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Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator (PIO)
Genevieve Judge
Desk Phone: 941-954-7094
Fax: 941-954-7034
Genevieve.Judge@SarasotaFL.gov

Sarasota Police News Conference Postponed

Post Date:06/23/2020 4:03 PM

UPDATE June 24, 2020 12:15 p.m.:  Out of an abundance of caution for journalists & members of our agency, the news conference scheduled for today, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, is being postponed.  A protest has been scheduled for the same time outside Headquarters.  A future news conference will be scheduled after the second Community Action Team is in place.

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Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino will hold a news conference tomorrow, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 1 p.m., outside of Sarasota Police Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota, to introduce members of a new unit, under the Patrol Division, called the Community Action Team (CAT).

There will be two different Community Action Teams.  Each team will have a Sergeant who is a supervisor and five (5) Officers.  The first Community Action Team began on May 20, 2020 with one Sergeant and four Officers.  The expanded team plus an additional team was developed after Chief DiPino chose to reorganize the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit.

“The Community Action Team is much more than a community outreach unit,” said Chief DiPino.  “Our Officers will be engaging with the community, but they will be throughout the City of Sarasota to address crime issues as well as the underlining causes of crime to keep with our partnership policing philosophy.  They’ll have crime prevention duties as well as problem solving to develop creative solutions to crime issues.”

Chief DiPino, Patrol Commander Captain Demetri Konstantopoulos and Sergeant Eric Bolden will all be available to discuss about the development of the Community Action Teams.  Additional information will be released on Wednesday afternoon.  Members of the media are asked to arrive outside Headquarters by 12:45 p.m. to ensure the news conference can begin on time.

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