A Newsletter published by the Community Relations Division
of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, for
Monroe County Sheriff's Office employees.

Table of Contents

 


SRO Deputy Bill Burn retired at the end of January after working 7 years
with the Sheriff’s Office. Bill started in 1993 as a Court Deputy, became a
School Resource Officer in November of 1993 and continued in that position,
at Marathon High School, until his retirement. Bill was a hard worker and
kept the kids in line. We’ll miss you, Bill.

Sheriff’s Report

Affordable Housing

We have officially thrown our hat into the ring when it comes to the affordable housing issue. I know this is not a new problem to the Keys nor is it news to any of you that each year it becomes more difficult and more expensive to find a place to live here. I know the affordable housing issue has been the subject of much scrutiny in the press over the past several years and that little progress seems to have been made. In spite of this, I feel now is the time for the Sheriff’s Office to get involved and try to help lighten the load, at least for some of our own employees.

During the course of tackling this issue, we have heard many proposals from different groups/individuals on how we might address finding or creating affordable housing. With each proposal, it becomes increasingly clear that we need to understand what types of affordable housing our members need and how much they can afford on a monthly basis. In order to assist in gathering this information, we have prepared a questionnaire with questions about housing status, finances, and brief descriptions of the types of affordable housing programs we may be able to implement. This questionnaire has been included in this issue of the Rap Sheet.

I would appreciate it if you would all take time out of your busy days to fill this questionnaire out. We are not asking you to identify yourself, so have no fear that anyone will know what your answers are. We just want to get a better, more accurate picture of our employee’s living status.

This information and your input on the different scenarios will be used to determine what direction we should be taking and what types of projects we should be pursuing. While I realize some of this information may be personal in nature, we need it to ensure we are working toward the implementation of projects that you not only want, but can afford.

You may drop it off in my office, put it in the courier addressed to Sheriff Rick Roth or mail it to 5525 College Road, Key West, FL 33040, Attention Sheriff Roth.

With your assistance, I look forward to being able to provide some affordable housing for MCSO employees in the future.

Bureau of Operations

Sector 7 Report

By Lt. Bill Moran

Greetings from Sector 7. That still doesn't have the same ring as "District III," but the new course we're all charting for the Sheriff's Office is really exciting. I'm trying to get used to all the new procedures that came into being while I was away at the FBI National Academy; also known as "Hoover High". I feel a little like I've come back to a different agency; and in some ways, I have. I left for the academy September 21st, 2000. Just three short months later, there are new Sectors, Disposition Codes, new unit call numbers and radio procedures, and an entirely new computer system. The list of changes seems endless. I actually made a traffic stop the other day; then had to study the codes on how to go back into service from it. I still don't have that part worked out yet; as any Central Communications Officer can tell you. But like I said, after so many years of things being pretty much the same, the pace of change is really exciting.

I'd like to send a special thank you to Sheriff Roth for giving me the opportunity to attend the FBI National Academy. It would take this entire Rap Sheet to tell you everything I learned, experienced, and gained from attending the N.A. Having the opportunity to meet and interact with law enforcement officials from 48 states and 26 foreign nations is a once in a lifetime opportunity which I will never forget. I am proud to join the ranks of M.C.S.O. commanders who have also attended and graduated from the National Academy. Now I can join them and continue to ponder the question, "I did what for a little yellow brick?"

I would like to take a moment to thank Sgt. Don Fanelli for all his assistance to Capt. Bell-Thomson, and all of Sector 7 in general, as Acting Station Commander, while I was away. It was terrific coming back to find everything running smoothly through all the changes and new ways of doing our jobs. Great job Don!

In addition to his overall Sector responsibilities, in my absence, Sgt. Fanelli's Zone Commander responsibilities did not suffer in the least. Together with really pro-active Zone deputies, a lot went on in Zone 2. The Largo Gardens Subdivision, commonly referred to and the "Yellow Bait House" area, was taken on as a clean-up project by Deputies Todd Wyatt and Lyle Agins. With tons of debris, abandoned vehicles and appliances removed, the area got a real face lift. Since that date, Todd and Lyle have been following up with dumping enforcement and debris removal information to the residents.

The ongoing progress in Hibiscus Park has seen no let up by Sgt. Fanelli and his Zone 2 crew; Deputies Sean Heffron, Joe Moran, Lisa King, and Brad Sriro. From aggressive high visibility patrol to special projects, "The Park" is a point of focus that's working. Sgt. Fanelli has tagged and removed over 15 abandoned vehicles and one old trailer from the Park, as well as continually meeting with Code Enforcement officers to move forward on eliminating the numerous areas of code violations existing in Hibiscus Park.

Right in the middle of Hibiscus Park is a set of Public Phones, historically used by some for illegal purposes. Deputy Lisa Kings response to this problem is to work with the phone company to get the phones converted to calling out only; with no incoming call capability. That should put a damper on things.

Dep. Sean Heffron working with Keys Sanitation, managed to get a large commercial dumpster delivered to one of the Hibiscus Park residences which had reached maximum debris density years ago. By doing this, Sean overcame the problem of the resident not being able to pay for a dumpster himself and the property continuing to be a nuisance and hazard to others.

The law enforcement presence continues at night with Deputies Moran, Agusto and Sriro keeping the heat on the area. As Field Training Officers, Moran and Agusto also have the opportunity to help their new deputies in training learn the technique and understand the importance of continual law enforcement presence in high incident areas. Great job done by all.

