April - June, 2002

For more information, contact Deputy Becky Herrin, Public Information Officer for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Her contact numbers are: office: (305)292-7116, FAX: (305)293-1734 and e-mail: beckyherrin@keysso.net.


June 13, 2002

Sheriff, Keys Electric to hold Auction

Monroe County - The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Keys Energy Services will sell surplus cars, boats, and vans by public auction. Date : Saturday, June 29, 2002

Time: Pre-registration starts at 8 a.m. Auction starts at 9:30 a.m.

Location: Sheriff's Office Complex, 5525 College Road, Stock Island Photos and descriptions of the items to be sold are available for viewing on the Sheriff’s Office Web Site, www.keysso.net. The property to be sold is open to public inspection at the Sheriff’s Impound Yard adjacent to MCSO Headquarters at 5525 College Road, Stock Island on Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 2:00-6:00pm All bidders must register the day of the auction, prior to the start of the bidding. A state-issued photo identification is required in order to register.

AUCTION RULES

1. You must register to bid. Bidder registration must be done in person. Government– issued photo ID is required. Bidder registration begins at 8:00 am at the auction site. 2. If you are the high bidder, you have entered a legally binding contract to purchase. Do not bid unless you are willing and able to pay for your purchase. 3. All property is sold "as is, where is." THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR USE REGARDING THE CONDITION OF ANY ITEM OFFERED FOR SALE. 4. The minimum bid increment is $10.00 - for example, if the bid is $1,000.00, the lowest acceptable next bid is $1,010.00. 5. If the auctioneer does not acknowledge your bid, MAKE NOISE and bring it to his attention immediately. All sales are final when the auctioneer cries “SOLD”. 6. Successful bidders for all property except boats, must pay for their purchases in full immediately after the auction.

7. Successful bidders for boats must pay for their purchase in full no later then twelve noon on Monday, July 1, 2002. 8. Cash, cashier's checks, money orders, and local checks with satisfactory identification are the only acceptable means of payment. We cannot accept credit cards or extend credit. 9. All property must be removed at your expense by noon on Sunday, June 30, 2002. Boats must be removed by 2:00 pm on Monday, July 1, 2002. Property not removed by that time may be towed and stored at another location at your expense. THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING THE AUCTION! For more information, contact: Johnnie Yongue (click here for email) Monroe County Sheriff’s Office 5525 College Road Key West, Florida 33040 Finance Division (305) 292-7018

 

June 7, 2002

Incident/Offense list posted on web site

Monroe County – Want to know what those Sheriff’s Office patrol cars were doing down the street last night? How about where all those deputy’s cars, ambulances and fire engines were headed on the highway? Now there is a place you can go to find out: www.keysso.net. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office web site now features a complete seven day listing of incidents and offenses called in to Sheriff’s Office dispatchers. The listing includes the date, time and location of the “call for service”; what type of call it was when it came in to dispatchers, and what type of call it turned out to be once deputies arrived to sort it all out; along with incident numbers which are assigned to all calls and offense numbers which are assigned to those calls which require a report to be written. The site also has a new Crime Stoppers “featured cases” page. Anyone who has information about Crime Stoppers cases, or about any felony crime, can call the Crime Stoppers hot line with the information. Callers may remain completely anonymous. If a tip leads to an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00. People who wish to send in an email tip may do so as well. Email tipsters should know they will not be entirely anonymous because they will be identified by their email address. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS and the email address for Crime Stoppers is crimestoppers@keysso.net.

 

