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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Sheriff’s Report

I first want to wish you all happy holidays. Thanksgiving is just past, and Christmas is approaching fast. I hope we all have a safe, quiet holiday season. This year we are following the county’s lead and giving all full time employees 16 hours of paid leave off for the Christmas and New Year holidays to be taken at their and their supervisor’s discretion. Part time employees will receive a pro-rata share depending on how many hours they work in a week. You will find these hours reflected on your paycheck December 21st.

Communications

I want to talk briefly about our Communications Division. Communications has been going through some pretty drastic changes recently, and I want to commend everyone in the division for putting up with the current crowded circumstances, and for being so flexible with everything that is happening right now.

Being a law enforcement dispatcher is an extremely stressful job. When a dispatcher goes to work, it is with the realization that what he or she does during the course of a shift could be responsible for someone saving a life, or losing one. That is an enormous amount of responsibility to face on a daily basis, and we should all thank them for doing their jobs so well in the face of such a daily challenge. This high stress, and the job testing and requirements, also makes it difficult to fill positions. We have been chronically short in dispatch and it has caused many problems for those who work in that division. This personnel shortage only adds to the high stress of the job.

To that end, we have recently raised the pay grade for the job of Communications Officer. It is now a pay grade 11, one pay grade below that of law enforcement officer. All current Communications Officers also received a ten percent raise to bring them up to pay grade 11 status (excluding a few people who were already maxed out for that pay grade level). Dispatch supervisors are now a pay grade 13, as compared to road patrol sergeants who are a pay grade 15. We are adding four new positions in dispatch: that of “Call-taker”. Call takers will have less responsibility and a lower stress level than an actual dispatcher, and they will start at a pay grade 9. Once all the changes take place, and positions are all filled, our Communications Division will have a total of 22 people working in it.

Thankfully, dispatch will be moving soon into their new office at the state building in Marathon. We expect the move to take place before Christmas. This will finally give them the space and atmosphere they need to do their job and still keep their sanity.

It is hoped that these changes will make it possible for us to fill the empty positions, keep employees longer in those positions, and relieve some of the enormous stress our current Communications Officers have been working under.

Airport Security

There have been recent changes to our Airport Security Division, and I wanted to point out a few things I think it is important for everyone to know.

Following the terrorist attacks on September 11th, there have been many changes to airport security all over the country and there will be more before it is all finished. One local change is the addition of a number of security positions at our Key West Airport facility. The Key West Airport recently added eight new people to it’s security force, two certified officers and six non-certified employees.

It should be pointed out that all Airport security positions are funded from sources other than the Sheriff’s Office budget. We are contracted to provide the bodies to fill the positions, but 75% of the money to pay for these employees and the equipment they need to do their jobs is paid by the Airlines themselves. The other 25% is paid for by the county, which is responsible for administering the airport facility.

Again, I want to wish you happy holidays. I hope to see you all at upcoming Christmas parties. So far, two have been scheduled: One at the Bachelor Officer’s Quarters in Key West, December 14th and one at the Banana Bay Resort in Marathon December 8th.

Ask the Administration

Question #1: My question is why are Reserves not allowed to work off duty details and be paid for it? I know they would have to be a with a certified deputy on the same detail but if it was for a traffic control point and they were unable to fill the slot with a certified deputy why could they not call a Reserve and see if they were available? I understand that Homestead is using their Reserves, both auxiliary and certified, to work the races and they all are being paid for their time. I know the update to this chapter in our general orders just came out in regards to off duty details but is there a legal issue that we are not aware of? I can understand when the detail calls for Certified officers to work details but I could also see the department being able to use Reserves on some details as long as they are with certified officers and they are within their span of control. I am sure this brings up a big question as to what the guidelines would be, but could we contact other agencies to find out what they do.

Answered by Sheriff Roth: In response to this question, I and my staff have decided to more specifically outline the definitions of Reserve and Auxillary members while at the same time re-writing the rules regarding paid off duty details.

The new definitions are as follows: A Reserve Deputy is a volunteer employee who has attended a full law enforcement academy; an Auxillary Deputy is one who has attended a full Auxillary Academy; a volunteer employeewho has not attended any full academy is an Auxillary Support member.

A Reserve Deputy who has completed an FTO program with our office may work “stand-alone” details if no qualified paid employee has signed up for the detail. An Auxillary Deputy or a Reserve Deputy who has not been FTOed may work as a second officer on a detail, with a qualified, certified deputy working as first officer with him or her, if no qualified paid employee or FTOed Reserve Deputy has signed up for said detail. An Auxillary Support member may not work paid details.

A new General Order addressing these issues will be forthcoming shortly.

General News

Personal Information Exemption

Enclosed in this Rap Sheet edition, you will find a form called “Public Official’s Request to Suppress Records Information”. By filling out this form and sending it in to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, you will be asking them to exempt from disclosure to the public all personal information which appears in the records of DHSMV about you, your spouse and your children.

