Sarasota Police collect hardware for crime fighting

July 22, 2013 

Sarasota Police honored

SARASOTA -- The Sarasota Police Department placed in the top three for its size in the Florida Law Enforcement Challenge 2012.

"This is the first time our agency has placed since we began reporting statistics," Chief Bernadette DiPino said in a news release.

"I am so proud of our officers, especially our Traffic Unit, under the leadership of Sgt. Robert Resch. It was a great honor to receive these awards in the presence of a room full of our peers."

Officer Tim Bales, Sgt. Resch and DiPino accepted the Eagle trophies on behalf of the Sarasota Police Department on Friday in Orlando.

The Sarasota Police Department received second- and third-place honors in the "Click It or Ticket" category out of 39 other law enforcement agencies with 151 to 250 officers.

By developing comprehensive programs and taking part in traffic and safety events, including "Click It or Ticket" and "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," the SPD made significant reductions in traffic-related crashes, injuries and fatalities, according to the release.

The SPD developed a zone system regarding complaints. The officer responsible for the zone conducts a study of the area to find out if other traffic officers need to be involved. Statistics show the amount of complaints is being reduced, according to the release.

Acclaimed acting coach Noone comes to Sarasota

SARASOTA -- Emmy Award-winning actress, director and acclaimed acting coach Elisabeth Noone willheadline the John Burr Voice Dynamics On-Camera Performance workshop from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at the AmericInn, 5931 Fruitville Road.

Noone was trained by legendary acting coaches Lee Strasberg, Uta Hagen and Stella Adler.

She's had guest and recurring roles in "Grey's Anatomy," "Criminal Minds," "The Wire," and "Law and Order," among other shows.

She has taught at the prestigious Theatre Lab in Washington, D.C.

The fee is $395 and space is limited to 10 students. To register, go to

-- Herald staff reports

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