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Pasco County | Dade City, Florida
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Welcome to VIP - Volunteer in Pasco!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer with the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners and giving back to your community! In Pasco County, we strive to provide excellent public services that meet the needs of our citizens and enhance the quality of live for our residents and visitors.

You can view the VIP Manual at the below listed website, prior to completing the VIP application:

VIP manual

Essential Job Functions: The Division of Human Services welcomes applications for prospective volunteers and interns!

Volunteers and interns within Human Services will offer clerical support to division staff in duties such as greeting and assisting walk-in citizens, answering phone calls, screening citizens to determine eligibility for services and programs, assisting with paperwork, creating and maintaining client files, preparing mail, filing and other various tasks as needed.

This position offers volunteers and interns an opportunity to get to know more about the Human Services field and the chance to shadow social workers in their daily job functions. If you are interested in learning more about this field, helping people, and/or providing amazing customer service we encourage you to apply with our division today! Specify on your application if you wish to volunteer in the west side office (Port Richey) or the east side office (Dade City).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Additional release forms, background check authorizations, and parental consent forms may be required prior to the first day of volunteer activities.

Minimum Requirements:

Applicants age 16 and over will be considered for volunteer/intern opportunities.

Miscellaneous Information: Please be sure to indicate your location preference on the application, as the Division of Human Services operates through offices in both Port Richey and Dade City. We have a particular need for volunteers/interns in our Dade City office at this time. Also, be sure to provide plenty of details regarding your background, education, interests, skills and abilities in the "Why Do You Want to Volunteer in Pasco County?" section of the application! This helps us ensure that we provide an opportunity that best matches your needs and talents. Assigned duties for this position will vary based on applicant background and skillset.

About Pasco County

The Pasco Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement services at a cost that is much less than any of the largest 13 agencies (see Figure 3)! These top largest agencies provide services at an average of $305 per person in their jurisdiction. The Pasco Sheriff's Office currently provides its law enforcement services at a rock-bottom $144 per person (includes Penny for Pasco tax). If the county commission approved Sheriff White's entire 2007-08 requested budget, that amount would still only rise to be less than $157 per person (including the Penny for Pasco tax), about half of the state average for law enforcement services! The Pasco Sheriff's Office has not grown at a pace equal to our county's growth (See Figures 4, 5, and 6). Sheriff White believes that the agency that provides the majority of the county's law enforcement services and all of the county's detention services should not be left behind in funding. During his budget request presentation, Sheriff White also explained the efficiency of the agency's detention services, which is actually a county responsibility that the Pasco Sheriff's Office has agreed to provide. Again, the Pasco Sheriff Office is near the bottom when it comes to the cost per citizen in providing these detention services for the county. The average cost for the surrounding nine counties in the Tampa Bay area is about $87 per citizen. The Pasco Sheriff's Office provides its detention services at a cost of $67 per citizen, even lower than some local private companies provide detention services for other county governments. What was in the Sheriff's original budget request? About 3.2 percent of the Sheriff's original budget request included funding for 109 new positions that are needed in a different units throughout the agency. This number includes 39 positions that were cut from last year's budget request. Some of these new positions include 24 road patrol deputies; three detectives and one detective sergeant; 11 detention deputies; four bailiffs; one school resource officer sergeant and four school resource officers; three forensic investigators; one property evidence specialist; five part-time civilian school traffic control officers; 10 part-time civilian school crossing guards; three jail nurses; and six communications officers. Last year (2006-2007 budget request), county administrators told Sheriff White that he would need to cut his budget because of limited tax funds. However, when the final county budget was approved, the county increased its fund balance (revenue) by $3.3 million, no other county agency had its budget cut, and only the Sheriff's Office was burdened with a $3.2 million cut from his original request! Sheriff White believes that last year's actions and this year's budget process paints a too-clear picture of the priority law enforcement receives in the eyes of many of our county leaders. What does this mean for the future of the Pasco Sheriff's Office and the citizens we serve? Sheriff White has stated that the agency will continue to provide the best services that we can with the resources provided. The strides we have made in improving the professionalism and quality of service to citizens in the county are unprecedented. For example, since 2000, our response times have been reduced nearly 42 percent for possible life-threatening calls even as the number of these calls for service has steadily increased (see Figure 7). However, Sheriff White does not believe that this improvement in service can continue with the budget restraints that have been imposed on the agency the last two years. As we have shown, the PSO is not funded the same as similar organizations in the state. But we have the same growth, if not more, as the communities that these other agencies serve. And with this growth comes the problems that our agency must deal with -- increased calls for service, a rising inmate population, traffic woes, and the need for more proactive patrolling in our neighborhoods.

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