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

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Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard Pipe and Drums recently thanked Sheriff Roth for his
 support with this special plaque. Members of the group took a trip to Ireland this Spring with their
sister band, the Florida Police Pipe and Drum Corp. at the behest of the Irish National Police (The Garda).
While there, they marched and played in a St. Patrick’s Day parade, and played in several other locations
 in Dublin, Ireland. Left to right, Drummer and Reserve Officer Marc Jamison; Sheriff Roth; Piper and
Sheriff’s Training Lt. Mitch Snider.

Sheriff’s Report

Proposed Budget and other changes

The Sheriff’s Office has presented its proposed budget for fiscal year 2001/2002 to the county. The proposed budget’s bottom line is the same as last year’s, plus an 8% salary increase for all employees and an 8% increase in starting salaries for incoming employees. This salary increase is necessary due to our continued problems recruiting employees, and losing employees to higher paying agencies.

The Sheriff’s Office did a study of south Florida Law Enforcement agencies. Out of 86 agencies we looked at, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is ranked 72nd for starting pay. It is an obvious problem, and one we are working to rectify.

The consolidation of dispatch is moving right along. Construction of the new facility has already begun, and the Key West dispatch office and the Marathon Office will merge on July 9th at the substation in Marathon. I know the current facility is not entirely adequate for the number of people who must work there. We are working as hard as we can to get the new center completed so you can all work under better circumstances.

Speaking of that, permits have been obtained and work has begun on the new dispatch center. Permits have also been obtained for our radio towers in Key West, Stock Island, Long Key, Plantation Key and Key Largo and work has begun on them, as well. Actual construction of the dispatch center should be finished at the end of July, to include the installation of necessary cabinetry and furniture, as well as most of the new radio equipment.

Bell South will then begin installation of the 911 lines. Unfortunately, this phase, which takes the longest to complete, cannot commence until the build out of the communication's center itself is finished and we can't actually move our communication's officers into the facility and begin operations there until we are able to answer 911 calls. I will keep everyone up to date as I learn more about Bell South's plans and projections.

The new Mobile Firearm’s Trainer has been ordered and should be delivered this fall. The trailer will enable us to continuously train our personnel in the use of firearms without having to rely solely on the Navy Range at Boca Chica. It is comprised of three firing lanes, and is sound proof and equipped with filters so it will not emit loud noise or any kind of environmentally hazardous materials into the air.

When it arrives, we will be working out a schedule outlining where the trailer will be parked and for how long. We have to borrow a truck from the county to move it from place to place, so we will most likely leave it in each area of the Keys for a month or so at a time.

It is hurricane season, so make sure you keep your eyes and ears open for approaching storms. We can almost always count on at least a partial activation during a season, so be prepared. In the general news section of the Rap Sheet you’ll find more information on this subject.

Ask the Administration

Question #1: I would like to know why all detectives are not issued department cell phones? The cost of the phones and air time have dropped considerably over the past few years, and it would really cost the department a fairly minimum amount to provide them. A large number of detectives already have them, so it would only be a few of us that would need to be outfitted with the phones. It would certainly be helpful to detectives in the field, and would be a nice benefit for them as well, especially given the current department policy of allowing department members to pay a certain amount per pay check and use the phones for personal calls. Would you please consider this?

Answered by Bureau Chief Mike Rice: In the past, phones were not provided on a widespread basis due to their cost. However, you are correct. The cost of cellular phones and the service associated with their use has dropped dramatically over the past few years. We will look into the possibility of implementing your suggestion.

Question 2: Recently, Watch Guard Authenticity (Big Brother) was installed to monitor members use of the internet. Most of us within the Office are responsible and do our job tasks and only use the internet in our spare time after the work is completed or while we are on break. The majority of members do not go to sites that are offensive. Watch Guard undermines even more so the low morale within the office and makes us feel that BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING US.

It is our understanding this was placed on the system because of problems with Jail Records because they were abusing the internet and not getting their work completed. Instead of having BIG BROTHER watching us, is it possible that the supervisor responsible for these members spending way too much time on the Internet be dealt with instead of having BIG BROTHER watching the rest of us?

Answered by Sheriff Roth: If you regularly read the Rap Sheet, you will remember seeing an article warning everyone of the agency’s ability to monitor internet usage. Even prior to the installation of Watch Guard, we regularly monitored our members on what internet sites they visited, and how long they stayed on the internet. Watch Guard just makes this easier to do, and makes it more obvious to those members signing on to the internet.

You can call it Watch Guard, or call it Big Brother: whatever you call it, it is a fact of life if you are using the internet in the work place. We are certainly not the only workplace in the world to monitor internet use – most government agencies and businesses monitor their employee’s use of the internet. Monitoring employees is not just a matter of money – after all, you are paid to WORK here. It is also a matter of liability. If you are accessing improper, inappropriate sites, you could put the Sheriff’s Office at risk for lawsuits, or other legal actions.

