Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator (PIO)
Desk Phone: 941-954-7094
The Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating a traffic fatality crash that happened Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at approximately 8:45 p.m.
01/09/2020 1:53 PM
Henry Lee Porter, Sr., 71, of Sarasota, was arrested on Thursday, January 2, 2020 and charged with one count of Sexual Battery with a Child Under 12 years of Age.
01/07/2020 1:48 PM
The Sarasota Police Department, in partnership with the City of Sarasota Parks and Recreation, is inviting the community to a free community ‘Blue + You BBQ’ on Sunday, January 12, 2020, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex, 2650 Waldemere Street, Sarasota.
01/06/2020 2:12 PM
To make sure our community stays safe, Officers are encouraging people to avoid driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and refrain from discharging weapons in the air as a way of celebrating the arrival of 2020.
12/30/2019 1:01 PM
Brother and sister arrested and facing charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder in connection to shooting
James Phillips, 17, of Sarasota, and Rajanique Graves, 23, of Sarasota, have both been arrested in connection to a shooting that happened on December 22, 2019 at approximately 3:15 p.m. near the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Coconut Avenue, Sarasota.
12/30/2019 11:39 AM
The Sarasota Police Department is investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash that happened on Longboat Key on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at approximately 6 p.m. The Sarasota Police Department has a memorandum of understanding with the Town of Longboat Key to assist with serious or fatal crashes.
12/19/2019 9:02 AM
Sarasota Police officers are conducting a death investigation. This afternoon, Saturday, December 7, 2019, at approximately 1:45 p.m., a body of an adult male, believed to be in his 40’s, was found by boaters in the water several hundred yards off the Sarasota Yacht Club.
12/07/2019 5:14 PM
The Sarasota Housing Authority, Sarasota Police Department, Target and Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) are partnering for the eighth year to provide 100 underprivileged children with a unique holiday experience in Sarasota.
12/06/2019 8:16 AM
Casey Swart, 23, of Sarasota, has been arrested and is facing one count of manslaughter, and one count of manslaughter/killing of an unborn child by injury to mother in connection to the death of his girlfriend and their unborn baby.
12/04/2019 11:29 AM
Andrew D. Bailey, 28, of Sarasota, has been arrested and is facing two (2) counts of burglary of a structure following two rooftop burglaries in the City of Sarasota between November 29, 2019 and December 1, 2019.
12/03/2019 2:18 PM
The 24th annual Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7 p.m. The parade will begin at Main Street and U.S. 301 in downtown Sarasota. The parade will end at J.D. Hamel Park at Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.
12/03/2019 11:12 AM
The Sarasota Police Department wants to remind citizens about a phone scam that is happening where a caller claims to be a member of the Sarasota Police Department soliciting for donations. The caller is also claiming that they have a warrant for the person who answered the phone.
12/02/2019 8:35 AM
The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest seasons for America’s roads. With millions of drivers traveling near and far for Thanksgiving dinner, it’s more important than ever to stress the importance of seat belt safety.
11/22/2019 8:01 AM
Sarasota Police Officers are investigating a shooting that happened just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2019, near the area of 30th Street and North Washington Boulevard (US 301). When Officers arrived, they found one person with non-life-threatening injuries.
11/21/2019 2:19 PM
Tracie Eileen Defee, 52, of California, and Michael Paine, 48, of Sarasota, have been arrested and are facing multiple felony charges following a burglary spree in the Lido Key area of the city of Sarasota in October 2019. A bulldog, named Maggie, was also with the duo during the burglaries.
11/21/2019 8:39 AM
Maxwell Guss, 34, of Bradenton, was arrested on Monday afternoon on two (2) counts of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct by a Person Over 18. Guss has been on administrative leave from Brookside Middle School where he was a business teacher. Detectives believe there may be additional victims.
11/18/2019 1:40 PM
Lousner Silencieux, 37, of Sarasota has been arrested and is facing multiple charges following a hit and run crash where a vehicle hit a home in the 1400 block of Myrtle Street in Sarasota Thursday night.
11/15/2019 8:29 AM
Darion Lee, 16, of Sarasota, has been arrested and is facing two charges of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, felony charges, in connection to a shooting that happened Sunday, November 10, 2019 near the intersection of Carver Street and Orange Avenue in the City of Sarasota.
11/13/2019 9:20 AM
Last week, Chief Bernadette DiPino traveled to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) training conference in Chicago. While attending the conference, Sarasota Police Department Legal Advisor Joe Polzak accepted the IACP Chief David Cameron Leadership in Environmental Crimes Award.
11/05/2019 8:09 AM
The City of Sarasota, in conjunction with the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, will co-host the annual Veterans Day Parade on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 10 a.m. in downtown Sarasota. There will be several road closures and vehicle tow away zones for the parade.
11/04/2019 12:55 PM