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No major issues to tackle in this December edition of
the Rap Sheet. I would just like to send my
No workplace is ever completely without problems, but I think the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is, overall, a pleasant place to work. I believe wholeheartedly that we have one of the most professional and progressive law enforcement agencies in the country and we can all take pride in contributing to our reputation for hard work and honesty.
I am proud to be Sheriff of our agency, and proud to work with all of you.
Happy Holidays to you all.
Bureau of Operations
By Lt. Bill Moran
Happy Holidays from all of us in Sector 7! This year has really flown by. Of course, in hindsight, they all do. There has been so much going on this past year, it seems impossible we got it almost all done. Note the qualification of “almost.” At any rate, all of us in Sector 7 want to wish all of you the Merriest Christmas and a Happy New Year!
This past month has seen still more changes in our Sector 7 team. Congratulations go one of our newest members, Deputy Will Schlegelmilch, on his completion of the Field Training Program. Will will do us proud, I’m sure. A hardy welcome back to Deputy Don Dalton who has returned to us after a long and grueling recovery from several surgeries to correct a circulatory problem. Glad you’re back Don. We missed ya.
We sadly say farewell and best wishes to Dep. Jim
McGlaughlin who has started his new career with the City of
Here comes the good news! The bids for our new, spacious, modern sub-station will go out January 13th. That will be the sounding gun for contractors to bid on this huge project. As soon as the bids are all in, the next phase of awarding the bid to the contractors who will break ground can move forward. This will be an extensive project, but at the end, we will have a facility we can all be proud of. Services for our existing sub-station will immediately follow the ribbon cutting on the new one.
On Saturday, Dec 14th, Sector 7 held its first
Station Meeting and Picnic at the new
We had planned a Flag Football game, but due to the age, physical condition, which was a bit less than the pros you’ve seen on Sunday afternoon, and less than 90 degree weather, a good game of long distance throw and attempt to catch was held instead. There was some real talent for the game display by Det. Sgt. Corey Bryan, Detectives Mark Coleman and Larry O’Neill, and Corey’s son Spencer, but overall, you can’t argue with youth in this arena. Soooooo, Spencer Bryan gets the nod for potential pro football. The rest of you guys have little or no chance at a contract. Not to be a party pooper, I also participated in the football part, I think. I was walking toward the bathroom when Larry O’Neill launched a high spiral straight to me. Unfortunately, he hit me right in the hands so naturally I dropped the ball. My return throw was less than a spiral, short, and far enough from Larry that he looked like a sprinter trying to close the distance. I decided to continue on to the bathroom.
Any gathering such as this is the perfect opportunity to present awards for outstanding performance by certain of our star players. The first award, which was a total conspiracy between Kathy Hisco and me, was the award for “The Most Helpful Person at P.K.” Hands down the winner of this one was our own Peggy Bryan. The applause that followed confirmed how much we all appreciate Peggy’s great attitude and willingness to help anyone and everyone, whenever she can. Thanks Peg for all you do for all of us.
The award for “Best Indoor Marksman” went to Dep. Brooks Bateman for his perfect hit on the bulletin board, in the Squad room, during Roll Call Inspection. “Most Agile Supervisor” recognition went to Sgt. Jerry Leathers for his perfect dodge to avoid the slide from Brooks’ Beretta as if flew across the room; just before the gun went off. The award for “Highest Miles Per Hour Computer Operation,” went to Deputy Greg LaRochelle for his expertise in operating his in-car computer while negotiating a high speed S-turn. Result, Dep. LaRochelle 0, Guardrail 1.
A special thank you goes to Miss Eileen McGuire, Events Coordinator for Holiday Isle, who did so much to make this event go great. From donating the big gas grill, to cooking most of the burgers and dogs, to donating the Hoola-Hoops and goody gifts, and more. Thanks so very much for all your help Eileen. Special thanks go to Mr. Tom Moore, General Manager of Publix, and to Patrick at Winn Dixie for all their help in making this first gathering picnic a huge success. We really appreciate all your help.
Note from Captain Bell-Thomson: And a thank you, also, goes to Bill Moran for organizing this event. Bill left out no details – the food was good, the company was good, and the weather was good! On behalf of both Bill and I, we wish you and your families a great holiday season.
Hoop contest at the station party got pretty serious….the Captain
joined the festivities to show
get-together, the PK station also had a
By Captain Rick Ramsay
We recently said goodbye to once Deputy John O'Malley
and now Special Agent John O'Malley of the U.S. Customs Service.
We wish him all the best in his new career.
