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

Table of Contents

Editor’s Report
Sheriff's Report
Ask the Admin
 

Bureau of Operations
Bureau of Corrections
Commendations and Awards

Support Services
What’s Happening

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Editor’s Report

This is the first all-electronic version of the Sheriff’s Office Rap Sheet. The decision to go electronic was a difficult one. I have been publishing the Rap Sheet on paper for thirteen years now and I know many people enjoy reading it. I hope you will all get used to the new version, and will enjoy it just as much. If you have any input, I’d love to hear from you.

In an effort to reach everyone, even those who are unable or unwilling to touch a computer keyboard, I will be printing up a few copies of the web version of the Rap Sheet. I will send them to all the substations and detention centers so they can be posted on bulletin boards. If you want your own copy, you can ask a friend or colleague to go the Sheriff’s web site at www.keysso.net and print one up as well.

Anyone who would like an email version of the Rap Sheet sent to a home email address, or to a friend or relative, send me the email address and I will add it to my distribution list.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the Rap Sheet. Send any feedback to beckyherrin@keysso.net.

Sheriff’s Report

I hope everyone had a pleasant holiday season. With the new year beginning, I’m happy that our Office of Communications is finally in their new, spacious and comfortable home in Marathon. I know everyone who works there is glad to be out of the cramped quarters at the substation and I thank you all for being so patient.

The new Juvenile Services building is progressing nicely, and on schedule. Unfortunately, the State will not be providing the funding to allow us to open the first floor which includes the juvenile detention facility and the juvenile program beds. We will, however, be able to open the second floor for business prior to June 1st. That floor will house offices including our Juvenile Programs office, the Department of Juvenile Justice offices and the Rural Health Network, as well as an office for our Crimes Against Women and Children’s Unit.

I would like to thank Captain Rick Ramsay for the year long effort he put in at the Stock Island Detention Center. His efforts were not wasted – he has made some real improvements during his tenure there. In January, he took over as Captain of the Lower Keys Sector. I know he enjoyed working with everyone at the Detention Center, but his first love is road patrol and I’m sure he is glad to be back at it. Rick will continue to oversee Detention Center Operations as well until a new person is chosen to fill that position

Ask the Administration

Question 1: We are all aware that the Family Medical Leave Act allows 12 weeks leave per calendar year for a child's birth/adoption or family sickness. I believe that this FMLA 12-week leave was created to assist anyone who has not accrued any amount of sick leave but need to take off for illness - the FMLA is to help ensure that persons will have a job when they return to work. So, HRD has been counting any sick time that is taken for 3 days or more (at any time) towards this total.

What happens to those staff members who haven't taken much sick time and have accrued more than the 480 "FMLA" limit? I have approx. 1000 hours of sick time on the books as my tenure with this Department is over 15 years. Am I to believe that I will not be able to use my accrued 1000 hours of sick time if I find that I have a serious illness? That I can only use 480 hours to the "FMLA" maximum? That if I get sick and want to use all of my 1000 hours accrued during my tenure what will happen to my job? Will my tenure and loyalty to this Department be rewarded with a refusal of allowing me to use my accrued sick leave or possibly losing my job if I need to take that leave?

Answered by Mike Rice, Administrative Bureau Chief: Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides for 12 weeks of paid or unpaid job-protected leave per year for qualifying conditions. It can be activated by either the employee or the employer. Human Resources reviews all cases where members have been away from work on sick leave for more than three days. This review is done to determine if the illness/condition is a FMLA qualifying event. If the event qualifies the time is recorded as FMLA and the employee is notified of this. This law is the minimum an employer must do for an employee.

After the 12 weeks of family medical leave, you would be allowed to continue to use the time you had accrued during your tenure. However, your specific position would only be protected for the 12 weeks covered by FMLA.

If you have any further questions, please refer to the Operations Manual, Chapter 9, or contact Donna Moore, Assistant Director, Operations Services, Sheriff's Human Resources Division at 292-7044.

Bureau of Operations

Sector 7 Report

 

The upper Keys Toys for Tots Drive was tremendously successful, delivering many toys to needy kids on Christmas Eve. Helping with the toy delivery was Santa (Corey Bryan), The Grinch (Lou Caputo), and Santa's helpers: Peggy Bryan, Gina Caputo, Dep. Laura Garcia, Reserve Officer Ted Migala. The Key Largo Fire Dept. was also a big help with the delivery.

"Post -Seasons Greetings", or "Boy am I glad it's over!"

