Road Patrol is the largest bureau in the department and is divided into four (4) patrol divisions each of which is commanded by a Police Commander. Each division is responsible for patrolling the 100-plus square miles that make up the City of North Port and consists of two squads with two Sergeants and a minimum of twelve (12) officers. The squads currently work 12-hour shifts and are instrumental in providing for a safe community.
Road Patrol embraces a temporal model of responsibility and accountability with Division “A” and “B” making up our day shift coverage while Divisions “C” and “D” provide our night shift coverage ensuring our citizens and visitors receive police service 24 hours a day, 7 days per week for a total of 365 days per year.
Division A Commander
Watch Commander Jason Richter
Watch Commander Richter has nearly two decades of law enforcement experience. He began his law enforcement career in 1999, during which, he has served in the capacity of a patrol officer, S.W.A.T. Operator, Street Crimes Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, and now, Watch Commander.
Division B Commander
Watch Commander Bobby Platt
Watch Commander Platt has more than 15 years in law enforcement, with the past 12-years at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office where he held the rank of Sergeant. Prior to serving the citizens of Collier County, he also served with the Naples Police Department and in the corrections field. During his career, Watch Commander Platt has served in several capacities to include: Patrol Supervisor, Felony Investigator, Special Enforcement Team Member, and SWAT Operator. In addition, Watch Commander Platt currently holds a Master’s Degree in Criminology from the University of Cincinnati, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Hodges University, and a Supervisory Skills Certification from Cornell University. Watch Commander Platt is a veteran of the United States Marine Corp.
Division C Commander
Watch Commander Paul Harvey
Watch Commander Harvey has over 18 years of law enforcement experience in the State of Florida. He spent 18 years with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. During his career he has worked road patrol and as a Detective in various units such as, District Criminal Investigations, Anti Crimes Unit, Major Crimes Unit/ Robbery Unit and Marine Unit. In 2012, he was promoted to Sergeant and supervised the Grand Theft Auto Unit and Economic Crimes Unit (Major Case). The last five years with the Sheriff’s Office was spent in Lehigh Acres East District in the capacity of Patrol Supervisor, Selective Enforcement Team Sergeant and Criminal Investigations Supervisor. Watch Commander Harvey served for three years on the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Hostage Negotiations Team and is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. In 2018, North Port Police employed Watch Commander Harvey and he is currently assigned to Division C.
Division D Commander
Watch Commander Joseph Fussell
Watch Commander Fussell has 14 years of law enforcement experience. He began his law enforcement career in 2003 in the State of New Hampshire where he climbed to the rank of Sergeant for the New Hampshire Division of Liquor Enforcement. During his service for the State of New Hampshire, he served in the capacity of the Special Investigations Unit Supervisor, Arrest Control and Tactics Unit Supervisor, Training Supervisor, and he was assigned as Cadre for the police recruit academy. After relocating to North Port, Florida, he served in the capacity of a patrol officer, Detective, Field Training Officer, Officer In Charge, Patrol Sergeant, and now, Watch Commander. In addition, Watch Commander Fussell currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts.