After only a few months in effect, changes at the Trinity district office are paying dividends, Pasco County Sheriff's Office leaders say.
To promote more of the intelligence-led policing that Sheriff Chris Nocco stresses, Capt. James Mallo, six detectives and a detective sergeant moved to the Trinity station in January. The office at 11538 Trinity Blvd. shares a building with Pasco County Fire Rescue Station 15.
Now the detective wing is in the same building as patrol officers, Mallo said, which makes it easier to share information and tips to solve cases.
A recent tip allowed Detective James Berberich to clear 20 cases, Mallo said.
Deputies "can now just walk down the hall" to consult on tips, video and other evidence, Detective Chris Thomas said.
Thomas recalled a case in which a corrections deputy with a tip called Thomas at his home. Authorities had placed high priority on catching a suspect stealing purses from women in the parking lots of stores during the Christmas shopping season.
The tip led to reconnaissance at store parking lots where investigators thought the robber might strike, Thomas said. A suspect was caught and taken into custody.
Nocco has repeated the mantra of intelligence-led policing since Gov. Rick Scott appointed him sheriff in April 2011, following the early retirement of former Sheriff Bob White. Nocco promised to continue intelligence-led policing efforts during his successful 2012 election campaign.
As part of the program, any tip a deputy turns up also goes to analysts for research, Mallo said. A tip that can break open a case is broadcast agency-wide now, Mallo said.
Mallo said moving to the Trinity office was a bit of a homecoming.
"I grew up right down the street," Mallo said, pointing to a map of the Seven Springs Boulevard area. He has lived in Pasco since 1970.
Mallo oversees the Trinity office, where 100 members of the sheriff's office converge every day on three shifts.
"It's super compact," Mallo said about the office space, "but it works."
The public also frequents the Trinity office, Mallo said. Ten to 20 people stop by the office each day to seek information or share tips.