We certainly don’t mind if you occasionally surf the web at your desk – just make sure you do it before or after work, or on a break. Also, make sure you do not visit any sites which are obviously inappropriate.

Question 4: Could you please explain the reason why someone was promoted to sergeant of court security in Marathon without the position being posted? There are others in the department who would have liked the opportunity to put in for this position, and who are qualified for it.

Answered by Colonel Bill McDonald: The rank of Sergeant was assigned to the supervisor of Marathon court security simply to designate that person as the supervisor of that unit. This title did not involve a formal promotion or pay raise, and the "rank" would not follow her if she left that position. In other words, she could not transfer to another open sergeant's position. If she left her current position, she would transfer as a deputy to a deputy position. Her rank of "sergeant" applies only to court security, and designates her as supervisor of that unit only.

Question 5: If a detention deputy misses one sick day during the year, does he or she still get a bonus at the end of the year for good attendance?

Answered by Donna Moore, Assistant Director of Human Resources: Road patrol deputies and sergeants, Detention Deputies and sergeants and communications officers receive a $1,000.00 bonus for not missing any sick time during the year. If they miss one sick day, they receive a $500.00 bonus. Everyone else in the agency receives a $100.00 bonus for missing no sick days.

General News

The Sheriff’s Office said goodbye, recently, to two long-term employees. Monica Galvan left us to go to Georgia. She and her family purchased and will be operating a campground there, and we wish them all the best of luck with that adventure. Karen Mocsary is moving, with her family, to Tampa. Her husband, Steve, accepted a promotion with U.S. Customs which required them to transfer to that area. As for Karen, she is looking forward to some well-deserved time off. Good luck, Karen! We’ll miss your voice on the radio.

Workmen’s Compensation Coverage and safety equipment

All employees should be aware of the following passage in the Florida State Statute governing Workmen’s Compensation. The passage reduces your Workmen’s Compensation claim by 25 percent if you fail to wear a seatbelt or other safety equipment while performing your duties as an employee of the Sheriff’s Office.

Florida State Statute #440.09 states:

(5) "If injury is caused by the knowing refusal of the employee to use a safety appliance or observe a safety rule required by statute or lawfully adopted by the division, and brought prior to the accident to the employee's knowledge, or if injury is caused by the knowing refusal of the employee to use a safety appliance provided by the employer, the compensation as provided in this chapter shall be reduced 25 percent".

This is extremely important, especially for our law enforcement and corrections officers. This means that if an employee knowingly refuses to use protective equipment provided by the agency, including gloves, seatbelts, bullet proof vests, etc., workmen's compensation can reduce the member's claim by 25%. The normal Workmen’s compensation level is 66 2/3 of an employee’s salary.

Russel F. Sullivan Scholarship Marks 15 Years Of Funding Education for Local Law Enforcement Officers

This year marks the 15th consecutive year of funding by the Russel F. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship for the continuing education of law enforcement officers at Florida Keys Community College. The scholarship committee recently held its annual meeting to report the scholarship's status, and to announce that they are accepting applications now for Fall awards.

The scholarship, affectionately known as the "Sully", lends a much-needed helping hand each semester to students who are currently employed in law enforcement and are seeking to either become certified or earn a degree. Officers of the Key West Police Department and Monroe County Sheriff Department are enrolled in courses at F.K.C.C. To date, the fund has contributed approximately $50,000 in scholarships.

Russ Sullivan was an F.B.I. agent for 27 years and served for a number of years in Key West. When he retired in 1981, he continued in his own investigative business and taught at FKCC. After Russ Sullivan's death in 1985, his widow established the scholarship in his memory. His close F.B.I. friend, Phillip B. Carr of Boca Raton gave the initial contribution.

During the following four years, Ruth organized fundraising golf tournaments known as "The Sully". With great support from corporate and local businesses and enthusiastic support from the players, the tournament produced a substantial beginning which has passed the stated goal of $100,000 to over $125,000 endowed to date.

Russ Sullivan was born in Boston, Mass. and was a graduate of Suffolk University and the Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He served in the Air Force during World War II and as a police officer in Falmouth, Massachusetts prior to his appointment as Special Agent in F.B.I. in 1954. He was assigned to Philadelphia, New York Louisville, Miami and when he retired in 1980 he was Senior Resident Agent in Key West. Upon his retirement, he was cited by President Ronald Reagan for his service to his country.

The scholarship is administered through Florida Keys Community College's Financial Aid Office under the direction of Ruth King, Chair; Phillip Carr, Vice Chair and Dr. William A. Seeker, president of F.K.C.C. with input from the K.W.P.D. and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The scholarship is endowed through the college's Florida Keys Educational Foundation where it receives matching state funds.

Ruth King said "We are very proud of the scholarship's success and longevity, and are very excited at the renewed interest evident by the increased number of applicants."

