnel receive the best training available. The mission of the Training Division is to provide creative and collaborative training resources and opportunities to employees of the Sheriff’s Office; to ensure state and agency specific mandated training is tracked efficiently, to ensure compliance, update agency policies and procedures as needed and administer the new member orientation of the Sheriff’s Office. The division ensures that all members receive the required training to maintain their certifications through a continuous In-Service training cycle. Members of the Training Section are responsible for coordinating and instructing the eight week New Member Orientation course that all certified members must complete before being allowed to continue on to the Field Training Program. The training division is also responsible for range operations of the agency. This constitutes the management of the FEMA certified disaster recovery training range, the firearms and explosives lawenforcement training range, and the Physical Abilities Test and Obstacle Course range. In addition to basic recurrent training, training section members also facilitate advanced and specialty training and education by coordinating internal and external training events and managing the Pasco Sheriff’s Office’s Tuition Reimbursement Program. Finally, the division is responsible for newly established the Human performance program that ptimizes physical and mental performance of agency members to increase career performance, longevity and quality of life.
  • Communications
  • The mission of the Pasco County Consolidated Communications Center is to protect life and property by delivering professional, effective and compassionate 9-1-1 Public Safety Communications to the citizens and public safetyresponders throughout the County. 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office are processed and dispatched by the Pasco County Department of Emergency Services, Consolidated Communications Center.

Emergency Management

The Emergency Management Director 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 Director also coordinates training for members and supervisors related to Emergency Management operations. The Emergency Management Manager also oversees the Volunteer Units comprised of several hundred citizens who volunteer to make Pasco safer and aid in designated rescue efforts.

  • Underwater Recovery Team
  • UThe Waterborne Unit has three very different unique waterborne response capabilities. These capabilities include Underwater Recovery Team (DIVE), Swift Water Response Team, and Waterborne Response Team. Many of the unit’s members serve on more than one team in the Waterborne Unit. The Underwater Recovery Team (DIVE) conducts dive operations in order to recover stolen property, locate evidence, and search for victims of drowning.
  • 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.
  • Special Vehicle and Diving Team
  • The SVDT program supports the Pasco Sheriff’s Office growing fleet of specialty vehicles as part of the overall agency response to critical incidents. Housed within this program are the mobile Tactical Operations Center, the Mobile Command Post, the Intelligence and Information Technology Vehicle, and military surplus Humvees and 5-ton vehicles used for flood response and evacuation. Members are required to remain proficient in the use of all vehicles within the SVDT fleet and train regularly to maintain their skills.