Because of revisions to this process, you need to fill out and send in this form even if you have already done so on some other occasion. If you have questions, contact Gary Wright by phone, 850-487-3665 or by email at wright.gary@hsmv.state.fl.us.

Bureau of Operations

Sector 7 Report

"THE RIDE TO GLORY"

By Lt. Bill Moran

(Disclaimer: The following story is true, sort of, with the names of the other participants withheld to protect egos, images and future outings.)

“It's not the destination that counts; but the journey."

Everyone has, or should have, something they truly enjoy doing in their off time. This exercise in distraction is intended to give us a break from the routine stresses of our careers, by doing something we love to do. For some it's pleasure boating, S.C.U.B.A. diving, fishing, gardening, camping, etc. For some hearty souls, myself included, there is motorcycle riding. Naturally, and with admitted bias, this means Harley Davidson.

There is no other motorcycle, manufactured anywhere in the world, with such a near cult-like following than Harley D. Of course, with a following numbering in the millions, there must be events held, in specific places, for Harley enthusiasts to gather, exchange exaggerations, admire the results of the dollars they've spent enhancing their machines, and planning the next outlay of coin in chrome, leather and accessories. Such an event for Harley riders is "Biketoberfest;" held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Having recently acquired an H.D., thus joining the ranks of Sector 7 H.O.G.s (Harley Owner's Group); I just had to go there. Thus began the "Ride to Glory."

It began just after dawn in mid October, 01. Five of us gathered at a pre-designated meeting place to prepare for the journey.

We couldn't help noticing the light rain, an ill omen for the beginning of a 287 mile motorcycle trip. But, being "some hearty souls," we ignored the omen, dawned our rain suits, and started North. The light rain immediately became just plain rain; but we pressed on. Surely this was only a passing shower and we would be in the clear soon. (note: on a motorcycle, in the rain, unprotected areas of skin will immediately send messages of bee sting like pain to the brain.) The rain suits came off about 30 miles north of Homestead.

The evil rain omen now behind us, we rode north under bright, clear skies; on newly paved and stripped, two lane divided Highway 27 through Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Ah yes, a "biker's" dream; except for one thing.....straight. While it is absolutely true that riding a powerful motorcycle is exciting, it is equally true that the road you are riding on either adds to, or detracts from, the pleasure of the ride. A gently curving, tree lined country road this was not. Highway 27 through Palm Beach County should be re-named...."Laser 27" would be good. It is, without doubt, the longest, straightest, flattest, dullest piece of asphalt ever laid in the known world; outside of Kansas.

A rider can always tell if he or she is truly bored. He or she is tempted to step off the bike, at 60 M.P.H., to see if the wheels are still turning. After 40 or so miles of this tedium, we were praying for any deviation in the roadway we could respond to.......a curve, a bridge, even an intersection with a flashing yellow light or STOP sign. But nooooooooooooooo. Mile after mile, yawning, trading hands on the grips, weaving side to side in the lane......anything to keep the brain working. Finally, it happened; a faint line of small trees in the distance and a REDUCE SPEED sign. That, combined with low fuel gauges, brought us to a gas station, coffee, and restrooms. Why they insisted on locking these restrooms is beyond me. They would have been cleaner if they were vandalized.

Now came the really great riding. Through small towns, with winding roads that seemed like they were built for motorcycles, except for that one that was built for either horseback or roller coaster training, we rode. The weather was perfect. The bikes ran as if they knew they were on their way to join thousands of their kind. All was well. We were taking the scenic route and saw all the scenic we could stand. We started counting down the miles to our first destination, the Wakula Resort (motel) in Cocoa Beach; eighty miles South of Daytona Beach......one way. More about that later.

By the time we pulled into the motel, we were all suffering from acute G.M.C.D. (Gluteus Maximus Circulatory Deprivation)., or "numb butt" for all you non-riders. It seems no matter how comfortable your motorcycle seat is, after enough hours of putting two thirds of your body weight on one part of your body, circulation to that part diminishes dramatically. This leads to loss of feeling in that area. The bad part is that when feeling does return, you realize how sore you really are. This condition becomes apparent to bystanders when you get off the bike and walk like you'd been on horseback........for a week.

We pulled into the resort, 80 miles South of Daytona Beach, a full 10 hrs. after leaving Key Largo. I didn't need a calculator to figure out that 287 miles in 10 hours gave us an average speed of 28.7 mile per hour. Not exactly burning up the road, but remembering we had made two major stops on the way. The first, a quaint little biker hangout called "The Last Resort"; which appeared to be closed, but which had Harley Davidsons, of every description, lined up on the highway for a full block on either side of it. I soon realized that was because of the two acres of motorcycle accessory vendors set up behind it. There were, patches and pins for the traditional black leather vest, tee shirts, jackets, boots, sunglasses, etc., and of course "refreshments." After spending the appropriate amount of money on "gotta have" stuff, we pressed on to the second stop; a Harley Davidson dealership. Again, a couple of hundred feet of motorcycle accessory vendors, incredible custom bikes, and more pins, patches and bandanas. In case you didn't know, the bandana is worn to give non-helmet wearing riders a false sense of security. You see, it’s not enough to own a Harley. You must also be able to afford the clothes and accessories. I learned this after getting my own Harley and becoming familiar with such phrases as, "It costs WHAT?"