Sgt. Lou Caputo, commander of Zone 1, and his zone members have been busy with their own schedule of activity from Tavernier to Key Largo. Working with Sector 6 Sgt. Tim Hurd, and his crew of deputies, (Islamorada Village of Islands), along with Sgt. Gabby Simoga and Deputies Mike White, Kristy Jackson and Brad Sriro put on a Christmas dinner and gift giving event for the Florida Keys Children's Shelter. It was a great time for everyone.

Lou Caputo and his crew were also busy in Key Largo and Plantation Key. When you talk about "Santa's Helpers," don't forget Mrs. Claus and her helpers. Det. Sgt. Corey Bryan is rumored to have impersonated Santa at the Plantation Key Convalescent Center, with Peggy Bryan (Mrs. Claus), Sgt. Caputo and yours truly, assisting with giving out small stuffed animal gifts to the elderly residents. They really enjoyed the Santa visit and receiving their gifts.

Huge thanks and congratulations to Corey and Peggy Bryan, A.K.A. Mr. & Mrs. Claus, for all their hard work with the Salvation Army and Key Largo Volunteer Fire Dept. in making the annual Toys for Tots Christmas drive such a great success. If every child who received a Toys for Tots gift knew whom to thank, Corey and Peggy Bryan, Det. Dave Carey, Deputy Andrew Leird and Reserve Dep. Ted Migala would be at the top of their list. These terrific people helped make Christmas happier for many Key Largo and Tavernier kids this year.

I guess Deputies Julie Smith and Jose Carballo had some energy left over from the holidays because they also did a great remodeling job on the old Sergeant's Office; now the Patrol Deputy's Office. The room went from old, dull and dingy to bright, clean and neat as a pin. New paint and carpet makes a world of difference. Great job Julie, Jose and our trustee Snowdy.

A very special thanks goes to Public Works Supervisor Danny Fonte for saving Julie, Jose, and our trustee from a potential paint fume high during their remodeling project. I first noticed the fumes right outside my office door; which is on the opposite end of our building. As I moved toward the middle of the building, our Records Unit, the fumes got a little stronger. About the Squad Room area, the slight eye watering, nasal stuffiness, and funny taste in the mouth; combined with my years of law enforcement training, gave rise to serious suspicion about possible paint fumes. Entering the Deputy Report Room confirmed my fears.........painting in progress. Julie, Jose and trustee Snowdy were stirring, brushing and dabbing away on the walls while the you could almost see the paint fumes in the air. The door and all windows were wide open, but with no breeze or AC circulation, the fumes just hung there. After one phone call and about ten minutes time, Danny Fonte had two high volume air purifiers operating on high speed in the room. This made it possible for the painting to be finished; without peeling any of the three room artists off the ceiling. Thanks Danny.

I will close this article with something on the "Leiter" side. No that’s not a misprint. It seems everyone in Sectors 6 (Islamorada) and 7 (Tavernier \ Key Largo) has a mail box here in the P.K. Station. Hard to believe as it is, the one person who didn't have a mailbox, other than Snowdy, was Sector 6 Commander, Capt. Joe Leiter. Problem is there was no suitable place to set his mailbox. You can't just drop a captain's mailbox anywhere. Common sense prevailed and the perfect location was found. Capt. Leiter's mailbox now sits perfectly centered, level and aligned on top of all other mailboxes; at a height of 6' 6" from the floor. We haven't figured out why no mail is getting picked-up yet. Whaddaya think?

Lt. Bruce Winegarden gets new assignment

Lt. Bruce Winegarden recently made a switch with Lt. Roger Allen with Bruce
moving to the Accreditation Section, and Roger moving to the Cudjoe Substation.
Here is Lt. Winegarden (left) accepting a plaque from Captain Joe Leiter for the
time and effort he put in as Lieutenant of the lower Keys patrol area.

New Environmental/Community Service Deputy Cleans Up!

Deputy Geni Hernandez has been appointed to be the Environmental/Community Service Deputy in the lower Keys, covering the area primarily from Big Coppitt Key to Stock Island. She’s dedicated herself to cleaning up all the trash, debris and abandoned cars in that area, and has been doing a terrific job of it. Genie recently supervised a clean up of a really messy area of Big Coppitt…..below, you can see three ”before” photos and one after the clean up was done...great job, Geni!

Before.............................................................................................................................................

AFTER!

Special Investigations Division/HIDTA

By Captain Ross Thomson

Happy new year and hope all had a wonderful holiday season. As the new year opens for us, so do the opportunities for the hard working men and women of the units in Special Operations. First and foremost, thank you to those who put in a good word for Mel Hiller, who returned to work on January 10. After receiving his medical treatment and getting clearance - he is back on the road making life safe for those children crossing US 1 in Marathon.

We say congratulations to Captain Rick Ramsay on his advancement. The personnel of the big building next to HQ will never be the same. We just hope they enjoy the opportunity to work with him, as we have. # 6 Coco plum will miss you, Rick, but we wish you the best. Welcome to Lt. Chad Scibilia who will be taking his place. We know he'll be missed in Sectors 4 and 5, but their loss is our gain. We welcome Jon Ellsworth to Special ops as well. Jon, you have entered the most exciting opportunity of your law enforcement career. Jon will be doing a little bit of everything with us and by this printing, will hopefully have been to each of the sectors to meet with as many members as possible to talk about his role and function with us. Seize more stuff !!

