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  • Alert Today Alive Tomorrow FDOT

    High Visibility Enforcement in the City of Sarasota to Improve Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety

    The Sarasota Police Department is again implementing a High Visibility Enforcement program to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The City of Sarasota ranks in the top 25 cities in the state of Florida for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.

    08/23/2019 8:27 AM

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    Sarasota Police Attempting to Identify Armed Robbery Suspect

    Sarasota Police detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying an armed robbery suspect who showed a firearm during an attempted armed robbery of a business in the 1600 block of North Washington Boulevard, Sarasota. on Monday, August 19, 2019 at approximately 7:40 p.m.

    08/22/2019 11:35 AM

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    Sarasota Police Attempt to Identify Theft Suspect

    Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying a theft suspect who gained access to a business in the 300 block of John Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, and stole a painting and artistic mirror valued at $2,000.

    08/21/2019 3:26 PM

  • Citizens Academy Graphic Fall 2019

    Applications Being Accepted for Fall 2019 Sarasota Police Citizens Academy

    The Sarasota Police Department Citizens Police Academy is now accepting applications for the spring classes which begin Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

    08/19/2019 10:11 AM

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    Recreation Software System

    The City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District offers a new software system that allows you to easily check-in and register online for events and recreational programs.

    08/14/2019 2:53 PM

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    Sarasota celebrates #CityHallSelfie Day on Aug. 15

    The City of Sarasota will be observing #CityHallSelfie Day, a nationwide celebration of local government and civic awareness, on its social media channels for the third straight year on Thursday, Aug. 15.

    08/14/2019 1:54 PM

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    Stay Safe this Labor Day: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

    The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from August 14 through September 2, 2019. During this time and throughout the year, the Sarasota Police Department will show zero tolerance for drunk driving.

    08/14/2019 1:23 PM

  • FIP Training Logo

    Sarasota Police to host Fair & Impartial Policing Seminar

    Chief Bernadette DiPino and members of the Sarasota Police Department will be hosting a 2-day training seminar this week titled Fair and Impartial Policing (FIP) on August 15th and August 16th at Sarasota Police Department Headquarters.

    08/13/2019 11:12 AM

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    Sarasota Police Share Back to School Safety Reminders

    On Monday, August 12, 2019, classes will resume for students in the City of Sarasota. As students head back to class, the Sarasota Police Department wants to remind drivers there is a zero-tolerance policy for speeding in school zones and passing school buses that have sign signs extended.

    08/08/2019 10:57 AM

  • Geenen

    Sarasota man arrested & facing 800 counts of Possession of Child Pornography charges

    James R. Geenen, 39, of 2190 Webber Street, Sarasota, was arrested on Friday, August 2, 2019, on a warrant. Geenen was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force.

    08/06/2019 10:42 AM

  • 8-1-2019 Body Found in Sarasota Bay

    Sarasota Police Detectives Investigating Body Found in Sarasota Bay

    Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department Criminal investigation Division are continuing their investigation into a body that was found in the water near the water basin of the Hyatt shortly before 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

    08/01/2019 3:03 PM

  • Jeremy Johnson, 28

    Two men arrested on charges of Human Trafficking

    Jeremy Johnson, 28, of Dixie Avenue, Sarasota, and Zolia Williams, 32, of 24th Street, Sarasota have both been arrested and are facing multiple felony charges including human trafficking.

    07/31/2019 10:52 AM

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    Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit Investigating Traffic Fatality

    The Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating a traffic fatality crash that happened Saturday, July 27, 2019, at approximately 9:15 p.m.

    07/29/2019 3:01 PM

  • Morales, Bicente

    House of Restoration Ministry Pastor Arrested for Sexual Battery of a Victim Under 12

    On Friday, July 26, 2019, at approximately 7:10pm, detectives with the Sarasota Police Department arrested Bicente V. Morales, age 43, on a charge of Sexual Battery of a Victim Under 12. Morales is a pastor at the House of Restoration Ministry, 2909 Pershing Avenue, Sarasota.

    07/29/2019 11:04 AM

  • Homeless Outreach Team, homlessness

    City, local agencies collaborate to start Florida's first homeless court

    To help address the root causes of chronic homelessness, the City of Sarasota launched the first homeless court in the state of Florida in collaboration with the 12th Judicial Circuit Court, Office of the State Attorney, Office of the Public Defender, Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness and Gul

    07/23/2019 11:00 AM

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    City Commission sets preliminary millage rate

    After extensive review of the proposed fiscal year 2019-20 budget, the City Commission on Monday set the preliminary operating millage rate at 3.2632 mills, unchanged from last year’s rate and one of the lowest in the state of Florida.

    07/17/2019 9:50 AM

  • Operation-Southern-Shield

    Sarasota Police Department taking part in Operation Southern Shield 2019

    Officers with the Sarasota Police Department will be taking part in Operation Southern Shield. The Sarasota Police Department is partnering with law enforcement agencies from throughout Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

    07/16/2019 2:07 PM

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    Sarasota Police Department to host Community Barbecue

    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 August 4, 2019, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Gillespie Park, 710 North Osprey Avenue, Sarasota.

    07/16/2019 1:00 PM

  • Books and Badges Event

    Sarasota Housing Authority Partners with the Sarasota Police for ‘Books & Badges’

    The Sarasota Housing Authority will partner with the Sarasota Police Department once again for the annual Books and Badges Literacy Event. Books and Badges will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 3 p.m. to coincide with National Summer Learning Week.

    07/15/2019 10:36 AM

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    3rd Annual Sarasota Police Department ‘Pack the Patrol Car’ July 8 - August 2, 2019

    Students in Sarasota return to school on August 12, 2019. Before students head back to class, the Sarasota Police Department, in partnership with the community, wants to ‘Pack the Patrol Car’ with school supplies for the upcoming school year for the third year in a row.

    07/08/2019 1:59 PM