June 5, 2002

Web site features arrests and mug shots

Monroe County – A new feature on the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office web site offers a seven day arrest list, with photos of those who are arrested. The web site, located at www.keysso.net, now offers viewers a list of everyone booked into the Monroe County Detention Center. Alongside the arrest information is a mug shot taken at the time of the person’s arrest. The arrest list also includes charges, identifying information, location of the arrest, the arresting agency and agency case numbers when available. In the future, the Sheriff’s Office hopes to also offer a 30 day arrest list, and a list of all those arrested in the past year. Also on the site are lists of Sheriff’s Office calls for service, and a list of offense reports that have been written. Visitors to the site will also find a large collection of photos, both current and historical. A history of the Sheriff’s Office in Monroe County is available, along with a list of officers killed in the line of duty here and details of how they were killed. A large amount of Crime Prevention material is available, and information on what to do when a hurricane threatens the Keys. The Sheriff’s Office budget for the last several years is available, along with job postings, jurisdictional information and a list of contact information for people who work for the Sheriff’s Office. The site features several interactive pages as well; people wishing to fill out a Sheriff’s Office survey may do so. The survey asks questions about personal safety, about contact with members of the Sheriff’s Office and invites comments from survey respondents. Citizens may also make a general comment on our “Issues of the Week” page. The comments sent to the “Issues of the Week” page are published for everyone to read, excluding personal attacks against specific Sheriff’s Office employees. People can find detailed information about the Sheriff’s detention Center, including visitation hours and rules regarding visits to the facility; information about fingerprinting is also available. The web site is a work in progress, so people should visit often to see what is new. Comments about the site can be sent to Web Author Becky Herrin at beckyherrin@keysso.net.

 

June 4, 2002

Child Safety Seat training


Front kneeling: Michelle Stress(KWPD), Deputy Shelia Seago (MCSO) Standing left to right: Trooper Gretchen Glenn (FHP), Trooper Ben Cordona (FHP), Deputy Jen Lascala (MCSO), Deputy Lin Badman (MCSO), F. O’Neil (FDKW), Officer Frank Blasberg (KWPD), Officer Lindsay Birklund (KCBPD), Officer Brian Luoma (KCBPD), Sergeant Gabor Simoga (MCSO) Instructor out of photo: Tracy Medina with the Florida Child Passenger Safety and Resource Center

Thirteen Public Safety professionals from Monroe County recently completed 4 days of intense training that has certified them as child safety seat technicians. During the same week as the State of Florida “Click it or Ticket” enforcement wave, these police officers and firefighters from agencies throughout the county were exposed to a combination of lectures, discussions, and hands-on practice with both child safety seats and vehicle seatbelt systems. The course was offered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in conjunction with the Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Highway Patrol. They are now able to inspect and properly adjust child safety seat restraint systems at safety checkpoints locations and are considered “Certified Technicians”.

Key Colony Beach Police Department Officer Brian Loma who was assisted by Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jen Lascala set up the training. As part of the training the students, under the guidance of the instructors, planned, set up, staffed and carried out a Child Seat Clinic in the parking lot of the Bank of America in Marathon on Saturday, June 1st. The clinic was very successful-for three hours a steady stream of cars and seats were checked and properly adjusted. More Child Seat Safety Clinics are being planned for the Marathon area in the future. Please watch for the announcements and bring your existing child safety seats to the announced location for proper adjustment or contact the Florida Highway Patrol, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Key Colony Beach Police Department or the Key West Police Department for information about Child Safey Seat use.

Nationally it is estimated that 8 out of 10 children are improperly restrained when riding in a motor vehicle. This often tragic problem stems from the numerous child safety seat restraint systems being manufactured, coupled with the countless models of motor vehicles. These numerous combinations can leave children inadequately protected. In some cases the restraint system can do more harm than good, and can even cause death.

 

June 4, 2002

Deputy receives LEO of the Year Award from the Marathon Jaycees

Deputy Joe Cortner with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Marathon Station received the distinction of the Marathon Jaycee’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 2001 at their annual awards banquet June 1. Deputy Cortner, who is pictured here with his wife Angela on the left, President of the Marathon Jaycees JoAnn Wagner and Marathon Sheriff's Office Commander Captain Bob Peryam on the right, was chosen for his commitment to the Sheriff’s Community Policing Program and his initiative and focus towards local problems.

 

May 20, 2002

“Click It or Ticket”: The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Joins in Florida’s Largest Ever Safety Belt Enforcement Blitz

Monroe County - The old excuse of not knowing that Florida has safety belt laws will not work during the Memorial Day Click It or Ticket Enforcement Wave. Florida’s motorists are about to be reminded in a big way-the biggest ever, in fact---that buckling up is the law.