Great big thanks to Larry Kelley for the fine work done in putting together a plan for getting everyone out of the keys in an evacuation. Larry was given the task, without the knowledge that his plan would be used for many purposes. But the work was done thoroughly and with logical thought, which resulted in unanimous support from the various community leaders who reviewed it. It is not the final plan yet, but it will get consideration by the top people in Tallahassee.

Staying with traffic for the moment, thanks to the traffic enforcement unit for all that you have done and continue to do for the sectors and the bosses. Anyone who is willing and who desires to assist the traffic officers with security at the commission meetings or honor guard should hunt down a traffic person and they will be happy to let you work with them.

The men and women who make up the remainder of our uniformed officers, including beach, airport school crossing and reserves - we can't serve the public and accomplish our many goals without you and your dedication to the many various responsibilities that you have.

As for the 40 plus investigators that work from the county line to the southernmost point and beyond - what a good year it was and what a great year it will be. We now have a unified group of investigators that have the support of patrol and the administration in resolving the crimes that require expertise. To talk about one or two is not fair to the others, but as a group we have some of the greatest talent - and together we will continue to make a difference.

We cannot forget our support - Angie, Joannie, Michelle, Deborah, Cathy, Lynn and Sandi, plus the many others who help us achieve - Thank you !!

Last but not least - our boss and under-boss - for your guidance, direction and support - we work hard to protect Monroe County and to keep this agency the best of the best….and, obviously the voting public agrees that you, and the agency, are living up to that goal.

I am sure that the new year will bring many changes and challenges - with the resources at our disposal we can't help but succeed. So join us and sign up to be one of the many in our big happy team - we work hard and have fun doing it.

Traffic Enforcement

By Sgt. Larry Kelley

Your Traffic Enforcement Unit has been very busy on the highways these last couple of months. In December we performed a few Holiday escorts. Motors escorted the two legs of the Toys for Tots Motorcycle Rally from both Key West and Key Largo at once. The two groups met at the “Dead Animal Bar” at Caloosa Cove with hundreds of bikers joining in. It was a nice time for all and lots of fun seeing all the toys strapped to the motorcycles. The true meaning of Christmas certainly rang through. We also worked the Christmas Boat parade in the Lower Keys.

We combined with Road Patrol to escort the Marathon Fire Department on their annual Christmas Caroling Trip on Christmas Eve. We called this one the First Annual Memorial Rick Ramsay Pavement Dance Parade in honor of last year’s winner and now the Sheriff’s Office’s newest Captain. We wish Captain Ramsay the best of luck in his new position in Key West. You can ride with us any day Cap.

Ex-President George Bush came to town the last month of November for his annual Bonefish Invitational Tournament. We picked him up at the Marathon Airport and delivered him in one piece to the Cheeca Lodge in the Village. We are always honored to be his escort to and from the airports and have to give a lot of credit to Special Investigations Detectives who helped protect him while he was here. By the way—I wasn’t able to catch any Sport’s Announcers in the Disabled Space at the Lodge this year—they must have warned their notable guests that we were going to be on property.

We have worked a number of DUI Checkpoints and Wolfpacks lately and will continue to do so in the future. We have attended to the needs of Key Largo, the Village, Marathon and Stock Island. All the sectors have to do is plan a DUI checkpoint and the Traffic Unit will supply the manpower and equipment to pull it off. Let me know your wishes. If you want to be involved in these checkpoints (that usually pay overtime through Trap Funds) just contact Sgt. Kiffney in the Upper Keys, Sgt. Tim Hurd in the Village, Deputy Lin Badman in Marathon and Sgt. Darrell Hull in the Lower Keys. They set up the Checkpoints and can put you on the roster if you have the authorization of your supervisor.

Other assignments we have handled are the numerous BOCC meetings throughout the Keys and a couple of Honor Guard functions. By the way, I have been contacted by another member interested in being on the Honor Guard and still would like to have at least two more volunteers. With your supervisor’s permission you can attend our training and travel to our functions on duty time. Call me for more information.

Some training has been set up through KWCC for Intoxilyzer re-certification. This training will be February 6 and 7. See details in the Training Schedule in Outlook. Speaking of Outlook, you can see what your Traffic Enforcement Unit is doing by looking in the Public Folders under Traffic Enforcement and go to either calendar or Targets. I keep an updated list of our events, assignments, training and other information there that is open to anyone to read.

I am sending two Deputies to the Harley Davidson/Traffic Institute Police Motorcycle Officers International Academy. David Johnson and George Rosemeyer will be trained in all facets of Police Motorcycle operation at the school. This school supplies Harley Davidson Roadking motorcycles and encourages tempered aggressive driving without worrying about banging up the bikes. If you crash—they give you a new one and you are back on the track. I went to the school in Houston, Texas a couple of years ago and I can tell you it is a great learning experience. I hope both of them realize this is the best police motorcycle school In the world. When they graduate they will be among thousands of select officers worldwide to have received this training.

