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Voting begins to select youngster for anti-crime PSA

NEW PORT RICHEY — People can vote for one of five Pasco youngsters to star in a local TV commercial to promote a Sheriff’s Office crime prevention public service message.

Residents have until Oct. 25 to choose among the finalists, according to Kevin Doll, Community Relations Director for the Sheriff’s Office.

The commercial will emphasize car burglary prevention, something so easy that even a child can do it by simply locking a vehicle’s doors, Doll explained in a press release.

More than 66 percent of Pasco County auto burglaries in 2012 involved unlocked cars. October is National Crime Prevention Month, which is another reason the campaign is kicking off now, Doll said.

The Sheriff’s Office received more than 50 videos of children from parents and guardians, Doll noted.

The five finalists are: Mackenna Watkins, age 5, from New Port Richey; Blake Pole, 5, Wesley Chapel; Arianna Williams, 6, New Port Richey; Journy Richardson, 6, Land O’ Lakes; and Joseph Espinal, 7, Wesley Chapel.

Residents can view the five individual videos of the finalists on the agency’s Facebook page at

Voting will take place through the Facebook page, Doll said. To vote for a favorite finalist, a person must “like” the video.

The top vote getter will be the star of the video, and get a chance to meet Sheriff Nocco on the day of the video shoot.

The winner will be announced after voting ends Oct. 25.

Shooting for the video will start soon after the contest closes, Doll reports.

The message could begin airing on local television channels by the end of this year or early next year, Doll said.

For more information about the campaign, contact the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Community Relations Unit at (727) 844-7759 or visit the agency’s Facebook page.

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