Sheriff Roth at a ceremony welcoming the
ship "Amistad" to Key West in January.
In coming weeks we will all be
seeing an increase in traffic on our roads due to tourist
season, spring break, and Daytona Bike Week, which always
creates spillover bike traffic in the Keys. I would like to
ask you all to be patient as you drive to work, home, to the
grocery store or wherever your day takes you. It does no good
to lose your temper behind the wheel, and can result in
accidents or other roadway incidents.
The important thing is to get where you are going safely.
We should all try to be
defensive drivers, and keep in mind that many of the cars on
the highway belong to people who have never seen our beautiful
county before. They may be marveling at the scenery, or may be
trying to find a hotel or restaurant, and may not be paying as
much attention to the road as they should. It does no good to
get angry - instead, be patient and remember, tourists are the
livelihood for most of us here in the Keys.
Homeland Security: In February, I flew to Fort
Lauderdale for a meeting with the Federal Bureau of
Investigations to be updated on the current state of our
Homeland Security. I received a briefing on how the federal
government is working to keep our country safe in the current
state of heightened security and increased threat level.
Additionally, the FBI gave a
report during the meeting about their new mission and what it
will mean for local law enforcement agencies. The FBI has been
directed to concentrate their efforts on Homeland Security
issues. Other investigative functions, such as bank robbery
investigations, will be left more and more to local law
enforcement. They will still provide investigative resources
when they are able.
In some jurisdictions, this
will cause some problems. Many agencies have relied solely on
their local FBI office to investigate crimes of this
magnitude. Here in the Keys, however, we have always taken an
active part in such investigations due to the small number of
FBI investigators assigned to our area. And while we do not
have a large number of bank robberies, or other federal
crimes, when they do occur, our detectives have worked them
and will have no trouble continuing to do so in conjunction
with the FBI.
In a related issue, there are
some new web sites offered by the Federal Government to help
you better prepare for terrorist threats and other issues
related to Homeland Security.
The Department of
Homeland Security has a web site which offers useful
information and many useful publications about disaster and
terrorism preparedness. The new web site,
Ready.gov was created
specifically to help people prepare for terrorist threats of
all kinds. As the site says, in it's overview:
"Some of the things you can do
to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling a supply kit
and developing a family communications plan, are the same for
both a natural or man-made emergency. However, as you will see
throughout the pages of
are important differences among potential terrorist threats
that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you
take. With a little planning and common sense, you can be
better prepared for the unexpected."
and stay safe.
||A new county-wide fire and rescue station
and apparatus numbering system was adopted by the Monroe County Fire
Chiefs’ Association at their last meeting. This numbering plan is intended
to improve the efficiency of fireground communications by eliminating
unneeded syllables and establishing logical sets of numbers that make
sense to all fire-rescue members throughout the Keys. It will also
provide a system that makes sense to dispatchers in the Sheriff’s Office
who have been asking for a numbering system that is more efficient.
The numbering system that was adopted is
the culmination of two-years’ worth of work by several members of the
Monroe County Fire Chiefs’ Association. Participants included the
municipalities of Key West, Marathon and Layton, as well as the U.S. Naval
Air Facility-Key West, and the Ocean Reef Public Safety Department, in
addition to the fire departments of unincorporated Monroe County. All of
these organizations saw the need to create a system that would allow for
countywide coordination and interoperability without losing their identity
as organizations. Some of them sacrificed their own individual
preferences for the larger good. In fact, such countywide, even
region-wide numbering schemes function quite well in many other parts of
the country, regardless of the color of the apparatus, or how the fire
stations within a municipality may be numbered.
Some of the new numbers assigned to
stations throughout the Keys are #1 Key West Station (N. Roosevelt Blvd.),
#8 Stock Island Station, #10 Sugarloaf Station, #17 Conch Key Station, and
#24 Key Largo-S Station. This new numbering system will provide efficient
delivery of emergency services to all of the citizens of Monroe County,
including those residing in incorporated municipalities and those in the
Gov. Bush with Norm Leggett
The State of Florida 911 Wireless Board met with Governor
Jeb Bush in the Executive Office at the Capitol in Tallahassee on February
12th, 2003. The Governor was very enthusiastic to meet with the full
Wireless Board for the first time. Cordial greetings were exchanged and
photos taken during the meeting. Norm Leggett, Monroe
County's Senior Director of Communications, responsible for all
County communications systems was present. He is the Governor's first
appointment from Monroe County to the State of
Florida 911 Wireless Board.
