March 26, 2009

Sheriff's Office "Goes Green"

hybrid vehicles

Sheriff Peryam pictured with one of four new Ford Escape Hybrid vehicles
recently purchased by the Sheriff's Office.

recycling

Greg Sullivan, General Manager of Waste Management, delivers office recycling bins
to the Sheriff's Office. With him in the picture is Sheriff Bob Peryam and Investigator Janine Gedmin.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office has been taking steps to "go green" both in an effort to benefit the environment, and to save money.

Sheriff Bob Peryam authorized the purchase of four Ford Escape Hybrid vehicles. The vehicles use electricity generated as the car is braking to charge batteries in the back of the vehicle. This electricity is then used to supplement the operation of the vehicle - for instance, for starting and stopping, and while sitting at traffic lights. The supplemental use of the electric batteries in this fashion helps increase the gas mileage of the car. The Ford Escape Hybrid gets approximately 31 miles per gallon on the highway and 34 miles per gallon in the city.

Granted, the Escape Hybrid does not offer a "police package" like the traditional Ford Crown Victoria, but the four hybrid vehicles purchased by the Sheriff's Office will be used to for mostly administrative purposes, replacing Crown Victorias now being used. Crown Victorias get an average of 15 miles per gallon in the city and 23 on the highway.

In addition to purchasing the Escape hybrid vehicles, the Sheriff's Office, with the help of Waste Management and General Manager Greg Sullivan, has also begun a full blown office recycling program. Sheriff Peryam has asked Investigator Janine Gedmin to oversee the program and she estimates, just a couple weeks into the program, that the main Headquarters building has already reduced it's garbage output by 80% by recycling office paper, cans and bottles.

"We strive to be as paperless as possible, but as anyone who operates an office of any size knows, it is hard to do away with it altogether," said Sheriff' Peryam. "We are happy to be doing all we can to make sure the paper we do generate is recycled and doesn't just go into a landfill somewhere."

The reduction in the amount of trash hauled away by Waste Management should result in a significant reduction in the amount of money the Sheriff's Office pays for trash removal.

Sheriff Peryam has also directed his staff to look into the possibility of using solar power to heat water at the main Detention Facility on Stock Island.

March 24, 2009

Chief inspects main jail facility

jail inspection

Chief Taylor crawls underneath a sink to inspect the plumbing.

jail inspection

Chief Taylor uses his flashlight to make sure tile grout is clean.

jail inspection

Inmates also participated in the inspection. They were required
to have their bunks, units and dorms “ship-shape”.

jail inspection

Chief Taylor didn’t limit his inspection to eye level. He used a mirror
mounted on a pole to look at the tops of boxes in the store room, at ceilings,
vents and other elevated locations.

Using a flashlight, a mirror mounted on a pole and his sharp, military trained eyes, Chief Tommy Taylor, Detention Division Commander of the Sheriff’s Office, performed a detailed inspection of the Main Detention facility on Stock Island recently. All areas of the jail are inspected in this way on a quarterly basis, including sick bay, the kitchen, administrative division, maintenance, main control and all the Units and Dorms where inmates are housed.

The detailed inspection is done regularly to make sure the jail is clean and well maintained. The Sheriff’s Office is charged with keeping and caring for inmates in their custody and such inspections make sure the facility is in compliance with Florida Model Jail Standards and in compliance with jail accreditation requirements. In addition to these inspections, the jail is also inspected regularly by the fire department, the health department, by Florida Model Jail Standards inspectors and by state accreditation teams who determine whether the jail is up to standards and will continue with its accreditation status.

Explorers visit the Crime Lab

Explorers at Crime Lab

John talks to group: Crime Scene Detective John Underwood talks to
Explorers about his lab and what it can do.

Explorer swabs mock crime scene

Dallas Davis with swabs: Explorer Dallas Davis uses swabs from the
Crime Lab to work the mock crime scene set up by Crime Scene Detective John Underwood.

Sheriff’s Office Explorers recently visited the Crime Lab facility at the Headquarters building on Stock Island. Crime Scene Detective John Underwood showed them the equipment he uses to process evidence and set up a mock crime scene. The explorers were given the opportunity to “work” the crime scene and see if they could tell “who did it”.

