SARASOTA, Fla. - January 27, 2015 - 11:30 a.m.
On Monday, January 26, 2015, Chief Bernadette DiPino held a swearing-in ceremony for two new Sarasota Police Officers. Chief DiPino added, “I’m excited to add these two outstanding officers to our force. These two officers embody the qualities the Sarasota Police Department values which are professionalism, dedication and commitment to our community.”
The following officers joined the Sarasota Police Department as 2nd Class Probation:
Officer Hunter Craig
Officer Veronica Hernandez
Officer Craig grew up in Northern Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, Ohio. Officer Craig has been in law enforcement for five years: two years at the Campbell County Jail in Kentucky and three years as a Deputy Sheriff for the Pendleton County Sheriff’s Office. He also served on S.W.A.T. for the Northern Kentucky Special Operations Group. Officer Craig’s father served as a Game Warden for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife for 33 years, influencing him to pursue a career in law enforcement. After working several night shift winters, patrolling in sub-zero degree weather, Officer Craig decided to move to warmer weather and make Sarasota his home.
Officer Hernandez grew up in Sarasota and graduated from Booker High School in 2001. Officer Hernandez spent five years in law enforcement in the United States Air Force. Before joining the Sarasota Police Department, she worked for the United States Postal Service and taught martial arts at an orphanage in Puerto Rico. Officer Hernandez was inspired by a Sarasota Police Officer at a young age and decided after her military service, she wanted to return to Sarasota and give back to her community.