Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Presented:
Reporting Requirements of Health Care Workers for Domestic Violence and Child Abuse (CE credits earned)

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
at 6:00pm
at Michael's on East.

Lieutenant Joseph Hayes, Deputy Cathy Duff, and Autumn Roppolo covered the topic of domestic violence with a sub-category of child abuse at Michael's On East starting at 6:00pm on Thursday, October 8th. This Domestic Violence course is a mandatory license requirement and included definitions, mandatory reporting requirements for health care workers, signs to look for, how to report, case studies, victim assistance, and more. A special thanks to Sheriff Tom Knight for helping to bring this course to the SCDA.


Lieutenant Joseph A. Hayes

Lieutenant Hayes has been with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office for 26 years. He has served in the capacity of a supervisor for approximately 21 years. Lieutenant Hayes has been married to his wife Janet for 27 years and has 2 adult children. Lieutenant Hayes, originally from the Miami, Fl area, has lived in Sarasota County for 26 years. Lt. Hayes is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman.

After graduating from the University of Florida, Lt. Hayes began his law enforcement career in 1985 with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. In July 1989, Lt. Hayes began his career with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Hayes has served the community in various assignments such as Narcotics investigations, SWAT, Youth Services, Homeland Security, Community Policing, and Criminal Investigations. Lt. Hayes is currently assigned as the south Criminal Investigations Commander.

Deputy Cathy Duff

Cathy Duff is a Deputy with the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office, assigned to the Crime Prevention Unit.

Dep. Duff has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 22 years. She has been assigned to the Patrol division, Community Policing, and spent a majority of her years as a Detective with the Special Victims Unit specializing in Crimes Against Children.

Dep. Duff grew up in the Venice Area. She attended the University of South Florida and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She continued her education and received a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

Autumn Roppolo

Autumn Roppolo is a Victim Advocate with the Victim Assistance Unit at the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office where she provides a variety of services for citizens who are victims of crime and persons experiencing tragedy. Autumn holds her Florida Victim Services Practitioner Designation is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) for individuals and groups and also holds. Her services range from crisis intervention and emotional support to accompanying victims throughout the criminal justice process, assisting with Injunctions for Protection, and applying for Victim Compensation. She also provides practical assistance and community referrals.

Autumn has been with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office for 8 years. Autumn began her career with the Sheriff’s Office as the Secretary for the Criminal Investigations Section and later served as a dispatcher and 9-1-1 call taker in the Public Safety Communications Department.  During the four years as a dispatcher, Autumn learned novels of information not only about the technical operations of the Sheriff’s Office, but also what it means to help and care about her community and Autumn has helped many members of the community in one way or another. She joined the Victim Assistance Unit in 2012. In July of 2015 she was promoted to Victim Advocate Coordinator.

Autumn found her way to victim services after a particularly challenging call she took as a dispatcher which drove her desire to do more for people in crisis. This particular call came into the 9-1-1 center; a female on the other end was reporting a fire inside her home. Autumn swiftly dispatched units for help and when the units had arrived they had found that the fire was much worse than reported and the female had not survived. Upon learning this information, Autumn found it difficult to process and felt she needed to know more. She gained help through her supervisors and the responding detective and was able gain the clarification she needed to deal with the traumatic situation. This sparked Autumn’s desire to continue making a difference not only in the emergency center but with the people of the community and that is how she came to pursue her certification in CISM.

Autumn has lived in Sarasota County for the past 32 years. She and her husband live in North Port with their five year old twin boxers, “Rocky” and “Mariah”. In her spare time she enjoys her hobby of baking, creating, and designing, decorative cakes for her friends and loved ones when they celebrate special occasions.

Pictures from the meeting...

SCDA President Dr. Michael Sutton, Speaker Dr. Ronald Baughman, and SCDA Member Dr. Chander Malik.

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