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Brendan Keats

Brendan "Airwolf" Keats

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

Brendan Keats is currently a criminal investigator for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office in Sarasota, Florida. Prior to a career in law enforcement, Brendan worked in public school education as a K-12 general and special education teacher. While an educator, Brendan created and implemented school lockdown procedures and curriculum for staff members and students, managed monthly safety drills in coordination with local law enforcement agencies and facilitated a school safety team to ensure campus security.

After his transition into law enforcement, Brendan became a criminal investigations detective responsible for investigating major crimes within Sarasota County, Florida. Brendan partnered with community stakeholders where he handles community relations between community members and local law enforcement. Brendan holds a M.A. degree in Administration and Educational Leadership. He is a graduate of the PEAK Credibility Assessment Training Center and holds an advanced certification in Psychophysiological Detection of Deception.

Brendan holds several field related certifications in Crisis Intervention Training and Advanced training in Interviews and Interrogations.

In 2020, Brendan received the “Law Enforcement of the Month Award” and the “Meritorious Achievement Award” from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. In 2021, Brendan received the “Congressional Law Enforcement Dedication and Professionalism Award.”

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