FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I file for a restraining order? How do I file for a restraining order?

On weekdays contact the Clerk of Courts, Circuit Civil for Domestic Violence at 861-7683. On weekends, contact the Sarasota County Sheriff, Civil Division, 951-5100.

How do I obtain a trespass warning for someone? How do I obtain a trespass warning for someone?

Contact Police Communications, 316-1199, and a police officer will respond. The owner or manager will then issue the warning in the presence of the police officer who will document the warning for records purposes.

Who do I call about animal problems? Who do I call about animal problems?

Contact Police Communications at 911 if it is an emergency or 316-1199 for non-emergencies. A determination will be made to send a police officer and/or County Animal Control.

How do I find out what a City ordinance says? How do I find out what a City ordinance says?

Copies of any City ordinance can be obtained at the City Clerk's Office, 954-4160, and on the City Clerk's homepage at the City of Sarasota's Web site, www.sarasotagov.com

How do I get a copy of a police report? How do I get a copy of a police report?

Three working days following the incident the report will be available to the public. Copies are obtained in the records section of the Police Department located in the front lobby area. You may call ahead to order your copies from the Records Department, 954-7045. There is a charge to obtain these records. The records window is open Monday through Friday from 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where do I pay a parking ticket or a traffic citation? Where do I pay a parking ticket or a traffic citation?

Please visit parking at their new website http://www.sarasotagov.com/Parking/

What can I do about harassing phone calls? What can I do about harassing phone calls?

Contact the Sarasota Police Department, 316-1199, to make a report of the calls. You will then be instructed to contact your telephone service provider for further instructions.

What can I do if I believe my child is using drugs? What can I do if I believe my child is using drugs?

Attempt to ask your child pertinent questions about their possible use of drugs. If necessary contact a local treatment provider for further instructions. A police officer can respond if you have located what you believe to be illegal substances.

How do I have someone evicted? How do I have someone evicted?

Contact the Sarasota County Sheriff, Civil Division, at 951-5100.

Do Police Officers have to obey traffic laws? Do Police Officers have to obey traffic laws?

General Order 406.51.1 states, "Under normal, non-emergency conditions and while responding to routine calls for service, officers shall strictly adhere to all traffic laws and drive in a safe, courteous manner."


AMBER ALERTS

The wireless industry has officially partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to distribute AMBER Alerts to wireless consumers who opt in to receive geographically specified messages on their wireless devices through an AMBER Alert wireless messaging system.

Subscribers capable of receiving text messages, and whose wireless carrier participates in the Wireless AMBER Alerts Initiative, may opt in to receive alerts by registering at http://www.wirelessamberalerts.org or their wireless carrier's website. Users can designate up to five ZIP codes from which they'd like to be alerted in the case of an AMBER Alert activation.

Please Note: The Amber Alert Web Site is for informational purposes only. If you have any information concerning a case posted on the Amber Alert Web Site, please contact your Local Police Department or dial 911.
 

CRIME PREVENTION

Crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility, not just a job for law enforcement. Seniors can learn how to protect themselves from crime by following these simple, common-sense suggestions. Share these tips with your neighbors and friends too and make it tough for criminals to work in your neighborhood. Read More >


CITIZEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

The Sarasota Police Department is actively recruiting volunteers for its Citizen Volunteer Program. Community-minded persons may apply to work inside the police department in a variety of positions or work as "citizens on patrol". By doing so, you are serving your community and working with our officers to maintain the quality of life that we have become so accustomed to in Sarasota. Call now for an application and for more information. Read More >