Well I’m off to set up some Targets for the upcoming week. Please check the Traffic Targets folder in the Public folders of Outlook and in your patrols pay attention to those specific areas. Your help is appreciated and when in those areas if you observe any of the targeted violations please document your enforcement action. Verbal warnings have been shown not to Affect a driver’s habits. Written warnings do little more but at least it documents our resolve to attend to the problems. Thank you all for your attention to these areas. And always remember—

WE DON’T GIVE TICKETS—YOU HAVE TO EARN THEM

First Sergeant

By Sgt. Larry Kelley

Let me introduce myself to anyone who does not know me. My name is Larry Kelley and I am the Supervisor of the Traffic Enforcement Unit. I have been appointed First Sergeant as of this month and I hope to be able to perform well in that position over the next year. I have a 20-year background in civilian Law Enforcement as well as in the U.S. Army Military Police but was a commissioned officer and do not have any Non-Commissioned Officer experience. Because of that, the duties of a First Sergeant will have to be a learning experience for me.

Let me just start my tour by saying that I am open to any advice, complaints, constructive criticism or even anonymous information that will help me to better serve the Deputies and Sergeants of the organization. I want to be a viable go-between for you in any of your concerns. I will keep any questions and responses private if you ask me to and will not violate any trust you place in me. Let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you.

I have already begun making weekly Sergeant’s Meetings and also the Colonel’s Staff Meetings so I can be aware of issues of concern and bring them to you. If there is anything in particular you would like to know or like me to bring to the attention of the Administration publicly or privately I will do it as rapidly as you give it to me. I will be opening a Public Folder in Outlook soon for information and concerns.

I want to meet you all over the course for the next year and hope we can have some pleasant times as well as some good debates over policies, procedures, rules, regulations, rumors and truths. Let me help you with you concerns.

I can be contacted through my office at Special Investigations, 289-2410 or by cell at any time. Let me hear form you.

Training Advisory Committee

By Captain Ross Thomson

The office has revised the Training Advisory Committee. This group’s goal is to advise, suggest, recommend, provide feedback to Lt. Mitch Snider about our agency’s training- both positive and negative. Our goal is to provide relevant, timely and interesting training, BUT we need your help. Notes, comments, E-mails or any other form of communication is acceptable when telling a Training Advisory Committee member what you think or know.

Your TAC members are ( in no particular order) Anne Leonard, Anthony Campana, Daryl Hull, Chad Scibilia, Joe Leiter, Trish Dally, and Phil Ferarro. We have tried to get a representative from the various functions within the office and from the various areas of the county. But again, to be effective we need to know what you want and need. So send up smoke signals, if you must, but training can't be influenced until we know what needs to be changed, added or eliminated. Than you for your time.

Sgt. Hurd Plays Santa

By Sgt. Tom Brazil

Sgt. Tim Hurd set up a little gift giving and meal for the kids at the upper Keys Children’s Shelter on Christmas Eve. The K-Mart store in Key Largo donated gifts for the kids and officers donated their own money to purchase food for a meal with the kids. Village Manager Charles Baldwin also attended.


Enjoying a Children's Shelter Christmas!

I Would like to mention those involved:

 

Community Relations

New Juvenile Programs

By Director Greg Artman

Two juvenile delinquency diversion programs are now a part of the Community Relations Division of the Sheriff’s Office. Teen Court and the Intensive Delinquency Diversion Services program. Teen Court was operated by the State Attorney’s Office. However, new State Attorney Mark Kohl decided not to continue any juvenile programs. The Intensive Juvenile Diversion Program is a new statewide program contracted out by the Division of Juvenile Services.

Sheriff Roth felt that these valuable programs should be under one agency, so he directed staff to take them over rather than allowing them to fall by the wayside. The Sheriff believes that these diversion programs can make a real difference in the lives of “at risk” kids.

The first program, Teen Court, is a nationally acclaimed program that is funded by a state surcharge on criminal misdemeanor cases. Karol Cotton, who worked with the State Attorney’s Office juvenile division, is now on our staff and will oversee the Teen Court operation.

Basically Teen Court works this way: first time minor offenders are referred to the program by the Division of Juvenile Justice and the State Attorney’s Office. Juveniles who admit their guilt, are actually sentenced by their fellow teens, who volunteer or are assigned the duty. Teen Court is based on the premise that youthful offenders will more readily accept responsibility for their actions when judged by their peers. Teen Court provides youth the opportunity to act as defense and prosecuting attorneys, clerks, bailiffs and jurors who decide the sentence for breaking the law or violating a school rule. The teen jury may decide that the defendant has to complete community service work, abide by a curfew or serve Teen Court jury duty. The defendant may also have to make restitution, write a report or participate in other appropriate sanctions. If the defendant fails to complete the sanctions within 30 days, the case is returned for processing through the juvenile court system. If the defendant successfully completes the sanction, the original charge is dismissed.

Teen Courts are held in Key West, Marathon and Plantation Key. Local judges and lawyers also volunteer their time to act as judges at Teen Court.

NOTE FOR ROAD PATROL DEPUTIES: Deputies can use their juvenile citation forms to recommend a Teen Court appearance for juveniles committing minor offenses. Simply write "Teen Court” on the form, and if appropriate, the youth will be assigned to Teen Court. A good example for Teen Court assignment would be a youth that is caught shoplifting at a convenience store. Deputies should also use the Juvenile Citation Forms for juvenile offenses that don’t warrant an arrest. The new counselors in the Sheriff’s Office will divert kids who receive juvenile citations to the appropriate program.

