- Wilkinson Elementary
Sarasota County Schools Police Department Welcomes 31 School Resource Officers, Promotes Lieutenants and Sergeants
SARASOTA COUNTY, August 9, 2019 – In the largest ceremony to-date, the Sarasota County Schools Police Department (SCSPD) welcomed 31 new School Resource Officers (SROs) into its ranks this morning after holding an Oath of Office ceremony in the Conference Center at Suncoast Technical College. The department also conducted a Promotion Ceremony for new Lieutenants and Sergeants. District personnel, guests from the community and media were all on hand to witness the honored ceremonies.
“Today’s ceremony only solidifies the value of the school district’s police department in our community,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “I was humbled to see the reception that all our SCSPD Officers received from their fellow law enforcement colleagues, district team members and other guests. Our Officers represent the core of our district’s mission – to enable our students to learn, grow and return home safety every day. I want to thank both our existing and new Officers, as well as all their families, for accepting this huge responsibility.”
“This is an incredibly special day for me, and for the entire school district,” commented Sarasota County School District Chief of Police Tim Enos. “We are thrilled to welcome all of our new School Resource Officers and promote our Lieutenants and Sergeants. I am thankful for their continued dedication as they’ve undergone intense training in preparation for the first day of school. I look forward to seeing our SROs and department leadership deepen their bonds with our schools and the community at-large.”
Please join us in recognizing the newest members of the SCSPD:
- Stephen Lorenz: Lieutenant Lorenz has more than 33 years of law enforcement experience. A former security policeman with the U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant Lorenz also served with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and North Port Police Department. He holds numerous High Liability and Training certifications and is a graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Future Executive Studies program. Lieutenant Lorenz holds a Teacher’s Certificate and most recently served as coordinator of the Sarasota Technical College Criminal Justice Academy. He is the recipient of the Police Cross and the Law Enforcement Combat medal. Lieutenant Lorenz will serve multiple school communities.
- Joseph Eilerman: Sergeant Eilerman served with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office with distinction for more than 14 years in the Patrol and Juvenile Unit as a supervisor. He has extensive experience working as a SRO for more than nine years and was awarded numerous certifications including the Florida Attorney General SRO Practitioner Certification, among others. Sergeant Eilerman is also a former member of the Florida Army National Guard, where he served for five years. He will serve multiple school communities as a Sergeant.
- School Resource Officers
- Kayla Anderson: Officer Anderson is from Sarasota County and graduated from Venice High School in 2009. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and studied at the police academy in Sarasota. She served with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and Sarasota Police Department prior to joining the SCSPD. Officer Anderson will serve the Venice High School community.
- Tammy Barletto: Officer Barletto joins the SCSPD after 20 years with the Syracuse Police Department, Delaware State Police and Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. She holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and will serve the Booker High School community as an SRO.
- Randal Barnett: Officer Barnett is a retired deputy with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office where he served with distinction for 25 years. He served as a homicide detective, narcotics detective, narcotics K-9 handler and a dive team member. He was also a SWAT Team Operator and Sniper Team Leader and served as an agency instructor. Officer Barnett will serve the Triad Sarasota school community.
- Dan Bidwell: Officer Bidwell joins the SCSPD from the Longboat Key Police Department and Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and has earned Letters of Appreciation from both organizations. Officer Bidwell is also retired 20-year U.S. Air Force veteran and participated in Operation Southern Watch in Iraq and served as the enlisted liaison to the commander. Officer Bidwell has a bachelor’s degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a master’s degree in Homeland Security from American Public University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He will serve multiple schools communities as a Regional Response Officer.
- John Bobianski: Officer Bobianski has more than 35 years in law enforcement and served with the Springfield Police Department in Massachusetts where he rose to the rank of Sergeant and Lieutenant, and oversaw the Juvenile Assessment Center. After retiring, Officer Bobianski worked part-time for the Longboat Key Police Department before joining the SCSPD. He will serve the Pine View School community.
