MEDIA OFFICE

The Community Affairs Office strives to be responsive and professional in its activities. We act in full compliance with the Florida Public Records Law and in the best interests of the agency, the news media, and the people of Sarasota County. Routine media inquiries and records requests are handled as expeditiously as possible during normal business hours.

This office handles all media inquiries, issues news releases, responds to public records by members of the media, coordinates agency social media, special projects and other communications.

The Community Affairs Office consists of Media Relations Specialist Kaitlyn Johnston and Creative Communications Specialist Doug Johnson. The office is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., in the Criminal Justice Center in downtown Sarasota. For general media inquiries, please contact the Community Affairs Office at 941.861.4005 or Media Relations Specialist Kaitlyn Johnston by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 941.504.1378.

After Hours Policy

Written records, including arrest affidavits and offense reports, are not available after hours. Staff will not have information readily available regarding non-fatal vehicle crashes, routine arrests, crimes not resulting in death or critical injury, or the status of cases that are not considered breaking news.

Flash Reports may be issued by the on-duty Watch Commander regarding certain incidents of interest to the public.

If you need verification of an incident after hours, call the appropriate Front Desk Deputy and ask for the Watch Commander. The numbers are: North County 941.861.4260 and South County 941.861.1701. Understand that if the Watch Commander is not available, the deputy will page them to call you.

Should there be a high profile or large scale incident after hours, on holidays or weekends the media will be notified.