In 1999 the Florida
Legislature enacted the "Wireless Emergency Communications Act" and
established the Wireless 911 Board to administer the fees imposed for
certain wireless 911-telephone service. The Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) requires wireless telephone service providers to provide
enhanced 911(E911) service in the form of automatic location
identification and automatic number identification to maximize the
availability of enhanced 911 services throughout the state. This provides
wireless telephone users with rapid access to public safety agencies by
dialing 911 on their cell phones. Wireless service providers and counties
that operate 911 and E911 systems require adequate funding to recover the
costs of designing, purchasing, installing, testing, and operating
enhanced facilities, systems, and services necessary to comply with the
FCC requirements. The fees collected from wireless phone users are
administered by the Wireless 911 Board to fund these efforts to improve
the public health, safety, and welfare and provide emergency telephone
assistance through wireless communications throughout the state. For
further information about the Wireless 911 Board visit the Monroe County
One of the responsibilities of any good law
enforcement agency is to constantly monitor our efficiency so
that we can provide the best service possible to taxpayers.
One of the ways we do this is to analyze repeat calls for
service to the same location. If deputies frequently respond
to the same business or residence it is his or her job to
determine exactly why that is happening. Repeat calls for
service clearly indicate a problem that needs to be solved,
not just for the person who has the problem, but also for the
surrounding neighbors who are more than likely disturbed by
the problem and the constant police presence as well. By
solving the problem, deputies can then focus their efforts on
investigating crimes, neighborhood patrol, traffic safety, and
other crime prevention activities.
Of the repeat calls for service we respond to
every year, false alarms are the highest. In 2002 deputies
from Tavernier to Key Largo alone responded to over 1,000
false alarms. In January 2003, we’ve responded to 108. Because
we can never assume the alarm will be false , usually two
deputies are sent for officer safety reasons. These calls
monopolize a great deal of time, preventing deputies from
handling other, more proactive duties.
reason, several years ago the county passed an ordinance which
regulates burglar alarms. The ordinance states, “No
burglar/robbery alarm user shall cause, allow or permit its
burglar alarm system to give six or more false alarms in any
calendar year.” After the sixth alarm, users are fined,
beginning at $10.00, then an additional $25.00 for the eighth
alarm; and an additional $75.00 for the ninth and each
additional false alarm after that in a calendar year. (There
are some exceptions to the fine, including activations due to
obvious bad weather.)
Additionally, everyone who has an alarm must register that
information with the Sheriff’s Office. If you have not done
this, it’s as easy as giving us a call and we’ll fax you the
form. The reason for the registration is so that we are able
to quickly contact the homeowner or business owner in order to
check the premises and have the alarm deactivated. Many times
neighbors have been disturbed in the middle of the night by an
alarm sounding at a residence that is unoccupied and we have
no way of contacting an owner. Never assume your alarm
company has current contact information for you, check with
them regularly to insure they do. Also insure they have
directions to the location of the alarm. Often buildings are
not properly numbered, businesses change locations without
informing the Sheriff’s Office, many street names are
duplicated, or the locations are otherwise difficult to
alarms occur because of malfunctions in the system, or because
an error is made when activating or deactivating the alarm.
These problems are easily remedied by making sure the system
is maintained properly – if you are suffering from numerous
unexplained false alarms, make it the responsibility of the
installer to resolve the problem; and make sure that all
persons having access to the alarm are properly trained.
Watch Chairperson meeting a success
February 19 the upper Keys Neighborhood Crime Watch
chairpersons met to discuss ways to increase participation in
the Crime Watch program, and to share ideas for solving
neighborhood problems. The meeting was well attended and a
great success. Chances are good that we will hold meetings
quarterly. Our goal is to have 10 more upper Keys
neighborhoods become Crime Watch neighborhoods this year. If
you are interested in participating, please call Sgt. Don
Fanelli (Key Largo) or Sgt. Lou Caputo (Tavernier) at
853-3211, or Deputy Emil LaVache, our Crime Watch Coordinator,
at 292-7116. Neighborhood Crime Watch is one of the single
most effective crime prevention programs in existence. It
takes very little time and there is no cost to join. Let us
hear from you!
Child Safety Seat
Check Held at Founder’s Park
By Lt. Tom
Brazil, Station Commander, Sector 6
Sgt. Bogue of Islamorada
District accompanied by other deputies and Florida Highway Patrol Troopers,
and 7-month-old baby who was brought for the car seat check.