Operational Readiness

  • Augmetation Force
  • The Augmentation Force is comprised of over 400 volunteers serving in a variety of roles who assist the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in its mission to serve the citizens of Pasco County. Volunteers are an important part of any organization and have proven to be a valuable asset to our agency. The Augmentation Force consists of the Reserve Deputy program, Citizen Service Unit (CSU), Parking Enforcement Specialists, Vacation House Check and Dark House Programs, Volunteer Corp, Explorer Programs, and Extra Duty Program. The Augmentation Force is led by a law enforcement Sergeant. (The Augmentation Force is responsible for the maintenance and deployment of various assets, which include: Electronic Message Boards, Speed Measurement Trailers, License Plate Readers, Portable Light Towers and Generators, and Traffic Cones.)
  • Citizen Service Unit
  • CSU members fall under Joint Operations Bureau Augmentation Force section and are comprised of Volunteers specially trained by the Sheriff’s Office to respond to many non-emergency and routine calls for service, that do not require law enforcement or regulatory authority. CSUs conduct: Community Patrol, Traffic Control, Vehicle Crashes, Parking Enforcement, Search Assistance, Crime Scene Assistance, Investigating & Reporting of “Non-Suspect” Crimes, Vacation/ Dark House Checks, Court Services and Traffic “Calming”.
  • Honor Guard
  • The primary responsibility of the Honor Guard is to provide specialized services in support of anticipated and unanticipated law enforcement events for ceremonies and funerals. These events are outside the realm of conventional agency operational components. This includes presenting colors at special events, funeral honors, attending outside agency funerals, and assisting outside agency with funerals. The Honor Guard consists of 25 members from all agency bureaus. Training is held every other month and event driven training takes place when needed.
  • Parking Enforcement Specialists (PES)
  • PES members fall under Joint Operations Bureau Augmentation Force section and are comprised of volunteers specially trained in Parking Enforcement procedures. PES members must complete a 40 PES academy and be with a Field Training Officer until proficient with parking enforcement procedures. Parking Enforcement Specialists will only enforce parking violations in commercial parking areas such as malls, shopping plazas, etc. Parking Enforcement Specialists will not enforce parking violations in any residential subdivisions, regardless of whether the subdivision has a letter of agreement to enforce parking violations on file with the agency.
  • Extra Duty Program
  • Extra-Duty Details Fall under Joint Operations Bureau Augmentation Force section and is a Non-law enforcement security related employment performed during off-duty hours, pursuant to F.S. 30.2905. The Extra-Duty Program and its related services provide a benefit to the citizens and visitors of Pasco County by contributing to the prevention of criminal activity without cost to the general public. Reserve Deputies
    The agency currently consists of 15 Reserve Deputies and 7 Part-Time Deputies. Their duties consist of assisting the agency in a wide variety of functions.
  • Jeep Unit
  • The Pasco County Sheriff’s Volunteer Jeep Search and Rescue Unit support the Sheriff’s Office. Our main purpose is to provide vehicular support for emergencies in Pasco County and elsewhere in the state, with an emphasis on Search and Rescue, by performing duties related to missing persons, evidence searches, flood and other disaster assistance, when its special team skills are required.
  • Surveillance Teams
  • The Surveillance Team is a specialized auxiliary unit of agency members that work in teams to assist with ongoing investigations by providing tactical surveillance services. The Surveillance Team conducts mobile and stationary surveillance on individuals, vehicles, and/or locations while collecting notes, photographs, video, and other evidence for the case investigator to use for the furtherance of their investigation. The Surveillance Team will be used for cases where a specific need for specialized and organized surveillance operations can be articulated. The Surveillance Team has a bifurcated structure with Black and Gold Teams. Each team is on call alternating for one calendar month at a time. The two surveillance teams (Black and Gold) are each led by a team leader and jointly supervised by a law enforcement sergeant.
  • Explorer Program
  • Explorer Post 916 and Jr Explorer Club 915: The Explorer Posts are chartered by the Boy Scouts of America and sponsored by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. Explorers in both posts are young adults, ages of 9-13 (Club 915) and 14-21 (Post 916), interested in law enforcement as a career. They receive hundreds of hours of classroom and scenario-based training on all aspects of modern law enforcement. They volunteer service in various areas of the Sheriff’s Office, shadow deputies and other members, and provide assistance at many community and agency events. Former Explorers have become some of this agency’s most-effective deputies and are represented in all areas of the agency. The Explorer program is led by a Senior Advisor who is a law enforcement Corporal. The program also relies upon the help and support of many members from around the agency.
  • Pasco Mounted Posse
  • The Pasco Sheriff’s Office has 3 Equestrian Units under the leadership of Sheriff Chris Nocco. The Mounted Unit is comprised of Sworn Sheriff’s Deputies. The Mounted Posse Members are comprised of 40 riding civilian volunteers and 10 civilian ground assistants. The Junior Posse, organized April 2015, young adults between the ages of 14-17, maximum limit 10. All of the horses are personally owned; their services donated and are of no cost to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office or the Tax Payers of Pasco County. These units are very active in all of the communities in Pasco County and serving at almost all community events where they are invited. The use of these units and their high visibility serve as a Crime Prevention Tool though out Pasco County. THE MEMBERHIP LOVES sharing our equine partners with the citizens and visitors of Pasco County.

Academy

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.

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.

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.
  • Forensics 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.

    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.

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.
  • Classification
  • 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.
  • Sentencing
  • 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/Validations 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.
  • Construction
  • 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.

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.

Purchasing

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

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.

Information Technology

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.

Human Resources

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.

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.

Legal Section

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.

Chaplain Corps

The Chaplains Corps is comprised of sworn, deputized representatives of the Sheriff who are ordained and licensed ministers in good standing and are trained in many areas of physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.The chaplain has special understanding and ongoing training to understand the unique job stresses of those employed by the Sheriff’s Office and their families. Chaplains are trained in crisis intervention techniques are available in both conflict and peaceful situations. Chaplains are on call 24/7 through a rotating on-call schedule with one chaplain available at any time in each of the three Sheriff’s Office districts. The Chaplains Unit is supervised by Community and Resiliency Director Brian Brown.

Records Unit

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.

Finance Section

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.

Report Management

The Report Management Unit is overseen by a manager and includes a UCR Coordinator, a Case Management Coordinator, a supervisor, specialists, and technicians. The unit ensures accuracy of data and completion of reports, proper routing of reports, and prepares, compiles and submits crime statistics to FDLE twice annually.

