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Sarasota police chief is a character in Stephen King’s latest book

The book, “The Institute” makes a few references to the Sarasota and the Tampa Bay area.
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Chief Bernadette DiPino

SARASOTA, Fla — She’s the first woman to hold the position of chief of police in Sarasota and now Chief Bernadette DiPino can say she is in a Stephen King novel!

King’s latest release, “The Institute,” mentions Chief Bernadette DiPino as the chief of police and a fictional ex-cop who was forced to resign. There are also a few mentions of the Tampa Bay region including Ellenton, and the Tampa International Airport.

Chief DiPino said she was told about her small role in the novel by a family friend reading the book. 

She said in the city newsletter she is a big fan of Stephen King stories and is honored to be included.

King is no stranger to the Sarasota area and owns a home in Casey Key. 

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