The people behind and at the scene of the Sarasota Police Department
Bernadette A. DiPino began her career as a Police Officer with the Baltimore County Police in September of 1985.
In April of 1988 she joined the Police Department for the Town of Ocean City, Maryland where she rose through the ranks from Narcotics Detective to Chief of Police; a position she held for nearly ten years. Chief DiPino joined the Sarasota Police Department in December 2012.
Pat Robinson, Deputy Chief of Police
Pat Robinson was selected as the Sarasota Police Department Deputy Chief in June 2015. DC Robinson joined the Sarasota Police Department in 2000.
DC Robinson has served as a Police Officer and Supervisor in both the Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigations Division, serving as a Patrol Officer and Detective prior to being promoted into the supervisory ranks of the Sarasota Police Department.
The primary function of the Criminal Investigation Division is to conduct follow-up investigations of reported crimes. These investigations consist of interviewing suspects, victims and witnesses; analyzing information for validity, reliability and accuracy and compiling a comprehensive and factual case file to be presented in court.
The Support Services Division oversees Training, Background and Recruitment, Property and Evidence, Records, MIS (Management Information Systems), Alarms, Payroll and Personnel, Fiscal and Administration, Fleet, Red Light Camera Program, School Crossing Guards and Quartermaster.
The Patrol Division is commanded by one Captain and one Deputy Commander who holds the rank of Lieutenant. Uniform Patrol Operations, Special Response Units, Crime Prevention and the Sarasota P.D. Volunteer Program are under the Bureau of Patrol Operations.