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 Matthew Proudfit has served the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office for seven (7) years, starting his career at the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office in November of 2012.
Sgt. Proudfit served in the Uniformed Patrol Bureau starting as a Deputy. In February of 2015, he was transferred to the Narcotics Unit while assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. In 2018, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Bureau. In 2019, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the Uniformed Patrol Bureau. Sgt. Proudfit is a member of the S.W.A.T. team and a member of the Clandestine Lab safety team.
Sgt. Proudfit’s training includes Certifications for General Instructor techniques, Firearms, Baton and Less Lethal Munitions. Sgt. Proudfit is also a Certified Field Training Officer. He has attended several advanced Supervisory courses, which include Line Supervision and FBI LEEDA Supervisor Leadership Institution, both as a leader and for the S.W.A.T. team. He is an Instructor for the Teen Driver Challenge.
As of January 2020, Sgt. Proudfit has over 1600 hours of credited training. Sgt. Proudfit grew up in Charlotte County. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 2006 and Edison State College in 2010, where he then attended Southwest Florida Public Service Academy and received his State Law Enforcement Certification.