NEWS RELEASE 18-176 - OCTOBER 31, 2018
Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight is pleased to announce Captain Tim Enos has been offered the position of Chief of Police for the Sarasota County Schools Police Department. The decision comes after Superintendent Todd Bowden implemented staffing changes for the school’s police department early Wednesday morning.
Enos is known throughout the state of Florida as a subject-matter expert in school resource officer best practices and has worked in the field for more than 29 years. Most recently, Enos was asked to provide expert testimony before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Committee, enacted by Governor Rick Scott. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Development Course and the Florida Sheriff’s Association Command Leadership Institute. Enos is a distinguished speaker on a variety of school-related topics for the School Safety Advocacy Council and in 2015, won their Presidential Citation award for his work in bullying prevention. He has a long-standing relationship with the Association of School Resource Officers where he currently serves as Executive Director as well as with the National Association of School Resource Officers where he served as a senior instructor.
“Tim’s passion for education, children, and his community is evident from the work he has done here at the sheriff’s office including his 15 years of service to our Youth Services Section,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “Superintendent Bowden has selected a very capable professional to assist him as the district continues its transition into a fully functioning police department. I am happy to support Tim during this next phase of his career and feel confident he will be a strong asset to the Sarasota County School district, its parents, and students.”
“I am thrilled to have Captain Timothy Enos join the school district as its new Executive Director and Chief of Police,” commented Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Tim is homegrown. He is a product of the Sarasota County School District and graduate of Riverview High School. He has previously served as interim Chief of Police and a School Resource Officer in Sarasota County Schools and really understands the important nuances between school principals, administrators and school safety personnel. I can’t think of a more qualified person in Southwest Florida to serve in this capacity, and we are fortunate to have Tim lead the next chapter of the Sarasota County Schools Police Department. The school district remains deeply committed to our school-based police force and I want to thank Michael Andreas and Paul Grohowski for their leadership standing up the police department these last three months. I am confident Captain Enos will further enhance the direction and productivity of the amazing men and women who serve as SROs in our schools who work diligently to keep our children safe.”
In an effort to assist the superintendent, Sheriff Knight agreed to re-assign Enos to the school district for 30 days, beginning Thursday, November 1, while the district works through his formal background and hiring process.