Pinellas’ deputy fired for falsifying reports and surfing the internet for four hours while on a traffic patrol

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The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has fired one of their patrol officers, 29-year-old Joshua Sacino. He was originally hired by PCSO in November 2017.

According to the Administrative Investigation Department, on March 30, 2022
Deputy Sacino was guided by his supervision to act proactively
initiatives aimed at traffic enforcement in the Seminole region
boulevard. Deputy Sacino ignored these instructions and sat idle in his desk
assigned patrol vehicle for more than four hours of internet browsing.

Upon completion of the initiative, Deputy Sacino was tasked with providing:
statistics and related case numbers to his supervisor. Deputy Sacino lied and
told his supervisor that he had performed one traffic stop and provided a motorist
with a “verbal warning”, when he actually wasn’t making any traffic stops.
Deputy Sacino ignored his supervisors’ requests when he asked for the . was asked
case number and documentation for the traffic stop.

The Administrative Investigation Department has determined that after being
questioned by his supervisors about his inactivity that night, Deputy Sacino
drove to a Walmart and found a vehicle lawfully parked in the parking lot. The
the vehicle owner had actually done nothing wrong or illegal. He never
got out of his patrol vehicle, checked the vehicle’s license plate, then left
the parking lot. Deputy Sacino later made up a report and entered it in
the agency’s report management system (ACISS), falsely documenting that the
the owner of the vehicle was involved in drug activity. In the report, Deputy Sacino . said
stated that an anonymous passer-by noticed him in relation to a suspicious vehicle
were involved in narcotics, which was a lie. Deputy Sacino then documented
that he has located this vehicle and falsely implicated the owner in
drug activity.

Deputy Sacino was questioned by his supervision after looking at his computer
Aided Dispatch (CAD) activity, body-worn camera activity and in-car camera
activity before the shift. When asked if the traffic really stops?
Deputy Sacino originally stated that he stopped next to a vehicle, made
contact with the occupants and gave them a verbal warning before a traffic
offence. When confronted further, Deputy Sacino admitted that the traffic
stop did not take place and he made up the whole incident.

In addition, Deputy Sacino has deliberately and willfully de
story of the suspicious vehicle report. He admitted there was no passing
marking it, it was just a vehicle parked legally in the parking lot,
and he had no reason to suspect that anyone related to the vehicle was involved
narcotic activity. Deputy Sacino deliberately took a civilian and their
vehicle to a narcotics-related report that could have negatively impacted the
resident. (The report has been removed from the system and there is no adverse
consequences for the innocent citizen.)

During the administrative interview, Deputy Sacino admitted that he had fabricated
information in official documents to include CAD and ACISS and stated:
is very serious, and it is punishable by law and grounds for dismissal. It is a
Serious business.”

Sheriff Gualtieri stated, “Deputy Sacino did this out of self-interest, to”
hide his lack of activity and incompetence, disregarding the
consequences that this report could have for the concerned citizen, or for
citizen who will drive that vehicle in the future.”

As a result of the investigation, the Council for Administrative Review has determined:
that Deputy Sacino committed these offenses and that Sheriff Gualtieri has resigned
Deputy Sacino with effect from Tuesday 28 June 2022.

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