Sarasota Police Promotional Ceremony – Monday, December 18, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. -- December 14, 2017 -- 11 a.m.

On Monday, December 18, 2017, Chief Bernadette DiPino will hold a promotional ceremony.  The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Community Room of the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota. 

Lieutenant Richie Schwieterman will be officially promoted to the rank of Lieutenant from the rank of Sergeant.  Members of the public, media and community leaders are invited to attend to celebrate this milestone occasion. 

The ceremony will also be streamed live on the Sarasota Police Department Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SarasotaPoliceDepartment)  and Twitter page (www.twitter.com/SarasotaPD).

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Sarasota Police Remind Drivers to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Holiday Season

SARASOTA, Fla. -- December 13, 2017 -- 9 a.m.

This holiday season, the Sarasota Police Department will be working around the clock to keep drivers and passengers safe as they search for drunk drivers.  From December 13-31, 2017, Sarasota Police Officers are partnering with the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization to get drunk drivers off the street and to spread the word about the dangers of impaired driving.

“Drivers will see increased enforcement watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” said Sergeant Bruce King, Sarasota Police Traffic Unit.  “It’s vital that we keep our roads and travelers safe, not just at the holidays, but every day.  Unfortunately during the holiday season, we see an uptick in drunk driving.  We’ll be arresting anyone who breaks this life-saving law, said Sgt. King. “This should be a time of happy merrymaking, a time for friends and families to come together for endless laughs, good food, and happy memories.”

Drunk driving can have deadly consequences.  In 2016, 37,461 people were killed in vehicle traffic crashes and 28 percent (10,497) died in crashes where a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08.  Drunk driving offenders serve jail time, lose their license, are charged higher insurance rates and pay dozens of other unanticipated expenses.

The Sarasota Police Department recommends following these tips to stay safe on the road:

●     It is never okay to drive drunk.  Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.   In Florida, AAA Tow-To-Go will be available December 22, 2017 until January 2, 2018.

●     If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact 911.

●     Have a friend who is about to drink and drive?  Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive.  The Sarasota Police Department will be looking for drunk drivers. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

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Sarasota Police Remind Drivers to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Holiday Season

SARASOTA, Fla. -- December 13, 2017 -- 9 a.m.

This holiday season, the Sarasota Police Department will be working around the clock to keep drivers and passengers safe as they search for drunk drivers.  From December 13-31, 2017, Sarasota Police Officers are partnering with the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization to get drunk drivers off the street and to spread the word about the dangers of impaired driving.

“Drivers will see increased enforcement watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” said Sergeant Bruce King, Sarasota Police Traffic Unit.  “It’s vital that we keep our roads and travelers safe, not just at the holidays, but every day.  Unfortunately during the holiday season, we see an uptick in drunk driving.  We’ll be arresting anyone who breaks this life-saving law, said Sgt. King. “This should be a time of happy merrymaking, a time for friends and families to come together for endless laughs, good food, and happy memories.”

Drunk driving can have deadly consequences.  In 2016, 37,461 people were killed in vehicle traffic crashes and 28 percent (10,497) died in crashes where a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08.  Drunk driving offenders serve jail time, lose their license, are charged higher insurance rates and pay dozens of other unanticipated expenses.

The Sarasota Police Department recommends following these tips to stay safe on the road:

●     It is never okay to drive drunk.  Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.   In Florida, AAA Tow-To-Go will be available December 22, 2017 until January 2, 2018.

●     If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact 911.

●     Have a friend who is about to drink and drive?  Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive.  The Sarasota Police Department will be looking for drunk drivers. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

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Sarasota Police Announce Annual Report Cover Contest for Middle & High School Students

SARASOTA, FL. – December 11, 2017   – 9 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is partnering up with the Sarasota County School District to search for the perfect cover photo for the 2017 Sarasota Police Department Annual Report.  The contest is open to any students enrolled/attending any middle or high school within the City of Sarasota limits at the time of submission.

“We want our students to convey what the Sarasota Police Department and the City of Sarasota means to them through their art,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino.  “Our mission is professional, dedicated police service in partnership with our community and our community includes our children.”  

Submissions are welcome from December 11, 2017 through January 12, 2018 in any art media such as drawings, paintings, computer graphic designed, and photography.  The submission does not need to include, but should be in line with the vision, core values, and mission of the Sarasota Police Department.  Each student is limited to one entry.  Once the winning entry and top finalists are selected, the students will be notified via email and phone. They will be invited, along with their family, to attend a ceremony to be recognized for their accomplishment. 

All submissions and questions should be sent to PDContest@sarasotaFL.gov by 11:59 p.m. on January 12, 2018.  Full contest rules and guidelines are available at http://www.sarasotapd.org/s/2017-Contest-Rules-and-Forms.pdf 

 

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Sarasota Police attempting to identify individuals believed to be in area of Hollywood 20 early Friday morning

SARASOTA, FL. – December 4, 2017   – 12:30 p.m.

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are looking to speak with two individuals who they believe were in the area of the Hollywood 20 parking garage, 1991 Main Street, Sarasota, when shots were fired on Friday, December 1, 2017, at approximately 2:30 a.m.

Neither the male or female in the photos attached are wanted at this time but Officers would like to speak with them about the incident  Officers believe each person left separately in the two vehicles in the photos.  The vehicle tags are not readable by cameras in the area.

Property security contacted the Sarasota Police Department when they heard gun shots Friday at approximately 2:30 a.m.  Three shell casings were located by property security on the west side of the parking garage about 100 yards north of the Old School Bar.  They were collected by the Sarasota Police Department and placed into property as evidence.

Anyone with information on this case, please call Detective Sergeant Tom Shanafelt at 941-954-7089 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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Sarasota Police investigating traffic fatality crash

SARASOTA, FL. – December 4, 2017   – 10:30 a.m.

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are investigating a traffic crash involving a pedestrian that occurred shortly after 10pm on Friday, December 1, 2017.

A black 2008 Honda 2-door was traveling eastbound on Fruitville Road approaching Lemon Avenue in Sarasota.

John C. Boyd, 71, of Sarasota, was crossing Fruitville Road in a crosswalk against a walk signal when he was struck.  Boyd later died as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash.

The driver has been cooperative throughout the investigation.  The crash remains under investigation.
 

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