This is the part about "It's not the destination, but the journey." We had great accommodations at the motel and got to park our bikes on the decking outside our front doors; which the motel management allowed to avoid having us park them inside our rooms. The only drawback was that we were still 80 miles south of Daytona Beach..........one way! We spent the next two days riding to Daytona Beach, 80 miles one way, then back to our motel; 80 miles the other way. After pointing out this fact, more times than mentioned in this article, the one who made the reservations, we'll just call him Don, began catch on that we were riding 160 miles a day just to get to the fun and back to the motel. It became the standing joke line every trip north and every trip back South.

Sadly, Sunday morning came all too soon and time for the return trip to the Keys was here. Oh yes, I almost forgot the other part of the "journey\destination" thing. When the destination is reached, eventually, you have to go home. One of our group attempted to avoid this for another day, by engineering a 24 hr. reprieve from returning to work. His plan fell apart when I asked how we could manage not showing up on Monday morning? His reply was we could just call in and say we were "unavoidably delayed by bad weather." When I asked who exactly he was going to call with this information, there was a long pause.....and the idea went away. It seems the one he would have to call was right there in Daytona Beach with him.......Guess who that would be.

As fate would have it, his plan was not far from the absolute truth. The rain was light Sunday morning. That was not to last. As we sat down for breakfast at the Shoney's next door, we noticed the misty rain had become more rain than mist; but still light. Half way through breakfast it was just plain raining. Another member of the group, code name "Joe," and the previously mentioned "Don," had checked the radar weather info earlier that morning and informed the rest of us that it didn't look good for the return trip. This was now becoming a major understatement. As breakfast progressed, we noticed we could now not only see the rain, but hear it pounding down on the roof of the restaurant. Other indicators that the return trip would be more of a swim than a ride was the rainwater cascading off the roof and the fact we could no longer see across the street.

Time for some alternative planning.

We first considered our options. We could stick to the "ride home" plan; thus honoring the "I Rode Mine" vest pins some of us bought to taunt those riders who trailered their bikes to Daytona. This would mean gutting out the cold, wet, skin stinging adventure home; which would include stopping under bridges to escape the misery, losing sight of one another and becoming separated, and enjoying the bone chilling wind blast of the 75 M.P.H eighteen wheelers blowing by us. Other than that, riding home appeared to have all the benefits of a torture chamber on wheels......BAD PLAN !

Being the eldest of a group can have its advantages. The wisdom of age comes from already having done some really dumb things, and survived. Soooooooo, I offered what I considered a more sane, and certainly safer alternative; tuck our tails and run for home! This translates to rent a big truck, load the bikes and riders inside, and head for the Keys. Fortunately for the riders who would have choked on diesel fumes in the back of the truck, all the way home, the second eldest rider, "Ted," had asked his lovely wife "Mary Jo," to follow us on our Daytona trip. More good fortune fell on us as Mary Jo was driving a nice crew cab pick-up which had room for all the other riders. The plan seemed a good one so we set it in motion. I rented the truck. We strapped the bikes securely in the back, loaded all our trip stuff and set off for home.

I don't know who invented windshield wipers, but we definitely owe them. The weather was so bad heading home that the wipers didn't stop for more than 30 minutes the entire distance. It seems the storm was heading North, we were headed South, and there was no way around it. As we had feared, we passed other riders off on the side of the road, under bridges, or just holding on as they plowed through the rain. We on the other hand were dry, safe and comfortable inside the truck cabs. Needless to say the "I Rode Mine" vest pins weren't mentioned again. The trip home took only 6 hours, with the necessary stops, and there wasn't a single case of G.M.C.D.. Yes sir, dry....safe...and warm, all the way. Then we got home.

"What you load, so shall you unload," and no I have no idea who said that. It was dark by the time we arrived at the U Haul drop-off in Key Largo. The sky was still nothing but low clouds, heavy with rain. We decided not to wait until Monday, and better weather, to unload the bikes and bags of stuff. Remember the "ill omen" when we started the trip. Well, it had waited three days to come true. As we began unloading the truck, all the Niagara Falls weather we thought was behind us, caught up with a vengeance. It didn't start light and misty. It just poured down on us and the bikes, as if the Harley spirit was getting even for trucking the bikes back. The warm, dry, comfortable and safe trip home ended with everyone and everything cold, wet, tired and really happy to have had a great ride and a great time.

Marathon/Sector 5 Report

By Lieutenant Larry Kelley

Hello again from “Metro Marathon”. We here in the big city want to wish all the other sectors a very Happy Thanksgiving and a great Holiday Season that we are about to have. It has been a difficult few months dealing with the events of September 11th emotionally and at the same time actually dealing with safety and security in light of the increased calls for service. The numbers of calls of suspicious activity skyrocketed but we adapted and overcame the obstacles we encountered along the way. Calls ranged from a simple suspicious envelope to suspicious “Arab” looking men running through the caller’s back yard.

