On Friday, May 13, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., Chief Bernadette DiPino will hold a swearing-in ceremony in the 2nd Floor Community Room of the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota. Seven (7) new Sarasota Police Officers will be sworn in.
“Every single one of these Officers have the qualities the Sarasota Police Department values which are professionalism, dedication and commitment to our community,” said Chief DiPino.
The following Officers will join the Sarasota Police Department as 2nd Class Probation:
Officer Joseph DeSantola
Officer DeSantola grew up in Washingtonville, New York and moved to Florida in 2015. In 2014, he graduated with a B.A. in Communication and Social Interaction from the State University of New York at Oswego, with a minor in Athletic Coaching. He received his LEO training at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. Officer DeSantola wanted to be a law enforcement officer since he was 5 years old, following in the footsteps of his Uncle, who recently retired as a Sergeant after 23 years of service in New York.
Officer Gustavo Lux
Officer Lux was born and raised in Colombia and moved to Florida in 2013. He’s speaks English and Spanish. He graduated from Brick Township High School and attended Ocean County College in New Jersey. He received his LEO training from Manatee Technical College, Florida Law Enforcement Academy. He’s a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom with 10 years of military service in the U.S. Army. Officer Lux chose a career in law enforcement since it’s similar to the military. He wants to help the Sarasota Police Department build a positive relationship with our community.
Officer Zachery Mikluscak
Officer Mikluscak was born and raised in Florida. He received his LEO training from Suncoast Technical College, Florida Law Enforcement Academy in 2012. He served as an E-4 Specialist Infantryman for three years with the U.S. Army, stationed in Oahu, Hawaii. He was also an officer with the Bradenton Police Department from January 2013 until April 2016. Officer Mikluscak is married with four children.
Officer Whitney Perkins
Officer Perkins is from New York and received her LEO training from Chipola College in Marianna, Florida. In 2010, she completed a 6-month internship with the Investigations Unit of Montgomery County in Washington, D.C. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Investigations from State University of New York at Canton, where she played competitive Division 2 basketball. For the last four and a half years, Officer Perkins worked as an officer in Patrol and Special Operations Section of the Traffic Unit with the Atlanta Police Department.
Officer Trent Redder
Officer Redder was born in Michigan and moved to Florida with his family when he was 5. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminology from Florida State University. He received his LEO training from Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in Tallahassee.
Officer Elise Schanley
Officer Schanley was adopted from Colombia, South America and grew up in Englewood, Florida. She’s a graduate of Lemon Bay High School. Officer Schanley grew up playing sports and it earned her a full ride softball scholarship to Jefferson Davis Community College where she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Science. In 2013, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida. She received her LEO training from the Police Academy at Sarasota County Technical Institute. Her father, Robert, is the Asset Manager in the Finance Department for the City of Sarasota.
Officer Justin Toler
Officer Toler was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey and moved to Bradenton when he was 6 and Sarasota when he was 7. He graduated from the Sarasota Military Academy and has an A.A. Degree from State College of Florida. Officer Toler also received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg. He received his LEO training from Suncoast Technical College Law Enforcement Academy.
Family, friends, community members and media are welcome to attend the ceremony.