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Author: Sarasota Police Chief Rex Troche

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Chat with the Chief is a monthly podcast hosted by Sarasota, FL Police Chief Rex Troche. In each episode, Chief Troche will talk with members of the Sarasota Police Department or other community leaders in depth about initiatives here in the City you may not know about. This podcast was created to open a dialogue with our citizens about topics they may want to know more about, from traffic investigations to homeless outreach. There's a lot we do that the public doesn't see. This is our chance to chat about it!

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In this Chat with the Chief episode, we're thrilled to host Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody. Attorney General Moody's presence at the April 18, 2024, swearing-in ceremony for nine new officers marked a pivotal moment, highlighting her commitment to bolstering law enforcement across the Sunshine State. Her innovative "Be a Florida Hero" program, offering financial incentives to new Law Enforcement Officers, has made a profound impact, with eight out of nine officers in the recent class e...
Joining Chief Troche on the podcast this episode is Denise Schonwald, a nationally licensed mental health counselor, published author, and public speaker in Sarasota, with over 30 years of experience as a registered nurse (RN) in the ICU. As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, Denise talks with Chief Troche about some best practices for navigating relationships and family life for law enforcement officers. The national average of marriages ending in divorce is around 50 percent. According to the FB...
Joining Sarasota Police Chief Rex Troche on the podcast for this episode is Lashelle Williams, the Civilian Volunteer Coordinator. She works closely with the Community Relations (CRU) and Crime Prevention Units. The Crime Prevention Unit works with community groups, organizations, and businesses in an effort to identify mutual problems and community needs, identify police service needs, obtain community feedback, and exchange information. The Civilian Volunteer Coordinator oversees several pr...
Lieutenant Richie Schwieterman of our Support Services Division (SSD) is joining Chief Troche for this episode. The Support Services Division comprises the critical infrastructure components like the Body Worn Camera Program, Management Information Systems (MIS), Special Events and Extra-Duty, Facilities Maintenance, Records Management, Property and Evidence Unit, Fleet, and the Red-Light Camera Program. This time of the year is hectic for Support Services, as they plan for all of our ho...
Joining Chief Troche on the podcast this episode are two members of the new Community Relations Unit (CRU), Sergeant Comac and Officer Grochowski. Our CRU officers are dedicated to addressing quality-of-life concerns throughout our city. They are highly trained and bike-certified, allowing them to patrol area parks and neighborhoods efficiently. You may have already seen them at your local schools, where they greet students during morning drop-offs, provide homework assistance, or enjoy a gam...
Joining Sarasota Police Chief Rex Troche on the podcast this month are Officer Dixon and Officer Skinner of the Marine Patrol Unit. Learn about the many things their unit is tasked with, like enforcing marine laws and ordinances and investigating boating accidents. Officer Dixon and Officer Skinner also talk about how they assist the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with derelict vessel investigations and removals. 
Joining Chief Troche on the podcast this episode is our top-notch recruiting team, Jack Carter and Enrique Nazario. Law enforcement continues to offer exciting career opportunities while meeting the ever-changing needs of our diverse community. Our recruiters are working hard to find the best and brightest candidates to enhance our dedicated workforce. In this episode, Jack and Enrique discuss what qualities they look for and what perks and benefits there are to being a Sarasota Police office...
Joining Chief Troche on the podcast this episode is Captain Armstrong. He oversees the entire Patrol Division, which is considered by many to be the backbone of the Sarasota Police Department. With four rotating shifts covering ten work zones, officers provide police services within the City of Sarasota 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Patrol officers are the first to arrive on-scene at critical incidents occurring in the City of Sarasota. They routinely detect and deter crimes...
Sarasota Police Chief Rex Troche talks about how collaboration leads to great things. Learn how technology and teamwork help students stay educated and engaged during the summer. Community Partners, Deb Kabinoff from the Deb Kabinoff Fund, Jeff Birnbach from the Sarasota Police Foundation, and Lucero Guzman from UnidosNow join Chief Troche to discuss a unique community outreach project in the 1500 N. Orange, Sarasota, neighborhood. Thanks to a generous donation by the Deb Kabinoff...
Joining Sarasota Police Chief Rex Troche on the podcast this episode is Sergeant Morrison and Deidre "Dede" Jones of the City of Sarasota's Homeless Outreach Team. Learn about the resources they provide to those in need and what community partners they work with most frequently. Chief Troche, Sgt. Morrison, and "Dede" Jones also talk about the best ways you can help the Homeless Outreach Team and why some handouts can be harmful. 
Joining Sarasota Police Chief Rex Troche on the podcast this month are Sergeant Frangioni and Officer Beskin of the Traffic Unit. Learn about the many things their unit is tasked with, like conducting traffic studies and investigating traffic homicides. Chief Troche, Sgt. Frangioni and Officer Beskin also talk about new roundabouts in the City, including the FDOT project at Gulfstream and U.S. 41.
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