He will be stationed either here or in
I would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday and hope that it is a safe one for all.
I am very lucky to be attending the next session of
By Lt. Larry Kelley
Captain Peryam, I and all of the men and women of the Marathon Substation and Sectors 4 and 5 would like to wish all of you a happy holiday season and we will update you on the comings and goings of our own little island in the sun in the next edition of the Rapsheet.
For now, I want you all to see what you missed by not attending our office luncheon at the KV Station. And those of you that did join us I’m sure you had your fill.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to all.
By Captain Ross Thomson
I tried to touch on each unit or group that falls under the special operation command for last months report, but as usual I left some components out, so this time I’ll finish.
Our special response teams – dive, SWAT, bomb and hostage negotiators. These groups are some truly dedicated individuals who come together as teams to make a difference in critical moments or cases. Their primary duties are that of patrol or detective or supervisor, but they find and /or create time to maintain themselves and their equipment so that they are continuously prepared for the unexpected. As Captain Kirk might say – “to boldly go where no sane person would”, but the rewards of going far outweigh the safety of never trying. Speaking for most everyone I know – to the members of our special response teams – THANK YOU.
There is a group of people who never get enough recognition and appreciation – Angie, Joanie, Michelle, Deborah and Cathy, the quiet, behind the scenes people who really keep things running so well. I get the best information from them, even as I am dumping more work on them! Thank you.
Another group of people seen but rarely appreciated are the great
supervisors that work with us.
Chad Scibilia and Don Hiller really were invaluable when I
To our big boss – the SHERIFF, thank you for all your support. You make working here a pleasure. No external politics, no pressure to do anything but our jobs – and we apply that pressure. Just an idea for you – another four years and you could really get the knack of this job …..
As this year closes, I want to personally thank all those individuals who work with us for making our job much more than a paycheck. It is our chosen profession and the spirit, attitudes and desire to make a difference is a continuous reminder for everyone that we are doing the right things for the right reasons.
I wish each of you and your families a happy and safe holiday season. May your stockings be stuffed with all your hopes and dreams. As the year closes please join me in thanking the man upstairs for keeping each of us safe and alive through the many endeavors we have experienced.
“and I heard him exclaim as he rode out of site, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night”.
Sheriff’s Office Bloodhound Team goes to Training
By Deputy Manny Cuervo
Sadie and I recently completed a training seminar with the Miami-Dade Police Institute and the National Police Bloodhound Association.
During the forty hour course, we worked directly with the Miami- Dade SWAT unit, utilizing simunitions and learning numerous scenarios in which the hound can be applied in tactical law enforcement applications. This training also involved working side by side with apprehension canines, utilizing the exceptional nose of the hound to track a felony suspect, then deployment of apprehension canine upon successful location of the suspect.
We also conducted extensive trails in the
The training in criminal tracking and the ability to identify a suspect in a criminal case is an additional testament to the contribution the Bloodhound can make to law enforcement efforts. When it comes down to it, the dog is a tool. While not as ubiquitous as a drug sniffing, or a patrol dog, they're integral members of many police agencies.
Crooks using Outlook feature to find burglary targets
Community Relations Director Greg Artman has a tip for all of you avid Outlook users. If you use your “Out of Office Assistant” be careful of what you say in your outgoing message when you are going to be gone from the office.
Many people include, in their message, the specific days they will be on vacation or gone for other reasons. Keep in mind that the message goes to everyone who emails you, including spammers and crooks. Apparently, computer literate crooks are using email to find out when people will be on vacation. With just a little internet research, they can find out where you live and burglarize your house while you are gone.
If you have to use the “Out of Office Assistant”, just include a simple, non-specific message like, “I am currently out of my office.” If someone really needs to know when you will return, they can call someone and ask.
Bureau of Corrections
Corrections celebrates Halloween
By Mary Cohen
The Bureau of Corrections held their first Halloween Potluck on October 31st. Everything went off without a hitch except for some of the weird guests that showed up. Everyone that dared to show up had a lot of fun. Food included eyes of newt, eyeballs, bloody guts, worms in puss sauce, brains, goats eyes and witches brew (mmmm,mmmm,mmmm).
By Elaine Woodson
Christmas on the Farm 2002 was unlike previous year’s celebrations. This year we wanted more community participation, so local schools and churches were invited to perform their talents for the onlookers whilst awaiting Santa Claus and enjoying the farm scenery.