Sgt. Bogue showing a mother
the proper installation of child safety seat.
“Buckling up is still
the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries from motor vehicle
crashes on our roadways,” says Sgt. Bogue who coordinated the check.. According
to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle
crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 4 to 14, and in the year
2000 more than half of all children under 15 years of age who were killed in car
crashes were completely unrestrained.
Child safety seat and
vehicle manufacturers’ instructions are often difficult to read. In addition,
most children who outgrow their forward facing child safety seats, at about 40
pounds, are often prematurely placed in adult safety belts.
When a child outgrows
a forward facing safety seat, they should use a booster seat until at least 8
years old or four feet nine inches tall. A booster seat raises a child to allow
the vehicle’s safety belt to be positioned correctly.
throughout the year child safety seat checks like this one are held where
specially trained officers will check the installation and safety of your
child’s safety seat FREE OF CHARGE. Sgt. Bogue also offers the service of
a Fitting Station on appointment, where parents or caregivers can come and
have their child’s seat checked for proper installation. Child Seats are
also available to parents or caregivers who are receiving Public Assistance or
have a significant financial hardship and cannot afford to purchase a seat at a
retail establishment. For any questions regarding Child Safety Seats
contact Sgt. Bogue at (305) 853-7021.
Child Safety Seat (CSS)
Infants ride rear-facing until one
year of age AND 20 pounds. Child safety seat (CSS) weight
requirements are set by the CSS manufacturer. The one year age requirement is
recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Babies over 20 pounds
and under one year of age require a special CSS rated to higher rear-facing
Infants ride rear-facing,
semi-reclined at no more than a 45 degree angle. The semi-reclined
position keeps the baby’s airway open. Bucket, sculptured and contour
vehicle seats often need a tightly rolled towel or “ pool noodle” at the vehicle
seat crack to obtain the desired recline degree.
Never place a rear-facing CSS in
the front seat of vehicles equipped with passenger airbags. Check the sun
visor, dashboard and vehicle owner’s manual to determine if airbags are present
in the vehicle.
Place the CSS harness through the
slots at or below the rear-facing infant’s
shoulders; forward-facing toddlers must have the harness at
or above the shoulders (unless otherwise directed by the CSS
Tighten the CSS harness so the
straps are snug and lay comfortably flat, in a straight line on the child’s
body. Snug straps keep the child’s back firmly against the CSS.
Place the vehicle safety belt
around or through the CSS exactly where the CSS manufacturer directs. Use
LATCH if both vehicle and CSS are so equipped.
Tighten the vehicle safety belt to
allow no more than 1 inch of movement of the CSS side-to-side or front to back.
Read safety belt labels and instructions in the vehicle owner’s manual to know
how to correctly lock the safety belt system.
Obtain and use any extra equipment
needed to secure the safety belt properly as directed by the vehicle owner’s
manual. Locking clips, auxiliary buckles and/or tethers must be used if directed
by the vehicle or CSS manufacturer.
Position all child occupants in the
back seat of the vehicle when possible. If the front seat must be used for
a forward-facing child, push the vehicle seat back as far from airbag as
honors; Community policing course offered
By Captain Robert P.
Commander, Marathon District
||Deputy Louis Rivera
received the Sheriff's Medal of Valor from Sheriff Roth
and Captain Bob Peryam
On February 7th, the Sheriff
awarded Marathon Deputy Louis Rivera the Sheriff’s Medal of
Valor for his actions in the arrest of a suspect in a shooting
in Key West that he witnessed off duty. Marathon Deputy Dennis
Coleman was also honored at the same ceremony as Deputy of the
Quarter for last quarter. Many community residents attended
the awards ceremony to congratulate these officers for their
commitment to duty in this community.
||Deputy Jen Lascala with Officer Frank
Blastberg, KWPD and FHP at a recent Child Seat Safety
Marathon Deputy Jen Lascala,
the Marathon Station Child Seat Safety Program Coordinator,
supervised two Child Seat Safety Checkpoints in February, one
in Marathon and the other assisting the Key West Police
Department. Combined, they checked and adjusted 76 seats in
vehicles in the two days. She can be contacted with any
concerns for your child’s safety seat by calling 289-2430. She
can answer any questions you have or help you install or
adjust your present child safety seat. Deputy Lascala is an
AAA Certified Child Safety Seat Technician. Remember, nothing
can be more honorable than safeguarding our children.
