When a citizen or visitor calls the Sarasota Police Department for assistance, the initial responding Officer is assigned to the Patrol Division. Officers of the Sarasota Police Department who are assigned to the Patrol Division handle all of the initial investigative duties that pertain to calls for service in the City of Sarasota. These Officers meet with the reporting person, interview witnesses and suspects, collect evidence, render first aid, effect arrests and conduct crash investigations. If a scene or criminal investigation is complex, the Patrol Officer can request assistance from a specialized unit for additional investigative resources; however the initial case is worked by the Patrol Officer.
Many Patrol Officers have received specialized training in investigative techniques, narcotics detection and investigation, evidence recovery, police bicycle operation and crisis intervention training (CIT) which enhances their response to our City. Patrol Officers receive advanced training in Community Oriented Policing, Use of Force, Police Vehicle Operations and a myriad of other law enforcement topics. The Patrol Division also encompasses the Police K-9 Unit, the Traffic Homicide Unit, the Police Marine Unit, the School Resource Officers and the Homeless Response Unit. All of the Special Response Units report to the Patrol Division Commander. The Special Operations Units include Special Weapons and Tactics, Explosive Munitions Unit, Emergency Response Team, Crisis Negations Unit, Dive Team and Honor Guard.
The City of Sarasota is divided into 10 patrol zones falling into three districts (North, Central and South). There are four shifts of Officers that provide police services within the City of Sarasota 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Each Shift is supervised by a Lieutenant, three Sergeants and is staffed by numerous Police Officers to ensure an efficient and effective patrol response. There are three walking beats in the City of Sarasota, two of which are in the Downtown area and one in the Newtown area.
Captain Patrick Robinson serves as the Commander of the Sarasota Police Department’s Patrol Division. Captain Robinson is a graduate of Riverview High School in Sarasota and a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Captain Robinson is graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Development Course.
Lieutenant Kevin Stiff serves as the Deputy Commander of the Patrol Division and also serves as the Special Response Commander of the Sarasota Police Department’s Special Operations Teams. Lt. Stiff has served with the Police Department since 1990 and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Development Course.
[+] CRISIS NEGOTIATION UNIT
[-] CRISIS NEGOTIATION UNIT
The Crisis Negotiation Unit of the Sarasota Police Department is a highly trained and specially equipped team that is deployed whenever a critical incident involving a hostage taker, barricaded subject, or suicidal person occurs, or in any other crisis intervention situation where the skills of a trained professional negotiator are needed.
The Crisis Negotiation Unit is one of four (4) teams assigned to the Special Response Unit of the Sarasota Police Department. There are eight (8) Negotiators assigned to the team. A Team Leader and an Assistant Team Leader are appointed to direct the training and deployment of the Unit. Candidates are selected on the basis of their experience, communication skills, and ability to operate under highly stressful circumstances. Negotiators must attend and complete the Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Hostage Negotiation Courses, and must attend monthly team training sessions. The Unit is assigned a heavy support vehicle that is equipped with an array of sophisticated electronics equipment designed specifically for the negotiation environment.
Since its inception, the Crisis Negotiation Unit has been instrumental in bringing many critical incidents to a successful and safe conclusion.
The Crisis Negotiations Unit is currently comprised of seven officers and Sergeants who respond with S.W.A.T. during incidents that require prolonged specialized negations.
The Explosive Materials Unit is comprised of three specialized trained officers, two who are Sergeants.
The Emergency Response Team is an interagency unit that is tasked with providing tactical needs in law enforcement services as well as field force contingent if needed. There are currently two Sergeants and six officers assigned to this team.
The K-9 Unit is comprised of three Uniformed Officers, one Sergeant and their four K-9 Partners. All 4 K-9’s were recertified for both Patrol (F.D.L.E.) and Narcotics (N.N.D.A.) for 2013.
[+] SPECIAL WEAPONS AND TACTICS UNIT (S.W.A.T.)
[-] SPECIAL WEAPONS AND TACTICS UNIT (S.W.A.T.)
The main objective of the S.W.A.T. Unit is to respond to critical incidents and provide for the safety and protection of any hostages, innocent citizens, responding police officers, and perpetrators.
The Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.) is comprised of a Team Leader, Assistant Team Leader, two S.W.A.T. Medics and 18 specialty trained officers.
[+] STREET CRIMES UNIT
[-] STREET CRIMES UNIT
The Sarasota Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit is the City of Sarasota’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit.
The Street Crimes Unit is tasked to address issues and criminal activity that demands more law enforcement attention than a routine patrol response. The Street Crimes Unit is regularly tasked with aggressively addressing prostitution violations, quality of life issues, and supplementing the everyday operations of the Uniformed Patrol Division. In addition to the previously listed task the Street Crimes Unit assists the Criminal Investigations Division and Narcotics Unit in their investigations. In this capacity the Street Crimes Unit researches, builds, and implements operations to address criminal activities such as burglaries, robberies, thefts, and any other criminal trends within the City of Sarasota. The Street Crimes Unit is the Sarasota Police Department’s fugitive apprehension unit, routinely arresting wanted subjects within the City of Sarasota. The Street Crimes Unit also works with the Sarasota Public Housing Authority addressing criminal activity in and around the public housing facilities in Sarasota.
The Street Crimes Unit members are selected from within the entirety of the Sworn Officers at the Sarasota Police Department. Members of the Street Crimes Unit receive advanced training in Community Oriented Policing, Problem Oriented Policing, High Risk Fugitive Apprehension and Warrant Execution, and Investigative Interviewing. Unit members are chosen for their commitment to professional, proactive, law enforcement and their embodiment of the Sarasota Police Department’s Core Values.
The Street Crimes Unit is currently comprised of a Sergeant and six sworn Police Officers.
[+] TRAFFIC UNIT
[-] TRAFFIC UNIT
The Sarasota Police Traffic Unit/Motor Unit consists of five (5) officers, one (1) Sergeant, and (1) Lieutenant. All personnel are required to attend and complete an 80 day course on basic police motorcycle operations. After completion of the course, each motor officer is assigned a police motorcycle which they are responsible to maintain. Each motor officer attends monthly training to stay proficient. The motor units responsibilities consist of, but are not limited to, traffic enforcement, selective neighborhood enforcement, special events, and dignitary escorts.
The unit has initiated or participated in a number of programs intended to prevent accidents and make the streets safer to include the "Click It or Ticket program," "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose program." They work side by side with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office traffic to enforce hot spots of traffic problems in and out of the city in an attempt to reduce vehicle crashes.
The Traffic Unit's other responsibilities include Hit and Run follow-up investigations, and also doubles as the Traffic Homicide Unit which has a team of 4 investigators and 1 reconstructionist. they respond to all serious injury and fatal crashes within the city limits.
Supervisor: Lt. Randy Boyd
Sgt. Robert Resch
Sarasota Police Traffic Unit
The Traffic Unit is comprised of four officers and a Sergeant who have received advanced training in traffic enforcement and Police Motorcycle operation. The Traffic Unit also manages the Red Light Camera Program.
[+] UNDERWATER SEARCH AND RECOVERY DIVE TEAM
[-] UNDERWATER SEARCH AND RECOVERY DIVE TEAM
The Dive Team Unit provides for the availability of a specially trained unit capable of responding to emergencies and other situations occurring within jurisdictional waterways where the use of underwater divers may be needed.