PIO
Assist. Executive Director Daniels

Chase Daniels

Assistant Executive Director

Office of the Sheriff

PIOContact@pascosheriff.org

The Public Information Office is part of the Community Relations Section and coordinates the dissemination of crime information and other items of interest to the news media. The Public Information Office also coordinates press conferences and interviews with Sheriff’s Office personnel, advises the Sheriff on media relations topics, manages media personnel during breaking news incidents or special events and creates media releases about news and events in the Sheriff’s Office. The Public Information Office is also tasked with maintaining the agency’s official social media presence, producing videos for both internal and external purposes and developing content for community partners.

The Public Information Office’s first priority is to inform the public we serve. When providing crime news to both the media and the public, care is taken to withhold information that is confidential or exempt under applicable state and case law, to protect victims and to avoid the release of information that could jeopardize a criminal investigation or prosecution.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office presently has a Lead Public Information Officer and a Social Media Manager, as well as two Social Media Coordinators. Although regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 5 p.m., an on-call PIO is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for breaking news and incidents.

For general media requests or questions, contact the Lead PIO during normal business hours. Public records requests should be directed to the Director of Public Records.

Benecia Holder

Benecia Holder

Social Media Manager

Office: 727-834-3764

PIOContact@pascosheriff.org
Amanda Hunter

Amanda Hunter

Lead Community Engagement Officer

Office: 727-844-7732

PIOContact@pascosheriff.org

Community Relations Biographies


Chase Daniels
Chase worked in Tallahassee for State Representative Jimmie Smith and State Senator Charlie Dean for seven years before moving to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office as the Policy Director in 2015 before moving to the role of Assistant Executive Director last year. In his current role, he oversees Community Relations, Communications, Social Media, Crime Prevention, and legislative and policy efforts at the local, state, and federal levels on behalf of Sheriff Chris Nocco.

Nicholas Kaller
Director Kaller is tasked with conducting and coordinating speaking engagements at public events, acting as the lead contact for community events and engagement, and supervising the crime prevention Corporals and the volunteer crime prevention units, which include the volunteer Jeep Search and Recovery Unit and the Mounted Posse. In addition, Director Kaller serves as the liaison to the Pasco Sheriff’s Charities, leading special events and other functions which help raise awareness of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in the community.

Director Kaller began working for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in May of 2017, working in the Customer Service Unit. Prior to coming to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, Director Kaller worked for the New Port Richey Police Department for approximately 10 years. During his time at the New Port Richey Police Department, Director Kaller served in many roles, including K-9 Handler and Field Training Officer. Director Kaller received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Polk State College, and is currently pursuing his Masters’ degree in Criminal Justice at Saint Leo University.

Director Kaller is married to his wife, Jackie, and they have two sons, Blake and Luke. The Kaller family enjoys travelling, fishing, and rooting on their Tampa Bay sports teams. They also enjoy attending church and various community/charity functions.

Cpl. Alan Wilkett
Corporal Alan Wilkett has served with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office since 2005 with a total law enforcement experience of over 24 years. Patrol, court security, investigations, crime prevention, and community relations are among the assignments fulfilled in his years of service. In 2007, he was awarded the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year. Corporal Wilkett holds a Florida Practitioner Designation in both crime prevention and CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design).

Corporal Wilkett has devoted the past several years of his career in the fight against human trafficking. He has trained and instructed personnel from law enforcement, federal agencies, state and local agencies, and several non-governmental organizations, including churches and non-profits groups. The Pasco Human Trafficking Task Force, the Human Trafficking Commission, and Light Up The Night are current initiatives. Corporal Wilkett was recently awarded the 2017 Florida Human Trafficking Law Enforcement Official of the Year from Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Cpl. Art Madden
Madden has served 17 years as a public service official, serving with both the Pasco Sheriff’s Office and New Port Richey Police Department. Madden’s career has included positions as a Patrol Officer, Community Relations Officer, Detective, Sergeant of Detectives, Police Lieutenant and a brief stint as active Chief of Police. In addition, he was a SWAT Team member for 15 years and currently serves as a member of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.

Cpl. Madden’s current training includes Florida Law Enforcement Certification, Florida Certified Crime Prevention Practitioner, and a Florida Certified Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Practitioner. Cpl. Madden’s current assignment is in Community Relations where he coordinates the agency’s volunteer Jeep Unit in addition to working with the Business Crime Prevention Program.

