Saint Leo Recognizes Pasco Sheriffs Office Child Protective Investigative Division
July 18, 2017
They see some of the most horrific sights and severe cases of child abuse, but they continue to help Pasco County’s children and families. And on July 11, members of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigative Division were recognized for their service during a luncheon at Saint Leo University. The recognition program was sponsored by The Renew Group; Pasco-Hernando State College; Thomas Dobies, owner of Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes; and Saint Leo. The luncheon not only recognized members of the Child Protective Investigations (CPI) Division, but also offered an opportunity to its members to win an undergraduate and a graduate scholarship to Saint Leo in the name of The Renew Group. The recipients were Sheryl VanSteen (undergraduate) and Ashley Lucas (graduate).
We are committed to a future with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office,” said Dr. Joseph Cillo, Saint Leo University assistant professor of criminal justice and field placement coordinator. “Specifically, we have the mission to connect, engage, and inspire our students to serve the community.”
To that end, Saint Leo will offer a CPI course in conjunction with its field placement program, and students may be employed by the sheriff’s office. Kenneth Kilian, director of the sheriff’s office CPI division, will be an instructor. Kilian earned his Master of Criminal Justice degree with a concentration in critical incident management from Saint Leo
Rick Hess, president and CEO of Pasco Kids First, told those attending that they always react to situations by a helping hand to Pasco County children. “You say, ‘we’re here for you, and we want to help.’”
Mark Wickham, CEO of Youth and Family Alternatives Inc., said he was honored to be in partnership with the CPI Division. “We do it because, in our hearts, we want to make a difference,” he said.
Wickham ended with a quote from social reformer and statesman Frederick Douglass, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”