We are currently filling three
two-day classes offered by St. Petersburg College and the
Southeastern Public Safety Institute. These are two-day
classes on the Introduction to Community Policing. These
classes are open to the public and we would like your presence
and input. The classes are free of charge. The instructor is
Sergeant Jake Walker with the Collier County Sheriff's Office.
The course covers: Police-Community Partnerships, Introduction
to Problem Solving Policing, Problem Solving Practical
Exercises, Action Planning, Crime Prevention and Community
Policing Resource Development. Class hours are 8AM to 5 PM.
The classes are March 3rd and 4th or March 5th and 6th at KCB
City Hall or you can attend March 7th and 8th at the Marathon
Government Center. You must reserve seating, the classes are
capped at 30 persons. Call Sergeant Dennis Cain at 289-2430
immediately for reservations.
"BOYZ ON BIKES"
We started a new team last
month in Marathon. Two Marathon Deputies were sent to
Bradenton for Police Mountain Bike School. Deputies Louis
Rivera, Iscandel Perez and Chuck Kellenberger currently make
up what has been tagged as the “BOB” squad. The name has
nothing to do with our District Commander but actually stands
for “Boyz On Bikes”. Since January 14th (just a little over
one month) the team has produced seven felony arrests (one
armed car jacking fugitive) 13 misdemeanor arrests, seized 26
grams of cocaine and an additional 7 rocks of crack and have
several outstanding drug cases under investigation. They have
put in well over 100 miles of bike patrol in town so far. They
have also spent numerous hours on wave-runner patrol in the
near-shore waters of Marathon and have issued several boating
safety warnings. They also have more land and water operations
planned for the near future. They are out there in the
community almost every evening and night. Call Sergeant Dennis
Cain at 289-2430 if you have any concerns you think they can
address in your neighborhood.
The Florida Department of
Transportation has begun efforts to build a Community Traffic
Safety Team in Marathon. Membership includes local law
enforcement, engineers, emergency services and education
professionals as wells as community leaders and citizens.
Community members are encouraged to join the team and voice
their ideas at the monthly meetings. If you are interested in
joining the team or just attending a meeting please contact
Lieutenant Larry Kelley at the Marathon Station at 289-2430.
We currently meet at the Marathon DOT building conference room
at 2 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
We are committed to partnering
with you to fight crime. Help us to help you. Remember that
you are the most important crime fighter in your home. While
you are away on vacation or during any extended time away from
your residence in the Keys:
Have good locks on all doors
and windows and USE THEM!
Ask a neighbor to watch the
house while you are away. It’s a good idea to leave your
vacation address and telephone number with a neighbor so you
can be reached in case of an emergency.
Never leave your house key
hidden outside your home.
Stop all deliveries, or
arrange for a neighbor to pick up your mail, newspapers and
Arrange for someone to mow
your lawn, rake leaves and maintain the yard to give the
home a lived-in look.
Plug in timers to turn
lights, a radio or television on and off at appropriate
times. This helps to disguise the fact that you are away.
Turn the bell or ringer on
your telephone off or at least down low. If a burglar is
around, he won’t be alerted to your absence by a ringing
Don’t announce your absence
on answering machine messages.
Leave your blinds, shades and
curtains in the normal position. Don’t close them unless
that is what you do when you are at home. Of course, put up
storm shutters if you will be away during hurricane season,
unless you are confident a neighbor or other friend will be
doing that for you in the event of a storm.
Close and lock garage doors
and windows. Ask a neighbor to occasionally park in your
driveway. If you leave your car at home, park it as you
normally would. Vehicles parked outside should be moved
occasionally to appear that they are being used.
Secure storage sheds, attic
entrances and gates.
Contact the Sheriff’s Office,
Marathon Station at 289-2430 to arrange a vacation watch for
your residence. Vacation watches are also available in other
areas of the County.
local Sheriff's Office substation for more information.
Engrave you valuables. Use
your driver’s license number and not your social security
number. We have ready access to driver’s licenses. This
simple step will allow your stolen property to be identified
and returned to you if recovered by deputies.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s
Office is always ready to serve your needs 24 hours a day.
Call me (Captain Bob
Peryam) at the Marathon Station if you want to talk about
concerns you may have about crime, traffic, current events or
anything at all.