Cpl. Madden served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps and received an Honorable Discharge with the rank of Sergeant.

Cpl. Jessica Ziegler
Cpl. Ziegler was appointed to the grant-funded Officer Friendly Program based in Lacoochee and Dade City in 2014. The Officer Friendly Program's mission is to create a bridge between the community and law enforcement. In order to accomplish this mission, Cpl. Ziegler has brought together a number of non-profit organizations to create a "village-style environment." During this time, she has implemented a series of programs such as Mentor a Boy Day, It’s Okay to be a Girl, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics and Easter in the Park. Each of these programs create environments that provide opportunities for all, including children, parents, and residents to interact with law enforcement in a stress-free environment.

Jessica Ziegler has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University. She also has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Criminal Justice, Public Policy & Global Leadership (ABD) from Walden University. Her dissertation focused on the epidemic of police suicide.

In addition to her Officer Friendly Program duties, Cpl. Ziegler is a member of the Stress Management Critical Incident Team of Tampa Bay. She has participated in a number of public engagements that has given her an opportunity to be the keynote speaker on topics relating to women's role in leadership, community policing, the concept that one's environment does not define one's future, and engaging in conversations that brings to light the needs of the communities that she serves.

Cpl. Ziegler’s work with domestic violence victims, advocates, and children has resulted in her being presented the Mellie McDaniel Award, the Outstanding Hispanic Leadership of Pasco Award, and recently she received the 2019 Maytag Boys and Girls Club Dependable Leader Award.

Cpl. Bryan Banner
Bryan Banner began his career at the Pasco Sheriff’s Office January 6, 2014 as a Detention Deputy. In 2015, he was offered the opportunity to attend the law enforcement crossover academy which he successfully completed and obtained his law enforcement designation.

Shortly after, he was appointed Corporal and assigned to the Training Unit where worked as the Detention New Member Orientation Coordinator developing and implementing training for detention and law enforcement new hires. In 2017, Cpl. Banner was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Unit as lead Advisor where he helped to nurture and develop the first ever Junior Explorers program in the state.

In 2019 Cpl. Banner was reassigned to the Office of the Sheriff where he currently serves as Officer Friendly engaging the community on behalf of the Sheriff. He remains passionate and welcomes the opportunity to partner with community groups, organizations, and individuals to nurture the relationship between law enforcement and the community they serve.

Additionally, Cpl. Banner holds several instructor level certifications and uses his spare time to teach at the Pasco Hernando State College Law Enforcement Academy and the Pasco Sheriff’s office as needed.

In 2019, Cpl. Banner graduated from Saint Leo University with a Bachelors Arts in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security.

Deputy Ray Meunier
Deputy Ray Meunier joined the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in 2015. Deputy Meunier is currently assigned as the lead trainer and deputy for our Mounted Unit and civilian Posse. Our Mounted Unit and Posse conduct community patrols, mall patrols, search and rescue, crowd control, and attend parades and other special events. When not on horseback, Deputy Meunier conducts patrol duties, performs traffic enforcement, and assists the Air Unit as a FLIR (infrared surveillance camera) Operator.

When not at work at the Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Meunier works fulltime as a pilot for a major airline. Deputy Meunier has worked for his current airline for 19 years as a captain on the Airbus 320/321. Prior to his current airline, Deputy Meunier flew as Captain on the Boeing 727 flying cargo and mail both domestically and internationally.

Deputy Meunier’s law enforcement background dates back to 2003. Deputy Meunier attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, in Artesia, New Mexico, and graduated as a Federal Officer for the Department of Homeland Security. Deputy Meunier is currently assigned to an Aviation Security section of the Homeland Security.

When not working, Deputy Meunier enjoys spending time with his two children, fishing, and horseback riding.

Deputy Ron Buzzetto
Deputy Ron Buzzetto began his law enforcement career with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in November 1999, serving as a patrol deputy before assignments in both Special Operations and Citizens Support Services. In 2011, Ron was offered an opportunity to serve as a Community Relations Deputy and has since grown into a seasoned speaker and Crime Prevention specialist. He is Florida Certified by the Attorney General’s Office in both Residential and Commercial Crime Prevention applications, as well as being an instructor for the Refuse To Be A Victim program. He travels throughout Pasco County sharing his crime prevention knowledge with residents, community leaders, and homeowner associations providing them the tools and resources needed to improve their safety and security. Ron also provides residents direction to implement an effective Neighborhood Watch program.