From May 25th-June 2nd, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the Buckle Up Florida Click It or Ticket campaign. According to Sheriff Rick Roth, the name of the campaign says it all. “The point of this campaign is clear: you either click your safety belt or you get a ticket,” said Sheriff Roth.“That’s the law, and that’s what we are going to enforce. No exceptions.” This safety belt campaign, which was designed to get all Floridians buckled up, will be the largest campaign of its kind in Florida to date. In addition to the high visibility enforcement, Floridians will see Click It or Ticket messages in various outlets statewide during May. A $1.6 million advertising campaign on radio and television, Click It or Ticket signs at thousands of gas pumps statewide, movie screen advertising, inserts in electric bills and city newsletters and banners posted at welcome centers and rest areas will serve as a reminder to motorists of the importance, for their pocket book and their safety, of buckling up.

Sheriff Roth emphasized that, although the campaign is highly publicized in May, the Sheriff’s Office enforces safety belt laws year round. “We do a lot of publicity and high visibility enforcement around the enforcement waves as a reminder to citizens, but safety belts are required year round,” Sheriff Roth said. “We try to remind people to buckle up around holidays, like Memorial Day, when there are more crashes. But safety belt laws don’t apply only to holidays. We are out there every day trying to save lives, and one of the easiest ways is to get our citizens buckled up.”

 

 

May 16, 2002

Police Memorial Day Ceremonies, May 24th


The Sheriff's Office memorial fountain.

Monroe County – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will remember law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in two separate ceremonies on May 24th. The public is welcome to attend either ceremony to help remember slain officers from all over the country, including those officers killed on September 11th in the New York and Washington D.C. terrorist attacks.

The first Police Memorial Day ceremony will be held at noon at the Marathon Sheriff’s Substation. After the ceremony, refreshments will be served, and the public may tour the substation. The second ceremony will be held in Key West, in conjunction with the Key West Police Department, at 7 p.m. at Bayview Park. Four Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies have been killed in the line of duty in the history of the department, including:

• Deputy Frank Adams, in 1901

• Deputy Guy Bradley, in 1905

• Deputy David J. Cormier, in 1989

• Deputy Michael Alexander, in 1998

The Sheriff's Office recently completed the construction of a new Police Memorial fountain at the Headquarters complex on Stock Island. The Memorial honors all law enforcement officers killed in the history of Monroe County. For more detailed information about the four officers killed, including photographs where available, please visit the Sheriff’s Office web site at www.keysso.net.

May 6, 2002

Sheriff’s detectives searching for missing juveniles

 

Marathon – Sheriff’s detectives are looking for two teenagers reported missing from the Marathon area since Friday.

13 year old Gina Nicholas, who also goes by the name Gina Williams and 17 year old Juan Pablo Ballejos reportedly left Marathon High School Friday after school. A friend gave them a ride to the Kmart store in Marathon where they may have gotten a ride to Miami on board the Miami-Keys Shuttle.

Detectives say they may be in the Miami area to join with another juvenile named Elio Hernandez, who recently transferred from Marathon High School to a school in Miami. According to her mother, Nicholas lived in the Miami area until eight months ago. The two teens may also be headed to New York State.

Detectives are working with the Missing Child Information Center (MCIC) to produce a flyer for distribution, and the two teens have been entered into the National Crime Information Center Computer as missing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, or the law enforcement agency in their area as soon as possible.

 

May 2, 2002

Sheriff honors Crime Watch Chairperson of the Year

Monroe County – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Crime Watch Chairperson of the year for 2002 has been chosen: Jerry Wilkinson, chairperson of the Harry Harris Ocean P:ark Estates Crime Watch.

Jerry Wilkinson has been chairperson of the Crime Watch for a number of years and personally chairs a meeting on a monthly basis, rain or shine. The Crime Watch program recommends monthly meetings of each Crime Watch, but few groups actually meet this standard on a regular basis.

Crime Watch Coordinator Deputy Emil LaVache credits the low crime rate in the Harry Harris Ocean Park Estates area with the diligence of Wilkinson, and all his  Crime Watch members.

“We are happy to have Mr. Wilkinson and his crime watch members acting as our eyes and ears in the neighborhood,” said Sheriff Richard Roth. “If we had more people who were as dedicated and who gave as much time to crime prevention as these people do, our county would be much better off when it comes to safety,” he said.

 

April 29, 2002

Press notification: Fundraiser

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Explorer Program will be sponsoring a fundraising campaign from May 5th to 17th. The campaign will be managed by John Caywood of Caywood Enterprises, whose company will be calling local businesses in Monroe County to sell adds for the 2003 MCSO Explorer Calendar.