For more information about the "Sully" scholarship, call FKCC's Financial Aid Director, Cary Trantham at 296-9081.

Police Memorial Day in May was recognized in the Keys with two special Memorial ceremonies, one in Marathon and one in Key West. On the left, the Honor Guard performed their duties at both ceremonies with flair. In this photo, members of the Sheriff’s Office and Key West Police worked together to honor fallen officers in Key West. On the right, Sheriff Roth and KWPD Chief Dillon attended the Key West ceremony and presided over the event.

Memorial Sculpture Donations

There is an effort underway to raise money for a life sized statue dedicated to local fallen law enforcement officers. The statue will be created by local artist Gloria Shaw, and will depict a uniformed Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy on one knee, head down, with the American flag cradled in one hand. The statue will be placed outside the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters complex on Stock Island, near the Memorial Fountain.

The fundraising goal is $7,000.00. When the initial letter went out in June soliciting funds from Sheriff’s Office employees, the response was an impressive $700.00.

If you did not give during the first fundraising push, please consider doing so now. You may authorize a one-time payroll deduction by contacting Payroll Clerk Vicki Reeder. You can call her at 292-7118, send her a signed note in the courier, or send her e-mail at vreeder@keysso.net to give your donation. You don’t have to be an employee to give, of course. Personal checks will also be gratefully accepted. You can make the check out to “Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Memorial Fund”, attention Brenda Winegarden in the Finance Division, 5525 College Road, Key West, FL 33040.

Hurricane Preparedness

It is Hurricane Season once again and this is a reminder: if you haven’t already, make sure you request your hurricane cash advance money. You must fill out a request form and submit it to the Finance Division. In the event there is a hurricane, you will receive a salary advance of $400.00 to help with hurricane evacuation expenses. The money will be repaid through payroll deductions of $50 per pay period after the storm.

If you are a family with two Sheriff’s Office employees who are both required to stay during a hurricane, you have the option of filling out an exemption form for one employee if there are family obligations which require evacuation during a hurricane. These obligations would include having children or elderly parents who need to leave the county if a hurricane approaches. Those forms can be obtained from the Human Resources Division, if you haven’t already filled one out this season.

Uniform Traffic Citation Manual on-line

The State of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has announced that it’s Uniform Traffic Citation Procedures Manual is now accessible on line. The procedures manual includes the Appendix “C” and available forms. They will not be placing the web address for this manual on their main web page, but it can be found at http://www.hsmv.state.fl.us/ddl/utc2001/UTCmain.html.

Operations Division

In June, deputies recovered two large packages in the upper Keys filled with kilos of cocaine.
It is unknown where they came from, but at least now they won’t turn up on the street.

The Special Investigations Division, working with the DEA and U.S. Attorney’s Office recently executed six search warrants in the upper Keys, arresting 26 people on drug charges. Clockwise from the top left, a Sheriff’s Office SWAT member guards the outside of a house in Hibiscus Park; the Sheriff’s SWAT team after completing entry to a home in Hibiscus Park; Sheriff’s detectives and deputies stand outside after searching a house; Deputy Lisa King talks to Sgt. Donnie Fanelli, who has been instrumental in a major long-term clean up operation in the Hibiscus Park area of Key Largo.

District Two Report

By Lt. Larry Kelley

It’s time to say hello again from the Middle of the beautiful Florida Keys, downtown Metro-Marathon. We have had lots of changes in the last few months. New Deputies in, experienced veterans leaving for wider horizons—hard workers and professional energetic men and women all.

First—a welcome to our newest Deputies. James Field comes to us from the Orlando area. He is a dedicated young man with a very calming personality. Keep up the hard work James, your efforts are not going unnoticed. Deputy Chuck Meier—what can I say? Most of you already know “the human tank”. When we got this guy we got a whole army in a single green and white suit. Welcome and work hard in the FTO program because I will soon be turning you loose on society—God, help us all! I’m just kidding—Chuck is a great guy and a hard working Deputy. He will make a strong addition to our family of Law Enforcement professionals here in Marathon. Al Trigoning (pronounced—ahh—umm—err—well I really haven’t figured it out yet but I promise I will, Al), comes to us from the cold north but was trained by our own Florida Highway Patrol in Tallahassee. He has come to us to use his State Highway Patrol training to do real police-work. Welcome to you, Al—listen to your trainers and you will learn fast—we all look forward to your release.

Jennifer Torres has traded her street clothes for the “green and white suit” and can be seen regularly in the Marathon Branch Courthouse as Sergeant Kellenberger’s newest Court Security Deputy. We welcome her to the uniformed team and bid a fond farewell to Deputy Steve Forsell as he has left us for civilian life. Steve was a very attentive Court Security Deputy and we will miss his attention to duty there. I’m sure Jennifer will do her best to fill his shoes.