The other program taken over by the Sheriff’s Office is the Intensive Juvenile Delinquency Diversion Program, better known as “IDDS.” The program is funded through a contract with the Division of Juvenile Justice. DJJ and the State Attorney’s Office will divert eligible arrested juveniles to the program. After the State Attorney’s Office and DJJ divert juveniles to the new IDDS program, the juveniles will undergo assessments to determine what treatment plan is needed to turn the youths away from delinquency. Juveniles in this program will likely need help in several areas including individual counseling, family counseling, substance abuse education, anger management, etc. The program also requires intensive supervision of the juveniles and completion of non-judicial sanctions, such as community service hours. The objective of the program is to prevent at risk juveniles from becoming chronic offenders.

Our new employees for the diversion programs are Ira Goldstein, former counselor with the State Attorney’s Office, Nancy Cardinal and Carol Lindsay. Cardinal worked with the Wesley House, while Lindsay was with the Department of Children and Families. Our new counselors bring a wealth of experience and energy with them to the Sheriff’s Office. Thanks to State Attorney Kohl, they will work out of his office in Key West until March when hopefully, the storeroom in the headquarters building will be converted into office space.

We welcome the new members of the Community Relations Division. They are looking forward to the challenge of making a positive life-style impact on the youths in this program. If you have any questions about the new programs, call Community Relations at 292-7116 or send email to gartman@keysso.net.

School Resource Unit

By Sgt. John Barber

This is my first time writing for the Rap Sheet so please bear with me as I take my best shot at it. Over the years, as a deputy, I have heard the full gamut of opinions about who School Resource Officers are and what they do. I thought that this article might be a good opportunity to separate fact from fiction concerning the School Resource Unit.

School Resource Officer(s):

Fiction: Are lazy and do nothing all day.

Fact: SRO’s work 8.5 hour days writing reports, making arrests, helping school staff with discipline, teaching DARE, meeting with teachers and parents, running the explorer cadet program, organizing and assisting with community events and much, much more. SRO’s build up more than 300 hours of comp time in a single school year. In fact why don’t you ask an SRO how busy he or she is - that is if you can catch up to him/her.

Fiction: Work with a bunch of hoodlums all day.

Fact: The juveniles that most Road Patrol Officers are familiar with are the “bad” ones, just a small number of the whole. Those same juveniles are in our schools, and we do have to deal with them. The fact is, however, that most kids are “good” kids. It is only a small percentage of juveniles who are getting into trouble that we have to deal with on an enforcement level. School Resource Officers have the opportunity to work with all kinds of kids, “good” and “bad”.

Fiction: Is a thankless and/or worthless job.

Fact: Being an SRO is a demanding but rewarding job. We are constantly busy planning, researching, teaching, preparing, counseling, enforcing and assisting. Most of you on Road Patrol got into this profession in order to make a difference. Working with kids is the place where you really can make a difference. We have the opportunity to prevent crime by being a positive influence on kids. It’s true that some kids go the wrong way anyway. But, for every kid that goes “bad” I can name 5 or 10 that turned the right way.

Fiction: Is a dead-end job.

Fact: Out of the SRO Unit we have recently had two officers promoted to sergeant and one transfer to HIDTA. I would hardly call that a dead-end. SRO’s have the same ability to transfer or be promoted that any other law enforcement position has.

Fiction: Is for the most useless and lazy officers.

Fact: I think I outlined above exactly how busy the officers of this unit are. SRO’s must go through a 40 hour SRO School and some an 80 hour DARE School. The SRO Unit has an approximate combined 90 years of law enforcement experience. The officers of our unit also have a wide range of experience including SWAT, Dive Team, CIU, Corrections, Patrol, Special Operations. Hardly a useless and lazy bunch!

I would like to thank you for the time and opportunity to destroy some fiction and give you the facts. I look forward to sharing news and happenings in the SRO Unit in future issues.

Support Services

Property Division

By Diana O’Dell, Supervisor

I like to wish everyone a Happy New Year from the Property Division. I have listed a few reminders for those of you who deal with property and evidence submissions.

Property receipts and packages must have case numbers in order for us to process your property and evidence.

The original property receipt must be completely filled out so we can keep track of the property and maintain proper records in the computer system.

The original property receipt and the green copy must be submitted to the Property Division with the property/evidence being submitted.

If you released the property at the scene, update the chain of custody list and send the original property receipt to the Property Division.

Evidence for analysis must be packaged in bags no smaller than 5" x 7".

Marijuana must be packaged in paper bags.

Packages must have evidence tape on all openings, but the tape should only be on the openings. Please don’t put tape all over the package. This makes opening it very difficult.

When submitting property for lab analysis, you need a FDLE form completely filled out.

Items for analysis must be packaged separately from items for storage.

All packages must have initials half on the evidence tape and half on the package.

Packages submitted must be labeled with the case number, property receipt number and item number.

Please remember to use syringe tubes for any objects that could puncture through the package, such as syringes, needles, glass pipes, wire, etc.

If you don't comply with the above procedures, your property/evidence will be returned to you for correction. Your assistance is greatly appreciated by all of us in the Property Division. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call us.

Supply Rooms Consolidate

By Robert Cohen, Procurement Supervisor

The Supply Room at the Headquarters Building has moved to the Supply Room at the Main Detention Facility in Key West and is open for normal operation as of this date. Within the next week to 10 days, we will have an electronic version of our In-house Request form to use. Instructions for this will be attached to the file with the e-mail.

