BRADENTON — Detective Sgt. Valorie Shoates has been named Female Officer of the Week by the Bradenton Police Department.
In 1995, she was named Officer of the Year for the Bradenton Police Department.
In 2007, she was the first African-American female promoted to the rank of sergeant at the Bradenton Police Department.
Shoates, a Manatee High School graduate, started working at the State Attorney’s Office while still in high school.
In 1994 she attended the Manatee Technical Institute Law Enforcement Academy in Bradenton where she received law enforcement certification. On Aug. 1, 1994, she began her career with the BPD as a patrol officer and the first African-American female hired by the agency.
In 1997, she was transferred to the Criminal Investigative Division and two years later began specializing in crimes against children investigations. From 1999 to 2007, she investigated numerous cases involving children and adults who had been physically and sexually abused.
Shoates is a member of the Child Death Fatality Review Team in Manatee County, a board member for Manatee Children Services and a member of the Regional Child Abduction Response Team.