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 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.
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 of Criminology from the University of Cincinnati, a Bachelor’s Degree of 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 Eric Sineath
Watch Commander Sineath has 15 years of sworn law enforcement experience. He moved to North Port, from Tallahassee, Florida, in 2004. Prior to relocating to North Port, Commander Sineath worked with the State of Florida, Department of Insurance conducting Workers’ Compensation Fraud investigations. During his tenure with the North Port Police Department, Commander Sineath has served in the capacity of Field Training Officer, Traffic Homicide Investigator, Background Investigator, Officer In Charge and Patrol Sergeant. Commander Sineath was the Sergeant in charge of the Training Unit for over three years and still holds state instructor certifications for Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Defensive Driving, and First Aid. He spent four years in the Detective Unit where he investigated Property Crimes, White Collar Crimes and Major Crimes. Commander Sineath is a member of the Special Response Team. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Criminology from Florida State University and is currently earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of South Florida.
Division D Commander
Watch Commander Michael Laden
Commander Laden has 12 years of law enforcement experience. He began his career at the North Port Police Department in 2006. He has held positions in the Criminal Investigations Division as a property crime detective and a persons crime detective. He has spent 6 years as a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force as both a detective and now unit supervisor. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2013 and worked as a patrol supervisor. In 2015 he was transferred to the major crimes unit as a Sergeant. He has been a member of the Special Response Team since 2015. He has a Bachelor's degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in Criminal Justice.