Tips from your friendly
neighborhood Sheriff's Office Dispatchers
By Communications Officer Debra Shepherd
Here are a few tips from the Sheriff's Office
Communications Division to help you make your home easier
to find in an emergency.
House Numbers: Everyone should make sure they
have large, clear house numbers on their homes. Make sure
the numbers are large enough to be seen from the road and
that nothing obstructs them from being seen by a car
driving by on the street.
Know your complete street address: Street names
in Monroe County are duplicated throughout the Keys; from
Key Largo to Key West. For instance, there are three
Buttonwood Drive's in Key Largo, all within a one mile
radius of one another. Their are also Buttonwood Drive's
in Big Pine Key and in Sugarloaf Key. If you call the
Sheriff's Office and tell the person answering the phone
that you live on Buttonwood in Key Largo, it's going to be
very difficult to find you. Not only are their five
Buttonwood Drives in Monroe County, we also have
Buttonwood Bight, Buttonwood Avenue's, Buttonwood Circle's
and Buttonwood Lane's. So you can see why it is very
important you know your complete street address. It is
also helpful to know what sub-division you live in and the
mile marker of the highway that you live closest to, as
well as whether your house is on the gulf side or ocean
side of the highway.
Know how to describe your house location: If you
do call the Sheriff's Office for assistance, there is
additional information you can provide that would make it
easier for police or rescue to locate your home.
- Do you live on the right hand or left hand side of
- How far down the street is your home?
- Are there any vehicles in your front yard. If so,
- Is there anything about your house that stands out
and/or is different than other houses on the street?
Possibly a large tree or a fence in the yard?
Take a few minutes now and go over the above questions.
It will save time if police or rescue are ever sent to
Burglary sting catches business burglar
By Captain Ross Thomson
The Sheriff's Special Investigations
Division is a wide ranging division covering many types of
investigative units, including narcotics investigators,
homicide investigators, investigators who specialize in
crimes against women and children, traffic enforcement
officers, and general case detectives who work many
types of different cases county-wide. All of them are hard
working and believe in what they do - their work affects
the lives of many Monroe County citizens on a daily basis,
both visibly and behind the scenes.
This month, one of our outstanding
investigative operations involved our detectives in the
upper Keys area who organized an extremely successful
burglary sting operation with the full cooperation of the
business owner who was the intended target. The
investigators had received information that a teenager was
going to break into Boater's World in Key Largo. They
arranged to be waiting inside the business that night,
with the back door unlocked and the alarm turned off.
When the would-be burglar entered the
business, they arrested him for burglary and attempted
theft. Teamwork and cooperation between law enforcement
and a citizen helped prevent a crime from taking place. My
special thanks go out to Detective Dillon Corr, along with
the rest of the upper Keys gang for their hard work on
I want to use this example to suggest
that everyone step back and take a look at their
involvement with the safety and security of our County.
Without the tip, or information, which let detectives know
this crime was going to occur and without the cooperation
of the business owner, we could not have done our job and
prevented this crime.
If you hear anything which leads you to
believe a crime might happen, I hope you also will pick up
the phone and call the Sheriff's Office to report the
information. You can call Sheriff's Office dispatchers
with the information at 289-2401 or, if you wish to remain
anonymous, you can call
Stoppers of the Florida Keys at 1-800-346-TIPS. Either
way, we will follow up your tip and you may be helping to
prevent a crime.
The Sheriff's Office and Monroe County
Emergency Management, along with many other County divisions from Public
Safety to Public Works, participated in a Turkey Point Nuclear Plant drill
in February. The drill, evaluated this year by the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission, was a successful one.
The drill is designed to test the County's
readiness to respond in the event that there is an emergency at the Turkey
Point Nuclear Power Plant. The plant is located in southeastern Dade
County, just a few miles from the Ocean Reef Club and Card Sound Road, the
two areas which would most likely be effected should there ever be a
release of radiation from the plant. Drills such as this one are held
yearly, with evaluated drills taking place every other year.
Representatives from Monroe County
Emergency Management and the Sheriff's Office are present during the drill
at both FPL's headquarters building in Miami, and staffing the Emergency
Operations Center in Key Largo. From those two locations, decisions are
made about how to respond to the simulated emergency and simulated news
releases and press conferences are held to practice notifying the public
about the events.
Also present at the drill are FPL
representatives, representatives from Miami-Dade County, the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission (during the evaluated drills) and representatives
from the State of Florida. All the agencies practice coordinating their
responses to the simulated emergency. Although the possibility of such an
emergency occurring is not likely, everyone must be prepared just in case.