Over 250 people were in attendance and were able to amble from the main stage, where they could catch performances by the Grace Lutheran Children’s Choir, a Nativity play by Big Coppitt Church, the Gerald Adams Juggling Team and Christmas caroling by Chaplain Judy Remley, Sharon Fain and Jacquelyn Williams, or they could wander next to Santa’s Grotto and listen to Gerald Adams Elementary School Steel Band. There was always something going on, although as like every year, it seems the bunny rabbits are always one of the favorites with the small children.
Children of all ages enjoyed hayrides provided by Tammy Clark and the Key West Calvary Unit while waiting for Saint Nick to arrive; and he did, right on time, aboard the hay wagon.
I think Santa even drew the crowds from the bunny pen. All the children who visited Santa were able to receive a gift, thanks to the kind support of Pat Silvers, toys for tots and the detectives at the Key West Police Department that provided most of the gifts.
Thank you to all who participated in and or attended the festivities, especially Deputy Manuel Cuervo who assisted in bringing many squeals of joy and glee to the children of all ages.
The Citizen did a great article on the whole event.
Now we can look forward to Easter On The Farm and hope it will be as much of a success.
· Pilot Leland Cranmer was recently awarded the Sheriff’s Medal for his lifesaving actions following a head on boat collision in the upper Keys. Cranmer was the pilot of Trauma Star and was called upon to hover and precisely maneuver as a paramedic was lowered on a hoist to rescue the victims of the crash. In the words of his supervisor, Lt. Mike Pandol, “Their selfless acts of courage and concern for the needs of the victims, goes beyond the normal call of duty.”
Henry Hamilton was recently commended by a Citibank Fraud Investigator for his actions
in investigating credit card skimming. He said, in part, “It was
Detective Hamilton’s persistence and dedicated investigation of
these cases that resulted in the issuance of two warrants for Raul
Del Cid for crimes relating to credit card fraud. Detective
· Sheriff Rick Roth recently received three letters commending Deputy Robert “Bob” Lemmert for his work as a bailiff. Deputy Lemmert is retiring after 19 years working in a courtroom for the Sheriff’s Office. Judge Mark Jones said, in part, “The best way I can describe Deputy Lemmert is to say that he was a professional bailiff in every sense of the word. Bob was always alert and completely focused on courtroom security at all times. On many occasions, as a result of his attentiveness and anticipation, dangerous situations were averted and diffused. In more than one instance, he came to my rescue and placed his own well-being at risk in order to ensure my safety…Thank you for providing me and the Sixteenth Judicial Court with such a wonderful bailiff.”
· Captain Joe Mendez, Program Manager of South Florida HIDTA, wrote to Sheriff Rick Roth commending Lt. Patricia Almeda for teaching a Grantsmanship Writing Course to SFHIDTA and the Crime and Drug Demand Reduction Program in November. He said, in part, “…her personal experience on this subject was very useful to the students attending this workshop.”
New entrance for the Sheriff’s Office Supply Room
Access to the MCSO supply room is now available through the new DJJ building. The supply room is located on the top floor (currently 3rd, soon to be 2nd) – take a right off the elevator. This allows access to the supply room without passing through the jail security envelope. The knives, batons, and OC spray are once again located in the supply room, having been moved from the Training Department. Requisitions for these items still require approval by the Training Department. The telephone number is still 293-7362, but extension 111.
Gas Tank protection kit for Ford Crown Vic
There have been a number of police deaths in the
These kits are now available at Duncan Ford (294-5126, talk to Jim) and Armstrong Ford (305-242-5112, talk to Hector). All marked units need to go in and any unmarked units if the assigned person has a concern. If you have any questions, please call Johnnie Yongue in Fleet Maintenance, 292-7018
Human Resources Update
Happy Holidays from Human Resources
By HR Assistant Mary Valdez
As the year ends, we want to remind all certified officers that annual physicals and performance evaluations are due the month of hire for each member. Each month we send each member a note to remind them of their physical, we also send the commanders a list of members that physicals are due for the month as well as past due.
Please remember that the physical form must accompany you to the doctor. There are several ways to access the physical form. One way is to download the form from Outlook: just go to Public Folders, All Public Folders, Human Resources, FORMS. If you are unable to download and print from Outlook, you can call Human Resources and we can email you the form. Each member can also stop by Human Resources and pick up the physical form or if you are unable to stop by our office, we can courier the form to you.
To let all new employees know we have four contracted
physicians in the Keys, two in
Members, please remind your supervisor that your annual performance evaluation is due the month of hire.
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact the staff at Human Resources.
Training for Women in Law Enforcement
The Miami-Dade Police Department is offering a course
for women in law enforcement. “Women in Policing: Meeting the
Challenges of Supervision” will be offered