Each business that is called should be given the phone number of Sgt. John Barber, supervisor of the Explorer program. Businesses are welcome to call him should they have any questions about the project. The Sheriff's Office and the Explorer program appreciate your cooperation and support in this worthy project.

 

April 22, 2002

Speed limit changed for many county-owned roadways

Monroe County – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office would like to make sure residents are aware of an ordinance lowering the speed limit on many county-owned roadways.

The ordinance, passed in November of last year, lowers the speed limit on many county roads to 25 miles per hour, with some notable exceptions. The exceptions include most school zones, which remain 15 miles per hour. There are a number of other exceptions which set the speed limit on certain county roads at between 15 and 30 miles per hour. County Road 905 and 905A in Key Largo has designated speeds of between 40 and 55 miles per hour, as posted. The ordinance, which can be viewed on line at the Sheriff’s Office web site, has a detailed list of exceptions to the 25 mile per hour speed limit.

 Monroe County Public Works has now finished changing all the signs relating to the ordinance. Members of the driving public should make sure to pay attention to all speed limit signs until they get used to the new posted speeds. As always, Sheriff’s deputies will be out patrolling county roadways to make sure drivers are incompliance.

The entire ordinance, 035-2001, can be viewed on the Sheriff’s Office web site, www.keysso.net on the Special Events and Announcements page. A complete list of the Monroe County Code of Ordinances can be viewed at www.municode.com.

April 15, 2002

Sheriff answers Trauma Star questions

Monroe County – Sheriff Rick Roth would like to answer a few questions being asked by members of the public about Trauma Star, the Sheriff’s Office trauma/emergency medical services air ambulance.

“We’ve had very positive feedback about the helicopter,” Sheriff Roth said. “But there are still a few questions out there we’d like to answer. I want everyone to understand the program, and how necessary it really is to the citizen’s of our county.”

Since it began operation in March, Trauma Star and it’s crew has made 11 trauma transports of trauma patients, either from area hospitals or from the accident or other emergency scenes. The trip from the lower Keys to the Jackson Memorial Ryder Trauma Center takes only 50 minutes. Previously, a trauma patient in the lower Keys would have had to wait for transport by a trauma flight out of Miami-Dade County, so Trauma Star saves crucial time for those patients who need treatment in a trauma center.

 Most of the questions being asked by citizens involve costs of the service. The Sheriff's Office and Monroe County do not charge for trauma transport using Trauma Star. Trauma Star is operated under the FAA's Public Use Category which does not allow us to charge for transport under federal law. How is the program paid for? The trauma helicopter is funded using ad valorum taxes.

Trauma Star is a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter. It was originally built in 1968 and served as a military aircraft until it was retired from that service in 1996. It was purchased by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in February of 2000 from Marion County for $326,000, using the proceeds from drug trafficking cases. Since then, the helicopter has been completely outfitted for trauma service through a Florida EMS matching grant obtained by Monroe County Emergency Medical Services in the amount of $81,500.00.

 “Most of the people I’ve spoken with, or heard from, have been more than willing to have a portion of their taxes go toward this service,” said Sheriff Roth. “It is a question of life and death, and you never know when it will be your life which needs saving.”

April 11, 2002

Please Update Alarm information

Monroe County – Sheriff’s Office Dispatchers are asking that Monroe County residents who have alarm systems in their homes make sure their contact information and correct address is on file with their alarm company.

Dispatchers who send deputies to alarm calls say in many cases alarm companies do not have correct information about their clients. The result is deputies often get sent to the wrong address. It then takes a while to discover the correct address. The result: many times the response time for an alarm is longer than it should be. This means if the alarm is a legitimate one, indicating a break in at the home, the suspects may have time to get away before deputies arrive.

“I’m not sure why this is a problem, but for whatever reason, alarm companies often give us wrong information when an alarm goes off. Residents should double check, on a regular basis, that the information their company has is correct,” said Anne Leonard, Director of the Communications Division. “Having the wrong address for an alarm call can be a life or death matter, if the resident is using the alarm to call for help, or if suspects break in to an occupied house,” said Leonard. “At the very least, it risks a person’s personal property. For this reason, we consider alarm calls to be high priority and we don’t want to waste critical time going to the wrong place.”