Residents of Monroe County who live in
areas which could be effected, Ocean Reef, Card Sound Road and, possibly,
those living on State Road 905, should be aware they are living in the
vicinity of a Nuclear Power Plant. FPL mails out a special booklet which
warns residents of the possibility of , and gives them detailed
information about how they can keep themselves and their families safe in
such an emergency.
For more information, or to obtain a
booklet, you can contact FPL at 305-442-8770 or contact Monroe County
Emergency Management at 305-289-6018.
According to numbers compiled by our
Crime Analysis Unit, for the first time in 12 years crime
rose slightly in Monroe County. Monroe County's biggest
increases were in thefts of personal property, including
thefts of motor vehicle parts and general theft. The
Sheriff's Office has been seeing many thefts of boat
motors and boat motor parts in the past year, and this
trend has certainly affected the numbers.
On a positive note, the County did see a
considerable decrease in burglaries, rapes, shoplifting
cases, and theft from automobiles. People are becoming
more conscious of ways they can keep themselves safer and
make their homes and cars more secure. The only way the
Sheriff's Office can do its job adequately is with the
help of the public: if you do everything you can to make
yourself, your family and your belongings less of a
target, it will give the criminals out there less of an
opportunity to make you a victim.
The Florida Department of Law
Enforcement tracks Major Crimes in the State and the
Monroe County Sheriff's Office is required to report the
numbers of these crimes on a monthly and yearly basis.
Below are the crime statistics we have reported to FDLE
for 2002. If you would like to view crime statistics month
by month, you can do so by visiting our
Statistics web pages.
Type of Crime
THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE
THEFT OF MOTOR VEHICLE PARTS
THEFT OF BICYCLE
THEFT FROM BUILDING
THEFT COIN OPERATED VENDING MACHINE
ALL OTHER LARCENY
Sheriff's Office, through our Juvenile Diversion Civil Citation Program,
provides an educational opportunity to Juvenile retail theft offenders
designed to stop them from re-offending. The Program is Shoplifters
Alternative. According to Shoplifters Alternative, the Courts and
Diversion programs utilizing their educational material have a documented
recidivism rate of less than 3% nationally.
When a child is apprehended for shoplifting the retailer
can request that the Sheriff’s Deputy or other law enforcement officer
issue a Civil Citation rather than make an arrest. Under this alternative
program, the retailer does not need to make a court appearance. Issuance
of the Civil Citation by Law Enforcement sets in motion a process that
brings the child to Shoplifters Alternative in a short time.
Everyone benefits! Law enforcement benefits the Civil
Citation alternative allows the responding officer to quickly return to
patrol activities. The Juvenile Court system benefits because cases
are diverted from the court, thereby reducing its caseload and allowing
the Court to turn its attention to other delinquent activity. And
finally, the retailer benefits: rather than simply releasing the
juvenile shoplifter with a warning that often falls on deaf ears, a
significant step is taken to solve the problem of shoplifting and keep the
juvenile offender from committing future crimes.
Remember, when you release a seemingly contrite youth
without significant consequence, your generosity may only reinforce a
myth. When the threat fades most youthful shoplifters will embrace the
myth sustaining continuance of the shoplifting behavior:
“I can always talk my way out of it….”
If you have any questions
about the program please contact the Monroe County Sheriff’s Juvenile
Diversion Program’s Case Managers. Click their names to send email, or
call them at the following numbers:
Karol Cotton in the Lower Keys at 292-7130 or
Craig Johnson in the Middle and
Upper Keys at 853-3211.
To learn more about our
Juvenile Diversion programs, including IDDS, Teen Court and the Civil
Citation Program, visit our
Juvenile Diversion web page.
With all of the
fraudulent practices of fundraising organizations in the news, Sheriff
Roth would like residents to know that the letters going out under his
name on behalf of the Florida Sheriffs Association are legitimate.
There are a number of organizations that
have formed in recent years with similar-sounding names, but Sheriff Roth
warns citizens to be wary of them, especially when they use high-pressure
Sheriffs Association is not only an honorable organization to support, it
directly impacts public safety in this county," Sheriff Roth said. "FSA
provides specialized training, special task forces and legislative and
legal services that we wouldn't have access to otherwise." He says that
because FSA unites the efforts of all Sheriffs' Offices in the state,
citizens enjoy a significant cost savings for better quality policing.
