About the Monroe County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff's Office Strategic Plan, 2013 - 2016
Sheriff Rick Ramsay's letter to the citizens of Monroe County
Introduction to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office
The Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement service to all of the Florida Keys, which include approximately 112 miles of islands branching off the southern tip of Florida. The main highway, U.S. 1 runs from Florida City to Key West, and in that span, there are 45 bridges connecting the islands.
In order to provide progressive service, the Sheriff's Office employs 544 people. 189 of those are road patrol officers and detectives, 139 are Corrections Officers, 158 serve as support 58 people are employed by the Sheriff's Office-managed HIDTA Group (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area).
The Florida Keys is a popular vacation spot and over 2,000,000 tourists visit the Keys each year. In peak season (January until April) the population of the county may reach as high as 150,000.
In order to serve the unique population of the Keys, the Sheriff's Office has state of the art detention facilities located in Stock Island, Marathon and Plantation Key. The Main Sheriff's Office Administration building is also located on Stock Island, with patrol substations on Cudjoe Key, Marathon (Key Vaca) , Islamorada, and Plantation Key.
The Sheriff's Office has a fully equipped Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), as well as a Dive Team, Bomb Squad, Marine Unit, Major Crime Investigations Unit and Special Investigations Unit (specializing in drug investigations).
Our vision is to enhance the quality of life in the Florida Keys through strong community partnerships, in a way that maintains the public trust. The men and women of the Monroe County Sheriff’s office will pursue the highest standards of Law Enforcement Excellence in everything we do.
It is the mission of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to suppress, prevent and deter crime with the relentless pursuit of all criminals as a top priority. We will operate safe and professional detention and court security services throughout the Keys. We are dedicated to keeping our communities and roadways safe while providing the highest quality of service to our residents and visitors. WE ARE committed to the Keys!
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Code of Ethics
The Office of the Sheriff has long stood for the safety and protection of the citizens it serves. The public, rightfully, can expect professional and courteous service when it so demands. The image the members of the office present, both on and off duty, serves as a tool for the public to measure the level of professionalism of the Office. Therefore, it is incumbent upon all members of the Sheriff's Office to guard their actions cautiously and for all personnel to abide by the following Offices’ code of ethics.
"As a member of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all persons to liberty, equality and justice.
I will act in the execution of my duties with integrity, dignity, and honor to merit the trust of the community and the profession, and apply honesty, skill, judgment, and initiative to contribute positively to the well-being of society.
I will treat people with dignity, good faith and equity; without discrimination; and have consideration for the values and cultural sensitivities of all groups within the community affected by my work.
I will follow recognized professional practice, and provide services and advice carefully and diligently only within my areas of competence.
I will develop my knowledge, skills, and expertise continuously through my career; contribute to the collective wisdom of the profession; and actively encourage my associates to do likewise.
I will advise my supervisor of any interest I have which may be, or may be perceived as being, in conflict with the interests of the public I serve or the agency, or which may affect the quality of my services or my impartial judgment. I will refrain from furthering my own interests when such conflict or perceived conflict arises unless and until I receive direction from my supervisor.
I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self‑restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others, honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life. I will be exemplary in observing the laws of the land and the regulations of my agency. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.
I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.
I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held as long as I am true to the ethics of law enforcement service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and dedicate myself before God to my chosen profession; law enforcement."
What is Bias-Based Policing?
The selection of individual(s) based solely on a trait common to a group for enforcement action. This includes but is not limited to: race, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, age, cultural group or any other identifiable group.
Download a brochure about Bias-Based Policing
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Policy
It is the policy of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to patrol in a proactive manner, to aggressively investigate suspicious persons and circumstances, and to actively enforce the motor vehicle laws, while insisting that citizens will only be stopped or detained when there exists reasonable suspicion to believe they have committed, are committing, or about to commit, an infraction of law.
Citizens who feel they have been stopped or searched due to bias-based policing are encouraged to file a complaint with the Sheriff’s Office. Complaints may be filed in person, by mail, electronic mail, or by telephone. To file a complaint in writing or by e-mail please include all the facts, names, dates, and places known. Please include as much detail as possible. ALL COMPLAINTS WILL BE INVESTIGATED. Regular mail may be sent to: Sheriff Rick Ramsay, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, 5525 College Road, Key West, Florida 33040 or to email address: email@example.com , or by calling (305) 292-7000
August 20, 2013