- James Brusoe: Officer Brusoe joins the SCSPD from the Sarasota Police Department as well as the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Bureau. A native of Sarasota, Officer Brusoe is very familiar with Sarasota County Schools where he previously served in the district’s IT department. He is also proudly married to Erica Brusoe, assistant principal at Bay Haven School of Basics Plus. He will serve the school community at Brentwood Elementary.
- Michael Chrone: Officer Chrone joins the SCSPD from the New Jersey Department of Corrections where he served with distinction for 25 years. He held supervisory positions with the department and retired in 2018 as a Correctional Police Major. During his service, he was awarded an Exceptional Leadership Award and received numerous citations and commendations. Officer Chrone will serve the Glenallen Elementary community.
- Arnold “Chip” Cone: Officer Cone joins the SCSPD from the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office where he served with distinction for 14 years as a marine deputy, road Patrol deputy and court room bailiff for three courts in Emmet County, MI. He attended the 76th Delta’s Northwestern Police Academy and was awarded the Team Builder Award by his peers. Officer Cone is a highly-decorated U.S. Air Force veteran and served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Southern Watch in Saudi Arabia. He will serve the Ashton Elementary school community.
- Amber DeFrancisco: Officer DeFrancisco joined the SCSPD from the Sarasota Police Department where she served as a Patrol Officer. A graduate of Riverview High School, Officer DeFrancisco holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from USF. She also teaches English to students in China through online instruction. Officer DeFrancisco will serve at Sarasota High School.
- Doug Ferris: Officer Ferris joins the SCSPD after two years with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office where he served as a Deputy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida, was a College All-American and played professional golf for 12 years. Officer Ferris graduated with his Florida Department of Law Enforcement Certification from the Suncoast Technical College in 2017. He will serve the school community at Emma E. Booker Elementary.
- Kevin Holton: Officer Holton began his law enforcement career at the Genesee Township Police Department and has served at the City of Inkster Police Department and Pinellas Schools Police Department. Initially a Patrol Officer, Officer Holton was promoted to the ranks of detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant and shift commander. He most recently served as a SRO with Pinellas Schools. Officer Holton holds an associate’s degree in psychology from Indiana University and Police Staff and Command certifications from Eastern Michigan University. He will serve at Sarasota High School.
- Edward “Chip” Kuentzel: Officer Kuentzel joins the SCSPD after retiring from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office where he served for nearly 15 years. Prior to the Sheriff’s Office, Officer Kuentzel worked for the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland for 21 years where he retired as a Corporal. Throughout his career, Officer Kuentzel received a M.A.D.D. award for DUI enforcement, multiple Unit citations and the Chief’s Award for Job Excellence. He was also recognized by the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates as an Officer of the Year. Officer Kuentzel will work closely with department command on school safety and security requirements.
- Mark Larivee: Officer Larivee has more than 30 years of experience and is a retired police Sergeant from the Salem State University Police Department where he served with distinction for ten years. Officer Larivee is also a national and Florida-certified Emergency Medical Technician and worked for 20 years in the ambulance and emergency medical services field. He also serves as a CPR and First Responder instructor and has been awarded several service commendations and two Life Saving awards. Officer Larivee will serve Bay Haven School of Basics Plus.
- Steve Laymon: Officer Laymon joins the SCSPD from the New Hartford Police Department in New York where he served for 23 years in the Patrol and warrants division. He is also a U.S. Army veteran and served with the 1st Calvary Division as an MP. After retiring from the police force, Officer Laymon served as a staff instructor for the New York State Division of Homeland Security, teaching active shooter response to police and military personnel. He will serve at Wilkinson Elementary.
- Anthony Limite: Officer Limite joins the SCSPD from the Kearny New Jersey Police Department where he served with distinction for 19 years. Prior to Kearny, Officer Limite served with the Rutgers University Police Department as a Campus Police Officer. He has also worked in Bike and Vehicle Patrol and was promoted to the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Detective Bureau Commander over his career. Officer Limite graduated from the FBI Special Weapons and Tactics school and their Crisis Negotiations school. He has received numerous citations, including the Drug Enforcement Administrators award from Washington, D.C. and multiple awards in local law enforcement. Officer Limite also served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps. Officer Limite will serve at McIntosh Middle School.