All fundraising by
the FSA is done through U.S. Mail. FSA adamantly opposes the use of
telemarketers in promoting membership and does not sell or rent their
membership list to outside organizations or companies.
If you receive a
telephone solicitation from anyone claiming to be from the Florida
Sheriffs Association – please be aware that this is a fraudulent call.
Report it immediately by calling: 1-800-877-2168, or sending an e-mail
Residents who do
not receive a letter from the Sheriff on behalf of the Florida Sheriffs
Association, may show their support of local law enforcement by mailing
their name, address and a $20 check to: Membership, Florida Sheriffs
Association, P.O. Box 12519, Tallahassee, FL 32317-2519. For further
background, you may also visit the Florida Sheriffs Association web site:
Sheriffs Association is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation made
up of the 67 Sheriffs of Florida, business leaders and citizens throughout
the state. Its headquarters are in Tallahassee, Florida. For more
information, contact FSA at: 850-877-2165.
- The Sheriff's Office will be hosting it's annual Easter
Celebration at the Stock Island Children's Animal Farm on Sunday, April
the 6th, from 2pm until 4pm. Mark the date on your calendar and plan to
bring the family for a visit with all the animals, as well as the Easter
- The Sheriff's Office will hold it's annual Employee of
the Year Ceremony Friday, March 21st, at 2 p.m. at the Marathon
Government Center. The ceremony will honor those employees chosen as the
most exemplary in five separate categories: Sworn Law Enforcement, Sworn
Corrections, Reserve Deputy, Cadet/Explorer and Support. The public is
welcome to attend!
The lanes on the Overseas
Highway at Tom’s Harbor Channel (mile marker 60.1) will be shifted
weekdays, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, March 3, 2003 through April 4, 2003.
Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority crews will be performing utility work.
received the following notice from the Florida Department of
Transportation. There may be traffic delays and/or slowdowns due to this
When riding on a street or highway, bicycles are subject to the same laws as
motor vehicles. Before riding a bicycle, you should be aware of those rules and
One law often violated by bicyclists is riding the wrong way on a one way
street. Under Florida law, directional signs on streets must be complied with by
both motorized and by pedal powered vehicles.
Bicyclists must also obey other traffic signs and lights. A bicycle must come
to a full stop at stop signs, and must stop at red lights until the light turns
green. When a bicyclist is stopped at a stop sign or traffic light, he or she
must wait in line with all the other vehicles that are stopped. Passing cars on
the right hand side and riding to the front of the line is against the law.
Bicycles, like cars, must yield the right of way to pedestrians in cross walks.
If a bicyclist rides on the side walk, he or she must yield to pedestrians, and
must give an audible warning signal when approaching from behind.
Two people may not ride on a bicycle, unless the bike is made to carry two
people. An adult may carry a small child in a backpack or sling or in a child
seat properly fixed to the frame of the bicycle.
After sunset, a bicyclist is required to have a white headlight on the front,
visible from a distance of 500 feet. The bicycle must also have a red taillight
or reflector visible from 600 feet away. Hand held flashlights do not count as
headlights under the law.
Wear that Bike Helmet!
The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind you that beginning
January 1st, 1998 law enforcement officers in Monroe County started issuing non
moving traffic citations to bicycle riders and passengers under 16 years of age
who are not wearing properly fitted and secured bicycle helmets meeting
nationally recognized standards. This includes children riding in a trailer or
semi-trailer attached to a bicycle.
The law also prohibits a bicycle from carrying more people than it was
designed to carry. Passengers under four years old, weighing 40 pounds or less,
must be secured in a carrier designed to hold a child that age and size to
protect the child from moving.
Some other points to remember while riding a bike:
Under Florida law, a bicyclist may not hang on to another moving vehicle while
on a roadway.
A bicyclist traveling at less than the normal speed of traffic should ride as
close as possible to the right hand edge of the road.
A bicyclist should keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
Under Florida law, bicyclists may not ride more than two abreast on roadways.
Bicycles are often hard to see, and riders must be extra careful to watch over
their own safety. By the time someone else sees a bike, it is often too late.
If you are caught violating Florida law, the fines for moving traffic violations
can be substantial.
A bicyclist must not wear a headset, head phones or other listening devices
(other than a hearing aid) when riding. Wearing such devices blocks out
important sounds needed to detect the presence of other traffic.
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