Sheriff Seeks Reserves
The Monroe County Sheriffs Office is seeking to bolster its popular Reserve Program, particularly in the form of uncertified volunteers for citizen patrol in the Lower Keys.
In responding to the need to raise law enforcement alertness at all levels of government for the purpose of homeland security as well as to meet its traditional crime fighting role, the Sheriffs Office has increased its capability to place extra eyes and ears in the community by adding both vehicles and communications equipment to its Reserve Force. Additional personnel are now being sought to put this equipment on the streets.
The MCSO Reserve Force operates at three levels; certified Reserve Deputies and Auxiliary Deputies, and uncertified Auxiliary Support. The current recruitment thrust is for Auxiliary Support personnel; individuals who, following a criminal background check and brief training program, can extend the uniformed eyes and ears of certified law enforcement officers.
Citizens interested in volunteering this valuable service to their community are encouraged to contact MCSO Reserve Lieutenant Carol McGinley at (305) 292-7103, to schedule an initial interview.
Sheriff's Office looking for Employees
- Finance Assistant
- Communications Officer - Marathon
- FL. Certified Deputy Sheriff's
- Records Assistant - Key West & Marathon
- Computer Systems Specialist - Marathon
- Detention Deputy Trainee
- Property & Evidence Assistant
- School Crossing Guards - Key West & Marathon
Applicants can contact Kristie at the Monroe County Sheriffs office at 292-7044 or send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (305) 292-7159. EEO/AAP
Sheriff releases list of unclaimed bond money
The Sheriff's Office web site, www.keysso.net, is currently featuring a list of unclaimed bond money and the people it belongs to, published pursuant to F.S. 116.21 (2). The money is now in the custody of Richard D. Roth, Sheriff of Monroe County, Florida, and unless such bond money is claimed on or before September 1, 2004, the money shall be forfeited to Monroe County.
Persons having or claiming any interest in the listed money or any portion of them shall file their written claims to the Sheriff of Monroe County, on or before September 2, 2004, and show sufficient proof to the Sheriff of Monroe County of his/her ownership and upon doing so, shall be entitled to receive any part of the money so claimed.
To see the list, please visit http://www.keysso.net/admin_divs/financediv/misc/unclaimed_bonds.htm, or go to www.keysso.net and click on "Finance Division".
National Night Out events scheduled for August
The Sheriff's Office and upper Keys Crime Watch groups are working together to organize two National Night Out events on August 3rd. National Night Out is an annual event to celebrate the partnership between law enforcement and the community with an emphasis on teaching people how to prevent crime in their neighborhoods. It is also a terrific excuse to get everyone together. People who communicate and who know their neighbors are better equipped to fight crime.
In Islamorada, the event will take place at Founder's Park from 7 to 9 p.m.. The event will feature displays of the Sheriff's Office vehicles, appearances by law enforcement K-9 teams, a visit by McGruff the Crime Dog, Fire Trucks, ambulances, and activities for kids including ice cream sodas and pop corn.
There will also be a National Night Out event at Key Largo Community Park from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be many displays of law enforcement and first responder equipment at the event, along with fun activities for kids and lots of crime prevention information for both adults and children. The event will also feature food and refreshments and an opportunity meet new people and renew old friendships.
National Night out will be A fun night to meet neighbors and relatives and celebrate the fight against crime. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.
Sheriff's Office Reserves volunteer over 25,000 hours
Last year, the Sheriff's Office Reserve force contributed over 25,000 hours to the citizens of Monroe County. The Reserve force consists of 75 people who choose to volunteer their personal time working for various divisions of the Sheriff's Office performing all types of law enforcement related duties free of charge. Assigning an average salary of $10 an hour to these hours, the force has contributed $250,000 worth of service free of charge.
The cost of operating the Reserve force is minimal. The uniforms and issued gear are surplus from the full time force, and no new gear is purchased for them.
Reserve officers are an everyday part of the Sheriff's Office, performing many of the same tasks that paid employees perform. They are an important and integrated part of Sheriff's Office operations and their volunteer hours allow the office to accomplish much more in the way of law enforcement than would otherwise be possible.
"The Reserves are an essential part of our operation here at the Sheriff's Office," said Sheriff Rick Roth. "We all appreciate their selfless dedication. The hours they contribute are admirable. Everyone in Monroe County should be thankful for their contributions to the safety and security of our county."
The Reserve Division falls under the Office of Special Operations. The Reserve Lieutenant attends the Sheriff's weekly staff meetings and the Reserve Captain attends the bi-weekly Operations staff meetings. Each Reserve Sector Lieutenant meets on a monthly basis with the Sector Station Commander to make sure the Reserves are fulfilling the Sector's needs.
The Reserves contribute to various divisions, including:
Thirty Reserve deputies assigned to the operation of the Aviation Division, volunteering 6,941 hours in 2003.
Seven Reserve deputies are fully certified law enforcement officers who have contributed 2,000 hours taking calls for service in the community in 2003.
Two Reserve deputies are assigned to the Sheriff's Office dive team and are essential to the operation of the team. They both have extensive diving and instructor experience: both responded to the fatal airplane accident in the everglades recently, and assisted with the search off of Key West for the missing military diver.
Four Reserve deputies are certified parking enforcement specialists tasked with patrolling for vehicles parked illegally throughout the county. They drive Sheriff's Office vehicles equipped with yellow overhead lights and specifically target handicapped parking violations, although they also hand out other types of parking tickets. When they aren't patrolling for illegal parking, they drive through county neighborhoods keeping an eye on things as an extension of our county-wide Crime Watch program.
One Reserve deputy spends time assisting Sheriff's Office court security officers in the Monroe County Court system.
Several Reserve deputies help out in the Sheriff's Office Records Division, and in the Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Division performing clerical duties and entering information into computers.
There are also Reserve deputies on the Sheriff's Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team and the Honor Guard.