Hand-Painted Wall Mural to be unveiled at Sarasota Police Department Headquarters

SARASOTA, Fla. – November 30, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, the Sarasota Police Department and the Sarasota Police Foundation will unveil a one-of-a-kind hand painted wall mural on the 2nd floor of the Sarasota Police Department. Members of the media and public are invited to see the unveiling at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 on the 2nd floor of the Sarasota Police Department Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

Chief Bernadette DiPino began working with the Sarasota Police Foundation on several projects earlier this year when the mural project was launched. Artist Joe Cuffaro donated his time and talent to the Police Department and the Foundation paid for the paint and supplies.

"We are so thankful to accept Joe’s contribution to our department," said Chief DiPino. "His spirit shines through this mural and his work of art captures the spirit of Sarasota. One act of kindness can make a huge difference in other people’s lives. I believe his mural will help bring our Officers and community together even more," said Chief DiPino.

"I was absolutely thrilled and honored to give back to our police department," said Joe Cuffaro, artist. "One of my sons is a police officer in West Palm Beach and I’ve gotten to know the life of law enforcement. To be able to capture a sense of our beautiful community and the work our Officers do and put it together, I can’t explain what that means in words," said Cuffaro.

Chief DiPino, Mike Evanoff, president of the Sarasota Police Foundation and artist Joe Cuffaro will be in attendance for the unveiling. Media will be provided with photos of the progression of the mural.