The agency's Patrol Bureau is the most visible part of the our law enforcement services. Their distinctive green uniform and green and white vehicles patrol the entire county 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each patrol deputy has the latest technology in both emergency and communications equipment. A deputy is the first responder to all law enforcement calls for service – which total more than 100,000 each year. In any given day, the spectrum of assistance that patrol deputies provide ranges from giving directions to full-scale emergency response.
All of the agency’s patrol vehicles are equipped with laptop computers and 800 megahertz radios. Many of those same vehicles are also equipped with video cameras, radar units and Print Search Mobile units to help quickly identify fugitives with the touch of a suspect’s finger. Patrol is the most versatile and the most visual component of the sheriff's office. The agency’s civilian Public Service Aides support patrol efforts by responding to non-emergency calls so patrol deputies can remain available for more serious calls for service, or providing additional assistance for emergency calls so deputies can focus on law enforcement duties. PSAs can often be seen providing traffic control and assisting disabled vehicles.
The sheriff's office staffs two front desks; headquarters in north Sarasota County and one in Venice. The Cattleridge Blvd. location is staffed by a deputy from 7 a.m-7 p.m., 365 days a year. The south office is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The men and women who work at the front desk handle phone calls and assist citizens who walk through the front doors of the agency.
SIESTA KEY SUBSTATION
The Siesta Key Substation opened on February 20, 2016. The state-of-the-art facility allows deputies to monitor the beach and surrounding parking lot from a raised vantage point. Deputies often respond to calls for service ranging from traffic crashes and parking disputes to missing children and marine rescues. During busy holidays including Spring Break, the sheriff's office enhances crime prevention efforts on Siesta Key.