Sarasota Police Department launches ‘Chat with the Chief’ podcast to inform public about agency issues

Episodes available on multiple platforms

The Sarasota Police Department is launching a new podcast, Chat with the Chief,focusing on City of Sarasota and Sarasota Police Department initiatives about which residents of the community may be unaware, the department announced on April 3.

Listeners may stream all podcast episodes at, a news release points out.

The first episode, All about the Traffic Unit and Roundabouts, already is streaming, the release notes. This episode features as its guests Sgt. Frangioni and Officer Beskin, who chat with Police Chief Rex Troche about responsibilities with which the Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit is tasked, including conducting traffic studies and investigating traffic homicides, the release adds.

Troche, Frangioni and Beskin also talk about roundabouts in the city, including the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) project at Gulfstream Avenue and U.S. 41, the release says.

“Troche hopes this free podcast will inform citizens about topics they may want to know more about, from recruiting efforts” to outreach to the homeless, the release continues. “Podcasts are convenient for listeners, as they do not require uninterrupted attention,” the release points out.

Moreover, the release says, Troche hopes that by speaking on topics in which residents have shown an interest, “he can better connect with the community.

“I wanted to share information and stories happening within our agency so listeners can understand the complexity and all the moving parts within the Sarasota Police Department,” said Troche in the release. “In the past, we’ve held community meetings in person, but not everyone could attend. Launching a podcast is the best way to share our message where listeners can access it at their leisure,” he added in the release.

Podcast listeners may provide feedback and ideas for future topics and episodes through the Sarasota Police Department’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the release notes.

Chat with the Chief is available on multiple platforms, such as SpotifyApple PodcastsPandoraiHeart RadioAmazon Music and YouTube, the release adds.