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Sarasota County Schools Police Department Welcomes One Officer and One Sergeant at Oath of Office Ceremony

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SCSPD Oath of Office August 21

SARASOTA COUNTY, August 22, 2018 – The Sarasota County Schools Police Department (SCSPD) officially welcomed one Police Officer and one Police Sergeant into its ranks Tuesday after holding an Oath of Office ceremony following the School Board meeting, where the two positions were approved.

“We are thrilled to welcome two more talented law enforcement professionals into the SCSPD,” said Dr. Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Our students, parents and staff members have all embraced our School Resource Officers. The outpouring of support and confidence from the community is well-placed. The 2018-2019 school year is off to a strong start, and we look forward to adding more officers to our department in the future.”

“We are making a strong and solid impression on our campuses,” noted Sarasota County School District Chief of Police Paul Grohowski. “The result is an enhanced sense of trust from our parents, staff members and most importantly, our students. We look forward to deepening these relationships and creating a new model of Exceptional Customer Service for school-based police forces. It is an exciting time full of growth.”

Please join us in recognizing the two newest members of the SCSPD:

  • Sergeant Duane Oakes
    • Sergeant Oakes is a US Army veteran with 24 years of law enforcement experience. Most recently, Sergeant Oakes served 4 years as the Chief of Police in Alamosa, Colorado. He is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy (FBINA) and was the recent President of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.
  • Officer Steven Roy
    • Officer Roy is a United States Marine Corps veteran and a 20-year veteran of the Connecticut State Police. As a Trooper, Officer Roy served in numerous capacities. Most notably, he served as a member of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and as a K9 handler.

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