The saddest thing we do, short of the VERY saddest thing we do, is to say good bye to our brother and sister officers leaving for other jobs or careers. David Carpenter is leaving us to go to work for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office up in the Jacksonville area. He has served the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in many roles—Road Deputy, Traffic Enforcement Motorcycles, Special Investigations, 1 year in Bosnia as a United Nations International Police Task Force Training Officer and then back again as a Road Deputy here in Marathon. We will miss his professionalism, experience, knowledge, and especially his friendship. Dave, give them the same effort you have given us and you will go far. Joe Cortner is leaving us to run his family business but I just got some really good news yesterday from Human Resources Section. It seems that we are stuck with Joe forever—geeeeze—he has been approved to stay on as a “part-time” Deputy and will be working many more shifts in Marathon. I am very glad we will not lose him from our team and look forward to the day he may come back to us in a “full-time” status.

Congratulations to Jen Lascala in finishing the FTO program with high marks and a very positive attitude towards her new career in Law Enforcement. We are very happy to have her with us and I’m sure she will keep up the good work.

Since I’m congratulating everyone now I want to go out of the Office and congratulate Todd Tetterton for his recent promotion to Key Colony Beach Police Sergeant. I sat on that promotion board and I have to say that in my humble opinion Todd “walked the dog”! Do them well—we all look forward to working with you for years to come.

Boy—Dave Campbell is out of control—give that guy a car and a parking ticket book and “look out”! I assigned him to assist the Monroe County Counsel for the Disabled and he stepped up to the plate and has done an incredible job hammering the masses of inconsiderate drivers out there who dare to park where we save places for our disabled and elderly. The job he is doing is fabulous. I commend his efforts and the way he gives his everything to the job. Dave is truly one of the most helpful, capable and energetic young officers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Keep up the great work.

A very hearty congratulations to Don Macallaster and Valerie Rotolante on their recent marriage. Best of luck to you both and we are happy to see two people so happy together. A very big congratulations to Steve Mahmood and his beautiful new wife, Kari. We wish you all the best in your new life together. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah—I know—I know—I’m not in Traffic anymore—but I had to congratulate the newlyweds. By the way, Steve, I’m getting complaints that none of my units can get on the air for all the traffic stops you are making now that you are a full time Traffic Officer—WAY TO GO—keep up the good work.

I want to thank and commend all of the Deputies in Sectors 4 and 5 for their professionalism and resolve in the recent schedule change that was a massive endeavor for all involved. I commend your attention to duty and your team spirit. I am sure that this will work out well for all and it seems to be already showing its worth. By the way—in the Softball games following the last Station Meeting I demand a rematch. We can’t allow the Coast Guard to pound us like that again. The FMP—or FWC—or DEP—or whatever the heck they are calling themselves this week, are ready to do it again anytime. By the way, Sue told me after that game that she has never seen so many FMP officers working at once. The next time she needs a Marine Patrol Officer to pick up an injured sea-turtle that is called into the Turtle Hospital she will call their office and tell them “There’s a softball game two miles west of Alligator Light”.

Jake Brady was the first of our Deputies to have to back up the newly formed City of Marathon Code Enforcement Department out on Grassy Key. I got a very complimentary phone call from Mr. John Houseman from the City who told me he was highly impressed with Jake’s professionalism, ability and resolve in his dealing with a property owner who was not willing to comply with City Codes. Jake, keep it up—this is one of the reasons you are the designated A/ for your shift.

Finally I would like to give my undying thanks to Zone Commander-Sergeant Richard Heber. He has been the only reason why I have been able to go to the last 4 two week sessions of SPI in Ft. Lauderdale without worrying about my responsibilities back home. He has filled in as A/Station Commander and done it in such a complete and successful manner that I really don’t think I need to come back. I don’t know what I would have done without him. He has not only done the day to day stuff, but also handled the big details like the Boot Key Harbor Joint Operation with the Coast Guard and the Police Memorial Ceremony at the Key Vaca Station that I hear was fabulous. Thanks, Richard you ARE the man.

Hey—did anyone see that thing parked in the lot beside the Key Vaca Station. You know, that thing that looked kindda like it wanted to be a motorcycle. It was black and white. It had two wheels, two blue flashing lights in front, a foreign name and no floorboards or heel-toe shifter. If anyone can tell me what the heck it was—call me and let me in on the joke.

I guess that is about it from Metro-Marathon—but remember:

WHEN YOU STOP HIM FOR MAKING AN ILLEGAL U-TURN AND HE SAYS HE WASN’T MAKING A U-TURN—HE WAS MAKING TWO LEFT TURNS—DON’T BELIEVE HIM……

Reserve Notes

By Reserve Captain Glen McDaniel

I think it is encouraging to note that we are having some reserve participation between districts. Over the past few months, we have had Reservists from District One participate in DUI checkpoints in District Two and Three, District Three reservists participate in a DUI checkpoint and the Renaissance fair, District Three reservists participating in the Pigeon Key Art Festival and the Marathon Seafood Festival and we are looking forward to all three district Reservists participate in the 7 mile Bridge Run.