March 23, 2009

Cudjoe kid's day

In the photo, Deputy Tom Peteck lets kids see the inside of a patrol car at a special Children’s Day held at the Freeman Substation on Cudjoe Key Thursday. Kids who visited the station learned about road patrol, SWAT, the Bomb Squad, Traffic Enforcement and got to tour an ambulance and a fire truck.

Annual Easter Event at the Farm scheduled for April 5th

Easter at the Farm

Farmer Jeanne Selander would like to remind everyone of the annual Easter on the Animal Farm event, coming up April 5th  from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Mark your calendar now and don’t miss this opportunity to spend the day with the animals, hunt for Easter eggs on the farm and have your child’s photo taken with the Easter Bunny! The Egg Hunt is always very popular and will start right at 1 p.m. so make sure you are there on time, with an Easter basket in hand if your child would like to hunt for eggs.

Everyone is welcome to visit, free of charge, and see the wide variety of animals at the park, including tropical birds, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, horses, ponies, a llama, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, a 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 usually open to the public on the second and fourth Sunday of every month. Groups may make special arrangements to visit the farm. Call the Sheriff's Office Detention Center at 305-293-7300 to schedule a visit.

March 18, 2009

Law Enforcement Torch Run April 16th

L.E. Torch Run

2008 Torch Run, as the runners pass Poincianna School

Monroe County - Representatives from various local law enforcement agencies will be taking part April 16th in the 2009 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

The run will carry the torch from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Headquarters building on Stock Island all the way through town finally ending at Mallory Square. This is an annual event to show law enforcement's support of, and to raise awareness for, the Special Olympics.

The Key West leg will begin at the Sheriff’s Office complex on Stock Island at 8:30 a.m. and make a brief first stop at Hurricane Hole Restaurant on Stock Island (a run sponsor). Then, runners will be off to Publix on N. Roosevelt Boulevard - Publix is a major contributor to the Special Olympics, raising millions of dollars each year.

Runners will leave Publix and head to Poinciana School, Key West High School, HOB Middle School and Glenn Archer School where they will visit with Special Olympics kids at each school, letting them take a short run with the torch.  At the Southernmost Point, the torch will be handed off from Sheriff Bob Peryam to Key West Police Chief Donnie Lee.  The runners will then trek the final 1.2 miles to Mallory Square. 

There will be water stops at all the schools and the run pace will be slow (no faster than 10 minute miles). Runners can run any leg they choose. Support vehicles will accompany the runners.  Event T-shirts and tank tops will be available for $12.00.

Those who wish to participate can contact either Jim Painter at (305) 292-7027 / email jpainter@keysso.net or Special Agent Jeff Hutcheon at (305) 292-7022 / email JeffHutcheon@fdle.state.fl.us.

The torch will travel across the state, carried by Law Enforcement personnel.  For more information on the representing agencies go to:
              http://www.specialolympicsflorida.org/content/view/20/58/ 

Please come join us in this special event. If you can't join the run, please come out and cheer the runners on for a good cause.

Note: in the past, parents have become concerned because they have received reports about fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency service vehicles present at the schools along the Torch Run route. These vehicles accompany the runners for visibility and so kids can see them and should in no way cause concern by their presence at the schools.

March 18, 2009

Sheriff's Animal Farm open Sunday March 22nd 

The Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will be open to the public Sunday, March 22, 2009  between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to visit, free of charge, and see the wide variety of animals at the farm.

The Animal Farm has many wonderful animals, including traditional farm animals, tropical animals and birds - something for everyone!

Visit with Piglet, a baby pig who just loves to be petted; Eeyore the Donkey who also loves human attention; two female sheep, both of which have lambs with them who were born recently; a bull calf and a wonderfully friendly blind horse, There is Tina the Key Deer who continues to grow and loves to visit with children and adults alike and there are, as always,  tropical birds, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, horses, ponies, a llama, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, a 100 pound tortoise, an Emu, an Albino Hedgehog, Patagonian Cavys and more! New additions include a Kinkajou and a Sloth, both natives of the Costa Rican rain forest. 

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. Call the Sheriff's Office Detention Center at 305-293-7300 to schedule a visit.

March 13, 2009

Crime Watch Chairperson of the Year

chairperson of the year

Louie Collazo, Crime Watch Chairperson at Meridian West Apartments on Stock Island for the past four years was recently chosen as the Sheriff’s Office Crime Watch Chairperson of the year for 2008.