By Lt. Bill Moran

Seasons End Greetings! If you're like me, as much as I do enjoy the Holiday Season, I am soooooooooooo glad it is over! Even before the season kicks off, Thanksgiving, the holiday stress factors were making themselves felt, and it doesn't get easier from there on. The first question that came to mind, at the beginning of the season was, "Why do I look forward so much to this time of year?" The answer came right behind the question. "I have no idea." With that begins the Holiday Season saga

Thanksgiving is the uniquely American holiday when families, and or friends, gather together to show their appreciation (give thanks) for all the good things they share in their lives; ergo the name, "Thanksgiving." This celebration usually includes a bountiful table of food; usually home cooked, but occasionally ordered in. History tells us this is in recognition of the first Thanksgiving; shared by the Pilgrims and American Indians. And therein lies the first problem. The Indians, by all accounts, were not focused on their waistlines; as we tend to be today. To really enjoy a Thanksgiving meal is synonymous with "totally blowing your diet." Not just once, but twice (seconds) and not including dessert; of which there are usually two to four different kinds. By-the-by, it is not true that if you eat it fast, there are fewer calories.

Thanksgiving also includes watching parades on T.V. and the inevitable football game. This brings us to problem number two. By the time you're finished with the feast, you've pounded down enough food to sustain you through the Winter. What comes with Winter?...........why hibernation of course. You sit your full self down to watch the game and before you know it, you are in close surveillance of the inside of your eyelids. This usually lasts until someone, usually a family member, gives you a slight nudge \ poke in the ribs, or calls your name. Startled, you scramble to act as if you were paying attention the whole time. This is called "denial;" and no, denial is not a river in Egypt. You get up, walk away to wake up, and the third problem arises; passing by the dinner table. If not immediately cleared, the table still displays all the stuff you so enjoyed at the first sitting. Now you must deal with the stress of whether to piece, or not to piece. And so it goes until you leave, or everyone else does, and you can finally crash. Ah yes Thanksgiving.

Now the Holiday Season gets really serious. Christmas is coming in a month and the countdown has begun.

This is where the pressure of procrastination sets in. Granted there are a few unique souls who shop for the next Christmas immediately after New Years. These are people who need serious help; or at least a good quality sedative. Most of us realize we have a diminishing number of days to accomplish the tasks of shopping, selecting what, and for whom, mail it or wrap and stash it, and avoid letting on what exactly it is we got them; and still manage to put off finishing just one more day. This is stress; but only part of it. There's always the issue of "decorating," and more decisions to make. Real tree..........artificial tree, what size, what kind; or no tree at all and just go with lights. Oh yah, lights. The fine art of outdoor decorating..........with electricity.

Outdoor Christmas light display is truly an art. Knowing where you stored all those strands of colored glass invites the beginning of problem number four; planning the display. Now I don't know about you, but I could no more duplicate last years display, (too easy), than I could perform brain surgery. So, starting over is a given. I do remember how organized I was when taking the lights down last year. I carefully coiled each strand, secured them individually with tie wraps and sealed them in a big Rubbermaid container. Now remembering where I put the container is another story.

After discovering, or actually re-discovering the outdoor lights, I began to reconstruct last years display. It's kind of important.........the "Outdoor" lights part. I once ignored that detail and the resulting display was, well, intermittent and short term to say the least; along with some minor sparking and slight danger of fire. During the light construction project, I was reminded of some of the things not to do; which I have done in the past. These include, but are not limited to, avoid using metal staples to secure light strands to your home's wooden eves. Assuming you miss the wire with the staple, you will still likely crimp the wire enough to short it. You learn whether you've done this, or not, when you do the Chevy Chase Test. Stand in front of your house, in a ceremonial "first lighting," and witness part of them actually light up. The verbiage following this misfire cannot be printed here.

Another issue to avoid is the compulsion to remove and retain spare bulbs. This is a "guy thing."

Most of us guys are taught from childhood that spare parts are good to have. Why would this not apply to Christmas lights. After all, they are designed to plug in and therefore be unplugged. I now have 235 spare light bulbs. Prior to engaging in spare Christmas light bulb removal, it is important to remember not to use pliers; even if you do have a hand tool compulsion. This is where I tell you to ensure the strand you are attempting to repair, because you stapled it to the eve, is unplugged. Shock Therapy is reserved for trained medical professionals...............remember that.........I do.

Everyone knows the rule: "What goes up, must come down." And so it is with Christmas light displays. Back to those staples in the eves. They just don't snap out like they snapped in. One side comes out, sticks up at a sharp angle, and waits for you to get close enough to impale a finger on it.

Nuff said. Finally.......mercifully, they are all down and back in the container; lying in wait for next year.