I see this as a positive move in the direction I have been working hard to see happen. I have been long dedicated to having the three Reserve Districts more unified and taking part in each other’s events, being aware of the direction each of the districts are moving and sharing in each other’s “feast or famine” times, so to speak.

It also gives me great pleasure to supply you with some photographs of recent promotions. Reserve Sgt. Theodore “Ted” Migala of District Three and Reserve Sergeant Maureen Penley of District Two were promoted to Reserve Lieutenants recently. Also, Auxiliary Deputy David Campbell of District Two has been assigned as an Auxiliary Sergeant. Congratulations to them all on their achievements.

Congratulations to Reserve Officers Maureen Penley and Ted Migala, who both received promotions recently. Here they are with Reserve Captain Glen McDaniel.

Reserve Deputy Migala’s real job is Air Traffic Control Supervisor at MIA, while Certified Auxiliary Penley is an MCSO Communications Supervisor. I would also like to congratulate Reserve Lt. Migala for being chosen the 2000 Reserve Officer of the Year.

Traffic Enforcement News

By Sgt. Glen Test

This is my first Rap Sheet article as the new Traffic Enforcement Sergeant. I would like to say I am happy to be back in the unit and I am looking forward to a long tenure in this position. Things have been a bit hectic during the transition, but hopefully we are getting back on track.

Our unit is short-handed, as are most of the sectors, but the unit is still working hard. Our first wolfpack, if you can call five people a wolfpack, on rain-soaked Memorial Day weekend produced over 300 contacts, including two DUI arrests. We also worked a large number of accidents.

We anticipate the addition of Steve Mahmood this month, and I look forward to his high initiative. Some of you in sectors 6 and 7 may have noticed what looked like Poncherello riding up and down US1 on his new police BMW motorcycle. No, it wasn’t Ponch, it was George Rosemeyer putting a new “loaner” BMW through the rigors of STEP here in Monroe County. BMW was gracious enough to loan us the bike for two weeks to try it out. Initial response in favor of the BMW has been overwhelming! It is much more maneuverable, better handling, and most important of all it is a much safer bike than our current Harley Davidsons.

We would also like to congratulate Deputy Donald MacAllaster and Detention Deputy Valerie Rotolante on their recent marriage and wish them the best. Deputy Steve Mahmood also got married on the same day and we want to congratulate him and his bride Kari and wish them the best.

School Resource Division

By Sergeant John Barber

Greetings from the School Resource Division.

Our School resource Officers have many duties and responsibilities. One of which is the facilitation of the Explorer/Cadet Program. We have 3 explorer posts in Monroe County. Each post has a senior advisor (SRO) who is responsible for the day to day operations of the post. This is a bigger job than you may think. An advisor must plan meetings and activities, coordinate training, recruit new explorers, maintain and issue uniforms and equipment.

In addition,, an advisor must be able to connect with kids. An advisor could be a capable administrator and trainer but if he/she doesn’t connect with kids then everything else doesn’t really matter. Why? Because the kids are what it’s all about!

Each year our senior explorers (9-12 grade) attend quarterly Delegates Meetings at various locations around the state. Deputy Louis Robison, Deputy Tammy Jensen and I just returned from the March 2001 Delegates Meeting held in Jacksonville. We took 17 of our Senior Explorers in our 2 brand new 15 passenger vans (thanks Sheriff). The weekend trip consisted of FSEA business meetings, training and a trip to the mall. The training included felony stops and defensive tactics. The FSEA Delegates Meetings covered a variety of issues facing the association. The delegates struggled the most with issues regarding the disaster relief fund. The issue ended up being tabled until the next meeting in June. Overall, a great time was had by all.

Our explorers also have the opportunity to attend Boot Camp in Umatilla, Florida in February or October of each year. I took 4 explorers last month to the wooded central Florida location. This is an intense weekend of physical training, drill and formation, and law enforcement instruction. Approximately 150 explorers from all over Florida were in attendance. Boot Camp is not for the teenager who is faint at heart. These kids are pushed to the limit all weekend. By the end of the weekend each explorer leaves with a feeling of pride and accomplishment. Because they really have completed something that most kids their age could not or would not do. For that matter, most adults could not or would not as well.

On the left, 17 explorers recently attended a Delegates Meeting held in Jacksonville, chaperoned by three members of the School Resource Officer’s unit. The weekend trip consisted of FSEA business meetings, training sessions and a trip to the mall. On the right, Post 904 Explorer Captain Erik Kosec preparing for simunitions training at the February Boot Camp in Umatilla, Florida

Watch for future information on the Explorer/Cadet Program on the www.keysso.net website. Our page is currently under construction. Also watch for the Post 904 “Open Mic” newsletter which will be published by the time this Rap Sheet hits your box.

Well that’s about it for this issue. If anyone has any questions about the Explorer/Cadet Program or if you’re interested in helping one of our advisors with a post do not hesitate to contact me.