When you or any of your personnel come to the Detention Facility, please be sure and secure all weapons prior to entering the facility or when you check in at Main Control to get a key for the hallway, place the weapon in one of the gun lockers at Main Control.

By the 1st of March, there will be signs in the back hallway pointing towards supply, so you will just have to follow the signs and you should have no problem finding us.

The Armory will remain at the Headquarters Building. For any weapon, ammunition, ammo clips, OC Spray or Baton, please contact Johnnie Yongue or Brenda Winegarden in Finance at 292-7012.

If you need to fax a copy of the requisition, please fax it to (305) 293-7481 and it will come directly to us. The use of the In-house requisition will help to reduce paperwork as it will be a PC file as well as a copy will be printed for Finance's records. The 3-part requisition will only be used for orders the go to Brenda Mounts for a Purchase Order. All supplies from this building can be acquired on the In-House requisition but still need the following information on the form:

1. Name of Requisitioner

2. Payroll #

3. Work Center and Cost Center # (1400 - Finance) for example

4. Date of requisition

5. Supervisor's Signature

The middle section of the form will have the following:

1. Quantity

2. Item number

3. Description

4. Cost Each

5. Extension

The bottom of the form will have the total cost of the requisition, and will be able to have up to 30 items per requisition vs only 10 on the 3-part form (major improvement) and the electronic form will do all of the calculations for you once you enter the basic information. Within three months (hopefully), the form will have the entire database attached to it so all you have to do is enter the quantity and the item number and it will pull up the rest.

Any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 293-7362

 

The Sheriff’s Office says good-bye to long time employee Linda Peraza,
from the Finance Division. Linda was appreciated by the Sheriff’s Office
and by the Fraternal Order of Police, who honored her for her contributions
to that group. Above, FOP officers Eric Lundberg and Joey Passerelli award her with a plaque.

The Sheriff’s Office Finance Division recently got together
for this group photo. Missing are outgoing Finance Asst.
Linda Peraza and Asst. Milady Ferrer.

 

Corrections

Bureau of Corrections Update

By Major Tommy Taylor

I would like to take this opportunity to thank both the officers, support and contract personnel for their outstanding service throughout the year 2000. The same dedication can be seen as we enter the year 2001 and I truly appreciate your team spirit.

The year 2001 will be challenging just as the previous year, but as you know, there are many everyday challenges in our profession. We will continue to work diligently on improving the staffing of corrections and records personnel as well as trying to find affordable housing options for our troops in need of assistance.

At this time, I ask you to join me in welcoming on board our new team mates:

Captain Rick Ramsay is our new Operations Captain and a great asset to our team. He comes to us from the Special Investigations Division where he was Lieutenant. I know Captain Ross Thomson will miss him.


Captain Rick Ramsay

Captain Ramsay was born in Long Island, New York, in 1965 where he resided until moving to the Keys in 1976. Rick started his law enforcement career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1987 in the uniformed patrol division.

I would also like to welcome aboard D/D James Freed, D/D Thomas Livatt, D/D John Samaroo, D/D Eric Thomas, Records Asst. Lee Molina and Records Asst. Rhoda Thomas.

Animal Farm update

The Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm is a popular spot for kids and
adults alike. Groups may schedule visits at any time by calling
Farmer Deana Rogowski at the Detention Center in Key West,
and the farm is open to the public every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Above, a small child visits with one of the farm’s many bunny rabbits.
The rabbits are also available for adoption.

Officer Survival

By (former) Captain Bob Rothman

While making a Security inspection recently, I noticed a tall dark subject lurking behind and to the right of me. Not wanting to scare the subject I slowly walked away keeping a close eye on him (since I was not sure of his intentions). I had gotten about four feet away when the subject turned and started to come toward me. Still unsure of his intentions I took a defensive stance, to confront this subject and to protect myself.

As the subject approached me I could see his mouth moving but I couldn’t understand what he was trying to say. I told him in a loud tone to stop, but he did not. He got within four feet of me and again I ordered him to stop, but he still kept moving toward me. In one quick move he was face to face with me and trying to head butt me. I used my clipboard to try and fend off this attack, but he kept trying to get to me. I reached for my OC spray but I had left it in my desk. I reached for my ASP but remembered that I was not issued one – and the attack continued. I was getting tired and it was time to put a stop to the viscous attack, I reached for my 9mm but it was also upstairs.

He could sense that I was getting tired and came in for the kill. He tried one more head butt and again I was able to deflect it, but at the same time he kicked me with his right foot on my right thigh, I lost my balance and fell backwards. At this point my attacker looked down at me and walked away. I got up slowly dusted myself off, and looked around to see if there were any witnesses to this attack. There were: the trusties on the farm had a great laugh - a Captain beaten up by an Ostrich. What a sight.

Employee Spotlights

D/D Artemio J. Rogel


Artemio Rogel

Artemio “Art” Rogel has been with the Sheriff’s Office since July 1996. He was born in Key West and is a 3rd generation Conch. Art is a 1971 graduate of Key West High School. After graduation, he went into the military where he retired from the Air Force in 1993. He has been married to his wife, Myra, for 29 years and has three grown children Richard, Maria and Amanda. Art also has a grandson, C.J., who is 2 years old. Art likes to spend his time with his family and friends. Art enjoys fishing and wood working.