Leonard says it is also important for people who live somewhere outside the county and keep a part time residence in the Keys to have correct contact information on file with their alarm companies. If there is a break in at the home, or a problem with the alarm itself, the Sheriff’s Office needs to be able to contact the owner or owner’s designee to let them know about it. And everyone with an alarm in their home should make sure to have a local key-holder who lives close by – someone who has a key, and whose name, address and phone number is registered with the alarm company. If a resident with an alarm is out of town, or unable to be contacted for some reason, there has to be a local contact in case something happens.

“Don’t assume your alarm company has the right information,” said Leonard. “This is too important to make an assumption. Call them and make sure, and do it on a regular basis. This could be a matter of keeping your property safe or even a matter of life and death. Just because the last three times your alarm has gone off it has been a false alarm, doesn’t mean the next time it won’t be a real crime-in-progress.”

April 4, 2002

Sheriff’s Office Employees of the Year to be honored

Monroe County – Sheriff Richard Roth, and the rest of the Sheriffs Office will honor the 2001 Employees of the Year at a special ceremony to be held April 11th at 2 p.m. at the Marathon Government Center. Everyone is welcome to attend and congratulate them on their exemplary service to the citizens of Monroe County.

The Employees of the Year are chosen from all of those who received one of the Sheriff’s Employee of the Quarter awards throughout the year.

“The people chosen to be Employees of the Year are truly the best of the best – they have proven themselves to be outstanding employees, as well as outstanding contributors to the community they serve,” said Sheriff Rick Roth.

The yearly award winners receive a special plaque from the Sheriff in recognition of their exemplary work, and a badge to wear on their uniforms with the designation “Officer of the Year”. In addition, they each receive a check for $500.00 donated by TIB Bank, and $1,000.00 from the Sheriff’s Office. The Cadet of the year receives $100.00 from TIB Bank, with a matching amount from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Cormier Memorial Award, given to the Sheriff’s Office Sworn Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, is named for Deputy David Cormier, a Sheriff’s reserve officer killed in the line of duty in a traffic accident in November of 1989.

The Cormier Memorial Award winner, Sworn Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, is Detective Sergeant Corey Bryan, Bureau of Operations, Special Operations Division.

Sgt. Cory Bryan is the Detective Sergeant of the Criminal Investigations Unit in Plantation Key. He was chosen as the Sworn Law Enforcement Officer of the First Quarter of 2001.

Here is why:

For the past 4 ½ years, Corey has been a mentor for Reserve Lt. Ted Migala. Under the guidance and supervision of Sgt. Bryan, Ted has completed many hours of training, including the Basic Law Enforcement Academy and his Field Training.

Sgt. Bryan keeps his people motivated by positive feedback and leads by example. Under his direction, a tracking file of juvenile repeat offenders was developed, therefore making information readily available in solving juvenile crime. He is also the administrator of the Off-Duty details for that sector.

Off-duty, Cory is kept busy with the Upper Keys Youth Sports Club, of which he was just selected as the President. He is the head coach of a football team and has organized a mock demonstration of the legal system for the Legal Class of the Key Largo Middle School. In addition, he maintains the Sector’s gym.

Because of Sgt. Bryan’s outstanding job of supervision, mentoring, and community service, he is was chosen as Officer of the Quarter and now, Officer of the Year.

The Corrections Officer of the Year is Sergeant Joseph Linares, Bureau of Corrections, Key West Facility.

Sgt. Linares was originally chosen as the Corrections Officer of the Third Quarter.

Here is why:

Sergeant Linares has a positive can do attitude and can be relied upon to carry out any and all assignments as given. In the third quarter, Sergeant Linares became the only supervisor on his watch (there is usually two sergeants and a lieutenant) as one Sergeant had to be moved to another watch for coverage and his Lieutenant had been ill for two months. During this period of time the facility was under a lot of pressure to reduce vacation time as well as to reduce overtime. While acting as the watch commander as well as the watch supervisor Sgt. Linares was able to use virtually no overtime during the crunch and has had the lowest overtime usage of the four existing watches. Sgt. Linares’ watch also has had the lowest sick time usage. Sgt. Linares had a lot on his plate and has done an admirable job handling all of it.

Support Employee of the Year is Maintenance Specialist Paul Cooper

Paul was originally chosen as the Support Employee of the fourth quarter.