We did not have any credible attacks that occurred but we did have one credible hoax that caused great concern at the Marathon Health Department. I want to commend Sergeant Suzanne Morgan and Deputy Jake Brady for their excellent work in calming over a dozen workers and bringing the incident to a safe and successful resolution. And they did this while at the same time taking care of some personal hygiene issues. I don’t know, but I’m still checking the General Orders to see if they are actually allowed to take a shower on duty with their uniforms on. The Marathon Fire Department seemed to think it was acceptable behavior and gave them a good scrubbing down.

There was another light moment as well. Sergeant Richard Heber took a call from a man complaining that his wife had mistakenly called in a suspicious envelope that actually had a check for him inside it. He wanted to get the envelope back out of evidence. Richard was very diplomatic in explaining to the man “that is not going to happen, sir-is there anything else I can help you with?”

Congratulations to Sergeant Krissi Games on her transfer to the Marathon Courthouse as the Court Security Supervisor. I did not get to work with her after her appointment because Marathon and Plantation Key Courthouse Security is now under the command of Lieutenant George Simpson. I am sure, however, she will do well and make him proud.

Deputy Linda Kohout attended Marathon High School College Days and represented the Sheriff’s Office in an outstanding manner as usual.

Deputy Tom Peteck went into the hospital because of labored breathing and they made him stay a night before going home. He is doing well with a free week on his hands. Get well soon, Tom, we need you. But, don’t worry-Harry is making sure that your work doesn’t pile up on your desk while you are gone.

We had a beautiful ceremony honoring Mel Hiller at his old stomping grounds in front of Switlik School in the School Zone. The children planted and dedicated a tree in his name with a plaque at the roadside there. The ceremony was wonderful and a perfect tribute to a hard working, caring and helpful man. We will all miss Mel tremendously. The “watering” of the tree during the ceremony was especially memorable-you guessed it-“CHEERS”. Mel, you were one of a kind!

October brought us our dear old friend-Fantasy Fest. This year all went well and many Deputies were able to supplement their paychecks with almost unlimited TRAP funded overtime. If it could be justified as TRAP then it was TRAP and we put as many units on the clock as possible. I want to thank everyone who participated in the TRAP details for helping to bring Trick or Treat and Fantasy Fest traffic safely off without a hitch.

Hurricane Michelle was a close one but those are the best kind. They allow us to feel the threat, prepare a response, implement that response and see the results of the implementation; but then to be safe from the disaster. It allows us to look at our response and dissect it, which we are all doing right now. The Deputies in Sectors 4 and 5 were fabulous and obviously up to the task. I have nothing but admiration for them all.

A job well done to Traffic Enforcement Deputy Donald MacAllaster for his truly professional efforts in catching and taking into custody two car thieves after a long, dangerous highway episode from Marathon to Ramrod Key in the early morning hours in rainy low visibility weather. Sector 1 Deputies were truly on the job in finding the bad guys after they bailed out and ran into the bay. Deputies Dave Chavka and Pat Scribner did hot hesitate to go into the dark hazardous water after them and at risk to themselves brought the suspects into custody even though one was armed with in pistol in an ankle holster. In that same nasty weather our Aviation Unit launched and searched the area until we were certain that the citizens did not have to fear additional felons on the loose. They are a priceless addition to our arsenal of tools against crime and we are lucky to have such dedicated and talented pilots. Great job, guys, one and all!

Finally, the “Field of Dreams” children’s park is being built during the week of this writing by the citizens of Marathon in partnership with the Marathon Rotary Club. Sergeant Susan Greenwood was instrumental in signing up a dozen volunteers from Marathon Road Patrol to donate their off duty time towards this worthy cause. She is always stepping up to the plate when it comes to community issues and I applaud her efforts. Deputies Linda Pabon and Linda Kohout are working there the entire week and helping to get this park opened for our city’s children. Job Well Done to all.

Well, that’s it from Marathon and the Middle Keys. Keep up the good work and lets get through the rest of the year as smoothly as we have gotten through the first three quarters.

Be safe out there and remember…..IF HE RUNS FROM YOU-THE ONLY THING THAT CHANGES IS THAT HE GOES TO JAIL TIRED!!!

Deputy Saves Kitten

From Sgt. Roy Bogue, Islamorada Sector

Dep. Terry Smith of Islamorada District recently responded
to 405 South Coconut Palm Blvd. Plantation Key, for a kitten that
was stuck in a PVC pipe. Lisa Figaredo came out of her residence
that morning and heard the kitten crying. She saw an adult cat standing
guard by the pipe but it fled upon seeing her. Figaredo discovered that
a kitten was stuck inside the pipe. Figaredo could get the kitten out so she
 called the Sheriff's Office.
Dep. Smith used a hacksaw provided by Figaredo to
cut the pipe in half and then notched it out so he could get the kittens head released.