Ron works with a variety of business owners, evaluating the security of their business by commercial crime prevention principals, helping to identify security weaknesses in an effort to reduce being targeted by criminals.

He stays current and shares his experience on a variety of other topics such as Personal Safety, Active Shooter, Scams, Senior Safety and Workplace Violence. He serves as a board member with the Suncoast Crime Prevention Association, a multi-agency group of law enforcement professionals dedicated to the education and training in the awareness of fighting crime.

Ron is blessed to journey through life with his wife of over 20 years and values time spent with his adult sons. Ron’s faith is a driving force in his life, volunteering at church and other faith-based activities.

Benecia Holder
Benecia Holder is the first individual to hold the title of Community Outreach Specialist at the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.

Holder started with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in the Fall of 2016. The first title she held was Child Protective Investigator until she transferred to the Community Relations unit as the Social Media Coordinator. Sheriff Chris Nocco promoted her to her current position in August of 2018. Before her time with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, Holder was an Applied Behavior Analyst working directly with children with autism to practice various skills to accomplish life goals.

Holder strongly believes in the power of transparency and connecting with the community on a personal level to showcase there is more to Pasco Sheriff’s Office agency members than meets the eye. She believes in bettering the image the public has of law enforcement by bringing a behind the scenes look to all.

The main motto Benecia lives by is “Stay Golden” — meaning no matter what life throws your way, remind yourself to rise above and never adopt a negative attitude.

Holder holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Certificate in Spirituality from Florida International University. She is currently working on her Master's Degree in Business Administration with a Social Media Marketing concentration from Saint Leo University.

Amanda Hunter
Amanda Hunter began her career with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in Dec. 2018.

Previously, she coordinated media promotions and appearances for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, as well as managed the park’s retail and sports partnerships. In her career with Busch Gardens, she assisted in opening world class attractions and helped coordinate several of the park’s signature events. Prior to Busch Gardens, Hunter worked in intercollegiate athletics at University of South Florida and American University. During her time in sports, Hunter managed the marketing for several sports and championship events. This included multimedia game presentation, atmosphere, media appearances and event development. She also worked in event design, contract management, administration and fundraising.

Hunter holds a Bachelors in Mass Communication/Public Relations from the University of South Florida and a Masters in Sports Management/Marketing, New Media & Communications from Georgetown University.

Ashley Astorquiza
Ashley joined the Pasco Sheriff's Office in October of 2018. She received her bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University in 2016. Prior to working for the Pasco Sheriff's Office, she worked for both the Miami Marlins and Miami Heat in a community engagement role.
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Hernando County Deputy – End of Watch Sunday, July 3, 2011

Deputy John Mecklenburg



On Sunday, July 3, 2011 Deputy John Mecklenburg from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, was killed in an automobile accident in Pasco County while involved in a vehicle pursuit. Officers from the Brooksville Police Department had started pursuing a vehicle on U.S. Highway 41 at approximately 4:40 am. Deputies joined in the pursuit and attempted a PIT maneuver on the vehicle. The suspect driver was able to regain control of his vehicle and continued to flee. Deputy Mecklenburg continued to pursuit the vehicle into Pasco County. His vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree near the intersection of Painter Road.



End of Watch Friday, May 12, 2006

Deputy Aaron Buffardi



Deputy Aaron Buffardi was killed in a motorcycle accident May 12, 2006 on his way to work as a bailiff at the West Pasco Judicial Center. Deputy Buffardi, 33, joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1997 as a detention deputy and later transferred to road patrol. He became a bailiff in 2001. He was assigned to Judge Debra Roberts. Deputy Buffardi was a quiet but popular deputy who loved sports. He is survived by his wife Kelly and their two daughters, Madison and Bailey.



End of Watch Sunday, February 13, 2005

Deputy Albert Walter Zdrojewski



On June 29th, 1984 Deputy Albert Walter Zdrojewski (aka “Ski”) began his career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. Ski was a dedicated member serving our community. In February of 1994 Deputy Zdrojewski was injured while fighting with a suspect that he was arresting. Because of his line of duty injury Ski was later forced into early retirement. On February 13, 2005 Deputy Zdrojewski passed away from complications related to his line of duty injury. Deputy Zdrojewski is survived by his loving wife Emily, and four boys Brian, Mark, Kenneth, and John.