No Holiday Season is complete without the traditional party / parties. Here comes another problem, number 5. No one can be all things to all people; but we try. You must decide which, or how many parties you will attend. New Years and Christmas will generate more parties than the Super Bowl, birthdays, or births. After deciding which parties to attend, by whatever criteria these decisions are made, you must then plan arrival \ departure to next party times. The first requirement is that you find the party. Enter our own Records Assistant Chris Nichols. Chris had accomplished the party planning part. She would attend fellow Record Assistant Georgina Sanchez's party. Chris arrived on time, dressed appropriately and immediately noticed how many cars were already there. There's nothing worse than an unattended party. Chris entered Georgina's home and immediately noticed how many friends of Georgina's she had not met. In fact, Chris soon learned she knew none of the partiers and could not locate Georgina. Still unconcerned, Chris proceeded to join the festivities, have a beverage and talk to her fellow celebrants. Finally, some time later, Chris began asking where Georgina was. The response was, "Who ?" You guessed it............wrong house........wrong party!

There is an unwritten rule. "If you goof-up, don't advertise it." Chris was apparently unaware of this rule and talked. Hearing her tale of adventure at strange party locations, C.I.U. Sgt. Corey Bryan came to her rescue. To prevent future party location errors by Chris, Corey resorted to his technical expertise and created a special G.P.S. for her. No, that's not a Global Positioning System. It stands for Global Party System. It's a single sheet of paper, with a large screen drawn on it, and a fixed position marked, "You Are Here." A dotted line course then meanders upward to "Party." This should help Chris next year. Fortunately for Chris, next year begins immediately following the New Years party.

All-in-all we manage to survive these celebrations and all the "fun" they bring. It's important we celebrate the passing of each year because it means we are still here to do it. I hope the coming year is another one to celebrate for all of you. If not, keep it to yourself and let the rest of us party.

Lower Keys Report

By Sgt. J.B. Flatter

Hello from the Southernmost Sector ! This is my first article in The Rap Sheet. I was “volunteered” to write the article by Lt. Roger Allen, whom I answer to (and answer to, and answer to) on a daily basis here at the substation here on Cudjoe Key. He claims to be a poor writer, although you couldn’t tell it from the voluminous flow of memos he easily manages to produce all by himself…..

First of all, a big “welcome” to our new Captain, Rick Ramsay. Capt. Ramsay comes to us from his former position at the Detention Center on Stock Island, where he has spent the past year dealing with things we can only imagine. We look forward to working with him, and the challenge of training a new boss!

Also, we welcome our two newest road Deputies, David Lariz, Jr. and Gerald Fisher. David is a recent BLE graduate, and Gerald transferred to Sector 1 Road Patrol from Corrections. With the addition of these two Deputies, we are finally up to 100% staffing on the road. In Sector 1. Welcome aboard, guys!

Sheri Cuervo, from our front office here at Cudjoe, is on the mend from a recent accident while exercising at the gym. It seems she was doing “crunches” for her back, and wound up taking a nasty fall, “crunching” her right arm instead! Although it was a particularly nasty break, after convalescing for a while at home, she is back to work and is recovering nicely. We don’t see how she has been able to do everything she does at work with only one functional arm, but she’s managing quite well.

Lt. Allen was recently seen in the station parking lot with a measuring tape. There are plans afoot for a new structure to be built in the parking lot, but speculation is rampant about what it will be used for.

Will it be:

Seriously, though, it will be a much-needed storage area for large property items such as bicycles and beer kegs (we had design help on this part from Deputy Butch Albury and Detective John McGee).

Deputy Jack Bernhard was preparing to transport some refugees recently, and he advised Central that he was transporting “one male child, one female child, two adult females, and one male female”….to Key West, no doubt.

Colleen Carter, Sheri Cuervo’s “right arm” (sorry, Sheri – couldn’t resist that one) came to work the other day and found a dead buzzard in the freezer here at the station. Turns out the buzzard struck Deputy Geni Hernandez’ patrol car’s windshield, breaking it, while Geni was on patrol, and FHP Trooper Morgan impounded the unfortunate bird as “evidence”. Colleen was not at all expecting to find a buzzard in the freezer first thing in the morning, as you might imagine. We suspect Trooper Morgan may have been having a little fun with us that day!

Anyway, that’s about it from Sector one for this edition of The Rap Sheet. Congratulations to Deputy Becky Herrin on the successful conversion of The Rap Sheet to an all-electronic format. See you next issue!

