Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, under the leadership of Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, is the main agency for law enforcement in Pinellas County, FL. The deputies at the PCSO have jurisdiction throughout the county.
PCSO is responsible for patrolling the unincorporated areas of the county and several contract cities. The cities under contract with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for primary law enforcement services include:
- Belleair Beach
- Belleair Bluffs
- Indian Rocks Beach
- Madeira Beach
- North Redington Beach
- Redington Beach
- Safety Harbor
- South Pasadena
- St. Pete Beach
In Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department was created in 1912. Today, PCSO has grown to more than 3,000 employees. The operations of the PCSO include patrol, investigative, judicial, detention and corrections, support services, and inspections.
The patrol operations at PCSO include the following units:
- DUI Unit
- Community Policing
- Flight Unit
- K-9 Unit
- Marine & Environmental Lands Units
- School Resource Officer Unit
- Uniform Patrol
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office manages the Pinellas County Jail with more than 4,000 beds. Inmates at the PCJ are being held before trial or while under a sentence for a felony or misdemeanor crime. The four facilities of the PCJ include the North, South, Health, and Central divisions.
PCSO is also responsible for law enforcement services at the jail facilities and provides courthouse security for Florida’s 6th Judicial Circuit.
Attorney for Felony, Misdemeanor or DUI Arrest by PCSO
If you were arrested by an officer with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Sammis Law Firm.
We represent clients throughout Pinellas County including the cities of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Largo, Pinellas Park, Kenneth City, and Indian Shores after an arrest for a felony, misdemeanor, or DUI.
We are familiar with the tactics used by officers with law enforcement agencies in Pinellas County, including the PCSO.
Call an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm. With offices in Tampa and New Port Richey, we represent clients throughout Pinellas County and the surrounding areas in the greater Tampa Bay area.
PCSO DUI Arrest by the Work Pack
Throughout the year, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office conducts County-Wide DUI Work Pack operations. The officers that participate in the Wolf-Pack investigations are part of the DUI unit and Traffic Enforcement Unit of the patrol operations bureau of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
DUI enforcement officers with the PCSO also work closely with officers in the Florida Highway Patrol and local police departments in Pinellas County including:
- Tarpon Springs Police Department
- Clearwater Police Department
- Largo Police Department
- Pinellas Park Police Department
- St. Petersburg Police Department
- Kenneth City Police Department
- Indian Shores Police Department
The work pack DUI operations are part of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s ongoing commitment to making DUI arrests for drunk or impaired driving. Read more about PCSO’s Standard Operating Procedures for DUI investigations.
PCSO DUI Awards from MADD
Each year, deputies on the DUI Unit of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office are invited to attend the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Florida Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony And Training Symposium and Award Ceremony.
MADD also offered valuable training for law enforcement, first responders, breath alcohol technicians, prosecutors, and other MADD mission supporters. The awards increase MADD’s reach in Pinellas County as they expand their law enforcement support, prevention programs, and underage drinking programs.
In 2018, the following officers were in attendance or received an award from MADD:
- Agency Inspector Malcolm Deane – hired on 05/07/2001
- Deputy Joshua Ricottilli – hired on 03/18/2013
- Deputy Nathan Mowatt – hired on 08/04/2014
- Deputy Damon Laney – hired on 02/10/2012
- Deputy Alexander Ellis – hired on 10/20/2014
- Deputy Christopher Amatruda – hired on 07/18/2016
- Corporal Stephen Kaselak – hired on 03/19/2007
- Sergeant Mark Eastty – hired on 01/23/2006
On Friday, July 27, 2018, the following DUI Unit members were presented with the following awards during a ceremony and banquet hosted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving:
- The Century Award for making more than one hundred DUI arrests in the 2017 calendar year was awarded to:
- Deputy Damon Laney
- Deputy Alexander Ellis
- Corporal Stephen Kaselak
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office DUI Unit received MADD Florida’s 2017 award for Outstanding Dedication to DUI Enforcement for a Large/Urban Agency.
In 2016, Pinellas DUI Deputies receive awards At MADD’s 1st Annual “Thank You Pinellas” held at the Gulfport Casino located at 5500 Shore Boulevard South, in Gulfport, FL. The following seven members of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office DUI Unit received awards at the ceremony:
- Sergeant Michael Paniagua – hired on 07/23/03
- Corporal Ronald Blair – hired on 09/25/06
- Deputy Tiffany Ashcom – hired on 05/20/13
- Deputy Vinny Galati – hired on 09/09/13
- Deputy Stephen Kaselak – hired Ono 03/19/07
- Deputy Compton Persaud – hired on 05/22/06
- Deputy Wayne Wagner – hired on 10/20/14
According to the PCSO press release, Sergeant Michael Paniagua received the MADD’s award for Outstanding Dedication to Fight Drugged Driving Award. The award recognized Sergeant Paniagua’s role in coordinating, planning, and instructing portions of the Drug Recognition Expert School in Pinellas.
The Century Award for making more than one hundred DUI arrests in the 2015 calendar year was awarded to Deputy Wayne Wagner, Deputy Compton Persaud, Deputy Stephen Kaselak, Deputy Vinny Galati, Deputy Tiffany Ashcom, and Corporal Ronald Blair.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office was also recognized for being a presenting partner at the Pinellas Walk Like MADD event that was held on November 21, 2015.
Pinellas Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID) – RID provides assistance to officers with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office during DUI Checkpoints and DUI Wolf Packs by providing food and drinks for the law enforcement officers participating in each event. Other organizations that participate in PCSO Wolf Pack Operations include Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.), Chaplains Outreach Ministries, and the Suncoast Safety Council.
Video Leads to Two PCSO Deputies Being Suspended – Two deputies at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Willie Jordan Jr. and Deputy Kenneth Rowe, were recently disciplined with suspensions after video surfaced of them attempting to humiliate inmates by shoving them against a glass wall annd ordering them to wait with their foreheads pressed against the glass while they taped signs to their back that said something like: “I’m an idiot. I can’t stop messing with the guards. I can’t get right.” Then other inmates were encouraged to walk by so they would see the signs and the inmates being humiliated.
This article was last updated on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.