End of Watch Sunday, June 1, 2003

Lieutenant Charles “Bo” Harrison



At about 2 a.m. on June 1, 2003, Lieutenant Charles “Bo” Harrison was shot and killed while sitting in his patrol car in Lacoochee. Lieutenant Harrison was a 31-year veteran of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and was less than two weeks away from retirement. He was the highest ranking African-American deputy in the history of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. “Bo” was a U.S. Army Ranger and Vietnam veteran, and a respected and beloved member of not only the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, but of his entire community. He coached youth sports, was a very active member of his church, and received numerous civic and law enforcement awards for his work throughout his career. Lieutenant Harrison will be greatly missed but he will continue to be an inspiration and role model in the lives of those who knew and worked with him.



End of Watch Tuesday, May 29, 2001

Deputy Verle Lloyd Johnson



On May 29, 2001, 22-year-old Deputy Verle Lloyd Johnson was returning home after working his shift in central Pasco County when he was killed in an automobile accident near Dade City. Deputy Johnson was hired in September 2000 and was a member of the first law enforcement class sponsored by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office to attend the Police Academy. Although he had been on the force less than three months, he will be missed by his fellow deputies and colleagues at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.



End of Watch Tuesday, May 19, 1998

Trooper James Crooks



Trooper James Crooks was shot and killed while he was involved in a chase of a suspect who had just killed two Tampa detectives, Detectives Randy Bell and Ricky Childers on Tuesday, May 19, 1998.

Trooper Crooks was attempting to stop the suspect who had car-jacked another driver when gunfire erupted. Trooper Crooks was struck in the head before exiting his cruiser. The suspect then fled the scene and sat in a gas station for several hours before committing suicide.



End of Watch Saturday, June 26, 1948

Deputy John Herbert “Bert” McCabe



Saturday, June 26, 1948 Deputy John Herbert “Bert” McCabe was killed when his patrol car was struck by a truck that had veered into his travel lane. He was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he died of his injuries. Deputy McCabe was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was survived by his wife.



End of Watch Friday, January 1, 1926

Deputy William Henry O’Berry



Deputy William Henry O’Berry was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a man in Hernando County. The suspect was wanted in Pasco County for stealing an automobile. As Deputy O’Berry placed handcuffs on the suspect, the man suddenly ran towards the back of his house. Deputy O’Berry chased the man to the rear of the house where he was shot by the suspect.

The man fled the scene and was able to avoid a massive manhunt. He was arrested in Marion County several days later after being shot while fleeing officers. As the Hernando County sheriff and a deputy returned the suspect from Marion they were accosted by a group of angry citizens. The citizens took custody of the suspect and lynched him.

Deputy O’Berry was survived by his parents and siblings. He is buried in Townsend House Cemetery in Dade City, Florida.



End of Watch Wednesday, October 4, 1922

Constable Arthur Crenshaw



Constable Arthur Crenshaw and Federal Prohibition Agent John Waters, of the United States Treasury Department, were shot and killed while investigating illegal stills in Pasco County, Florida. They were shot from ambush as they sat in their car.

Six men, five of them brothers, were arrested and charged with both murders. All were tried but none were convicted. One was shot and killed on February 24th, 1925, by officers raiding a liquor still near the site where Constable Crenshaw and Agent Waters were killed.

Constable Crenshaw was survived by his wife, son, mother, and brother. He is buried in Trilby Cemetery, Trilby, Pasco County, Florida.



End of Watch Wednesday, October 4, 1922

John Van Waters



Federal Prohibition Agent John Van Waters of the United States Treasury Department, and Constable Arthur Crenshaw, were shot and killed while investigating illegal stills in Pasco County, Florida. They were shot from ambush as they sat in their car.

Six men, five of them brothers, were arrested and charged with both murders. All were tried but none were convicted. One was shot and killed on February 24th, 1925, by officers raiding a liquor still near the site where Constable Crenshaw and Agent Waters were killed.

Agent Waters had served with the agency for 8 years. He was survived by his wife and child and is buried in Williams Cemetery, Dade City, Pasco County, Florida.



End of Watch Saturday, May 8, 1909

Photo Credits: Jeff Cannon

Deputy Sheldon “Shelley” Nicks



Deputy Sheldon “Shelley” Nicks was shot and killed as he accompanied his father, the town marshal of Fivay, to serve a warrant. As the marshal attempted to take the suspect into custody, the man produced a handgun. Seeing the gun, Deputy Nicks immediately jumped in front of his father as the suspect fired a single shot. The shot passed through Deputy Nicks’ body, killing him instantly, and struck his father in the shoulder.

Deputy Nicks was survived by his wife and father and is buried in Brooksville Cemetery in Brooksville, Florida.