Sarasota Police Swearing In Ceremony: Friday, September 2, 2016

SARASOTA, FL. – August 25, 2016   – 8 a.m.

On Friday, September 2, 2016 at 2 p.m., Chief Bernadette DiPino will hold a swearing-in ceremony for four (4) new Officers.  The ceremony will be held in the 2nd Floor Community Room at the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota. 

The following Officers will join the Sarasota Police Department as 2nd Class Probation:

  • Officer Laura Bobitz

    • Officer Laura Bobitz was born in Fort Lauderdale and moved to Bradenton when she was 10 years old.  She graduated from Bradenton Christian School in 2010 and went on to attend Florida Atlantic University.  She graduated in 2014 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  In June 2016, Officer Bobitz received her LEO Training Certificate from Manatee Technical Institute.  She has a passion for law enforcement and wants to have a positive influence on people’s lives and give them a positive image of police.

  • Officer Drusso Martinez

    • Officer Drusso Martinez was born in Helena, Arkansas and moved to Englewood when he was 9 years old.  He graduated from Lemon Bay High School in 2012.  He’s currently 15 credits away from earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice.  In June 2016, Officer Martinez received his law enforcement certification from Suncoast Technical College.  He hopes to one day change someone’s life in a positive way and change their outlook on what about a police officer is all about.


  • Officer Alaya Mitchell

    • Officer Alaya Mitchell was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Canton, Michigan when she was 10 years old.  She graduated from Salem High School in Canton, Michigan and was awarded a full athletic scholarship for Women’s Basketball at Marshall University in West Virginia.  She was a 2-year letter winner and Team Captain for two years.  In 2012, Officer Mitchell graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science.  In May 2016, she received her LEO Training from Suncoast Technical College.  Officer Mitchell chose law enforcement to challenge herself and be a positive influence on people’s lives and to make her family proud.


  • Officer Youki Uchida

    • Officer Youki Uchida was born in Bradenton and raised in Sarasota since he was 3 years old.  He graduated from New Gate Montessori School and received his Law Enforcement Certification from Suncoast Technical College Florida Law Enforcement Academy in May 2016.  Officer Uchida earned his A.A. degree in General Studies from State College of Florida in 2011 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology in 2013.  He’s goal is to perform well as a patrol officer and one day enter one of the specialty units.

Friends, family, community members and media are encouraged to attend the ceremony.