Rick Cochran

Director Crime Prevention & Community Engagement

Director Crime Prevention & Community Engagement 

In 1983, Director Cochran enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served with the Electronic Security Command until 1989, obtaining the rank of Sergeant. 

He separated from the Air Force in 1989 to accept a position with the Tampa Police Department and attend the police academy. He graduated from the police academy in November 1989 and began what would be a 25 year career in law enforcement. Over the span of his law enforcement career, Director Cochran served in many capacities and obtained certifications in a number of specialty roles including Traffic Homicide Investigator, Child Abuse Investigator, and Crime Prevention Practitioner through the Florida Attorney General’s Office. 

Director Cochran served in the patrol division, field training, Mounted Patrol, Ybor City Squad, Event Coordinator, and the Detective Division. As a detective he served in a number of assignments including sex crimes detective, and domestic violence detective, where he also served as the Domestic Violence Coordinator for the Tampa Police Department. He was then tasked with starting a new unit that would track registered sex offenders and predators, registered career offenders, and the worst-of-the-worst. That unit would later be named the Criminal Tracking Unit. He ran the day-to-day operation of that unit for the next 3 years. In 2008 he was elected as the Vice-President and then Senior Vice-President of the Tampa Police Benevolent Association where he served for the next 5 1/2 years. Also while serving in that role he was elected and served as a board member of the Tampa Fire & Police Pension Board. During his police career he was also assigned as the supervisor of the plain clothes squad for all events held at Raymond James Stadium. He retired in 2014 at the rank of Senior Detective.  

During his law enforcement career he earned numerous awards including the Award of Merit, Unit Citation Award, two Commendation Awards, and two Officer of the Month awards. In the military he earned two Air Force Achievement Medals.  

In 2010 he was appointed to the Hillsborough County Land Use Appeals Board by the Hillsborough County Commission and served in that capacity through 2013. 

Director Cochran was hired by Sheriff Nocco in October 2016 to serve as the Director Crime Prevention and Community Engagement where he serves as the lead contact with community events and engagement; supervises the crime prevention Corporals, volunteer Jeep Search & Recovery Team, and the Mounted Posse. He also serves as the liaison to the board of the Pasco Sheriff’s Charities. 

Director Cochran is a 2003 graduate of Saint Leo University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology. He is married to his wife Karen, and has two grown daughters ages 24 and 29.