December 22, 2007

Sobriety Checkpoint planned December 29th 

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be operating a sobriety checkpoint December 29th in the vicinity of U.S. One and 55th Street in Marathon. The checkpoint will start at 10 p.m. and will run to approximately 3 a.m. the following morning. Officers on the scene will be pulling cars over to the side of the road and checking drivers for impairment. They will also check for outstanding warrants, and check vehicles for properly operating safety equipment.

December 14, 2007

Changes/Additional Information ref. Deputy Robin Tanner’s services:

There has been a change in the location for Robin Tanner’s Viewing and Funeral services. The services will now be held at the Rivertown Community Church in Blountstown, located at 19359 State Road 71.

Additionally, there will be a local Memorial Service on Thursday, December 20th at 10 a.m. at the Sheriff’s Office Aviation Hanger building at the Marathon Airport.

Funeral Services planned for Deputy Robin Tanner

The family of Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Robin Tanner has announced the details of her funeral services. They are as follows:

The services will be in Blountstown, FL. 

Location of Services: 

Adams Funeral Home
Address: 18034 Main St N
Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-5449

Viewing scheduled for: 
Sunday     12/16/2007   6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Funeral Services scheduled for:
Monday    12/17/2007    10:00 am

Note: There is a TIME difference between the Florida Keys and Blountstown, FL.  Blountstown is in the CENTRAL time zone.  1 Hour BEHIND our time zone.

There will a memorial service held in Monroe County. The date and time have not yet been determined.

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Roth, Colonel Rick Ramsay and the entire Monroe County Sheriff's Office would like to extend a thank you to everyone for their prayers & support during this difficult time.  

December 13, 2007

Note: Larger photo files are available. Send me an email if you need them. You can also see more photos of this mission at http://www.keysso.net/photogallery/current/people_events/2007/12122007-trauma_star_flight/index.htm

On Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Trauma Star helicopter performed an inter-facility transfer of a one day old infant with medical problems who needed transport to Miami Children’s Hospital from Lower Keys Hospital on Stock Island. Trauma Star flew to Miami Children’s Hospital first to pick up a specialized crew and equipment for the flight. In the photo, the crew of the helicopter unloads special equipment at Lower Keys hospital for the baby’s transport.

Christmas at the Animal Farm December 16th

The Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will hold its annual Christmas at the Animal Farm party Sunday December 16th, 2007, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to visit, free of charge. Santa will be there and there will be lots of fun for children and adults alike. Visitors will see a wide variety of animals at the park, including tropical birds, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, horses, ponies, a llama, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, an 100 pound tortoise and more. 

The Children's Animal Farm is located at the Stock Island Detention Center, just off of College Road. It is open to the public on the second and fourth Sunday of every month. Groups may make special arrangements to visit the farm as well. Call the Sheriff's Office Detention Center at 305-293-7300 to schedule a visit.

December 10, 2007

Sheriff’s Offices to be closed on certain days for the upcoming holidays

Sheriff’s Administrative Offices will be closed December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st. That includes all offices in the Sheriff’s Headquarters building – Human Resources, Finance Division, Records and Warrants Divisions, Internal Affairs and the Civil Division; it also includes administrative offices at the Monroe County Detention Center, including the offices of Fingerprinting, Inmate Visitation, the Commissary and Inmate Mail.

Sheriff’s substations on Cudjoe Key, in Marathon, Islamorada and Plantation Key will also close their administrative offices.

All road patrol deputies and detectives will, of course, continue to work their normal hours. Corrections Officers will, of course, also continue to perform their normal duties.

Happy Holidays from the Sheriff’s Office

Make this a happy holiday season – don’t drink and drive

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office will be out in force watching out for drunk and unsafe drivers during the Christmas holiday season with the goal of making sure holiday travel is as safe as possible here in the Florida Keys.

Traffic enforcement officers will be concentrating their efforts on drunk drivers, improper passing and other unsafe driving practices throughout the season in an effort to save lives and make this holiday season a safe and enjoyable one for everyone.

So, as you attend special holiday events keep this in mind and designate a sober driver, or take a cab home if you decide to indulge in alcoholic beverages. Whatever you choose to do, don't drink and drive. Remember: if you drink and drive and get caught, you will be spending the night in jail.

Our deputies spend their holidays working in order to keep our community safe. Have a safe and happy holiday season, from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

December 9, 2007

Christmas at the Animal Farm December 16th

The Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will hold its annual Christmas at the Animal Farm party Sunday December 16th, 2007, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to visit, free of charge. Santa will be there and there will be lots of fun for children and adults alike. Visitors will see a wide variety of animals at the park, including tropical birds, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, horses, ponies, a llama, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, an 100 pound tortoise and more. 

The Children's Animal Farm is located at the Stock Island Detention Center, just off of College Road. It is open to the public on the second and fourth Sunday of every month. Groups may make special arrangements to visit the farm as well. Call the Sheriff's Office Detention Center at 305-293-7300 to schedule a visit.

December 4, 2007

Sobriety Checkpoint planned December 14th in Key Largo

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be operating a sobriety checkpoint Friday, December 14th in the vicinity of the 103 mile marker of U.S. One in Key Largo. The checkpoint will start at 10 p.m. and will run to approximately 3 a.m. the following morning. Officers on the scene will be pulling cars over to the side of the road and checking drivers for impairment. They will also check for outstanding warrants, and check vehicles for properly operating safety equipment.

December 3, 2007

ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT

Monroe County, Florida - From December 9 - 13, 2007 a team of three assessors for Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) will be conducting an on-site assessment for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Richard Roth announced.

"This is part of the process in seeking our third accreditation through CALEA." Sheriff Roth said.

The assessment team leader is Ms. Judith Moffat of the Peel Regional Police, Ontario, Canada. The other assessors are Mr. Brian Masterson, Alameda County Sheriff's Office, Oakland California and Mr. Philip J. Baca of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Golden, Colorado. All have command experience in their home agency.

Accreditation through CALEA was first awarded to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in 2002 and re-accreditation awarded in 2004.

"We welcome the outside side assessment of our policies and practices.", Sheriff Roth said. "It is another way to ensure we are operating under the best practices in delivering service to the community."

"Not only will the assessors be reviewing policy, procedures and interviewing employees they also welcome public input into our performance." Accreditation Manager Lt. Bruce Winegarden said. 

A public information session is scheduled for Monday, December 10, 2007 7:00 p.m. at the Harvey Government Center, Truman Ave., Key West, FL.  The public is invited to attend and address the assessors and may offer comments on the Sheriff's Office ability to comply with CALEA standards for law enforcement agencies.

If anyone who would like to offer comments cannot attend the public session the assessors will be taking comments by phone on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. They can be reached at 305-809-3044. Written comments may be mailed to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Virginia 22030-2215.

For more information on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. you may write them at the address above or visit their web site at http://www.calea.org.

Lt. Winegarden may be contacted at (305) 292-7032 if you wish to view a copy of the CALEA standards applicable to the Sheriff's Office. These cannot be copied, but may be viewed in person any weekday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Upon completion of the on-site assessment the team will make a recommendation to the Commission on the Sheriff's Office's re-accreditation for an additional three years that the next meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, March 2008.