- Ty Newman: Officer Newman served with the Boynton Beach Police Department for five years and the North Port Police Department for 14 years as a SRO. During his tenure with the NPPD, he received Good Conduct awards and Life Saving awards. Prior to his experience in law enforcement, Officer Newman served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the anti-terrorism unit in Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Storm. He will serve multiple school communities as a Regional Response Officer.
- Jason Overbay: Officer Overbay recently joined the SCSPD as the School Safety Specialist Manager of Operations where he will serve an administrative role and be a liaison with the Florida Office of Safe Schools. Prior to joining the school district, Officer Overbay was a School Safety Specialist and a Major within the Nashville Davidson County School Safety Department. He also served as an SRO for the Palm Beach County School Police Department and the City of Franklin Police Department. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Officer Overbay will work closely with department command on school safety and security requirements.
- Keith Peaton: Officer Peaton joins the SCSPD after serving for more than 32 years with the St. Petersburg Police Department and Sarasota-Bradenton Airport Authority Police Department. Throughout his career, Officer Peaton was promoted to the rank of detective and Sergeant and was presented with a Life Saving Award after saving a young child from drowning. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in social work, where he first began his career. Officer Peaton will serve at Lakeview Elementary.
- Travis Peterkin: Officer Peterkin has always dreamed of serving in law enforcement and was a member of the Miami-Dade Police Explorer program. He began his career as a Patrol Officer with the Savannah Police Department and served as the Senior Police Explorer Advisor. Officer Peterkin also worked for the Marco Island Police Department and specialized in mental health policing. He is the recipient of numerous awards and accommodations. Officer Peterkin will serve at Booker High School.
- Joseph Reed: Officer Reed began his career by serving in the U.S. Air Force, working for the U.S. Secret Service as an Explosives K-9 handler. He was a member of the North Port Police Department as a Patrol Officer and SRO before retiring from the police force in 2018. Officer Reed will serve the Venice Elementary school community.
- Robert Sanchez: Officer Sanchez joins the SCSPD from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office where he served with distinction for 30 years as a team leader, team Sergeant and commander with the Sheriff’s Office Tactical Team. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Critical Incident Management from Saint Leo University and has numerous FEMA certifications. Officer Sanchez will serve at Venice Middle School.
- Thea Schoepfer: Officer Schoepfer joins the SCSPD from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office as well as the New College Police Department where she served for 10 years as a road Patrol Officer and narcotics detective with Charlotte County. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Corrections and Case Management. Officer Schoepfer is an active volunteer and gymnastics coach and serves as the public affairs Officer for the U.S. Navy Sea Cadets. She will serve at North Port High School.
- Jerilyn Schofield: Officer Schofield comes to the SCSPD from Colorado where she served in law enforcement for over 20 years. She graduated from the Colorado Springs Police Academy and started her career there as a Patrol Officer. She then served in the Castle Rock Police Department as a Patrol Officer, and later as a Detective with the Crimes Against Children Unit. Officer Schofield served as Lead Detective with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and also went through training at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She then served with the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office and the Denver District Attorney’s Office as a Criminal Investigator in their Special Victims Unit. Officer Schofield will serve at Riverview High School.
- Josh Shelton: Officer Josh Shelton joins the SCSPD from the North Port Police Department where he served for 14 years. He has experience as a narcotics detective, SWAT operator, trainer and supervisor. During his tenure with the NPPD, Officer Shelton received an Exceptional Service award and 3 Unit Citation awards as a member of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Officer Shelton served as an instructor at the Sarasota Criminal Justice Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Hodges University. He will serve multiple school communities as a Regional Response Officer.
- William Sherrier: Officer Sherrier has more than 25 years of law enforcement experience, having served with distinction at the Roselle Park Police Department and the City of Rahway Police Department in New Jersey. He recently retired as a Patrol Lieutenant from the City of Rahway. Officer Sherrier will serve at Heron Creek Middle School.
