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Sheriff Knight and the men and women of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office believe in the practice of rightful policing. Built upon social psychological research, the philosophy focuses more on how people are treated than the outcomes of that treatment. In an effort to educate local youth about the concept and show them what it means to be a deputy in the 21st century, the sheriff's office hosted a one-day Rightful Policing Strategy Workshop at Knight Trail Park in Nokomis. Students partnered with deputies and went through an array of mock scenarios including traffic stops, domestic disturbances, heroin overdoses and more. Participants were astonished by the challenges they faced and several expressed the experience was life-changing.

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