Upper Keys Animal control responded and took to female kitten and will hopefully
find a good home for her.

Deputy Deployed to New York

From Deputy Lin Badman: If you don't know, Dep. Jeremy Davy was
activated with the Coast Guard and given 14 hours notice to report to
Miami Beach last month after the terrorist attacks. He ended up in New
York guarding, for the most part, Staten Island and Lady Liberty. He said
he spent every minute of it wishing he was back here and the feelings of his
shift were mutual! We are happy to have him back. Here is a picture of him
on duty in New York City….

Reserve Report

By Ted Migala, Reserve Captain

I just want to take a minute to introduce myself to everyone. Effective November 1st the Sheriff appointed me as the Reserve Captain. My background is Manager/Supervisor Air Traffic Controller. I have 35.5 years of government experience: 4 Years in the Air Force and 31.5 years with the FAA. I have been a Manager/Supervisor in the FAA since 1986.

I have a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Aurora College in Aurora, Illinois. I was a Part-Time Deputy at the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois for 5 years. I was out of law enforcement for 15 years then joined here as a reserve in October 1996.

By Fall of 1999 I was able to work my way part-time thru the academy and was certified as a Law Enforcement Officer. I completed FTO in the spring of 2001. I am very active in the department and hope to work closely with the Reserve Command to improve the effectiveness of the Reserve Force.

I am open to any suggestions or criticisms that anyone may have. I can be contacted by the in house e-mail or most Fridays at P.K./C.I.U. We have a small number of active reserves that are contributing to the department. We need everyone's help to make us even more effective. I wish to thank everyone for their support.

Bureau of Corrections

Corrections Report

By Major Tommy Taylor, Commander Bureau of Corrections

Since September 11, 2001, many Americans live in fear of terrorism not knowing the unthinkable, events like what happened on September 11, 2001, can and will happen again.

Making us live in fear can be just as much a victory for the terrorists as an actual attack. It destroys peoples lives, both mentally and physically. Fear must be conquered first before we can deal with the daily challenges that life presents to us.

Dr. Carl Hammerschlag once said, "The only way to deal with fear is to confront it directly, to stop and look at it. Then you can make it go away. Otherwise you spend your life running from it, and fear always runs as fast as you."

In our line of work, we must use fear as a motivator to challenge us to stay focused on our mission to serve and protect our community.

I would like to proudly take this opportunity to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the Bureau of Corrections:

FIRST: Promotions. In recent months, we have celebrated the promotion of Sgt. Cornelies Jones to Lieutenant as well as Detention Deputies Derek Paul and Curt Knichel to Detention Sergeants.

Second: Officer of the Third Quarter. Sgt. Joseph A. Linares was selected because of his outstanding management and leadership skills shown while supervising his shift as the A/Lieutenant for over two months.

Although we dodged the bullet from Hurricane Michelle, our staff and support staff was ready to take her head on. Our hurricane plan was activated and put into action. Everyone did a superb job.

The annual internal jail inspection went well. No major violations. We are in the process of fine tuning some noticeable violations but overall-Great Job!

Our Medical Department recently received a re-accreditation inspection and came through with flying colors. Thanks to a dedicated professional staff.

Presently, we have both a recruit training academy and a crossover corrections to law enforcement academy in progress and everyone is putting forward maximum efforts in meeting their personal and professional goals. "GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL." One day you may be the leader at the head of the spear. If so, remember these words of leadership by Rolando Haynes, "Lead with integrity so others will know your worth."

-Earn respect by vocally acknowledging others' work.

-Advocate innovative and creative ideas from employees.

-Dare to be bold and dynamic.

-Enthusiastically voice your ideas so others can embrace your vision.

-Reinforce positive actions and behaviors.

-Seek to remedy misunderstandings.

-Hear what is being communicated, not what you assume.

-Invest your knowledge and expertise in others.

-Praise others always for a job well done.

Finally, I wish everyone HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Commendations and Awards

Sheriff Awards Sheriff’s Medal to four outstanding officers


Sheriff’s Medal recipients Det. John McGee and Det.
Scott Robinson, pictured with Sheriff Rick Roth and
SWAT Team Leader Det. Donald Catala.


Sheriff’s Medal Recipients KWPD Officer Joshua Liano
and Deputy Pat Scribner, pictured with KWPD Captain
Bill Fortune, and Sheriff Rick Roth.

Sheriff Rick Roth recently honored four outstanding law enforcement officers with the Sheriff’s Medal. The Sheriff’s Medal is awarded to officers involved in an incident where a meritorious act is performed, including a shooting incident, attempting to save another's life, or apprehending a felon with knowledge of serious risk to life or limb.

Sheriff’s Medals were given to Detectives John McGee and Scott Robinson, members of the Sheriff’s SWAT Team who serve in the position of Sniper and Sniper Observer. The two officers participated in the resolution of a hostage situation in July of this year during which the hostage taker, Alexis Quevedo, was shot and seriously injured. The victim, who was visiting the Keys for the two day Sport Lobster pre-season opening, was being held at gunpoint by Quevedo, and was saved from injury by the Sniper team’s actions.

