Click It or Ticket Spring Campaign begins Sunday, March 1, 2015

SARASOTA, Fla. – February 27, 2015 – 2 p.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies from around the state of Florida and around the country to step up ‘Click It or Ticket’ activities. Research shows that lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50%.

In 2014 in the City of Sarasota, Sarasota Police Officers responded to 2,566 crashes. Of the 2,566 crashes, 72 of those crashes, the driver and/or passenger were not wearing a seat belt. Of those 72 crashes where the driver and/or passenger were not wearing a seat belt, 38 people had injuries, 4 of those fatal.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the national seat belt use rate is at 87 percent but the other 13 percent, an estimated 27.5 million people, do not buckle up when they get into a vehicle.

"We want to bring these numbers down," said Sarasota Police Traffic Officer Tim Bales. "There are too many people dying on the road and so many of those deaths could have been prevented if people stopped and took the time to buckle up. We will continue to hand out tickets year-round to those people who still haven’t gotten the message," said Officer Bales.

Sunday, March 1, 2015 through Saturday, March 14, 2015, Sarasota Police Officers will increase patrol officers to look for impaired or intoxicated drivers, seat belt and child restraint violators, aggressive drivers, speeding violations, texting violations and every day traffic violations.

In an effort to remind drivers and passengers to buckle up year round, the Sarasota Police Department also created a Public Service Announcement which can be viewed on our YouTube page below.

Search warrant results in arrest & seizure of drugs and firearms

SARASOTA, Fla. – February 27, 2015 – 9:45 a.m.

On Thursday, February 26, 2015, the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of the Street Crimes Unit, executed a search warrant at 3320 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota. The search warrant was obtained as a result of an investigation into drug sales at the residence.

As a result of the search warrant, Brian Allen Lee, 41, of Sarasota, was arrested and charged with drug and weapon charges. Allen has a lengthy criminal history which includes 21 felony convictions and 21 misdemeanor convictions.

Detectives seized 380.8 grams of marijuana, $650 in U.S. currency and a 38 caliber revolver in addition to drug packing materials.

In connection to the search warrant at 3320 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota, Allen has been charged with:

• Felony Possession of Marijuana With Intent to Sell/Deliver

• Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

• Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

• Felony Maintain A Dwelling Where Controlled Substance is Sold

  Sarasota Police Detectives seized 380.8 grams of marijuana, $650 in U.S. currency and a 38 caliber revolver in addition to drug packing materials.

 

Sarasota Police Detectives seized 380.8 grams of marijuana, $650 in U.S. currency and a 38 caliber revolver in addition to drug packing materials.

  Allen has been charged with: • Felony Possession of Marijuana With Intent to Sell/Deliver • Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia • Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon • Felony Maintain A Dwelling Where Controlled Substance is Sold

 

Allen has been charged with:

• Felony Possession of Marijuana With Intent to Sell/Deliver

• Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

• Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

• Felony Maintain A Dwelling Where Controlled Substance is Sold

Search Warrant Results in several arrests & seizure of cash, cocaine and pills

SARASOTA, Fla. – February 20, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

On Thursday, February 19, 2015, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes and Narcotics Units concluded an investigation into drug sales at 1250 34th Street, Sarasota.  The Sarasota Police Department’s SWAT team assisted in the investigation by facilitating the service of a search warrant at that location.

"We are happy that we have eradicated another drug house and returned this quiet, North Sarasota neighborhood to normalcy.  We will continue to fight crime and continue to keep the City of Sarasota a safe place to live and work,” said Sergeant Demetri Konstantopoulos, Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit.

$1,844 in U.S. currency was seized along with approximately 50 pieces of rock cocaine (7 grams), 11 baggies of powder cocaine, 2.8 grams of Dilaudid and 3.9 grams of Xanax.

