Community Affairs 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 Community Affairs Director Kaitlyn Perez, Media Relations Specialist Megan Krahe, Creative Communications Specialist Doug Johnson, and Multimedia Specialist Allen Marszalek. The office is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., in the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Headquarters located at 6010 Cattleridge Blvd. in Sarasota. For general media inquiries, please contact the Community Affairs Office at 941.861.4005. To contact Community Affairs Director Kaitlyn Perez, email or call 941.861.4927. To contact Media Relations Specialist Megan Krahe, email or call 941.861.4003. For afterhours breaking news only, Perez can be reached at 941.504.1378.

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 Front Desk Deputy and ask for the Watch Commander. The phone number is 941.861.4260. 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.