Detective McGee has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 8 years and has been assigned as a detective in the lower Keys since December of 1998. He currently fills the position of Sniper on the Sheriff’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team. Detective Robinson has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 7 years and has been assigned as a detective in the lower Keys since April of 2000. He currently fills the position of Sniper observer on the Sheriff’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team, and also fills a position on the Sheriff’s Bomb Squad.

Sheriff’s Medals were also awarded to Deputy Patrick Scribner and Key West Police Officer Joshua Laino. The two officers were responsible for apprehending an armed robbery suspect on September 6th who had held someone up at knifepoint in the city of Key West. The suspect, still armed with the knife, was found hiding under the Boca Chica Bridge and was taken into custody without incident.

Deputy Scribner has worked for the Sheriff’s Office a total of 10 years, and is assigned to road patrol in the lower Keys. Officer Laino has been a police officer for nearly four years with all of his service with Key West Police. He is one of the department’s two K-9 teams.

Employees of the Third Quarter honored


Left to right, Sheriff Rick Roth, Explorer/Cadet Lt. Jionel Fernandez,
Det. Ron Sylvester, Computer Systems Technician Sandra Bartlett
and Reserve Deputy Barry Lentz. See page 7 for details.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office recently honored its Employees of the Third Quarter at a special ceremony in Marathon. The following people were chosen for the award.

Detective Ronald Sylvester, Crime Scene Technician, Special Ops-Operations

On June 21, 2001 a white male later identified as Chris Alan Peak walked into the T.I.B. bank located at 11401 Overseas Highway in Marathon and robbed it at knifepoint. Peak was wearing a ball cap and sunglasses during the robbery and threatened the teller with violence compelling her cooperation. Peak left the bank with over a thousand dollars in cash and was not located by responding officers. Sylvester responded to the scene as the crime scene investigator and lead investigator. During a thorough search he located a knife handle and pair of sunglasses in the neighboring areas. Sylvester worked closely with the assigned F.B.I. task force members and was able to obtain two high quality photographs of the suspect. Sylvester decided that the public would be of great assistance in this case and immediately arranged for the photo’s release. Tips began pouring into our office, Sylvester began to systematically follow up on all leads. A tip led Sylvester to Denny’s restaurant where employees confirmed that Peak was employed however had not shown up for work. Sylvester located numerous sources of information that ultimately led to a photographic lineup wherein Peak was identified by the bank tellers and witnesses. Sylvester determined that Peak was released from prison a month before and currently on parole for robbery. Sylvester dug deeper and found Peak’s cellmate who confirmed the identity and gave inside information about Peak’s mental and physical status. He then put forth a warrant for Peak’s arrest and released a nationwide bolo for Peak as armed and dangerous. Just a month later Peak was arrested in Jacksonville and is slated to return to Monroe County to pay for his crime.

Detective Sylvester conducted himself professionally in a time of manpower shortage, and through sheer determination, organization, and concern for officer and community safety was able to shorten the career of a hardened criminal. This is just one demonstration of Ron’s abilities and his attitude towards his chosen profession. Ron has shown exemplary performance in his duties as a criminal investigator.

Sergeant Joseph Linares, Bureau of Corrections, Key West Facility

Sergeant Linares has a positive can do attitude and can be relied upon to carry out any and all assignments as given. Recently Sergeant Linares became the only supervisor on his watch as one Sergeant had to be moved to another watch for coverage and his Lieutenant had been ill for some two months. A watch in the main detention facility generally has three supervisors due to the span of control as well as the volume of work. During this period of time the facility was under a lot of pressure to get down the vacation time as well as to reduce overtime. While acting as the watch commander as well as the watch supervisor Sgt. Linares was able to use virtually no overtime during the crunch and has had the lowest overtime usage of the four existing watches. Sgt. Linares also has had the lowest sick time usage. Sgt. Linares has had a lot on his plate and has done an admirable job handling all of it.

Computer Systems Technician Sandra Bartlett, Information Systems

Sandy consistently works with agency members in using, configuring and fixing software applications and computer components. She does so with extreme enthusiasm and professionalism. When she is given a problem, she either knows the solution or uses every possible avenue to find the right solution. She is a thinker and a doer all with a great sense of humor. This type of effort, not being satisfied with ‘a fix’, but striving for ‘THE fix’ is just one example of her work ethic.

Reserve Deputy Barry Lentz, Bureau of Operations, Sector IV Reserve Unit

Reserve Deputy Barry Lentz has volunteered his time in assisting Special Operations Detective Nancy Reidelbach with entering computer data. Recently Detective Reidelbach was on vacation and Reserve Lentz continued coming to the office to assist in keeping files up to date and accurate. He has always been willing to assist in details, if needed, and any task that is asked of him from this division. It has been my experience that most Reserves prefer riding with patrol, however I commend Reserve Deputy Lentz for broadening his experience and exposure as a Reserve III and completing even the most mundane tasks as needed.