Bureau of Corrections

Florida Model Jail Standards Annual Jail Inspection

By Major Tommy Taylor, Commander

I’d like to express my gratitude to staff, support and contract personnel working in the Bureau of Corrections for your hard work, attention to detail and outstanding professionalism before and during our annual Florida Model Jail Standards Inspection. There were no serious violations noted during the inspection and in speaking with some of the inspectors, they were very impressed with the overall operations of our three facilities.

Thank you again, and I applaud your dedication to duty and mission.

In addition, congratulations go out to Sgt. Sharon DelosSantos for being selected as First Sergeant for the Corrections Bureau; Sgt. Sharon Harrold, our former First Sergeant, has been assigned as Director of Sheriff's Office Records unit; Director Keena Allen is now in charge of support activities , and finally, Sgt. Joyce McCoy, has been assigned to the Inmate Programs Division as the Inmate Services Sergeant. Once again, congratulations, I know all of you will do well in your new positions.

Employee Spotlight

Betty Huber
Forensic Case Manager

Betty Huber is the Forensic Case Manager for the Bureau of Corrections. She was born and raised in the St. Louis, Missouri area, where she graduated from high school and was married then later divorced. She has one grown son who is out on his own. She has lived from Missouri to Brunswick, Maine; Seattle, Washington and now lives in Key West, Florida.

She is a registered Professional Nurse who acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Science then a Master’s Degree in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

She loves church, bicycling, reading, music, dancing, being with friends, time at the ocean and gardening. She has a pet parakeet named “Buddy” who says anything she takes the time to teach him.

Support Services

Oral Board Class to be Offered

The MCSO Human Resources Division has scheduled a series of classes to assist members interested in promotional opportunities to prepare for Oral Board interviews. “Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Practical Skills to Prepare for an Oral Board Interview” will consist of three, two-hour sessions. Classes will be offered on Tuesday mornings for day shift members, and Thursday afternoons for night shift members.

The class will include discussion, presentation and practical application in the following areas:

Preparation—organization of ideas, analysis of strengths and weaknesses, rehearsal of presentation.

Presentation—diction, voice inflection, body language, eye contact, demeanor.

Practice—mock oral board interviews, review with suggestions and follow-up practice.

“Putting Your Best Foot Forward” will be led by HR Specialist, Geoff Leonard. His presentation-related experience includes: theatre director/performer, vocal music teacher, workshop presenter, and adjudicator for state theatre competitions. The goal of this class will be to strengthen the presentation skills of participants, build their confidence; and thus, assist with their career development. The class is designed to assist valuable and qualified members in not being unintentionally overlooked for promotions, based upon a less than stellar Oral Board interview. As Leonard stated: “We may have some ‘diamonds in the rough’ who merely need some polish before going in front of the appraisers.”

This 3-session class will be held as follows:

Day Shift members

Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00 a.m.—July 17, 24 & 31

Night Shift members

Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m.—July 19, 26 & August 2

The last day to enroll will be Friday, July 13. Due to the high level of class participation involved, and individual focus on participants, class enrollment will be limited. Early sign-up is strongly encouraged.

Interested members should call the Human Resources Division at 292-7044 to sign-up.

Important Florida Retirement information:

Effective July 1, 2001, active FRS members will be vested after six (6) years of service.

Members registered in the Special Rick Class (Deputy Sheriff, Detention Deputies) 55 years old with six (6) years of service may participate in the FRS Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP).

Members registered in the Regular Risk Class (Support Staff) 62 years old with six (6) years of service may participate in the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP).

For information relating to the DROP program please contact Donna Moore at (305) 292-7044.

Benefits offered by the Sheriff’s Office

Sick Leave Pool – The purpose of this program is to provide employees with an emergency pool of sick leave hours in cases of prolonged absences due to illness or disabilities.

Anti Smoking incentive Program – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will assist employees who wish to quit smoking in the purchase of a medically-approved, anti-smoking medication.

Weight Loss Program – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will assist members in a doctors certified weight loss program.

Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) – FMLA requires covered employers to provide up to twelve (12) calendar weeks of paid or unpaid, job-protected leave for eligible employees for the following reasons:

To care for the employee’s child after birth, placement, adoption or foster care.

To care for the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, parent or domestic partner who has a serious health condition.

For a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform their job.

Please contact Human Resources at (305) 292-7044, for additional information relating to the aforementioned benefits.

Additional Insurance: Listed below are the names of companies that offer additional insurance for full and part-time employees. These services are optional to the member. If you wish to sign up with any of these companies please contact them directly for further information:

HARTFORD LIFE
(Peter Dreyfuss)
P.O. Box 1583
Hartford, CT. 06144-1583
(407) 682-2886 Ext. 5198
1 800 251-7752

HARTFORD LIFE
(Robert Kranz)
Key West Representative
(305) 296-2442
robertdkranz@aol.com

COLONIAL
(Dan Rachman)
7501 NW 4th Street
Suite 212 D
Plantation, FL 33317
(954) 583-0485
1 800 325 4368

Domestic Partnership – The Domestic Partnership Resolution allows employees in a committed relationship who meet the criteria established by the Resolution as constituting domestic partnerships. Please contact Employee Benefits at (305) 292-4446.