D/D Louis Rivera


Louis Rivera

Louis Rivera is 27 years old, the only son from a family of 5 and was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. His parents then moved to Orlando, FL in 1985 to pursue a better life. In 1991, he enlisted into the Army and to this day he continues to serve as a reservist with the 810 Military Police unit out of Fort Lauderdale. Rivera is married to Darlene and a father to three, he enjoys playing basketball and football with his co-workers on B watch. His goals are to finish his education in criminal justice and cross over to the road to become a successful law enforcement officer with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Det. Sgt. Robert Kennedy


Robert Kennedy

Robert started his career in Corrections in July of 1991. He began as a Corrections Officer in Marathon, worked on the transition team for the Key West Facility, then was promoted to Sergeant. He spent several years as OIC/LT for the Key West Facility and has since moved back to Marathon.

The loves of his life are his wife Charlene and their dogs. He loves all types of animals and is often seen feeding the wild life outside the Marathon Facility.

When not at work he enjoys working around his house.

Commissary Clerk Sharon Fain


Sharon Fain

Sharon was born in Arcadia, Florida. She has been happily married for 21 years to Sgt. Jerome Fain. Sharon is the proud parent of six children, four sons and two daughters. Sharon has been a resident of Key West for 13 years. She has been with the Sheriff’s Office since May, 1994. She is attending FKCC for a degree in Business Data Processing. Sharon says, “Being happy is easy…I just sing!”.

Awards

Employees of the Third Quarter

Law Enforcement Officer of the Quarter: Detective Chris Scott, Bureau of Operations, Crimes Against Women and Children’s Unit

Chris has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office since August 2, 1989. On September 7th Chris received a phone call from an attorney alleging sexual misconduct by a camp counselor. In the weeks that proceeded the initial phone call, Chris’ case grew with multiple victims, leads, and jurisdictions. With the suspect due to leave the country, Chris worked diligently to build a case against him. Chris was able to obtain two arrest warrants and “Lewd and Lascivious Molestation” charges were brought against the suspect, but her case didn’t stop there. With the news media now involved additional leads were developed. As of this date, the investigation is still on-going with seven new arrest warrants obtained: 56 counts of Sexual Performance by Child; 12 counts of Lewd and Lascivious on a Child; 10 counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Child; and six more warrants are being obtained for six new victims, which have been located since the initial investigation

Support employee of the quarter: Secretary Mary Cohen, Bureau of Corrections, Support Services

Mary has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office since July 20, 1994. In October 2000 the Bureau of Corrections was awarded their accreditation certificate from the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission. Mary was a key factor to this success. This project was a long and difficult process, but Mary worked endlessly in ensuring that the appropriate documentation was acquired, prepared, and ready for their final inspection. Mary went way above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that we met our goal.

Corrections Officer of the Quarter: Detention Deputy Dennis Coleman, Bureau of Corrections, Division VI, Main Detention Facility

Dennis has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office since January 24, 2000. While in the FTO Program, Dennis was never late or absent; therefore, completing the program within 32 days. Dennis shows professionalism by taking exceptional pride in the image that he projects by always wearing an immaculate, inspection-ready uniform on a daily basis. His patience, understanding nature and ability to delve into the heart of a problem has earned him great respect and rapport among his peers. He consistently performs at a high achievement level and is not content with mediocre work. Dennis’ analytical, decision making ability and adaptability to changing situations make him competent in any situation.

Reserve Deputy of the Quarter: Auxiliary Deputy Allen Lowe, Bureau of Operations, Reserve Section.

Allen has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office since March 2000. Since joining the reserve program in March Allen has logged in an excess of 250 hours of volunteer service to the agency. Allen has demonstrated a great desire to become familiar with the Sheriff’s Office and has dedicated numerous of hours by way of parking enforcement, reserve patrol, and special details.

Cadet/Explorer of the Quarter: Explorer Lieutenant Lenny Leggett, Bureau of Operations, Explorer/Cadet Section.

Lenny has been an invaluable member of the Post 904 since December 1996, and is a Sophomore. At the delegates meeting in West Palm Beach back in September, Lenny took a number of younger cadets under his wing by showing them proper formation, appearance and general procedures. Lenny is always willing and ready to take on nearly any task that is assigned to him and has been known to take on assignments on short notice without complaint.

Employees of the Fourth Quarter, 2000

Law Enforcement Officer of the Quarter: Deputy Genine Hernandez Bureau of Operations, Road Patrol, Sector 1

Over the past couple of quarters, Deputy Genie Hernandez has spearheaded the abandoned car removal project on Stock Island. She began working on this problem before it was a focused project. She researched and developed the procedure to be followed. She also developed the protocol with the tow companies.

Since the inception, she has had approximately 168 vehicles removed from the area. An estimated 70% were voluntarily removed, which translates into a large savings of tax dollars at a cost of $150 per vehicle. Fourteen warrants for illegal dumping have been obtained with four arrests to date.

Deputy Hernandez’s dedication to the Sheriff’s Office and the community she serves speaks highly of her professionalism.

