Sarasota adds native daughter and Cincinnati man as new police officers

SARASOTA -- Two new Sarasota police officers are working the streets.

Police Chief Bernadette DiPino held a swearing-in ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday in the Community Room at the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

“I’m excited to add these two outstanding officers to our force. These two officers embody the qualities the Sarasota Police Department values which are professionalism, dedication and commitment to our community,” DiPino said.

The second class probation officers are Hunter Craig and Veronica Hernandez.

Craig, who grew up in Northern Kentucky south of Cincinnati, has been in law enforcement five years, including two at the Campbell County jail in Kentucky and three years as a deputy sheriff for the Pendleton County Sheriff’s Office. He also served on the SWAT Team for the Northern Kentucky Special Operations Group.

Hernandez grew up in Sarasota and graduated from Booker High School in 2001. She spent five years in law enforcement in the U.S. Air Force, worked for the U.S. Postal Service and taught martial arts at an orphanage in Puerto Rico.

Hernandez said she was inspired by a Sarasota police officer at a young age and decided after her military service, she wanted to return to Sarasota and give back to her community.