Explorer/Cadet Lt. Jionel Fernandez, Bureau of Operations, Explorer Cadet Section

Jionel Fernandez is a 10th grade student at Key West High School and is 15 years old. Jionel has been a member of the Monroe County Sheriff Office Explorer Post 904 for the past two years. Jionel was recently promoted to Explorer Lieutenant after serving as Explorer First Sergeant for one year. He has gone above and beyond the call of duty by helping younger Explorers and Cadets with procedure and protocol. Jionel has been a faithful member of the post and rarely misses meetings or activities . Jionel has a firm understanding of authority and the importance of chain of command. Jionel has taken his increasing responsibilities in the post seriously. Jionel desires to one day become a law enforcement officer and appears to be well on his way to reaching that goal.

Other Awards/Commendations

Housing Authority

The Monroe County Housing Authority wrote a letter recently commending a number of Sheriff’s Officers for their part in resolving an “employee situation” at the Newport Village housing community in Key Largo. They thanked the following officers for their “thorough, efficient and timely…assessment and actions”: Captain Jenny Bell-Thomson, Lt. Chad Scibilia, Det. Sgt. Corey Bryan, Det. David Carey, Det. Mike Wilkinson, Dep. Andrew Leird, Dep. Steve Kalogeras, Dep. Don Dalton, Dep. Todd Wyatt, Dep. Sever Hustad, Res. Capt. Ted Migala and Res. Dep. Allen Lowe.

Pursuit Commendations

Captain’s Joe Leiter and Jenny Bell-Thomson wrote the following letter of Commendation to the staff of the Communications Office for their work on the day of the upper Keys vehicle pursuit.

“I would like to bring to your attention the outstanding work done by the communications officers on duty yesterday (November 5th, 2001) during a lengthy vehicle pursuit. Lucky for us, the Communication Center was staffed with experienced members: Director Anne Leonard, Supervisors Carol Cain and Terri Story and communications officer Kara Luna.

Carol Cain was the primary radio operator during this incident and she conducted herself in an exemplary manner, never becoming agitated or stressed while broadcasting. The other members were apparently inundated with 911 calls from every self-appointed “pursuit expert” in the county yelling and swearing at them because we wouldn’t raise the bridge to end the pursuit. They took this abuse, and managed to still handle all the other tasks that were thrown at them. Every request by the deputies involved was met quickly and efficiently.

I am ever so grateful for their presence during this incident and commend them for their excellent work.

Burglary Commendation

And former Deputy Mark Kruger wrote a letter of appreciation to Sheriff Roth commending the performance of many Sheriff’s officers for their performance at a burglary which took place at his home. He says, in part, “I truly believe that the perpetrator will eventually be captured. However, if he is not, it will not be due to a lack of effort on the part of those involved in the case….I cannot tell you how much all of this has meant to my family and myself.” He thanks Dep. Kirsten Adams, Det. Bobby Haynes, Dep. Joe Moran, Sgt. Thomas Kiffney, Sgt. Don Fanelli, Sgt. Corey Bryan, Det. Ronald Corr, Det. Al Ramirez, Dispatcher Debbie Shepard, Dep. Todd Wyatt, Dep. Sever Hustad, Det. Larry O’Neill and Det. David Carey.

Airport Commendation

The Monroe County Commission recently commended Airport Security Sgt. Jerome Fain for his handling of airport security issues during and after the September 11th terrorist activity. The Commendation reads, in part: “During the two days that air traffic was shut down, KWIA received six different and sometimes conflicting Security Directives from the FAA. Sergeant Fain worked long and hard, often into the night, arranging for additional security personnel, assessing potential security weaknesses and rewriting our security plan to meet the ever-changing mandates of the FAA….We salute and commend Sergeant Fain’s selflessness and tireless devotion to duty.”

Support Services

Payroll Update

By Kimm Johnson

Well, Well, Well!!!!! - Another year has come and gone....

We have had members come and go, so let me just remind everyone of a few issues that need to be completed for payroll.

a. All Court Depo's and Subpoena's need to be attached to the appropriate timesheet when turned in..

b. All Trap forms are to be properly filled out and signed and attached to the appropriate timesheet when turned in..

c. Your home department number is located in the upper left hand corner of your pay stub, please start using the correct dept. # on your timesheet as this is very helpful for payroll processing..

d. When sending an amended timesheet to payroll, please do not attach the amended paperwork to the current timesheet being processed, this can get overlooked.

Please keep in mind that Payroll will no longer call you or your supervisor for the above paperwork, if the paperwork is not attached to the timesheet, then you will not be paid until the following payroll when the appropriate paperwork is turned to finance.

Attendance award policy

This policy is intended to reward MCSO employees for superior attendance. This award is being offered as an incentive to increase the effectiveness of the Agency and reduce the costs associated with absenteeism. Different monetary amounts are offered to employees based on their assignments and the budgetary effect of their use of sick leave.