 Collazo shows great dedication to this purely volunteer position. In the four years he has served, he has personally chaired every monthly meeting. He also expends great effort setting up frequent events and outings for the children of the neighborhood, including visits  to the Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm.

Thanks in part to the very active Crime Watch, the Meridian West Apartment complex enjoys a very low rate of crime.

March 12, 2009

More photos

Explorers attend competition, take home trophies

bike race

Hernan Marin (left) talks with two Explorers from Osceola County as they all get ready for the Bike Race.

canoe race

Eugene Rihl jumps out of his canoe and pulls it to the finish line as he takes first place in the Canoe Race competition. The other Explorer in the race with him was from Osceola County.

paintball

Explorers Jack Gruba (left) and James Aurelio get ready for the paintball competition.

Monroe County – Five Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Explorers recently attended an Explorer Round Up sponsored by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Approximately 90 Explorers from seven counties attended the two day Roundup. The kids competed in several areas, including Officer Recovery, Canoeing, Bicycle Obstacle Course, Paint Ball and Traffic Stops.  The Monroe County team of Explorers took first place in Officer Recovery; Explorer Eugene Rihl, paired with another Explorer from Osceola County took first place in the Canoe Race; Explorer Jack Gruba took second place in the Bicycle Obstacle Course, followed in third place by Hernan Marin.

March 5, 2009

Sheriff’s Office talks to young people about smoking, alcohol consumption

Sgt. Dennis Coleman, road patrol supervisor in the Islamorada Sector of the Sheriff’s Office recently spent an evening talking with kids at the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter about the effects alcohol and cigarettes can have on young people.

Some of the topics he covered included the use of tobacco, and its effects on  health and its effects on various diseases and on pregnancy; how it speeds the aging process and about the cost and the effects  second hand smoke can have on others people. He also spoke about the problem of alcohol and teen drinking.  All the children were able to try on  “Drinking Goggles.” These goggles give you the vision of a person impaired by alcohol. All participants were shown the walk and turn exercise we use to determine if a subject is impaired. None of the children were able to walk more than five steps before stumbling off the line.

During the presentation all the children participated with enthusiasm. Some even requested we cover some more topics in the future.

After the presentation, all the kids enjoyed pizza and soda supplied by Keys Cops for Kids.

March 3, 2009

SRO bike rodeo

SRO Deputy Larry O’Neill shows the kids how to ride.

Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers Larry O’Neill and Will Schlegelmilch recently held a bicycle rodeo at Founder’s Park in Islamorada for Treasure Village Montessori School and Ms. Jennifer Karley’s 3rd grade class.

Cub Scouts learn about safety, crime prevention

Cub scouts

Deputy Ken Fricke and his K-9 partner Tracer visit with the members of Cub Scout pack 901.

Cub Scout pack #901 led by Den Leader, Larry Hribar and Cub Master Paulette Sheagren visited the Marathon substation in February.  Deputy Matt Koval and Deputy Ken Fricke gave the pack a K-9 demonstration, with Deputy Fricke’s K-9 partner Tracer. The two officers also spoke to the kids about personal safety and about crime prevention. 

Reserves Lt. Dan Zeig and Sgt. Rick Luna gave them a tour of the Sheriff’s Office Mobile Command Post and offered them refreshments.  The Cub Scouts attending the visit were John Sheagren, Cameron Waldera, Robbie Felts, Luke Hoffman, Max Hribar and Tim Hribar.

March 2, 2009

Sheriff's Animal Farm open Sunday March 8th

The Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will be open to the public Sunday, March 8, 2009  between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to visit, free of charge, and see the wide variety of animals at the farm. 

The Animal Farm has many wonderful animals, including traditional farm animals, tropical animals and birds - something for everyone!

Visit with Piglet, a baby pig who just loves to be petted; Eeyore the Donkey who also loves human attention; two female sheep, both of which have lambs with them who were born recently; a bull calf and a wonderfully friendly blind horse, There is Tina the Key Deer who continues to grow and loves to visit with children and adults alike and there are, as always,  tropical birds, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, horses, ponies, a llama, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, a 100 pound tortoise, an Emu, an Albino Hedgehog, Patagonian Cavys and more! New additions include a Kinkajou and a Sloth, both natives of the Costa Rican rain forest.

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. Call the Sheriff's Office Detention Center at 305-293-7300 to schedule a visit.