New Port Richey Police Department

  • Agency: New Port Richey Police Department
  • Address: 6739 Adams St., New Port Richey, 34652 FL
  • Chief: James Steffens (Chief of Police)
Phone: (727) 841-4550
Fax: (727) 816-1132

New Port Richey Police Department is located at 6739 Adams St., New Port Richey, 34652 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is James Steffens. The New Port Richey Police Department phone number is (727) 841-4550.

New Port Richey Police Department News

Just a reminder parents, if your children have access to the internet please discuss with them the seriousness of posting threats online. All threats of violence are considered legitimate and will be treated as such. Per F.S.S. 790.164 - False reports concerning planting a bomb, explosive, or weapon of mass destruction in, or committing arson against, state-owned property, or concerning the use of firearms in a violent manner; penalty; reward.— (1) It is unlawful for any person to make a false report, with intent to deceive, mislead, or otherwise misinform any person, concerning the placing or planting of any bomb, dynamite, other deadly explosive, or weapon of mass destruction as defined in s. 790.166, concerning any act of arson or other violence to property owned by the state or any political subdivision, or concerning the use of firearms in a violent manner against a person or persons. A person who violates this subsection commits a FELONY OF THE SECOND DEGREE, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. In addition, keep in mind that: There shall be a $5,000 reward for the giving of information to any law enforcement agency in the state, which information leads to the arrest and conviction of any person violating the provisions of this section. Any person claiming such reward shall apply to the law enforcement agency developing the case and be paid by the Department of Law Enforcement from the deficiency fund.

On April 24th 2018, our agency received numerous reports of online threats made via Instagram. The threats to do harm and physical violence were directed at multiple schools throughout the New Port Richey area. Our agency conducted an investigation into the matter and a suspect was identified shortly after he made the online posts. The suspect who posted the threats to our local schools was placed under arrest. The suspect resided in Ohio and posed no immediate danger to any students in our area. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are being considered.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dallas PD and the families of the fallen and injured officers.

Congratulations Officer Elizabeth Dennison on getting sworn in today. Welcome aboard!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters in Gilchrist County and the families of the two deputies killed in the line of duty. May they rest in peace.

This is what happens when the community and the police come together. NPRPD received a tip from a concerned citizen on our tip line (727-815-TIPS) on 04/17/18 about suspicious activity at 5251 Hemlock Drive NPR. Later the same day, Patrol Officers made contact with the resident and received consent to search the property. Officers discovered 53.44 grams of cocaine, 28.22 grams of heroin, $9,621 in cash (wrapped in bundles) and a firearm. Thornton Merriex and Samantha Wells were arrested inside of the residence.

Please help us identify the men in the video and photos below. They are wanted for questioning in a Battery that occurred at Dulcet in New Port Richey.

Admin surprised dispatch with a cake in appreciation for all of their hard work and dedication.

*Dispatcher Appreciation Week* We want to take a moment out of our hectic jobs to thank the dedicated individuals who are often not seen, but are vital to completing our mission each and every day. Thank you to all of our dispatchers at the NPRPD and NPRFD.

***UPDATE*** US19 is back open. Serious injury crash SB US19 north of Marine Parkway. Investigators are on scene.

The New Port Richey Police Department is asking for help in the investigation of a cold case homicide which occurred at the Green Key Beach Motel (6434 US 19). On 01/12/1998, Chandrahas Patel (pictured), the owner of Green Key Beach Hotel at the time, was stabbed while at his place of business. Mr. Patel died as a result of his injuries. The unknown subject fled the area by unknown means. A witness observed the subject standing over the victim with a knife. Pictured below are the 1998 composite sketches of the persons of interest in this case. Anyone with any information is asked to please contact Detective J. Ioppolo or Detective E. Campbell at the New Port Richey Police Department.


UPDATE***SUBJECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED***UPDATE Please help us identify this male. He is wanted for questioning in a counterfeit bill incident at Publix. If you know who he is, please contact Det. Ioppolo at 727-841-4550 x8.

Alert today – Alive tomorrow.

Please check out this wonderful video showing our Toys for Tots mission this past Christmas. Each year we partner with the Marines and Toys for Tots to provide a Christmas for children whose families are not able to provide them one. Please consider donating to this great cause.

Officers are preparing to head out for Chasco. Please be careful and enjoy the day.

Serious injury crash at US19 and Marine Parkway. Expect road closures and delays. Please avoid the area.

It's that time again, CHASCO IS HERE!!! Come join us downtown for the Chasco Parade Saturday March 10th, 2018 at 1pm. Then we invite you to stay for the concerts and fun all week long!

******UPDATE****** The male in the photos has been identified. Thank you for all of your help. Please help us identify this male. He is wanted for a theft at Northbay Hospital last night. If you know this male and/or his location, please call Detective Ioppolo at 727-232-8905.

We would like to take a moment and reassure our citizens, parents and students that we are aware of your concerns and questions in the light of what occurred recently in south Florida. Again, NO threats have been made in our area. We have highly trained and diligent SRO's in our city schools. Our SRO's and our department train on a regular basis for Active Shooter Situations. We take our schools safety very seriously. We also take ANY threats, written or verbal, seriously as well. Please have a talk with your children about the seriousness of what occurred and reassure them that we are here to protect them. Also, please see the below attached Florida State Statute on "Written Threats". We will enforce this law no matter what the reasoning because we do not want another tragedy. FSS 836.10 Written threats to kill or do bodily injury; punishment.— Any person who writes or composes and also sends or procures the sending of any letter, inscribed communication, or electronic communication, whether such letter or communication be signed or anonymous, to any person, containing a threat to kill or to do bodily injury to the person to whom such letter or communication is sent, or a threat to kill or do bodily injury to any member of the family of the person to whom such letter or communication is sent commits a felony of the second degree

Officers and detectives will be in and around our city schools today in light of the tragic events yesterday in South Florida. This is just a precaution. There are NO threats to any area schools.

CANCEL+++CANCEL+++CANCEL Mr. Phillips was located. CANCEL+++CANCEL+++CANCEL We are attempting to locate: Rocky Dwayne Phillips W-M DOB – 08/06/77 We have received unconfirmed information that this subject may have been a victim of a violent crime within our city. Subject is a transient, known to frequent the U.S. Highway 19 corridor. If you know this individual or have information concerning his current whereabouts, please call our agency at (727) 841-4550. Contact Detective J. Ioppolo or Detective E. Campbell.

Our department, along with Public Works and the Building Department, completed a 2 day code enforcement operation off of Congress resulting in 57 citations issued, 3 buildings declared uninhabitable by the Building Department and 4 dump truck loads of debris removed. The citations ranged from trash and debris piled up to broken down and unregistered vehicles on properties. We encourage everyone to do their part in making New Port Richey a great place to live and work.