Employee Assistant Program - You and your eligible dependents may use the twenty-four (24) hour confidential EAP to help you or covered dependents deal with personal or work related issues. Please contact Employee Benefits at (305) 292-4446.

Tuition Reimbursement – Employees on a regular status may apply for tuition reimbursement for courses / training taken that relate to their job, after they have been employed for six months. Contact the Training Division at (305) 292-7011, for additional information.

Revising Timesheets

By Payroll Clerk Vicki Reeder

After your time sheet has been turned in, you realize there is an error on it. What should you do? Make a copy of the incorrect timesheet and write “revised” across the top. Make the necessary changes (in red ink, if possible) using white out, if necessary. Have your supervisor initial the correction. Make a copy for your file, and send the revised timesheet to payroll. If the corrected timesheet is received in payroll by noon on Tuesday of pay week, the correction will be included in the current paycheck. If the corrected timesheet is received after noon on Tuesday, the correction will be made in the following paycheck.

Department number: There have been many departmental changes recently, and many of you are putting an incorrect department number on your timesheet. Payroll groups the timesheets by department and checks to make sure there is a timesheet for each member. Your department number prints on the upper left-hand corner of your pay stub. Please check it and use it on your next timesheet.

Welcome Aboard!

Welcome to the following people who have joined our agency over the past few months:

Good bye

Farewell to the following employees who have left the Sheriff’s Office recently for various reasons:

Awards

Congratulations, Employees of the First Quarter

Sheriff Rick Roth and his staff choose five Sheriff’s Office employees each quarter to be singled out for a special award, recognizing their efforts in their particular field. The Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate the following people, chosen as Employees of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2001.

Sworn Law Enforcement: Detective Sergeant Corey Bryan, Bureau of Operations, Special Ops-Operations

Sgt. Cory Bryan is the Detective Sergeant of the Criminal Investigations Unit in Plantation Key. For the past 4 years, he has been a mentor for Reserves 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 the Sworn Officer of the Quarter.

Corrections: Detention Deputy Michelle Lee, Bureau of Corrections, Marathon Facility

Officer Lee transferred to the Marathon Jail in 1996 after working in the Key West Facility immediately after her academy graduation in 1994. Officer Lee has assisted in many ways to make the Marathon Facility and my shift the success and it is. Her professional concern for quality work, and tireless dedication to the operation of the Marathon Jail are demonstrated daily through her orderliness and thoroughness in performing work assignments. She strives for state-of-the-art perfection and displays great pride in her work. Officer Lee works effectively with others and excels in promoting team efforts. She demonstrates competence in many areas and is an outstanding OIC, when I am absent. Officer Lee displays a genuine interest in the morale of our facility, and ensures that no one is forgotten on a special occasion. It also goes without mention that Officer Lee displays a high degree of honesty, loyalty and integrity that I feel needs to be addressed with a positive gesture.

Support Employee: Human Resources Specialist Deshawn Jackson, Human Resources Division

Her work ethic is beyond reproach and the job she did putting together the Officer of the Year Ceremony was exemplary. This was the first function Deshawn had ever produced, as historically, it had been done by a member of the administration. She put together the invitations, the program, ordered the plaques, contacted all concerned, and coordinated the entire effort in a smooth and flawless manner. Her work was that of a veteran.

Reserve: Reserve Deputy Charles Meier, Bureau of Operations, Sector I Reserve Unit

Reserve Deputy Meier joined the department March 29, 1999 and is currently a member of the Sector I Reserve Unit. Reserve Deputy Meier has found his place with the S.R.T. Unit in Sector I and continues to dedicate himself to excellence in Law Enforcement. Reserve Deputy Meier is dedicated, effective and a reliable member of the S.R.T. and freely gives of himself when called upon. Reserve Deputy Meier has logged 297 hours of volunteer service in the first quarter of 2001. 

Cadet: Explorer/Cadet Sgt. Crystal Thomas, Bureau of Operations, Explorer Cadet Section

Explorer Sgt. Crystal Thomas has been with post 906 since 1996. Since that time she has proven to be an asset to the post. Her up-beat personality and positive outlook on life has been known to turn things around. She is a polite and well-mannered young lady who is not afraid of hard work and is always willing to lend a hand whenever needed, doing whatever needs to be done. 

