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Sarasota News Leader July 4, 2013 Page 49 CRIME ANALYSTS RECEIVE STATE CERTIFICATION Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight recently announced that two crime analysts on his staff have received state certification giving them each status as Law Enforcement Analyst. "I am committed to providing Sarasota County with a well-educated workforce that possesses a progressive skill set," said Knight in the release. "Advanced training through respected Anne Marie Bowser, a 20-year employee of certification programs enhances the developthe Sheriff's Office, graduated as a member ment and growth of personnel." of the 20th class of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Florida Law En- "Robust information sharing and data analyforcement Analyst Academy. Her colleague, sis is the essence of the intelligence-led policNatalie Johnson-Mayer, received state certifi- ing (ILP) philosophy that the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office follows," the release points out. cation last year, a news release says. "The overall goal of this concept is to enhance The academy, which began in 2003, is the first proactive policing efforts and further the posof its kind in the nation. During the six-week itive outcomes of law enforcement actions to course — which met one week a month over the past six months — analysts learned crim- protect the community. Consistent, quality inal and intelligence analysis skills that are information shared agency-wide is analyzed used by law enforcement personnel "to suc- and made 'actionable' for the operators in the cessfully prevent crime and conduct complex field, resulting in crime reduction, disruption or prevention," the release points out. % investigations," the release adds. Cutline: Anne Marie Bowser/Contributed photo Natalie Johnson-Mayer/Contributed photo

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