The Community Relations Section is comprised of several units that work to establish and maintain good relations with the citizens served by the agency. These units include:
The Community Relations Unit is supervised by Community Relations Director Kevin Doll and includes three deputies and one public information officer who coordinates various community outreach efforts, including public speaking, crime prevention, public safety, and the set-up of neighborhood watch programs. The unit also includes two deputies in the Mounted Unit who utilize horses to patrol communities and represent the agency during special events.
Other initiatives coordinated by the Community Relations Unit include the Special Olympics Torch Run, Women’s 360, Sheriff’s Golf Classic, and the Feeding Pasco Kids holiday food drive. Click here for biographies on members in the unit.
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 Relations Cpl. Alan Wilkett. We will be featuring a Family and Spouses page here soon.
Mounted Unit/ Mounted Posse
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office has two 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. Both units own their mounts. All the members of the Posse donate their time to provide services that benefit 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 is a 501(c) (3) under the Pasco Sheriff’s Office incorporated under the laws of the State of Florida as Pasco Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. and provides mounted assistance to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office for search and rescue operations and a wide range of special events. Click here to learn more about the Posse.
Additional information can be found by downloading the Neighborhood Watch informational card for those citizens interested in starting a watch in their community, or the Responsibilities of a Neighborhood Watcher card for those already in a program.
To visit a national neighborhood watch website, please click here.
Interesting information about the geography of a neighborhood and how this can affect crime, please visit the National Institute of Justice website by clicking here.
Pasco Police Athletic League
The Pasco Police Athletic League (PPAL) is a nonprofit organization governed by Sheriff Chris Nocco. PPAL is comprised of 8 teams throughout Pasco County involving children ages 4-13 for football and cheerleading. For more information about PPAL, please click here.
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 the 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 and case law, to protect victims, or could jeopardize criminal investigation or prosecution.
There is one public information officer in the agency, Melanie Snow. Kevin Doll also performs PIO on-call duties. A PIO is on-call 24 hours a day for major breaking news events, and can be reached after regular business hours by calling the Pasco County Public Safety Communications Unit at 727-844-7711.
Crime Prevention and Safety Awareness
For more information to keep you and your loved ones safe, please click here.