Port Richey Police Department

Port Richey is a city in Pasco County, Florida, with an approximate population of 3,000 and a total area of 2.7 square miles.

The Port Richey Police Department’s roots can be traced back to 1926. In 1978, the city council voted to abolish the police department and requested that the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office provide temporary police protection. The city police department was reestablished one year later.

Chief Cyrus Robinson currently serves as the police chief. Former Police Chiefs include Gerard DeCanio and Rob Lovering.

The Port Richey Police Department’s main entrance is located on the north side of City Hall at 6333 Ridge Rd, Port Richey, FL 34668.

The Records & Administration office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The agency has eleven (11) sworn officers plus additional support staff.

Attorneys for an Arrest by the Port Richey Police Department

If you were arrested by an officer with the Port Richey Police Department, contact a criminal defense attorney at Sammis Law Firm. With offices conveniently located in New Port Richey and Tampa, FL, we are here to help.

If you are charged with a crime, contact us to discuss the facts of your case, the pending charges, and the best defenses to fight the charges. Our offices are in New Port Richey at 7509 Little Road, directly across from the courthouse.

We are also familiar with the standard operating procedures used by other local law enforcement agencies in Pasco County, including:

We fight felony, misdemeanor, and DUI cases throughout Pasco County at the courthouse in New Port Richey and Dade City, FL.

Call us at 727-807-6392.

DUI Arrests by Officers with the Port Richey Police Department

The Port Richey PD brought its first Intoxilyer 8000 breath test machine online in 2022. An officer from another agency dropped off instrument 80-000967 and its registration paperwork (the only records the agency currently had at that time).

On 4/21/22, the agency was sent a list of compatible printers and agency codes. An officer from another agency donated three simulators, which initially passed the temp/leak checks. The department inspector’s field notes showed the breath testing area at the Port Richey PD was still being set up, but the agency adequately described plans to meet the Secure/Limited Access requirements of Chapter 11D-8, FAC. The department inspector recommended the addition of a fan to increase airflow in the room. 

The current agency inspector permitted to maintain the Intoxilyzer 8000 machines registered to the Port Richey Police Department is Officer Jeffrey W. McConnell. 

On 1/5/23, FDLE issued an agency inspection data review form showing that for an inspection on 8/14/22, Agency Inspector Jeffrey McConnell failed to correctly record the reason for not completing an agency inspection on 8/14/22 on 80-000967.

When the Form 40 was amended at the request of FDLE, Officer McConnell wrote: “Improper keystroke when reviewing the .08 alcohol reference results which bypassed the .20 testing and final diagnosis check.”

The agency inspector for the police department in Port Richey, FL, Officer Jeff McConnel, was sworn in as an officer in November 2019. Before joining the Port Richey Police Department, he was an officer with the New Port Richey Police Department, where he was selected by a group of his peers as the New Port Richey Police Department’s Officer of the Year in 2017.

 In 2024, the Port Richey Police Department honored Officer Jeffrey McConnell with the Good Conduct Award. This award recognizes officers who consistently perform their duties effectively while maintaining a positive attitude and representing the agency with the highest professionalism over a designated period of time.

In addition to Officer Jeff McConnel, other breath test officers with the Port Richey PD include:


Additional Resources

Port Richey Police Department – Visit the City of Port Richey’s website to learn more about the local police department, including its address, phone number, and hours of operation.

Port Richey Police Department on Facebook – The Mission Statement of the Port Richey Police Department is to protect the lives and property and enhance the quality of life, reduce the fear of crime, act as professionals with integrity, dignity, fairness, and respect for our citizens, elected officials and fellow officers.

This article was last updated on Friday, June 7, 2024.