STARCOM, defined as the Sheriff's Tracking, Accountability, and Responsiveness to Crime Oppression Management initiative was implemented and became effective in February, 2003. The goals of the STARCOM initiative are to reduce crime rates, increase intelligence data sharing, identify crime patterns, ensure administrative efficiency and procedural compliance, and improve the quality of life of the residents of Hernando County.
The county is divided into two law enforcement districts, each being commanded by a Lieutenant. The scope of responsibility for each District Commander includes not only operational but administrative and fiscal responsibilities for the district and the personnel assigned. Each district is assigned a complement of Sergeants, Patrol Deputies, Property Crime Detectives, Public Service Aides, School Crossing Guards, and Administrative Support Staff.
In addition to the districts, two other "District Level" sections were created, that of Operations Support and the Administrative Unit. Operations Support (also known as Special Operations) encompasses Aviation, K-9, Marine, Selective Enforcement Unit (SEU), Homeland Security, SWAT, Rapid Response Team, Field Training, and the Reserve Deputy Program. The Administrative Unit oversees the Traffic Unit, COPPS, School Resource Officers, and the Civilian Mounted Unit.
Monthly crime and administrative data is collected for each of the districts and sections. This data is analyzed, compiled into a logical format and provided to the District Commanders for review and reference. A formal review (accountability) session is held shortly after the end of the data collection period. During this review session, with Command Staff in attendance, the District Commanders are given the opportunity to discuss any crime trends or problem areas and the actions taken during the review period.