Sarasota Police Department Begins Partnership Policing Program: ‘Stop, Walk & Talk’

SARASOTA, Fla. – May 1, 2015 – 8:30 a.m.

Effective today, May 1, 2015, the Sarasota Police Department is beginning a partnership policing program called ‘Stop, Walk and Talk.’  The program is designed to allow officers to connect with residents and visitors in their assigned zones throughout the City of Sarasota.  Patrol Officers are encouraged to ‘Stop, Walk and Talk’ in parks, business areas, locations of high criminal activity or suspicious activity.

Sarasota Police Patrol Officers will be able to help residents and visitors with Crime Prevention techniques and safety tips on things like preventing home and vehicle burglaries.  Patrol Officers will also be able to provide information on how residents and visitors can become more involved in our community with the Police Department with programs like the semii-annual Citizens Police Academy.  Patrol Officers will be able to provide business cards upon request as well.  The ‘Stop, Walk and Talk’ program works as following:  Sarasota Police Patrol Officers will sign out at a location, exit their patrol vehicle and will spend time walking and talking in their zone. 

“This program will allow our citizens an additional opportunity to know their police officers in person,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino.  “This is a great partnership policing program that will assist our Patrol Officers in having a better understanding of the issues in their assigned zones and build relationships on trust.  Working together with our community is the key to keeping the City of Sarasota a safe place to live, work and play.”