- David Singer: Officer singer joins the SCSPD from the North Port Police Department where he served as a Patrolman and member of the Honor Guard. Prior to the NPPD, he spent 20 years in law enforcement in Northeastern Pennsylvania as a Patrolman, SWAT Team Operator and member of the Honor Guard. Officer Singer will serve at North Port High School.
- Hiland Weaver: Officer Weaver joins the SCSPD from Indiana where he worked as an Officer for the Town of Schereville. During his tenure, he was awarded “Officer of the Year” in 2006 and 2016. He also served as a certified Officer in Texas with the Houston Police Department. Throughout his career, Officer Weaver has been a primary instructor with the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and served as a certified instructor for AXON (Taser) and Active Shooter Training for both the academy and Houston Police Department. He will serve at Venice High School.
- John White: Officer White is a graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy and has served as a law enforcement Officer in Brooke County, WV where he was assigned as a prevention Resource Officer at Brooke High School. He also served as a regional liaison for the West Virginia Prevention Officer Program and was awarded the inaugural Regional Liaison “Officer of the Year” award in 2013. Officer White will serve at Woodland Middle School.
- Kimberly Whyley: Officer Whyley has served in law enforcement for numerous years and earned many letters of recognition throughout her career. She is a veteran of the U.S. Military, earning many distinctions and honors. She is educated in the criminal justice and forensic technology disciplines. Officer Whyley will serve the Brookside Middle School Community.
- Justin Woodworth: Officer Woodworth comes to the SCSPD from the Pinellas Schools Police Department where he was a founding member of their school security Officer program. Prior to Pinellas Schools, Officer Woodworth was a retail investigator and Patrol Officer with the Tampa Police Department. He attended USF and served as a Midshipman Plank Owner of the Naval ROTC unit. He will serve the Riverview High School community.
- James Wozniak: A former Chief of Police, Officer Wozniak served with the Cranford Police Department in Cranford, NJ where he served for nearly 28 years. He also has experience in emergency management and served as the Township Emergency Management coordinator. Officer Wozniak attended the 265th class of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and has been an active member of the Cranford Police Athletic League, where he served as a football and wrestling coach, executive board member, vice president and president, amassing more than 30 years with the organization. He will serve at Laurel Nokomis School.
Please join us in recognizing the following SCSPD officers who took part in the Promotion Ceremony:
- Duane Oakes: Lieutenant Oakes first joined the SCSPD in 2018 as a Sergeant and has recently been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He is a U.S. Army veteran with more than 25 years of law enforcement experience. Prior to joining the school district, Lieutenant Oakes served four years as the Chief of Police in Alamosa, Colorado. He is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the Colorado Technical University. Lieutenant Oakes was a past President of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, Colorado Law Enforcement Officers Association and the San Luis Valley Peace Officers Association. He has earned the Life Saving award in 2006 and the Peace Officer of the Year award in 2008 and his Law Enforcement Executive Certification from the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police in 2015. He will serve multiple school communities as a Lieutenant.
- John Dominguez: Sergeant Dominguez first joined the SCSPD as an SRO and was recently promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He is a U.S. Army veteran with more than 14 years of law enforcement experience. Sergeant Dominguez served two overseas deployments and has experience in Narcotics and Criminal Investigations. He will serve multiple school communities as a Sergeant.
- Daniel Gale: Sergeant Gale first joined the SCSPD as an SRO and has recently been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Officer Gale served for 25 years with the Massachusetts State Police as Lieutenant. He has held assignments in Patrol, on the Dive Team and in the Civil Disturbance Squad, among others. As a Lieutenant, Officer Gale was responsible for the Shelburne Falls State Police Barracks, where he supervised 32 State Police Troopers and Sergeants, who provided police services to 17 towns and cities. He will serve multiple school communities as a Sergeant.
- Joseph Hayes: Sergeant Hayes initially served as a SRO with the SCSPD in 2018 before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He has more than 32 years of law enforcement experience, 21 of which were as a supervisor and team leader. Sergeant Hayes has served as a SWAT Team Member, a Detective and a Narcotics Detective before joining the SCSPD. He will serve multiple school communities as a Sergeant.
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