In June of 2000, Crystal was chosen to be the Secretary of the Florida Sheriff’s Explorer Association, A state-wide organization for sheriff’s office Explorer posts throughout the state. The F.S.E.A. meets quarterly for Delegates meetings. It is on these trips that older, more experienced explorers are expected to help the newer ones. During the last trip, Crystal was called on to go above and beyond the call of duty. She was assigned room captain over three fairly new young explorers. I am proud to report there were no problems at all. This doesn’t sound like a whole lot, until you consider the fact that she was also carrying out her duties to the association as secretary, requiring her to attend extra meetings and keep up with her paperwork. She is also a Explorer post secretary and is currently designing a new calendar to distribute to each member each month to make it easier for planning and scheduling. Crystal is missed when she can’t make a meeting or work detail as she is known for taking the younger members under her wing and keeping them on track. Explorer Sgt. Thomas will be graduating high school this year. She has enjoyed playing varsity soccer and volleyball as well as many other activities. She is taking Dual Enrollment classes and maintains good grades. She has joined the Navy through their delayed entry program and will leave for boot camp in October, from there she will be assigned to Pensacola where she will train to be a Para-rescue swimmer.

Longevity Awards

What’s Happening

Art Behind Bars birthday

Art Behind Bars, the art-based community service program for inmates in the Monroe County Detention Center, is pleased to announce it will celebrate it’s “7th Birthday Party Show” on Sunday, September 9th, 2001 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Pier House Resort’s Caribbean Spa. In addition to showcasing the artwork and community service projects of the local program, highlights of the event will include a show of inmate art from all over the country and a silent auction featuring the work of local and national artists. There will be food, entertainment and, of course, birthday cake.

The event is sponsored in part by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe Council of the Arts, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, ZONTA and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.

For more information, check out their website at www.artbehindbars.org or phone (305)294-7345.

Web Site for Women

Taken from a publication put out by the Social Security Administration

Although Social Security benefits and coverage are the same for both men and women, research shows that women:

At the “For Women” Website www.ssa.gov/women, they can find basic information about Retirement, Survivors, Disability, Supplemental Security Income, and Medicare benefits. Or, they may want to look at a topic that tells about different stages in life, such as being a new mother, working woman, bride, divorcee, widow, beneficiary, or caregiver. They can get information or learn about resources available for women on:

We’ve also provided links to other Federal government Websites for women such as the Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau”, the Department of Health and Human Services; “Women’s Health”, and the Department of Justice’s “Violence Against Women Office”.

Blood Drive - July 25th

8:00 - 1:00 @ Headquarters

2:00 - 5:00 @ CKSO

Interesting Facts

Facts about DUI

From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The World’s Safest Cars

From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested 2001 model vehicles to determine which ones offer the most protection in occupant collisions. In frontal offset tests, each vehicle strikes a barrier at 40 mph. Here are the top performers…

Small cars:

Honda Civic and Volkswagen New Beetle

Midsized Luxury Cars:

Toyota Camry, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Volvo S80

Midsized Moderately Priced Cars

Toyota Avalon, Volkswagen Passat

Large Family Cars

Buick LeSabre, Pontiac Bonneville, Oldsmobile Aurora

Large Luxury Cars

BMW 5 Series, Buick Park Avenue, Cadillac Seville

Minivans

Ford Winstar, Toyota Sienna

Midsized SUVs

BMW X5, Lexus RX 300, Mercedes M-Class

Internet stuff:

When God Created Correction Officers

Submitted by Lt. Gary Hill

When the Lord was creating Correction Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, “Have you read the specs on this order? A Correction Officer has to be able to run five miles through galleries in the dark, scale walls, enter cells the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle or dirty his uniform.”

“While on duty, he has to be able to sit in a cage or at a desk all day, run to red alerts, frisk yards for contraband, and testify in court the next day.”

“He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals, and he has to have six pairs of hands.”

The angel shook her head slowly and said,” Six pairs of hands….no way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” said the Lord. “It’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have.”

“That’s on the standard model?” asked the Angel.

The Lord nodded. “One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, “Do you have any weapons on you?” (When he already knows and wishes he’d taken that accounting job.) “Another pair here in the side of his head for his partner’s safety, and another pair of eyes here in front that can look at a bleeding victim and say, ‘you’ll be all right’ when he knows it isn’t so.

“Lord,” said the Angel, touching his sleeve, “rest and work on this tomorrow.”

“I can’t,” said the Lord. “I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound felon into his cell without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck.”

The Angel circled the model of the Correction Officer very slowly. “Can it think?” She asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord. “It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes; recite department violations in it’s sleep; detain, investigate; search and lock up a gang member in the yard in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the policy and still it keeps it’s sense of humor.”

“This officer also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with crime scenes painted in blood; coax a confession from an evasive inmate; deal with an inmates family, and then be able to read in the daily paper how Corrections Officers aren’t sensitive to the rights of convicted felons.”

Finally, the Angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Correction Officer. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord. “It’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the Angel.

“It’s for the bottled-up emotions; for fallen comrades; for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag; for justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the Angel.

The Lord looked somber. “I didn’t put it there,” he said.