Sarasota Police officers to wear pink mourning bands & pink badges for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

SARASOTA, Fla. – October 1, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is Going Pink!  October is
Breast Cancer Awareness Month and officers with the Sarasota Police Department are working to raise breast cancer awareness.

To show support for women and men fighting breast cancer and remember those who have passed away, officers have been authorized to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing either a pink police badge or a pink mourning band over their badge.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.  Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreased in women younger than 50.  These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.

Sarasota Police Department to host National Night Out – October 7, 2014 - 5pm to 7pm

SARASOTA, Fla. – September 30, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department will be hosting National Night Out on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. National Night Out is designed to (1) heighten crime prevention awareness, (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Free festivities will include free food, music, two bounce houses, face painting, dessert contests, raffle drawings, the Disney movie ‘Frozen,’ along with displays from the Sarasota Police Department SWAT Team, Crime Prevention, Motorcycles, K9, Marine Patrol and displays from Waste Watch and the Sarasota County Fire Department.

Please join us for the free opportunity for food, fun and education for the whole family. The Sarasota Police Department is located at 2099 Adams Lane in Sarasota.

Sarasota Police seize firearm, drugs and cash over weekend in two separate cases

SARASOTA, Fla. – September 29, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

Over the weekend, Sarasota Police officers seized $5,540 in U.S. currency, 172.6 grams of marijuana and a Ruger .380 LCP Pistol in two separate cases.

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, at approximately 4:15 a.m., a vehicle traveling northbound performed a U-turn in the 2200 block of South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota and drove in front of a vehicle heading southbound. The vehicle struck another vehicle.

When officers arrived, they located 172.6 grams of marijuana and $5,540 in U.S. currency in the vehicle along with rolling papers and baggies. The driver of the vehicle, Dillon Pizzarello, 20, of Sarasota, was charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell over 20 grams and misdemeanor driving under the influence with personal injury. Once at the Sarasota County Jail, Pizzarello provided a sample of his breath and it registered as a 0.22 and 0.21.

On Monday, September 29, 2014 at approximately 2:30 a.m., officers responded to the 1500 block of Main Street in Sarasota for a disturbance. Officers were notified one of the subjects threatened to use a firearm. Officers made contact with the subject and located a Ruger .380 LCP Pistol in the subject’s clothing. Malachi Brandon-Jamaal Scurry, 21, of Sarasota, was charged with felony carrying a concealed firearm.

Dillon Pizzarello, 20, of Sarasota, was charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell over 20 grams and misdemeanor driving under the influence with personal injury.   

Dillon Pizzarello, 20, of Sarasota, was charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell over 20 grams and misdemeanor driving under the influence with personal injury. 

 

Malachi Brandon-Jamaal Scurry, 21, of Sarasota, was charged with felony carrying a concealed firearm. 

Malachi Brandon-Jamaal Scurry, 21, of Sarasota, was charged with felony carrying a concealed firearm. 

Blue + You Movie Night – Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.

SARASOTA, Fla. – September 25, 2014 – 2 p.m.

The Sarasota Police Department will be holding another “Blue + You” Movie Night on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. on the west end grass area of the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

The community is welcome to bring blankets and chairs, invite neighbors and family members and watch Disney Pixar’s ‘Cars.’  The movie will be projected on the wall of the Sarasota Police Department.  A rain date is set for Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

BMW of Sarasota and Lamborghini of Sarasota will be bringing several luxury vehicles that will be on display.  The first 24 booster seat-sized children to arrive between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. will receive a free booster seat and car seat fitting courtesy of Safe Kids.  Both a vehicle and booster seat child need to be present to win.  Please contact Officer Linda DeNiro at 941-316-6482 for more information regarding booster seats.

“Blue + You” is an initiative that honors the local community and connects them with the Sarasota Police Department.

Sarasota Police Department receives $1 million from Department of Justice

SARASOTA, Fla. – September 24, 2014 – 2:15 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced today they have awarded COPS Hiring Program (CHP) Grants to 16 law enforcement agencies in Florida. The Sarasota Police Department was awarded $1 million from the Department of Justice. The Sarasota Police Department is one of 16 law enforcement agencies in Florida and one of 212 law enforcement agencies in the United States to receive the funding. The Sarasota Police Department applied for the Grant in July 2014.

Chief Bernadette DiPino received notification Wednesday afternoon from U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s Office. "This is such an honor that the Department of Justice supports our concepts and believes in the initiatives of the Sarasota Police Department enough to award us $1 million," said Chief DiPino.

The Sarasota Police Department plans to use the $1 million to fund the hiring of up to eight (8) additional officers. The CHP Grant provides 75 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for three years (36 months) for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions (including filling existing unfunded vacancies).

"This is so exciting for our community and the Sarasota Police Department. This award will help support us in our community policing efforts as we continue to keep the City of Sarasota a safe place to work, live and play," said Chief DiPino.

Sarasota Police Detectives looking for assistance in bicycle store burglary

SARASOTA, Fla. – September 24, 2014 – 1 p.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in a burglary that occurred at Village Bikes, 3898 South Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, on Monday morning.

On September 22, 2014 at approximately 7 a.m., the store owner received a phone call from his alarm company advising an alarm has been set off. The store owner asked that officers respond. When the owner arrived, he discovered a Specialized Venge S-Works Bicycle was stolen from the store (similar to the photo below).

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Kim Laster at 941-364-7327 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

  This photo is NOT the actual bicycle stolen however it is similar to the bicycle that was stolen. Brand: Specialized Model: Venge S-Works Description: 20 speed, Carbon Fiber w/ Carbon Fiber wheels, Black in color

 

This photo is NOT the actual bicycle stolen however it is similar to the bicycle that was stolen.

Brand: Specialized Model: Venge S-Works Description: 20 speed, Carbon Fiber w/ Carbon Fiber wheels, Black in color