Here is why:

Paul is an employee that “makes things happen”. He works as our Maintenance Specialist at the Bureau of Corrections. He goes way beyond his scope of duties. For example: Paul has saved the County considerable taxpayer dollars by fixing camera problems as they occur. Outside contractors in this field are very expensive and Paul continues to trouble shoot problems and finds solutions to these problems.

Paul has established a great reputation around the jail and many people call on him to fix all kinds of things. His very pleasant attitude is a supervisor’s dream-come-true.

During the fourth quarter the Sheriff wanted his floors to sparkle for an Accreditation Inspection. After much confusion as to how to clean the floor (which was in terrible shape!) Paul came through by working many nights and weekends to complete the job. I could go on and on regarding the jobs he has performed over and beyond his scope of work. He deserves much credit for his extra efforts.

Reserve Deputy of the Year is Kathryn Roche, Bureau of Operations, Sector IV, Reserve Section

Kathryn was chosen as the Reserve Deputy of the Second Quarter.

Here is why:

Kathryn has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office since May 21, 2000. Since joining the Reserves in May 2000 and being assigned to Sector IV, Kathryn has logged numerous hours riding with Deputies and participating in special details. Kathryn went above and beyond her duties when she went to the aid of 78 year old Alice Smith who tripped and fell into US1 traffic. Kathryn has befriended Ms. Smith, who thinks of Kathryn as her guardian angel. She is still checking on Ms. Smith to make sure she is doing ok. Reserve Deputy Kathryn Roche is indeed an asset to the department in actions and deeds.

Explorer of the Year is Captain Brian Ricardo, Bureau of Operations, Explorer/Cadet Section

Brian was chosen as Explorer of the Second Quarter.

Here is why:

Brian has been a member of the explorer program for the past four years. Brian has always demonstrated a willingness to learn and help others. He has worked very hard with his school and his behavior to maintain the Explorers Code. He has overcome many difficult obstacles. Brian really pitched in this year with the absence of Deputy Dale Hunter, due to an illness, and pulled the post together. Because of his dedication and hard work he was promoted to Captain this year (2001) and did an outstanding job helping with the Christmas tree sales and the Relay for Life. Brian has earned over 200 hours of community service. Brian is always willing to put on the heavy and very hot Darren the Lion costume (the DARE mascot) to help out at special events. Brian also leads the Honor Guard and organizes cadets for meetings and events. Explorer Captain Brian Ricardo is a credit to the Explorer program and an outstanding role model for the youth of our community.

 

April 1, 2002

Web site: www.keysso.net

The Sheriff’s Office wants to know what you think

Monroe County – The Sheriff’s Office wants to know what the citizens of Monroe County think about issues related to law enforcement in the Keys. The Sheriff’s Office Web Site – www.keysso.net - is offering a new interactive feature which asks the public to comment on Issues of the Week – issues of concern to law enforcement in general, or of concern to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office specifically. People who choose to comment can remain anonymous, or can include their contact information if they wish for a reply from the Sheriff’s Office. Comments can be about the issues of the week listed on the web page, or about any issue of concern. Comments received by the Sheriff’s Office will also be posted on the site for the public’s perusal. “We hope to start a useful dialogue with this page which will benefit the Sheriff’s Office, and members of the public,” said Deputy Becky Herrin, Web Author for the Sheriff’s Office. “We hope the comments we receive from this web site feature will give us a better gauge of the public’s feelings about law enforcement in the Keys,” said Sheriff Rick Roth. “We also hope we can use this feature to educate the public about law enforcement related issues.” The issues asked this week include:

• Law Enforcement and Incorporated areas in the Keys

• Civilian Review Boards to investigate police misconduct

• Trauma Helicopter transport for the Florida Keys

Of course, comments submitted to Issues of the Week which are obscene in nature, or which directly attack a Sheriff’s Office employee, will not be used. If someone has a complaint about a particular employee, the appropriate way to make such a complaint is to contact the employee’s supervisor, or to make a formal complaint to the Sheriff’s Internal Affairs Division. The web site also features a “Web Site Visitor’s Survey” tailored for both out of town visitors to the site, and to local residents visiting the web site. People can fill out the questionnaire, which asks about how useful they find the web site, and asks questions about citizen contacts with deputies, how safe people feel in the Keys in various situations, and about other issues related to the Sheriff’s Office.