The Office of the Sheriff encompasses several units of the Sheriff’s Office involving direct community engagement and support. These units serve to ensure the flow of accurate and timely information from the Sheriff’s Office to the public, provide an avenue for timely resolution of citizen complaints or concerns, and provide a means for direct community engagement to support our law enforcement mission.
The Sheriff’s Office maintains a group of dedicated Crime Prevention Corporals who engage the business and private community in a variety of initiatives. These initiatives include public speaking, assisting to establish neighborhood watch programs, child and teen safety, crime prevention through environmental design, and human trafficking recognition.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office has two horse mounted units. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit is comprised of sworn deputies and the Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Posse is comprised of civilian volunteers. All of the Posse members donate their time to provide services benefitting our community. Posse members, both horse and rider, participate in challenging drills and training exercises that increase rider and mount partnership and prepare the team to safely participate in public functions. The Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Posse provides assistance to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office for search and rescue operations and a wide range of special events.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Public Information Office collects and disseminates information about criminal investigations, arrests, law enforcement and detention operations, and other news about the agency to the public via mass media, social media, the agency website, mass communication products, and other appropriate means.
The Public Information Office also coordinates media conferences and interviews with Sheriff’s Office personnel, advises the Sheriff and staff on media relations and potentially controversial issues, escorts media personnel during special events, and creates media releases about issues and events in the Sheriff’s Office. Care is taken to withhold information that is confidential or exempt under applicable state law, to protect victims, or could jeopardize criminal investigation or prosecution.
The Volunteer Jeep Unit is comprised of civilian volunteers who donate their time and service to benefit the Community. The Volunteer Jeep Unit assists with search and rescue operations, emergency management, and disasters and provides service throughout Pasco County. In addition, the Volunteer Jeep Unit represents the Sheriff’s Office at special events and serves as a community relations team throughout Pasco County.
The Customer Service Unit is overseen by a manager and includes desk officers and customer service specialists. Desk Officers are available at all Sheriff’s Office district buildings to assist the public in answering general questions, initiating some reports, and referring other criminal activity to road patrol or specialized detectives. The Customer Service specialists receive and respond to general citizen inquiries or complaints and work to provide quick and effective resolution to issues brought to their attention.
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.
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 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.
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:
To further integrate operations, we recently created the Joint Operations Bureau. This bureau oversees areas that directly connect to the County during critical situations. The Joint Operations Bureau is led by a Bureau Chief and encompasses Emergency Operations, Special Operations, and Communications.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
The Operational Logistics Bureau provides primary support to the agency’s mission, and includes human resources, information technology, purchasing, professional standards, and fleet and facilities maintenance. The bureau has an annual appropriated budget of approximately $13.3 million and includes 56 authorized positions.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Purchasing Department is responsible for acquiring, purchasing goods, services or works from external vendors in partnership with agency bureaus to ensure the agency is provided goods and services needed to fulfill commitments to “fight as one.”
Purchasing ensures goods and services are procured at the best possible cost to meet the needs of the agency in terms of quality, quantity, time, and location. The Purchasing Department also ensures all internal and external mail is distributed within the agency via courier services to all bureaus and provides printing services within the agency.
Fleet Maintenance provides the Pasco Sheriff’s Office with solutions to their transportation, equipment, and logistical needs while optimizing the return on investment of each tax dollar spent. They strive to provide the highest level of customer service to each member of the agency to which we serve.
Fleet maintains and repairs the full agency fleet of approximately 1,000 vehicles and provides all necessary ancillary support services. This includes handling tag and title work, new vehicle procurement and vehicle disposition, negotiation with third party vendors for specialty and upgrade work, maintaining and distributing the fleet fuel and insurance cards, and impounding and tracking vehicles confiscated in coordination with the agency’s legal department.
Pasco Sheriff’s Office Information Technology Department plans, operates, and supports the agency’s IT infrastructure, enabling agency users to carry out their roles efficiently, productively, and securely. The department meets multiple business and technical requirements, while providing a secure IT infrastructure and working to minimize costs.
IT is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all information technology equipment issued to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office including computers, laptops, tablets,
printers, cellular phones, scanners, and fingerprint scanners.
In addition, the department provides web development and design services, software development services, network support services, security monitoring and response services, and operates a Service Desk with Mobile Technician services.
To assist with planning, senior members of the IT team work with agency personnel to develop an IT strategy that supports the agency’s objectives. They develop software and other elements of the IT system to meet the needs of agency departments such as Patrol, Child Protective Investigations, and all associated administrative functions. The team also ensures that the correct level of IT resources are available to meet changing levels of demand. To increase flexibility and responsiveness, the IT team investigates new service options, including specialized vendor support for complex IT issues, IT equipment leasing options, and testing and evaluation of new equipment.
