Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight is proud to announce that two Crime Analysts have now received state certification as a Law Enforcement Analyst.
Anne Marie Bowser, a 20-year employee of the agency, graduated as a member of the 20th class of the FDLE Florida Law Enforcement Analyst Academy. Her colleague, Natalie Johnson-Mayer, received state certification last year.
The academy, which began in 2003, is the first of its kind in the nation. During the six-week course which met one week a month for the past six months, analysts learned criminal and intelligence analysis skills that are used by law enforcement to successfully prevent crime and conduct complex investigations.
“I am committed to providing Sarasota County with a well-educated workforce that possesses a progressive skill set,” said Sheriff Knight. “Advanced training through respected certification programs enhances the development and growth of personnel.”
Robust information sharing and data analysis is the essence of the intelligence-led policing (ILP) philosophy that the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office follows. The overall goal of this concept is to enhance proactive policing efforts and further the positive outcomes of law enforcement actions to protect the community. Consistent, quality information shared agency-wide is analyzed and made “actionable” for the operators in the field, resulting in crime reduction, disruption or prevention.