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Arrest by Pasco Sheriff's Office

With more than 300,000 calls for service each year, the Pasco Sheriff's Office ("PSO") responds to emergency calls for service, conducts criminal investigations, and enforces traffic laws. The patrol division of the Pasco Sheriff's office includes twelve (12) platoons divided into thirty (30) squads throughout three (3) districts that provide uninterrupted law enforcement services to the approximately 500,000 citizens that live or work in Pasco County.

In early 2015, the Pasco Sheriff's Office (PSO) adopted a full-scale body camera program. Every Deputy Sheriff on patrol in Pasco County wears a body worn camera. Unfortunately, the deputies have become very good and turning them on and off when it suits them. Be aware that the officer will often write in the report the following statement:

"My Body Worn Camera was activated during this incident and captured events during the investigation; however, the camera footage may have been paused / interrupted if taking up a static post and/or during the passing of sensitive, tactical, or confidential information"

Your criminal defense attorney should obtain all of the dash cam and body cam video in your case, not just from the arresting officer, but also from any backup officer that is a witness to the investigation or its aftermath.

Attorneys for an Arrest by PCO

If you were arrested for a felony or misdemeanor crime by the Pasco Sheriff's Office, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Sammis Law Firm. With offices for criminal defense are located in New Port Richey and Tampa, FL, we fight criminal and DUI cases throughout Pasco County and the surrounding areas throughout Tampa Bay.

Our Pasco County criminal defense lawyers are familiar with the standard operating procedures that these officers must follow in the field. Whether your arrest involves a patrol deputy or a detective, we can help.

We help clients charged with a variety of criminal accusations including felony, misdemeanor and DUI offenses after an investigation by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office in New Port Richey, Dade City, Zephyrhills, Trinity, St. Leo, or San Antonio, FL.

Call 727-807-6392 for a free consultation.

The Three Patrol Divisions of the Pasco Sheriff's Office

Pasco County is divided geographically into three Patrol Districts, serving as the primary provider of uninterrupted law enforcement services including:

  • District One of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office covers an area 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 of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office covers an area 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; and
  • District Three of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office covers an arrest 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.

Specialized Units of the Pasco Sheriff's Office

The specialized units assigned to the patrol districts include the Property Crimes Detective Unit, the Strategic Targeted Area Response (STAR Team), the ILO Detectives, and Code Enforcement.

Specialized services and mutual aid are provided to incorporated cities within their respective portion of the County by each patrol division. For instance, District One provides services to Port Richey and New Port Richey. District Two provides services to Dade City, Zephyrhills, San Antonio, and St. Leo. District Three provides services to Port Richey and New Port Richey.

Some areas of the county contract with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office for additional law enforcement services through a Contract Deputy including the cities of St. Leo and San Antonio, along with the communities of Meadow Pointe 1, 2 and 3, and Concord Station.

PSO's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.)

The Special Traffic Enforcement Patrol S.T.E.P. unit of the Pasco Sheriff's Office focuses on enforcing traffic laws on the streets and roadways throughout Pasco County. DUI enforcement officers with the STEP Unit determine enforcement locations by analyzing the overlap between high crash areas and high crime areas in the county.

Several of the PCO DUI enforcement officers have completed the training necessary to be designated as Drug Recognition Experts/Evaluators (D.R.E.). The DRE's report is important after any accusation of drugged driving while impaired by any chemical or controlled substance.

Our DUI defense attorneys are also familiar with the breath testing program at the Pasco County Sheriff's Office that uses five (5) breath test machines called the Intoxilyzer 8000. Each breathalyzer has a different serial number including:

  • 80-001081
  • 80-001049
  • 80-001074
  • 80-001117
  • 80-003347

Over the last few years, PCO has used several different agency inspectors. In 2017, PCO went through three agency inspectors, Cpl. Adam D. Cinelli, Sgt. Art Rowland, and Deputy Barry Nixon.

The agency inspectors in Pasco County have previously been caught backspacing and intentionally deleting error warning messages that occurred during monthly agency inspections. Other problems included finding the machines not in compliance with the rules, but then completing another inspection without notifying FDLE of the problem. Cpl. Adam D. Cinelli recently left the Sheriff's Office and moved out of state.

With offices in New Port Richey, the DUI Defense attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm are filing and litigating motions attacking breath test readings taken at a time when the Intoxilyzer 8000 was not being maintained in substantial compliance with the administrative rules.

At the Sammis Law Firm, we take DUI breath test cases very seriously. We conduct an audit on the particular breath test machine used in your case. We can show you the log login records, the annual inspection, monthly inspections, repair records, and other subject tests.

Before deciding how to resolve your case, you should understand any problems with the breath test machine used in your case. Call us to discuss any DUI breath test in Pasco County, including a breath test case being prosecuted at the courthouse in New Port Richey or Dade City, FL.

Our DUI Defense attorneys are familiar with all of the law enforcement agencies in Pasco County.

Courthouse Security Provided by the Pasco Sheriff's Office

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office provides security for most circuit court and county court proceedings. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office is responsible, pursuant to Administrative Order 2018-009 PA-CIR, dated February 20, 2018, to provide for:

  • the safety of the Court, lawyers, parties, witnesses, jurors, court staff, and the public in court proceedings; and
  • the orderly and safe transaction of court business.

The administrative order allows the Sheriff to take additional action to achieve these goals (as long as the additional steps are not in conflict with an Administrative Order or an order of a presiding judge).

For purposes of this administrative order, the term “court facility” means the areas in a courthouse where court functions are performed and includes:

  • courtrooms;
  • hearing rooms;
  • judicial chambers;
  • offices of court staff;
  • witness rooms;
  • juror assembly rooms;
  • jury deliberation rooms;
  • the offices of the Clerk of the Circuit Court; and
  • adjacent areas such as restrooms, break rooms, conference rooms, and reception areas.

Court functions in Pasco County are conducted at the following courthouses:

  • The Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center, 38053 Live Oak Avenue, Dade City, Florida;
  • The West Pasco Judicial Center, 7530 Little Road, New Port Richey, Florida; and
  • The Pasco Historic Courthouse, 37918 Meridian Avenue, Dade City, Florida when specifically designated for court proceedings.

The Pasco Sheriff's Office is allowed to use facial recognition systems in such a manner to ensure that scans which do not produce a match are not retained in the system.

Additional Resources

DUI Arrests by the Pasco Sheriff's Office - Visit the website of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office to learn more about the PSO Traffic Enforcement Section that includes the Special Traffic Enforcement Patrol (STEP) Unit and the Motor Unit. The traffic enforcement section actively enforcing all traffic laws in the unincorporated areas around Dade City and throughout Pasco County. The locations for traffic enforcement are chosen by analyzing crash data to determine areas with the highest crash rates. PSO uses Intelligence Led Policing methods to find the locations that often overlap with high crime areas.

Pasco Sheriff’s Office on Facebook - Follow the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook to learn more about this local law enforcement agency or find public service announcements, or information on employment opportunities. An estimated 16,367 individuals were booked into the Pasco County Jail in 2016. The 2016 average daily population of the Pasco County Jail is approximately 1,381 individuals.

This article was last updated on Friday, August 24, 2018.