The following subjects were arrested:

  • Calvin E. Butler, 42
    1250 34th Street
    Sarasota,  FL  

    Charges

  • Possession of Rock Cocaine with intent to sell within 1000 feet of a church

  • Possession of Dilaudid

  • Possession of Xanax

  • Violation of Probation

  • Driving with a Suspended License (Habitual Traffic Offender)

  • Calvin Butler’s criminal history includes 33 felony charges with 17 convictions and 41 misdemeanor charges with 29 convictions.  Butler was also one of 33 individuals arrested during SRQ Cartel II

Calvin E. Butler, 42 1250 34th Street Sarasota,  FL  

Calvin E. Butler, 42
1250 34th Street
Sarasota,  FL  


Ryan N. Keeley, 30 1250 34th Street Sarasota,  FL Charges Possession of Dilaudid Possession of  Drug Paraphernalia Ryan Keeley’s criminal history includes 12 felony charges with 3 felony convictions

Ryan N. Keeley, 30
1250 34th Street
Sarasota,  FL

Charges

Possession of Dilaudid

Possession of  Drug Paraphernalia

Ryan Keeley’s criminal history includes 12 felony charges with 3 felony convictions

Sarasota Police Department Hosts Body Camera Media Day

SARASOTA, Fla. – February 20, 2015 – 9:45 a.m.

Chief Bernadette DiPino and the Sarasota Police Department began researching the body-worn cameras in October 2013. In June 2014, the Sarasota Police Department used a federal grant from the United States Department of Justice to purchase 24 Taser AXON Flex body-worn video cameras to be used by Sarasota Police Officers working in the Patrol Division during a year-long test phase.

The body worn cameras arrived in early 2015 and Sarasota Police Officers have been trained on the body worn cameras by both instructors from Taser and Sarasota Police training instructors. Six body cameras will be used on each of the four shifts equaling 24 cameras total during the test phase.

"I am an advocate for body worn cameras for our officers," said Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino. "This is just another way we want to continue to work to earn the trust of our community. The Sarasota Police Department is a progressive, modern police department and the use of body worn cameras is a natural progression and extension of our philosophy of building trust and transparency," said Chief DiPino. "I believe body worn cameras modify behavior, ultimately making our officers and our citizens safer."

All media outlets are invited to attend a Media Day being held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. in the 2nd Floor Community Room of the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

The Sarasota Police Department also plans to hold several community meetings in March for residents and community partners to give them a chance to learn about the body worn cameras.

Crime Reduction Continues in the City of Sarasota & Reaches 20 Year Low

SARASOTA, Fla. – February 19, 2015 – 8:45 a.m.

Crime in the City of Sarasota has reached a 20 year low following a crime reduction of 8.6% in 2014 of Part I Crimes. This is based on the FBI’s Uniformed Crime Reporting (UCR). Part I Crimes are homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.

Each year, the Sarasota Police Department is required to submit local crime statistics to the FBI in the form of a UCR. After a thorough review of the UCR’s from the last 20 years, the City of Sarasota continues to experience a significant downward trend in serious crime.

"When I joined the Sarasota Police Department in 2013, my ultimate goal was earning trust and reducing crime in our community through partnership policing. These numbers are a reflection of our community working together. We can’t do it alone as police, we need the eyes and ears of residents and visitors. The reduction in crime in our City shows that we’re working hand in hand with our residents and partners to continue to make Sarasota a safe place to live, work and play," said Chief Bernadette DiPino.

"Congratulations to the Sarasota Police Department, Chief DiPino and the public on working together to significantly reduce crime. We’re building strong, sustainable relationships and trust between our residents and police officers. We look forward to continuing to strengthen these public safety partnerships 24/7/365," said City Manager Tom Barwin. The Sarasota Police Department had 72,683 calls for service in 2014 and 5,484 arrests. Since Chief DiPino was appointed Chief of the Sarasota Police Department in January 2013, Part I Crimes are down 13.2%.


Sarasota Police Detectives Attempting to Identify Robbery Suspect Caught on Camera

SARASOTA, Fla. – February 18, 2015 – 1:30 p.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying a robbery suspect who was caught on camera holding up a 7-11 Store located at 511 North Washington Blvd, Sarasota on Friday, February 13, 2015 at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Sarasota Police Detectives and Officers responded to the 7-11 in reference to a silent alarm. The store clerk told officers the subject entered the store and told him "give me the ****ing money." The suspect implied he had a weapon however no weapon was seen by the clerk. The suspect left the store with less than $100.

The suspect’s face was covered however the victim described him as a white male believed to be in his mid-to-late 20s. The suspect entered the store and was last seen wearing an olive green hooded sweatshirt, white t-shirt, black pants and a pink bandana covering a majority of his face. The suspect is believed to be around 5’11" and thin build.

*** Video of the robbery can be viewed at http://youtu.be/pgeAUH58mco ***

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Maria Llovio at 941-364-7336 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com