Sheriff’s Office donates computers to Boys & Girls Clubs

Equipment was seized during investigations into illegal gambling operations

A youngster on the Newtown Estates Park campus works at one of the new computers. Photo courtesy Sheriff’s Office

This week, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office donated more than 60 computers to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, the office has announced.

“The HP touch-screen computers were seized during investigations into illegal internet gambling cafes throughout Sarasota County,” a news release explains. Prior to the donation, digital forensic technicians cleaned the equipment, the release adds.

The 63 computers will be placed at the Newtown Estates Park, Lee Wetherington and Gene Matthews campuses, granting students access to technology outside the classroom and further aiding the Boys & Girls Clubs’ afterschool programs in facilitating study and homework sessions, the release points out.

“We are remarkably proud of our continued partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County,” said Sheriff Tom Knight in the release. “By taking electronics seized from criminals to support the outstanding kids who participate in this program, we’re setting an example of what it means to truly give back to our community and prepare the next generation for success,” he added in the release.

Students in the afterschool program on the Newtown Estates Park campus work on assignments. Photo courtesy Sheriff’s Office

“The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office continues to open the door for our club members to have greater opportunities to achieve their full potential,” said Bill Sadlo, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, in the release. “Because of the great work being done at the Sheriff’s Office, the children in our community who need us the most have access to state-of-the-art technology that will help them improve their academics while preparing them to graduate from high school with a plan for their future.”