To enable employees to effectively use IT resources, the IT team provides various forms of user support. The team provides ongoing support to users through a helpdesk and virtual facilities on the agency intranet. A 24/7 on-call Service Desk provides around the clock support to Agency users as they rotate between shifts and respond to issues and calls.
In support of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office values, vision and mission, the Human Resources Division is committed to providing quality customer service and servant leadership to recruit and retain a high-quality workforce that safeguards Pasco County’s most valuable resource – its citizens. Our success lies with our hard working members. Hiring a diverse group of well qualified individuals benefits the Pasco Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Pasco County. Our successful integration of prior and current enlisted members of the U.S. Armed Forces into our organization is award winning.
At the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, we have career opportunities for a wide variety of individuals looking to grow their careers. Our agency affords all members the path for advancement while providing training to succeed. When it comes to taking care of the people who support, defend and protect our community, we make it our mission to contribute to the well-being and future of our members and their families; including the development of an industry leading Family Support Network.
The HR Division is a strategic partner in maintaining and developing the Pasco Sheriff’s Office by maximizing the value of human capital and aligning it with agency objectives.
Headed by a Bureau Chief, the Management Services Bureau offers administrative and operational support to all Sheriff’s Office bureaus. The Bureau provides guidance to ensure agency initiatives comply with applicable laws, regulations, generally accepted accounting principles, and grant requirements. The Management Services Bureau has three main components: the Legal Section, headed by General Counsel; the Strategic Planning and Budget Section, headed by a Director; and the Finance Section, headed by a Director. The Bureau has a current appropriated budget of approximately $2.1 million dollars and consists of 27 authorized positions.
The Legal Section is headed by the General Counsel, who oversees the Assistant General Counsel, Staff Attorney, Legal Affairs Coordinator, Contract Administrator, and Records Unit. The attorneys in the Legal Section provide guidance and legal expertise to the Sheriff and deputies in the field. The attorneys also respond to SWAT call-outs and high-liability incidents. The section reviews all agency contracts, agreements, leases, and grant applications. The section also reviews and coordinates responses to public records requests. The attorneys publish legal bulletins to advise agency members on important legal topics and changes in the law, and conduct regular legal trainings for new hires, supervisors, specialty teams, and deputy read-offs. The Legal Section is responsible for maintaining, reviewing and updating agency General Orders and policies to assure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Members of the section participate in collective bargaining meetings for labor union contract negotiations, and handle all actions brought under the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act. The Contract Administrator prepares requests for proposals, coordinates agency insurance claims, and monitors contracts to ensure appropriate notices and renewals occur.
The 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.
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.
The Strategic Planning and Budget Section supports the operations of the Sheriff by preparing and managing the annual operating budget, developing and implementing the long-term strategic plan, and applying for and managing grant-funding opportunities. Strategic Planning and Budget is comprised of four (4) members including a Director, Budget Analyst, Strategic Planner/Grant Writer, and Grant Coordinator. The Director is responsible for preparation of the annual budget, in addition to oversight of budget analysis, strategic planning, and grant writing and management. The Director also works with agency management on the creation, analysis, and implementation of agency policy. The Budget Analyst assists the Director with the preparation of the yearly budget, as well as the preparation of budgetary and spending analysis for all agency funding sources. The Strategic Planner/Grant Writer conducts meetings for the drafting and updating of the agency’s Strategic Plan. This member also conducts the appropriate research for writing and submitting of agency grant applications. The Grant Coordinator participates in the grant application process, and is responsible for the management and administration of grants awarded to the agency. This member also coordinates meetings with the granting agencies to conduct monitoring reviews of grant-funded programs.
The Finance Section is responsible for maintenance of the general accounting systems for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.
Responsibilities of the section include preparation and maintenance of the Sheriff’s financial records, preparation of periodic financial statements, management of invested funds,
disbursement and receipt of funds, payroll functions, and balancing of Sheriff’s Office accounts and records.
The payroll employees process bi-weekly payroll for approximately 1300 members, including tax and retirement reporting.
Fixed assets, the Purchasing Card program, Child Protective Services fund, grants/agreements/MOUs, and general ledger accounts are each assigned to a specific accountant to oversee the
specific fund. The Finance Technician processes cash receipts, and the Accounts Payable Technician processes disbursements.
The Finance Section performs cost accounting for three major governmental funds, twenty-seven non-major revenue funds, one proprietary fund for self-insurance, three Fiduciary funds, and one fixed asset fund. The three major governmental funds are the General Fund, Child Protective Services Fund, and Commissary Fund. Non-major revenue funds include federal, state, and local grants, and contracts and memorandums of understanding with various state, local, and federal agencies.
The Report Management Unit is 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo Credits: Jeff Cannon
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.