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Sarasota News Leader January 10, 2014 Page 42 OTHER TOPICS matrix" to be introduced by Police Chief Bernadette DiPino. Recruitment and testing The panel grew out of a scandal during which of entrants to the SPD is also on the agenda. a Sarasota Police Department (SPD) officer was caught on tape kicking a handcuffed pris- "Production of an overview of the work of, oner in the jail sally port. The prisoner was and report on progress by, the Sarasota City later offered cash by representatives of the Police Advisory Groups" is on the agenda department in return for signing a waiver as well. This may be tied to the item after it, absolving the city of any liability. which concerns membership on the advisory The incident eventually resulted in the dis- panel and the complaint committee. Another missal of the police chief and the creation of item regards the appointment of a "chair proa fact-finding committee. That group recom- tem for the April meeting." That might be an mended the establishment of the Independent early indication that Berkel will be stepping Police Advisory Panel (which now meets down. quarterly on policy issues) and the Police Berkel was a two-term city commissioner Complaint Committee (which meets monthly who remains very active in city and county to review disciplinary cases). affairs, especially the criminal justice system. Several new projects will also come under He is a retired Sarasota County Schools psydiscussion Friday. One is an "SPD discipline chologist. % Manuel R. Chepote, LUTCF Chepote Insurance Inc. 1300 Main Street • Sarasota, Florida (941) 366-0100 Serving Sarasota & Manatee Counties Auto • Home • Life Renters • Motorcycles Flood • Business • Annuities Financial Services Click for driving directions

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