Sheriff Potter and the entire staff of the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office is deeply saddened due to the sudden passing of Captain Kim Sandoval on Sunday, February 26, 2023.
Captain Sandoval began her Law Enforcement career in 1985 in the United States Army as a Military Policewoman and a Military Police Investigator where she served until 1991. She joined the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office in 1993 and returned to her hometown of DeSoto joining the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office in 1994, where she served and protected our community for over 28 years.
During her dedicated time in law enforcement, she worked in the Criminal Investigative Division and eventually transitioned to lead as the Commander of Investigations Bureau. She attended numerous schools and seminars specific to criminal investigations, internal affairs and supervision of personnel, with over 1,300 hours of specialized training in death investigations, child abuse and exploitation, sex crimes investigations, crime scene investigation and interviewing of both suspects and victims.
Captain Sandoval served as a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s organized Child Abduction Response Team (CART) and the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team. She attended training specializing in Underwater Crime Scene Investigation and Public Safety Diving.
Sheriff Potter sends his deepest sympathies to her husband and DCSO Sergeant, Jason Sandoval, their family, friends, all who served alongside with Captain Sandoval and the rest of our community as we grieve this tragic loss. Please keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers during this time.