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LOOKING BACK ON FOUR MONTHS Police Chief Bernadette DiPino accepts a congratulatory handshake from City Manager Tom Barwin after her swearing-in in January. Photo courtesy City of Sarasota SARASOTA POLICE CHIEF BERNADETTE DIPINO REFLECTS ON THE JOB SO FAR AND THE FUTURE FOR THE FORCE By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Editor's note: Bernadette DiPino is starting her fifth month as chief of the Sarasota Police Department. She is the former chief of the Ocean City, MD, police, and is the first female chief in Sarasota history. City Editor Stan Zimmerman sat down with her to discuss her first 120 days on her new job as well as the days ahead. Is this a bigger job than you first thought it would be? "There's a lot of challenges in this job that I anticipated, so it isn't a surprise. There are a number of things I see that need to be done. But I was aware of them before I came in. "Some of the challenges we're dealing with — for instance the homeless in the community

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