NEWS RELEASE 19-183
Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight is pleased to announce the agency’s second annual open house on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Citizens are invited to visit the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office headquarters to enjoy a free, family-friendly event with food, music, demonstrations, and giveaways. Members of the agency’s SWAT and Emergency Response teams, Mounted Patrol, K-9 and Aviation units among others, will display their equipment offering attendees an inside look at the Special Operations Bureau. The Human Resources and Emergency Operations bureaus will offer information about career opportunities and the agency’s Animal Services Section will bring adoptable animals.
The second annual open house coincides with the agency’s third annual holiday toy drive benefitting the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida’s Guardian ad Litem program. The first 500 people to donate a new, unwrapped toy or gift card during the event will receive a free sheriff’s office t-shirt. Clothing and stuffed animals will not be accepted. T-shirts are limited to one per person per gift.
“We are so excited to welcome the community back to our Sarasota headquarters this year,” commented Community Affairs Director Kaitlyn Perez. “What’s most exciting is the opportunity to use the open house as a way for community members to get involved in our holiday toy drive. Our agency members donate hundreds of gifts every season. Can you imagine the impact we can make as a community?”
“As crime continues to decrease throughout Sarasota County, what better way to celebrate than by hosting an annual celebration,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “We are fortunate to live in a safe and thriving community where people want to be part of their sheriff’s office. That is why it’s my pleasure to host the second annual Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office open house.”
The sheriff’s office headquarters is located at 6010 Cattleridge Blvd., in Sarasota. Parking is limited so attendees are encouraged to carpool if possible. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact the agency’s Community Affairs Office at 941.861.4005.