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Sarasota County Schools Police Department Welcomes Six Officers at Oath of Office

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Oath of Office October 5

SARASOTA COUNTY, October 5, 2018 – The Sarasota County Schools Police Department (SCSPD) welcomed six more Police Officers into its ranks this morning after holding an Oath of Office ceremony at Lakeview Elementary School. The event was well attended by students, parents and guests from the community. After the ceremony, attendees enjoyed an informal meet and greet with the new Officers.

“We are very pleased to welcome these new additions to the Sarasota County Schools Police Department,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Collectively, these six officers have a total of 103 years of law enforcement experience. Their knowledge and skills will be extremely valuable to our school communities. We are thankful that these talented men and women answered the call to serve our schools and students.”

“We have assembled an incredible team and it keeps growing stronger with each new officer we add,” commented Sarasota County School District Chief of Police Paul Grohowski. “Our department is a family and all of us have families of our own. That is what drives and inspires us to protect our children and schools. I am appreciative of the sacrifices and commitments to service my officers have made, and look forward to seeing our newest recruits become a part of the fabric of each of their schools.”

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

  • Marc Arnold
    • Officer Arnold is from the Brunswick, Maine Police Department and has over 30 years of law enforcement experience. He has served as a Communications Dispatcher, a Field Training Officer and a SWAT Team Member, among other assignments. Officer Arnold is highly-decorated, having earned 37 Superior Performance Commendations for bravery and excellence, 6 Personal Career Achievement Commendations and numerous letters of appreciation.
  • Brian Cranmer
    • Officer Cranmer served in the United States Coast Guard for three years before joining the Camden County, NJ Sheriff’s Office, where he served for 27 years. He has served as a Field Training Officer, Bicycle Officer, advanced DWI Officer and provided Courtroom Security. Officer Cranmer notably worked in the Park Police Unit, where he was credited with apprehending a violent suspect who attempted to drive his vehicle into a county park with a crowd of over 75,000 people during a concert event.
  • Isven Chavez
    • Officer Chavez was originally born in Puerto Rico but moved to Sarasota at age two. He is a product of Sarasota County Schools, attending Tuttle Elementary, Brookside Middle and graduating from Booker High School in 2006. Officer Chavez began his law enforcement career with the Sarasota Police Department in 2013 where he first served as a Patrol Officer. Earlier this year, he was selected to be the School Resource Officer at Brookside Middle School. Officer Chavez’s passion for school-based policing drove him to join the SCSPD to continue serving school communities.
  • Devin Epps
    • Officer Epps began his life of public service by joining the United State Navy. He achieved the rank of E-5, Second Class Petty Officer and was recognized by the Captain of the USS Essex for being the youngest E-5 on board the vessel. Officer Epps served with the Department of Corrections as both a member and Team Leader of the Corrections Emergency Response Team. He joined the Sarasota Police Department in 2015 and worked in the Patrol Division before transferring to the School Resource program, where he served as the School Resource Officer at Sarasota High School.
  • Lenhard Oechsner
      • Officer Oechsner began his life of service with the New York Police Department in 1991, where he served with distinction for over 27 years. He has served as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Detective Lieutenant, among other assignments. Officer Oechsner notably served as the Commanding Officer of the Staten Island Homicide Squad in March 2014, where he conducted all investigations of shootings/homicides and all major newsworthy incidents.
    • Mayra Oliva
      • Officer Oliva began her life of public service with the Village of Pinecrest Police Department in Miami-Dade County in 2006 as a 911 Dispatcher. She went through the police academy and joined the Pinecrest Police Department in 2008. Officer Oliva was selected to work as a School Resource Officer in 2009, and served as a DARE Program Instructor from 2009 to 2018. She has served in one large high school, a large middle school and two elementary schools. Officer Oliva has a passion for community engagement and promoting online safety and awareness.
       

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