This is effective for the period beginning September 24, 2001 and ending September 22, 2002

In order to be eligible for this reward, the employee must have been employed in one of the specifically mentioned positions for the entire period. For employees who transfer from one eligible job position to another eligible position during the year, they will receive the award amount that is listed below for the position held on the last day of the period. Employees on workers compensation, on family medical leave, in the academy or on administrative leave without pay do not qualify for the award. In order to receive the award, the employee must still be employed at the time the award is paid. Contributions to the Sick Leave Pool are not considered use of sick leave under this policy.

Policy:

1. For employees who fill a post and are permanently assigned to one of the following positions:

Road Patrol Deputy/Sergeant

Detention Deputies/Sergeants

Communications Officers and Call Takers

These employees who do not use any sick leave during the period will be awarded $1,000 for their perfect attendance. Employees who use one day of sick leave during the period will be awarded $500 for their attendance. Employees who take more than one day of sick leave are not eligible for an award.

2. For employees who are permanently assigned to one of the following positions: Law enforcement and corrections, sworn non-exempt members not mentioned above. This class includes school resource officers, detectives, internal affairs investigators, civil deputies, court security personnel, community relations deputies, aviation deputies, transportation officers, detention deputies or law enforcement officers not filling a post, etc.

These employees who do not use any sick leave during the period will be awarded $300 for their perfect attendance.

3. All civil administrative personnel and all FSLA exempt members will receive $100 for their perfect attendance.

Award Presentation:

The awards will be paid, at the latest, in December following the end of the fiscal year.

Forms from Human Resources

In the Human Resources Folder of the Public Folders we have placed some forms that often requested from us. They are the Comp Bank Form, Annual Physical Forms, Personnel Evaluation Forms and a Personal Update Form used to change addresses, phone numbers. If you need them, help yourself!

What’s Happening

Congratulations!

To Lt. Tom Brazil, both on his promotion to Lieutenant in Islamorada (Sector 6) and for completing his Masters Degree in Organizational Management from Capella University in Minneapolis Minnesota this October. It took him just over 2 years to finish this admirable accomplishment.

Wedding Congratulations

To Detention Deputy William Johnson and Records Clerk Karen Boudreaux, who were married October 19th at the Holiday Isle Resort in Islamorada.

Film to feature Sheriff’s Office

Universal Studios will be filming a movie which will feature actors portraying Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies. Crawford Productions, Inc. and Universal Pictures are currently producing a motion picture entitled “Red Dragon”. You may recognize it from the book of the same name, by Author Thomas Harris. The motion picture will star Anthony Hopkins, Ed Norton and Emily Watson in the lead roles. Here is a description of the film, as given in a letter to Sheriff Roth from Universal Studios:

“Having captured notorious serial killer Hannibal Lecter, a troubled FBI forensics specialist comes out of retirement and enlists Lecter’s help in tracking down the Red Dragon – a new psychopath who is killing a family every full moon.

After sustaining serious injuries in capturing Hannibal Lector, Will Graham (Ed Norton) retired from the FBI and moved to Florida. However, he is called upon to assist the FBI in tracking down a serial killer by the name of “Red Dragon”. In one scene, when the agents realize the killer has Graham’s home address, they send every available law enforcement agency to the house to protect his family. This will include: Customs, Coast Guard, local police and sheriff, and SWAT teams.”

Law Enforcement Training courses:

The following courses are being offered by the Institute of Police Technology and Management. For more information on any of them, contact IPTM at 904-620-IPTM, or visit their web site at www.iptm.org.

Criminal Investigative Techniques, January 14-18, 202 and September 30 – October 4, 2002, in Jacksonville Florida.

Managing Criminal Investigators and Investigations, January 14-18, 2002, June 3-7, 2002 and November 4-8, 2002 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Administration, Management and Supervision of the Field Training Officer Program, January 14-16, 2002, in Pensacola, Florida; July 15-17, 2002, November 18-20, 2002 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Practical Crisis-Hostage Negotiations – Level 1, January 7 – 11, 2002 in Pensacola, Florida; February 4-8, 2002, April 29 – May 3, 2002, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Police Applicant Background Investigation, January 7 – 11, 2002, April 8 – 12, 2002, September 23 – 27, 2002, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Police Media Relations, January 7 – 10, 2002, July 8-11, 2002, Jacksonville, Florida.


Women at the headquarters building and the Stock Island Detention Center turned out recently to give DeShawn Jackson a baby shower. On November 27th, she gave birth to two beautiful twin babies, DaVon and DeVin, and here they are! Congratulations!

 


Sheriff Rick Roth helped Art Behind Bars celebrate it’s
“7th Birthday Party Show” at the Pier House Resort and
Caribbean Spa in September. Shown in this photo, he joins
Lynne Vantriglia, Executive Director of the art-based community
service program, in welcoming their guests to the event. More
than 300 people turned out to view the artwork and a silent
auction of 70 items donated by the community. Also shown were
the works of former students, marking the debut of Art After Bars.
For more information about the program, check out their website
at www.artbehindbars.org.