The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Division is made up of investigators who specialize in various types of criminal investigations that require special skills and training to perform. General Case detectives are assigned to work specific Sectors; Special Unit detectives are assigned to work county-wide and many of their investigations are long-term and sensitive in nature. Captain Chad Scibilia oversees the division, which is headed up by Lt. Lee Anne Holroyd
The units under his command include:
The Sheriff's Narcotics Unit
Major Crimes Unit:
Homicide Investigations Unit
Crimes Against Women and Children's Unit
Victim's Advocate Unit
Click here to see photos of some cases worked by the Narcotics Unit
The narcotic's unit is led by Detective Sgt. Al Ramirez who oversees six investigators and an intelligence officer. This unit is responsible for drug related investigations, and for disseminating intelligence reports and bulletins to all law enforcement officers working in the county. In general, two investigators are assigned in each area of the Keys: lower, middle and upper. The investigators often assist each other, however and many investigations overlap in the areas they cover. Sgt. Ramirez and the intelligence officer are both assigned centrally, and operate out of the Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Offices in Marathon.
Some of the crimes targeted by this unit include:
Headed up by Detective Sgt. Linda Mixon, the Major Crimes Unit was established in July of 1999 and was originally comprised of the Crimes Against Women and Children's Unit (CAWACU). It has now grown to encompass three different areas of investigation including CAWACU, Homicide Investigations and Victim Advocates.
Crimes Against Women and Children: Crimes Against Women and Children consists of three detectives located throughout the county. They handle all child abuse, sex crimes and missing juvenile cases. One detective is on call weekends and after hours. In 2004, CAWACU handled 238 cases. Investigators have worked a number of cases with the Law Enforcement Against Child Harm (LEACH) task force and with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Homicide: Homicide is made up of two detectives who handle all homicide and suspicious death cases in the county. They are also charged with reviewing and investigating all cold cases involving a homicide or unidentified death. One investigator is on call at all times. IN 2004, the unit handled 120 cases. They also routinely assist other jurisdictions when a homicide in another location calls for some type of follow up in the Keys. In one 2004 case, the unit was able to identify the remains of a female whose body was found in 1976, thus giving closure to the family who had wondered about her whereabouts for almost thirty years. Click here for more details on this case.
Victim Advocates: There are five Victim Advocates in Monroe County who work for the Sheriff's Office. There is one stationed at each Sheriff's substation (Plantation Key, Islamorada, Marathon, Cudjoe Key) and one assigned to the Key West Police Department. Victim Advocates assist crime victims - particularly victims of violent crimes - and two are on call in the county at all times. The Advocates are funded by a grant from the office of the Attorney General, which runs from October through September and for the past year they assisted 857 people. Click here for more information about this program.