Support Services Division

The Support Services Division of the Sarasota Police Department is responsible for most non-operational activities that allow the Sarasota Police Department to provide law enforcement services to the community. The Support Services Division is responsible for ensuring that our officers have the necessary equipment and support to provide high quality law enforcement services to our citizens.

The Support Services Division administers the vehicle seizure program and the skateboard, scooter, and freestyle bicycle seizure program including: owner notification, fines collection, scheduling hearings, and vehicle or article release.

It is also our responsibility to process, file, and retain the official police reports received by this Agency and to make them available to the public in accordance with the applicable state laws.

The Support Services Division also coordinates outside requests for the services of off-duty officers and provides administrative support for all city-approved special events.

The Support Services Division consists of the following subdivisions: Fiscal; Payroll and Personnel; Alarm Enforcement; Records; Management Information Services - Computer Operations, Communications/Computer Analyst; Services Unit - Building Maintenance and the Department supply room; Training Unit; Crossing Guards; Backgrounds; and Property.


[+] ALARM ENFORCEMENT UNIT

[-] ALARM ENFORCEMENT UNIT

    The Alarm Enforcement Unit oversees compliance of all alarm systems (commercial and residential) within the City of Sarasota. In accordance with City Ordinance 15-5118, every person who owns, possesses or operates a burglar alarm system within the City of Sarasota shall obtain an annual permit. For further information regarding the permit, as well as the rules and regulations set forth in City Ordinance 15-5118, please contact the Alarm Enforcement Unit at the number listed below.

    Alarm Application/Renewal for Annual Alarm Permit Fee: $35.00 Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Phone: 941-954-7054

[+] FISCAL OFFICE

[-] FISCAL OFFICE

    The Fiscal Office assists in preparing and managing the Police Department budget, supplies decision-making information to employees and management, submits purchases and payments, and assists in grant reporting.

[+] MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (M.I.S.)

[-] MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (M.I.S.)

    The MIS Department is comprised of both Computer Information Systems and Telecommunications Technology. MIS is also responsible for Terminal Agency agreements with FCIC/NCIC and FDLE.

    Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Phone: 941-954-7060

    This area incorporates and is responsible for all the latest hardware and software technology as they relate to Police Department activities listed below.

    Public Record
    Criminal Investigations
    Traffic and Patrol
    Criminalistics
    Parking
    Alarms
    Inventory
    Property and Evidence
    Pawn
    Paging Systems
    Telephone/Cell Systems
    Voice Mail Systems
    Wireless/Paperless Real Time Incident Record Input
    FCIC/NCIC Inquiries
    FDLE Criminal Justice Information System Inquiries
    Crime Statistics

[+] OFF DUTY EMPLOYMENT

[-] OFF DUTY EMPLOYMENT

    The Sarasota Police Department allows, under certain conditions, its officers to work off-duty assignments. These off-duty assignments must meet the criteria and guidelines set by the Sarasota Police Department and City rules, in addition to Florida State Statutes 493, 112, 561. For more information regarding off-duty assignments, contact the off-duty assignment coordinator at (941) 954-7016.

[+] PAYROLL AND PERSONNEL

[-] PAYROLL AND PERSONNEL

    The primary purpose of the Payroll & Personnel department is to provide consolidated personnel and payroll support to the Police department, thus contributing to the efficiency and effectiveness of the department’s administrative operations.

[+] PROPERTY AND EVIDENCE UNIT

[-] PROPERTY AND EVIDENCE UNIT

    The Property & Evidence Unit is responsible for overseeing all items that come into the possession of the Sarasota Police Department. The evidence section and its personnel are accountable for:

  • The receipt, cataloging, and storage of all items collected by members of the Department
  • Controlling the temporary release of items going for processing/testing, to court or for investigative purposes
  • Meeting with attorneys for the purpose of viewing evidence prior to trial and making copies of video or audio tapes as requested
  • Release of property to the rightful owner, or as authorized by the State Attorneys Office or court order, or disposal of items per Florida State Statute
  • Case research and destruction of property, to include narcotics and weapons, which have cleared the Judicial process
  • Overseeing the collection of seizure fees and release of vehicles under City Code 33-271, as well as collection of fees and release of articles under City Code 21-128.

[+] QUARTERMASTER OFFICE

[-] QUARTERMASTER OFFICE

    The Quartermaster's Office is responsible for ordering, maintaining and issuing uniforms and equipment and general supplies related to the personnel of the Police Department and the maintenance of the physical building.

    Jay Griffon
    Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    941-954-7033; Fax: 941-364-7356

[+] RECORDS UNIT

[-] RECORDS UNIT

    Information that can be obtained from the Records Unit includes:

    OFFICIAL RECORDS DOCUMENTS - Reports are available by 3rd working day after the date of the reported accident/incident.

    CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS (LOCAL SARASOTA CITY ONLY) are $5.00, or you may receive them directly from the Clerk of the Circuit Court Internet Site www.clerk.co.sarasota.fl.us

    CRASH REPORTS - http://www.authorizetransaction.com/iyeTek/

    Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Phone: 941-954-7045

    Fees for Copies of Reports: Basic report requested by mail (must have self-addressed stamped envelope enclosed) - $.80 In-person one-sided copy - $.15 Two-sided copy - $.20 Certified copy - $1.00

    Requests for Research First 15 minutes - no charge Time after first 15 minutes - $20.00/hr. Portion of an hour - $5.00/qtr. hr.

    **Additional charges may be added for review time of the documents by the Supervisory and Public Information Officer according to F.S.S. Chapter 119 of the Public Records Law. Estimates on extensive requests will be given BEFORE any work is begun. Requestors must pay the fee before receiving any documents.

[+] SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS

[-] SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS

    Sarasota Police Department Crossing Guards help thousands of children get to and from school safely.

    Supervisor: Lt. Steven Shoemaker
    941-954-7097

    Nicki Whitehead
    941-954-7063

[+] TRAINING

[-] TRAINING

    The Training Unit is responsible for the coordination, administration and implementation of all training activities throughout the Department. This Unit is also responsible for maintaining adherence to guidelines and standards that must be met by all officers at the local, state and federal levels. Our police department utilizes many in-house certified trainers who are specialized in a wide variety of course disciplines.