NEWS RELEASE 21-009 - FEBRUARY 18, 2021
From left: Sergeant Daniel Smith, Sergeant Bradley Pope, Lieutenant Mark Lefebvre, and Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman.
Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman is pleased to promote three sheriff’s office members to new ranks.
Deputy Daniel Smith is promoted to the rank of Sergeant assigned to the Patrol Bureau. Smith served in the United States Marine Corps from 2002 to 2006 and graduated from the Criminal Justice Academy at SCTI in 2009. Later the same year, he was hired by the sheriff’s office as a patrol deputy. Smith joined the agency’s SWAT team in 2010, serving as a sniper for seven years. Over the course of his career, he was nominated four times for Law Enforcement Division Employee of the Month. In 2012, he assisted at the Republican National Convention, and in 2019, he received the Life Saving Award. Smith was most recently assigned to the agency’s Tactical Unit and earned his associate’s degree from the Liberty University.
Deputy Bradley Pope is promoted to the rank of Sergeant assigned to the Patrol Bureau. Before joining the sheriff’s office, Pope served in the United States Marine Corps until 2006, earning several distinguished medals. In 2008, he was hired in Sarasota County as a patrol deputy after completing his law enforcement certification. Pope has since served as a detective within the Special Investigations and Criminal Investigations Sections and is a current member of the SWAT team. He was nominated for Law Enforcement Division Employee of the Month six times throughout his career and received two Life Saving Awards. Pope is a member of the National Tactical Officer’s Association, Florida SWAT Association, and earned his associate’s degree from the American Military University.
Sergeant Mark Lefebvre is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant assigned to the Patrol Bureau. Lefebvre joined the sheriff’s office in 2003 and assigned to the Patrol Bureau. In 2006, he transferred to the Criminal Investigations Section and served as a detective for more than a decade until he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2017. Throughout his career, Lefebvre was nominated four times for Law Enforcement Division Employee of the Month, named Deputy of the Year in 2016, and received the Meritorious Achievement Award in 2020. He has advanced training in several areas including crisis intervention, interviews and interrogations, officer-involved shooting investigations, and more. Lefebvre currently serves as a member of the agency’s Hostage Negotiation Unit and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida.
“It gives me great pride to promote three deserving members to the next level in their careers,” said Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman. “Each of these newly promoted supervisors have a unique skill set from military service to crisis intervention training. I am certain they will continue to be excellent leaders for their colleagues and their community.”