Sergeant Jason Sandoval began his law enforcement career with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office in 2006 as a road patrol deputy. In 2007 he was transferred to work in the civil division until he made Sergeant in 2017. In 2017 upon being promoted to Sergeant, Sgt. Sandoval was transferred to Investigation.
Sgt. Sandoval has been a member of the SWAT team and Dive Team. He was also the SWAT Commander and obtained an Ultra-Light Pilots License as part of the agency Air Team. Sgt. Sandoval has received training in leadership, SWAT and investigations exceeding 2000 hours of combined training.
Sergeant Jennifer Bailey began her law enforcement career in 2004 in Frederick County, Virginia. She joined the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office as a Road Patrol Deputy in 2017. In 2018 she was promoted to a Detective position within the agency’s Criminal Investigative Division. In 2019 she was promoted to Sergeant over the agency’s Narcotics Unit.
Throughout her law enforcement career, Sergeant Bailey has earned more than 1,800 credited hours of training involving numerous specialties, such as narcotics investigations, child abuse, sex crimes and death investigations. Sergeant Bailey has also completed several leadership courses, such as Management of the K9 Unit, Management of the Detective Unit and the FBI Supervisory Leadership Institute. Sergeant Bailey has a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, with Honors, from American Military University in Manassas, Virginia.
Sergeant Bailey has been blessed to call DeSoto County home since 2017.
Sergeant Zachary Long started his career with the Florida Department of Corrections in 2009 as a Correctional Officer. He joined the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Deputy in 2010. In 2012 Sgt. Long was transferred to the Uniformed Patrol Division as a Deputy and in 2013 he was transferred to the Investigative Division where he served as a Property Crime’s Detective and later as a Person’s Crime Detective. In 2016 Sgt. Long accepted a job as a Police Officer with the Medina Police Department in Washington State. In 2017 he returned to the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office and was assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division. Later in 2017 he was transferred to the Investigative Division where he served as a Person’s Crime Detective. In 2018 he was promoted to Corporal, then to Sergeant and was assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division. In 2019 Sgt. Long was transferred to the Crime Scene / Evidence Division as a Supervisor.
Sgt. Long has over 11 years of Law Enforcement experience, with different agencies and in different Bureaus. He has a well-rounded career based in both Corrections and Law Enforcement. Sgt. Long has advanced training in the area of Sex Crime’s Investigations as well as in Leadership Training. Sgt. Long is a graduate of Florida Leadership Academy Class #45 as well as the FBI – LEEDA 551st Supervisor Leader Institute. Sergeant Long is a member of the Central Florida Internet Crimes against Children (I.C.A.C) Task Force, Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T), Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T) and is a Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (C.V.S.A) Examiner.
As of May, 2020 Sgt. Long has approximately 942 credited training hours. Sgt. Long is a native DeSoto County resident from birth and graduated from DeSoto County High School in 2007.