Volunteers in Police Service Awards
Top volunteers were honored at the 2014 Annual Pasco Sheriff’s Office (PSO) Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) recognition luncheon. The event was held at the Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Avenue in New Port Richey.
“The amount of time our volunteers work in the community makes Pasco County a safer place to live,” said Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco as he praised the volunteers. “Not only do they help our deputies and detectives with day-to-day tasks, but they also add valuable eyes and ears to the community.They certainly make us a stronger agency.”
The VIPS unit was inspired by President George W. Bush who in 2002 challenged all Americans to make time to help their neighbors, communities and nation through volunteer service. It was that effort that led to the PSO Citizen Service Unit.The first class of volunteers hit the streets in 2004.
Presidential Life Time of Service Award
“The highest things in civilization are a sense of personal responsibility, a spirit of benevolence, and holding up the lamp of voluntary action.” ~ Herbert C. Hoover
Volunteers who have amassed 4,000 or more hours of community service as documented by an approved certifying agency over the course of their lifetime become eligible for the President’s Call to Service Award. The award is the highest honor awarded by the Points of Light Foundation Presidential Service Award Program. We are honored to celebrate Margo Brandon, Jeffrey Hartman and Brad Routson who have met this criteria as of December 31, 2013.
CSU Volunteer of the Year
John Simmons has been a volunteer with the agency since 2005 in the Citizens Service Unit (CSU). His professional demeanor, attention to detail, and willingness to help is something John constantly displays when assisting his fellow volunteers. In the past year, John has contributed to the training, development, and implementation of the agency’s new One Solution dispatching system to the CSU Unit. He has spent many hours working with IT, the Command Staff, and fellow CSU volunteers to help with the transition to the new program.
In addition, John is currently assisting the investigative unit with a new program the Sheriff has implemented conducting secondary contact for victims involved in property related crimes. To free up detectives, John contacts the victims to see if there are any new leads with inactive investigations that can be passed on to follow up.
John is a Field Training Officer who is always willing to assist new and current CSU volunteers so they have a better understanding of job responsibilities. Part of his responsibilities as an FTO is to assist with the oral board process of volunteers interesetd in joining the program. John assists with the interview process to help screen potential candidates. On a final note, John constantly goes the extra mile to help if any volunteers are needed for any special event activities requiring CSU involvement. John is an outstanding representative of the volunteers program and is this year’s CSU Volunteer of the Year.
Parking Enforcement Volunteer of the Year
Ian Goalan has been a volunteer with the Parking Enforcement Unit since 2009 and was recently selected as one of the first Field Training Officers for the unit. Ian is a dedicated volunteer and it is evident with his commitment to train any new parking enforcement volunteers. Ian is thorough with his daily activity reports and is always willing to lend a helping hand. During last year’s Great American Teach In at Chasco Elementary School, Ian volunteered to be a guest speaker at the school. He spoke to several Fourth grade classroom students about his job responsibilities as a volunteer while representing the Sheriff’s Office. One classroom was students in the security patrol program. Ian received several compliments from the teachers and students on his presentation.
Ian is thorough when enforcing Parking Regulations and is patient in educating the public when violations are observed. He is a charismatic volunteer who is a constant professional when others need help. Ian has become a great member of the Parking Enforcement team and is this year’s Parking Enforcement Volunteer of the Year.
Support Services Volunteer of the Year
Suzanne Baginskie has been a volunteer with the agency since 2009. and is the volunteer secretary at the volunteer corps meeting held every last Tuesday of the month. She sends out all the reminders to the volunteer group to announce the monthly meetings, any volunteer opportunities, and to inform volunteers of special events needing assistance. She does this by maintaining the emails of all current volunteers. Suzanne attends all the citizen academies where she welcomes all the attendees and takes care of the sign-in sheets. She continually volunteers for program requests from the school board, county organizations, churches, department stores, and where else she is needed. This consists of her setting up a table, passing out brochures and handouts on various crime prevention techniques and programs available to the public. Some of the activities she assisted with this year included the annual Christmas Food Drive, the Golf tournament, the Shoot Out and the National Night Out events. Suzanne works extremely hard to complete all tasks assigned to her and does various volunteer opportunities without hesitation. Suzanne is an outstanding representative of the volunteer program and is this year’s Support Service Volunteer of the Year.
Mounted Unit Volunteer of the Year
Brenda Pagillo and Lee Webb have accumulated over 580 hours of volunteer service within the Mounted Unit. Both recipients own their horses which do4es not cost the Sheriff’s Office or tax payers any money while performing their duties. Each mounted volunteer is individually responsible for horse care and transportation expenses to either training or special events. Part of the horse care is annual veternarian checkups and keeping the horses well groomed. Both Brenda and Lee volunteered last year for Search and Rescue Missions, Community Rides, Mall Parking Lot Patrols, the Dade City Fair, and the annual parades, such as the Dade City, New Port Richey, and the Chasco parades. Lee and Brenda work extremely hard and continually display a high degree of professionalism while assisting with any volunteer opportunities for which they are tasked. Both of them are outstanding representatives of the volunteer program and are this year’s Mounted Posse Volunteers of the Year.
Citizen Service Award
Lester McMahan has been a volunteer with the agency since 2011 helping at Safety Town. Lester is currently a crew leader at Safety Town and in 2013 contributed 1,853 hours of service. He is a professional who enjoys interacting with the staff and children that come to Safety Town for School Safety Presentations. One of his favorite activities is demonstrating the remote control Robot Sergeant Safety. Lester is a mentor who has a great sense of humor. He is this year’s recipient of the Citizen Service Award.
The 1,000 Hour Club for 2013