Sgt. Kelly Brown
Sgt. Kelly Brown graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts
Degree in Criminal Justice. Sgt. Brown began his law enforcement career in 1991 where he worked for 1
year as a Detention Deputy with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department in Charlotte, NC and for 9
years as a Patrolman with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. He moved back to Florida in 2001
and began working for the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office in 2002 where he has served as a Patrol Deputy,
Field Training Officer, and full-time instructor with the Training Unit. In his career, Sgt. Brown has
received a multitude of instructor certifications in all high liability areas and specialized courses. Sgt.
Brown achieved the position of Master Deputy prior to being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in April of
2013. After serving as a supervisor in the Patrol Division, Sgt. Brown was transferred in June of 2014
to the Major Cases Section as supervisor of the Economic Crimes Unit who oversees five full-time
detectives. During his tenure with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Brown has received several
commendations and awards to include the Pride in Achievement Award for creating the Citizen Volunteer Corps program.
Detective Cole Brinson
Detective Cole Brinson started his law enforcement career in 1999 with the Brooksville Police Department where he worked narcotics and patrol. Detective Cole Brinson then began working with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office in 2004. In 2007, he was promoted to Detective with the Major Case Section (Crimes against Persons), where he specialized in homicide, robbery and sex crimes and was involved/case agent in numerous high profile cases. Detective Cole Brinson transferred to District 1 Property crimes in 2009 where he was involved/case agent in numerous high profile property crimes which assisted in the recovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise and equipment throughout multiple states. Detective Cole Brinson then transferred back to the Major Case Section (Crimes against Persons) in 2010 where he again was involved/case agent in numerous high profile major cases and arrests. Detective Cole Brinson is also an Advanced CVSA Examiner in Truth Verification Testing and Examination Techniques (Computer Voice Stress Analyst) along with being a Certified Member of the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts, conducting both high profile criminal CVSA’s and pre-employment CVSA’s. Detective Cole Brinson was assigned to the Major Case Economics Crimes Section in early 2013 to expand his knowledge in the vast world of White Collar Crimes where he has made numerous cases/arrests and continues to work hard towards protecting the victims of Hernando County, FL.
In his time in law enforcement, Detective Cole Brinson has received specialized training in several areas to include but not limited to:
Detective Brinson has also received several awards to include: Character First, Deputy of the Quarter on two separate occasions, Deputy of the Year and several other Commendations and awards over the years.
- Advanced Training in Investigating Crimes Against Children
- Child Protection Training/Child Advocacy
- Child Protection Interviews
- Safe and Legal Traffic Stops
- Radar Operator
- Field Training Officer (FTO)
- DUI/Drug impairment recognition
- Interview and Interrogation
- Advanced interview and Interrogation
- Tampa Bay Domestic Security Training
- Florida awareness level Hazardous Material
- Internet Investigations
- Injury and Death Investigations
- Homicide Investigations
- CVSA Advance examiner
- Certified Member of the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts
- Reid Techniques of Interview and Interrogations
- Advanced Reid Techniques of Interview and Interrogations
- Advanced Training in Financial Fraud Investigations
- Advanced Training in Crimes Against the Elderly
Detective Irene Gray
Detective Irene Gray, graduated from the Florida Criminal Justice Standards for
Law Enforcement at Pasco Hernando Community College, Gower’s Corner, FL in May 1999,
and hired as a Patrol Deputy with Hernando County Sheriff’s Office in July 1999.
She has been involved in several areas of Law Enforcement, to include Patrol, Field
Training Officer, Crisis Response Team and Investigations. She has received specialized
training in Homicide and Death Investigations, Hostage Negotiation, Crimes against
the Elderly, Identity Thefts, and Financial Investigations. She joined the Major
Case Section as an Economics Crimes Detective in 2005 where she specializes in counterfeit
currency, ID thefts and Exploitation of the Elderly and gives classes to the public
in these areas.
All Economic Detectives are part of Secret Services special task force, allowing
the agencies to work together on cases involving multi-jurisdictions.
Detective Horvath has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1994. His prior responsibilities
include Communications, Public Service Aide, Patrol Deputy, and School Resource
Officer. Detective Horvath is a member of the Unites States Secret Service Economic
Crimes Task Force and works on a regular basis with the agency. Detective Horvath
has received training in many areas of expertise as related to the responsibilities
of his position. As a member of the Major Case Division’s Economic Crimes Unit,
Detective Horvath has received training pertaining to current trends in fraud related
crimes such as identity theft, social networking, organized fraud, exploitation
and cyber crimes. Dep. Horvath has received several awards and commendations to
include Deputy of the Quarter.
Detective Christopher Vascellaro started his career in November 2003 with the Hernando County Sheriff’s
Office where he served as a patrol deputy. In 2006, he was assigned to the Community Policing and Problem Solving Unit.
During his time in the Community Policing Unit, he received specialized training in crime prevention and became a
Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner. He conducted numerous crime prevention presentations and security related
surveys and events. He is also one of the agencies Field Training Officers. Detective Vascellaro has received
specialized training in interview and interrogation techniques, narcotic investigations, fraud investigations
and Department of Homeland Security training. He is currently a member of the Crisis Response Team, Rapid Response Team,
and the Hernando County HAZMAT team. In 2012, Detective Vascellaro achieved the status of Deputy First Class and
subsequently received Master Deputy status in 2013. In 2014 he was transferred to the Major Case Section Economic
Crimes Unit where he is currently assigned.