Nonprofit organization based at the Robert L. Taylor Complex
Earlier this month, Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight handed over the keys to a 15-passenger van to Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing, a Sarasota nonprofit group that provides tutorial services and summer camps for local children, the Sheriff’s Office has announced.
“The surplus vehicle was formerly assigned to the Sheriff’s Activities League (SAL), a youth program aimed at developing positive rapport between youth and law enforcement through experiential education,” a news release explains. Inmate labor was utilized to strip the van of Sheriff’s Office logos and refurbish it for use by Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing, the release adds.
The group is based at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in north Sarasota “and is dedicated to keeping neighborhood children in school by ‘keeping them actively engaged in new experiences and offering them opportunities that will lead them far beyond their present 10 block boundaries,’” the release notes of the nonprofit’s mission.
“Law enforcement has become so much more dynamic over the years,” said Knight in the release. “Not only do we deter crime, but we also look for opportunities to practice rightful policing by promoting positive programs that keep our local youth on the right track.”