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Venice Police Prepares to Open Work Station at Venice High School

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Pictured from left to right: Lt. Eric Hill, Superintendent Todd Bowden, Principal Eric Jackson, Chief Tom Mattmuller, Sgt. Andy Leisenring, and SROs Ruth Terry and Sean Hammett.
SARASOTA COUNTY, April 27, 2018 – Venice High School and the Venice Police Department have enjoyed a long-standing partnership to ensure all students receive a quality education in a safe learning environment. Effective August 1, the Venice Police Department will maintain an on-going, daily presence at Venice High School. This will come in the form of a new work station located on the Venice High School campus, which will be the first of its kind in Sarasota County. 
 
“We are thrilled that the Venice Police Department continues to support our SRO program and enhance their visibility on our Venice High campus,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “The relationships these officers develop with our students and school community is invaluable, and we appreciate their support to continuously keep our schools safe.”
 
“Developing a work station at Venice High School makes good sense,” said Chief Tom Mattmuller, Venice Police Department. “Not only will this location provide an additional place to hold administrative duties, it allows our officers to stay on the island and serve the greater community on an ongoing basis. This is a win-win for all of us and we’re pleased to support the school district in this manner.”
 
Each organization benefits from this cooperative arrangement. Venice Police will have an established base to continue their work on the island 24/7/365. The precinct will be utilized by officers to complete paperwork and take care of administrative functions and online learning. Meanwhile, Venice High School will have a consistent police presence on its campus at all hours of the day. This further supports our collective efforts to ensure a safe campus. 
 
About the Venice Police Department
The Venice Police Department provides public safety and preserves order for our citizens, visitors, schools and businesses. We accomplish this while guarding, without prejudice, the liberties of all those we encounter. We are an approachable and transparent law enforcement agency that plays a significant safety and security role to the community we serve. Visit the Venice Police Department online. 

About Sarasota County Schools
Dedicated to academic and athletic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. It is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an “A” grade every year since 2004. Learn more: SarasotaCountySchools.net.
 

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