Pasco Sheriff’s Office pushes back against allegations of harassment, targeting
It appears Chris Nocco's office has some shady dealings with the Pasco County School District.

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Office says it's using data, not reading tea leaves.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is pushing back against a recent Tampa Bay Times report that casts its “Intelligence-Led Policing” model as a bludgeon used to harass residents.

The Times report says the ILP system implemented by Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco employs “arrest histories, unspecified intelligence and arbitrary decisions by police analysts” to single out and pick on Pasco County residents.

But the Sheriff’s Office says the Times went one for three on the input and struck out entirely on how the department uses the output.

The Sheriff’s Office says Times is conflating Intelligence-Led Policing, a decades old method used by law enforcement agencies across the globe, with “Predictive Policing,” a term for guessing what crimes will be committed and by whom.

Some law enforcement agencies have experimented with Predictive Policing, but the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office says it does not — and has not. ILP, it says, is an entirely different method.

“Contrary to the report, ILP is not a futuristic, predictive model where people are arrested for crimes they have not yet committed. Instead, the system is based SOLELY on an individual’s criminal history. Multiple studies have shown that 6% of the population commit 60% of the crime and that is what this model focuses on,” the office wrote in a lengthy rebuttal posted on its Facebook page.

“Let us, again, be profusely clear that this model is based SOLELY on an individual’s criminal history. It is nameless, faceless, ageless, genderless and removes ALL identifying factors of an individual, EXCEPT for their criminal history. This philosophy removes any chance of bias in law enforcement, which is something that should be celebrated.”

The Sheriff’s Office also takes issue with other aspects of the article, namely the ex-officers who spoke with the Times.

All resigned or were dismissed for cause, the office says.

One was under investigation for engaging in sexual relations with a confidential informant; another had numerous, documented accounts of insubordination and failing to follow proper policies and procedures; and a third abandoned an extra duty detail without permission and went to a female subordinate’s personal residence while she was off duty without invitation.

But the Sheriff’s Office took particular umbrage with the Times insinuations of racial bias.

As highlighted in a recent report from WTSP, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is the most diverse in the Tampa Bay region and among the most diverse in the state. WTSP found nearly one in four full-time officers at the Pasco Sheriff’s Office are Black — more than double the statewide average of 11%.

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5 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 11, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Mmm once again the logic is faulty. Because use it To predict which in law enforcement who is going to shoot and kill instead of using nonviolent protocols! Dooodooooo are we in the twilight zone!

  • Palmer Tom

    September 11, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    The sheriff’s response doesn’t address the heart of the TB Times article, which was that deputies were harassing people at all hours of the day and night. If people commit crimes, by all means arrest them. But that doesn’t seem to be the case here in many instances. Instead, it seems to be akin to bullying.

  • Burt Browning

    September 11, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    This story, along with the McGuire suit, is enough to make the general public see there is a problem with the leadership of the agency. At the end of the day, Mr. Nocco is close to God. At least that is how the image is portrayed on Twitter. Next to God, Mr. Nocco is not really accountable to anybody. He is on his own little island and is free to be the sovereign citizen he is. His little minions do the dirty work and are quickly cast aside when the heat gets turned up.

  • Mark

    September 12, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Bad news…its unconstitutional harassment
    Good News…the algorithm is racially blind so now everybody gets to find out what ot feels like to be a young black male in America.

  • Alex

    September 25, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Let’s see I’ve been harassed by this exact police force the same cop deputy abraham graham keeps harassing me showing up to my house every septemeber for 5 days in a row harassing me. Im most defintly sure im on the top 100 list

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