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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 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

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 Vascellaro

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.

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