Pasco County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Chris Nocco speaks at a press conference on Feb. 22 on proposed pilot program where his office will take over handling felony probation and parole cases in Pasco.
New Port Richey, Florida -- Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco says a recent decision by the Florida Department of Corrections to no longer have probation and parole officers check the computers of convicted sex offenders puts the public at risk.
"Its better that we warn somebody today and they change the policy then there's a victim because they did nothing about it and we said nothing about it," Nocco said during a news conference Friday morning.
Nocco called on DOC to reverse its decision immediately.
The sheriff passed out a Feb. 5 memo from Jenny Nimer of DOC outlining the new policy.
In the memo, Nimer says DOC lacks the "resources" to conduct the computer searches.
"You've heard that saying the greatest sin in the world is the indifference of good men. If we don't say something it's our fault," Nocco also said of the new policy.
Saying this is just the latest DOC policy that is putting the public at risk, Nocco on Friday also proposed a pilot program where his office would take over handling felony probation and parole cases in Pasco.
Nocco plans to meet with the governor's staff next week to discuss his plan but State Representative Mike Fasano was already a fan of the idea as long as no one loses their job in handing over the responsibilities.
"I can't find any negatives," Fasano told 10 News.
Late Friday DOC Secretary Mike Crews issued the following statement about Nocco's proposal:
"The Department of Corrections takes its mission of public safety seriously as evidenced by the more than 5% reduction in recidivism, meaning communities are safer today than years past. This success is attributable to the staff in the department - as well as the probation and community corrections members in the field - who work closely with local law enforcement partners on a daily basis. The Secretary looks forward to meeting with the Sheriff on Monday to discuss public safety issues."