Monday, March 4, 2013
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has rolled out a new logo meant to reflect the agency’s values and mission.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office is sporting a new look it says reflects the agency’s drive to protect and serve while working with the community to keep the county safe. The new logo, unveiled last week, incorporates the traditional five-star badge design inside a spear point. It even has a new motto: We Fight As One. What’s the reason for the change? "As the Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to move forward, we need a symbol that represents our commitment to continuous improvement and fearlessness to be a leader in our profession,” said Sheriff Chris Nocco. The tip of the spear, he said is meant to characterize “our mission to be in the forefront to protect our citizens.” The motto “embodies our belief that every member is united in making our …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Chris Nocco thinks the change could improve public safety and felon reform.
Land O' Lakes parolees may find themselves reporting to a different agency while they're on probation if Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco gets his way. Nocco unveiled Friday, Feb. 22, a proposal from his agency to take over probation and parole services within the county from the Florida Department of Corrections. “We hope to push this forward to improve public safety and at the same time improve reform policies for felony probation," Nocco said at a press conference. Nocco is going to talk to Gov. Rick Scott about the idea next week. He said the agency needs to work with the Department of Corrections on the idea. If approved, Pasco would be the first sheriff’s office in the state to handle felony probation and parole services. The …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
New Port Richey Police Chief James Steffens is taking a new job next month.
James Steffens will soon leave his job as chief of the New Port Police Department, but he’ll get to keep the word “chief” in the title at his new job. Steffens is being hired as chief forensics investigator at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the agency announced Tuesday. He will also continue to lead Pasco County’s merged SWAT Team, which is comprised of sheriff’s deputies and New Port Richey police officers. Steffens replaces Charlie May as chief forensics investigator, which is in charge of all the staff in the forensice services section. May is a veteran of the sheriff’s office who spent 25 years there, seven of which were as chief forensics investigator. May is retiring next month. His current salary is $72,863. "Bringing Chief …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The sheriff, appointed to the position about a year and a half ago, won Tuesday's election by a landslide.
The voters of Pasco County have spoken. And Sheriff Chris Nocco says their voices have been heard. “People like that we’re tough on crime,” Nocco told the large crowd gathered at the Verizon building in New Port Richey Tuesday night. The evening started as a night of support, but quickly turned to a victory party as results came in shortly after early results started coming in, showing the sheriff with a hefty lead over challenger Kim Bogart. “It all starts with God,” Nocco said, thanking his supporters, volunteers, deputies, family, and especially his wife, Bridgette. Sen. Mike Fasano told the many volunteers who campaigned for Nocco that they could take the day off tomorrow. And the newly elected sheriff had a special message for a group…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Kim Bogart's campaign has come to an end and the Democrat says he won't seek the Pasco County Sheriff's seat again.
Pasco County Sheriff candidate Kim Bogart was hosting a watch party in the kitchen of his New Port Richey area home Tuesday night when it became clear voting wasn't going in his favor. Bogart’s most recent bid to become Pasco County’s top cop came to an end even before it was reported that votes from all precincts in Pasco had been tallied. Bogart, 60, is a former captain and major with the Pasco sheriff’s office. He hoped to oust incumbent Sheriff Chris Nocco. He ran his campaign this election season under the slogan "Public Safety, Not Politics." But early voting and absentee results alone, projected on a TV in Bogart’s home, showed Nocco was gaining the upper hand on Election Night by a large margin. Then precinct numbers started …
Republican Chris Nocco will serve a full four-year term in office.
The voters have decided. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco will keep his job. Nocco was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to fill out the term of former Sheriff Bob White when he retired in 2011. Tonight’s results mean that Nocco will get to serve his first full term in office. Nocco, a Republican, faced Democrat Kim Bogart in the race for Pasco’s top cop. Bogart is a former Pasco County Sheriff’s Office major who has decades’ of experience in law enforcement. He ran in 2008 against White, but lost by 4,002 votes. In today’s race, Nocco received 125,934 votes or 65.11 percent of the ballots cast with 105 of 110 precincts reporting in. Bogart garnered 67,493 votes or 34.89 percent. Results are considered unofficial until they are certified by …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Kim Bogart says he would hold agency to higher standard.
Kim Bogart, Democratic candidate for Pasco County Sheriff, has been digging into agency reports for information on the conduct of its employees. On Wednesday, he expressed concerns about what he found. In a press conference, Bogart, who is running against incumbent Sheriff Chris Nocco for the job of top cop, outlined four cases. In January, deputies went to the home of Tommy Garcia to make contact regarding an accusation that he had committed rape weeks earlier. He was not home, and they left. It’s unclear whether return visits were made. Another rape occurred weeks later. A different deputy arrested Garcia, who was charged with four counts of sexual battery, in February. “There is no excuse for delaying an arrest,” Bogart said. In …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
An in-depth interview reveals Chris Nocco's stance on some rarely discussed issues.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Sheriff Chris Nocco says if Pasco residents are happy now, they'll be ecstatic with what they see from the sheriff's office in the future if he's elected.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Need to know about traffic, security and tickets for Gov. Mitt Romney’s rally in Land O’ Lakes on Saturday, Oct. 27? This is the place to find out what you need to know.
Planning on heading over to the rally for Gov. Mitt Romney in Land O’ Lakes on Saturday? There are quite a few things officials from Pasco County and the Romney campaign want you to be aware of. Traffic and Road Closings While it’s unclear just how congested U.S. Highway 41 will become in the hours before the rally, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco has some pretty simple advice: “Go early or avoid the area completely if you’re not going.” Nocco said he anticipates U.S. 41 will close sometime Saturday to accommodate Romney’s motorcade, but he couldn’t provide specific times or locations. The rally takes place at Land O’ Lakes High School, 20325 Gator Lane, starting at 7 p.m. Doors open around 5 p.m. for ticketholders. Security Do’s and Don’…