Detention Deputy Of The Quarter – Detention Deputy Derek Paul, Bureau of Corrections, Plantation Key Facility

Detention Deputy Derek Paul has worked for the Bureau of Corrections in the Key West facility and is presently assigned to the Plantation Key Jail. His efforts with Smart Cop and the photo-imaging system are applauded, however, that is only one of these attributes. For the past four months, the Plantation Key Jail has operated with the shortage of one squad. Deputy Paul has switched his days on numerous occasions to facilitate their training or for their vacation days.

In addition to being a team player, he is a reliable and dependable Officer who has a perfect attendance record and consistently scores high on his evaluations. His extra effort is appreciated and respected

Support Member Of The Quarter – Deborah Simpson, Bureau of Operations, Special Operations, Secretary

For the past several months, the CUI unit in Marathon has been conducting an extensive investigation into a local burglary ring. Deborah Simpson has been of tremendous help and assistance. From the initiation of this investigation, Deborah has sacrificed her lunchtime, evenings and has devoted most of her regular work time to assist Detective Sgt. Mike Langston with this investigation. This investigation would not have gone as smoothly or had been as successful without Deborah’s assistance.

It is a true pleasure to work with Deborah. Her dedication and professionalism are a genuine driving force in this Unit.

Reserve Deputy Of The Quarter – Auxiliary Deputy Carol McGinley, Bureau of Operations, Reserve Section

Since joining the Reserves in July 1994, Aux. Deputy McGinley has become the “Go to Person” for coordination of personnel for community event and other details. She makes the phone calls to keep the unit up to speed on “what, when and where” of these events. She has always had a prompt answer for any concern that the Reserve Lt. has assigned her and has fulfilled the roll of Squad Leader since before 1999.

Aux. Deputy McGinley is quick to volunteer for details and devotes herself to community service and continuously make an effort to encourage the others in the unit to do the same.

Explorer Of The Quarter – Sgt. Brian Backhus, Bureau of Operations, Explorer/Cadet Section

Sgt. Brian Backhus has been a member of Explorer Post 905 for the past 3 years. Sgt. Backhus was recently promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He is always very helpful and willing to take on the hard tasks. Brian has excellent attendance at post meeting, events and details. He seems especially adept at coming up with usable and practical ideas that his advisor can use. According to Senior Advisor, Deputy Hunter, “Brian is an all around great kid.”

Sgt. Backhus is a positive influence and a good role model both within and outside the post. He is an honor roll student in the 7th grade at the Key Largo school and he desires to be a deputy sheriff some day.

What’s Happening

Employee of the Year Ceremony

March 23, 2001, 2 p.m.
Marathon Government Center

Turn out and cheer on your fellow employees in their success!

Two lovely members of our Lower Keys Detective Division make an appearance this month in the Rap Sheet. On the left, Detective Ben Lowe shows off his combat gear. On the right, Detective Sgt. Bobby Randolph when he had more hair—and not just on the top of his head!

 

Guess Who?

Do you know me?

Submitted by Deputy Lin Badman

Sure you do. I'm just a dispatcher! You know the one. The one that you talk about, the one you hate.

I'm the one who always screws up you the calls you go on, do you think I enjoy giving you incorrect information. Did you stop and think maybe the caller gave me the information wrong?

I'm the "stupid" one because I cannot hear you with your siren blaring in the background, a child screaming into the phone that daddy is beating up mommy, a hysterical parent whose child is on drugs or because you may just have your music up to loud and I have to ask you to repeat something.

I am the one who must maintain a calm voice when inside I am feeling sick because of a hot call you are on. Trying to make out what you are saying when you are running and the adrenaline is pumping.

I am the one who understands when you reply with a smart remark or sarcasm, knowing you have a stressful job. Remember I too have a stressful job.

I'm the one who, when you get in a foot chase, fight, traffic stop, domestic, person with a gun or any other call worry and am out of my seat until I hear 3 words. Central, Code 5.

I'm the one you think is Rude but you as I do must remember that even though we are not out on that call, I sometimes feel helpless not knowing what is happening with you because of radio silence due to a hot call. So I too get stressed out.

I am the one who gets to listen to my voice on the tape when you think I am being rude or didn't handle a call right. Have you ever listened to yourself?

I am the one with the heart that skips a beat when you are on a traffic stop and cannot be raised on the radio.

I am the one who panics when you scream for help but I don't know where you are because YOU forgot to sign out.

I am the one who is spoken to in a hateful tone because I try to send you on a call but YOU forgot to sign out somewhere.

I'm the one who has to guess if you had time to finish a call because YOU forgot to sign back on.

Yes, I am all these things to you but REMEMBER..........

I am the one who feels ultimately responsible for you and have the greatest respect and concern for Law Enforcement Officers or I would not be doing this job.

I am the one who prays that each one of you go home to your families at the end of your shift!

Do you know me? I hope now not only do you know me but understand me and see me in a different light!!

Christmas Memories

 

The Grinch made an appearance at the Key West Christmas parade (left). Also in the picture are Dillon and Caitlin Snider, Tamara and Mitch Snider’`s kids. On the right, McGruff (Ernie Scott) caught a ride with Res. Dep. Jan Scott and Training asst. Marina Simonian.

Sheriff Roth, Captain Bob Peryam and Ken Dugger (you oldies out there will remember him from law enforcement academies at FKCC) enjoy the Key Vaca Christmas Party (above left), while Kim and Dave Johnson do the same (above right).


Everyone who attended had a great time dancing the night away!


Santa and his elves made this appearance at the headquarters building in Key West.