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Sarasota County Schools names first Police Chief

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Sarasota County Schools has named their first Police Chief for the county's school-based police force.

Paul Grohowski, a veteran law enforcement officer with 22 years of experience, has been named Chief of Police, pending employment screenings and School Board approval.

The Chief will report directly to Michael Andreas, the Executive Director of Public Safety, and will oversee the other members of the police force, which will initially include three Sergeants and 21-24 School Resource Officers for the 2018-19 school year.

Chief Grohowski comes to Sarasota from California, where he served as the Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police for the Allan Hancock Joint Community College District Police Department in Santa Maria. While in that position, Chief Grohowski was responsible for the overall public safety of four college campuses and more than 22,000 students and staff.

Dr. Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools, released a statement Wednesday welcoming the new Chief.

"I am thrilled to announce the selection of Paul Grohowski as Chief of Police," Dr. Bowden said. "His skills and tenure in the law enforcement profession are a perfect match for someone to lead the police department, and we are delighted to welcome such as seasoned law enforcement professionals to our school district."

The newly hired chief also thanked the Sarasota County School District for the opportunity in a press release Wednesday.

"I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity and the trust bestowed upon me by Dr. Bowden and Executive Director Andreas," Chief Grohowski said.

Over the course of two years, Chief Grohowski will be responsible for establishing a full safety and security police force for the school district and work closely with local law enforcement partners to fulfill existing SRO programs throughout the school district this coming school year.

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