Report from Sectors 4 and 5

By Lieutenant Larry Kelley

What we all fondly recall as District 2, now the city of Marathon and Regional Sector 5 has long been known for its wonderfully organized Christmas Parties. More visiting District members attend our parties than any other area. This year was no different. We did, however, have a new treat this year. Banana Bay Resort was a beautiful new setting for our event and Jake Brady and Jennifer Torres did an outstanding job in planning, organizing and hosting such a beautiful night for us all. The special touch of “all you could eat” stone crab claws was a particular favorite. I think that we are all still amazed that no one ended up in the pool, but there is always next year.

A lot of training has been going on here and we congratulate Joel Slough, Gerald Leathers and Todd Blyth in their completion of SWAT School. From what I heard it was a thorough and rewarding course and I am proud and pleased to have these officers on our side. Lin Badman, Greg Korzen, Jen Lascala, Patrick McCrosky and Harold Boyden are now Radar certified, God help us. New Intoxilizer 5000 operators include Ernie Payton, Jen Lascala and Jeremy Davy. Greg Korzen will be going to FTO School next month and we are very excited to have him enter that service. We need all the good trainers we can get and he will make an excellent addition to our already exemplary team of Field Trainers headed by our FTO Supervisor Sergeant Susan Greenwood.

I’m sure that Captain Peryam is very happy to be finally responsible for only one district instead of two. He can now dedicate all of his time to our city and regional area. Captain Ramsay will be in command of Sector 1 and if you did not know, he is still responsible for operations at the Key West Jail facility until his replacement is selected and on board. Captain, get a taste of what our boss has been doing for the past two years-running two different operations. It’s a lot of responsibility but I am sure you are up to the task.

We welcome our newest member, Tricia Milliken, who comes to us from Key West Corrections. Dennis Coleman will be starting this month as well and we are happy to have them both. Listen to your Field Training Officers, they are there to teach you and adjust your thinking from Corrections to Enforcement. You will learn much from them and they will learn much from you. We will all benefit from our new relationships. We will be losing Gerald Leathers soon to the Traffic Enforcement Unit. I have released him for two weeks this month to attend the Harley Davidson International Police Motorcycle Academy. He will learn more about riding a motorcycle in those two weeks than he has learned his entire life “street riding”. Good luck Gerald and be careful-I still need you as an FTO for a few weeks to come until we can let you go tackle the County’s traffic problems full time.

Todd Blyth has left us to go patrol the friendly (or unfriendly) skies as a Sky Marshall. He is currently in firearms training in New Mexico and will soon be lounging in his first class seat, sipping on free cocktails and eating food from real plates and metal utensils instead of the plastic microwave meals with plastic forks the rest of us get when we fly. Be careful, Todd, congratulations and good luck in your new career.

We almost said goodbye to our Zone 1 Commander, Dennis Cain this month. He was gong to Kosovo for a tour with the United Nations International Police Task Force. I am sorry he will be missing the experience of a lifetime but I for one am glad to have him stay. Welcome back, Dennis, the zone is just as you left it.

A word of warning for anyone who works with or spends any time with Chuck Meier. ALWAYS ask him if he has had ANY contact with Jeremy Davy before you spend any quality time with him. It seems that every time Jeremy touches him there is a disaster. Jeremy touched him and Chuck’s pepper spray exploded; Jeremy touched him and Chuck tried to float his patrol car in salt water in Sector 1. It has gotten to the point that even when Chuck just THINKS about Jeremy he drops his cell phone into a glass of beverage causing a serious communication failure. By the way, we are still investigating the suspicious “throw down” lobster in Chuck’s mailbox at the station and the mystery shrimp in his headlight - updates and suspects to be identified at a later date.

 It seems that Jeremy’s powers extend far beyond Sector 4. Steve Mahmood was compelled to stick his finger through the screen of Joel Slough’s laptop while sending “important” (yeah right) information to Jeremy. OH, Jeremy, by the way, you didn’t happen to be anywhere near Ernie Paton last week when his car began to drive itself - hmmmmmm?

We had many successful TRAP details in Marathon in the past few months and I want to thank all the Deputies who supported these efforts to help make the roads safe for our citizens and visitors. If you will promise to keep staffing these positions I will promise to keep requesting the funds.

We have started a Community Traffic Safety Team Program in Marathon and City Councilman Jon Johnson has been good enough to chair the team. We look forward to many positive things to come out of this partnership. Our meetings are on the third Thursday of each month at 2PM in the DOT conference room in Marathon. Anyone is welcome to join us and share ideas to help us create the synergy needed to make our roadways safe.

I want to thank Jennifer Lascala for taking the initiative to plan and organize a child seat safety program for the City of Marathon. Child Seat Safety week is coming up and Jen will be running a Child Seat Safety Check Station in Marathon on February 10 th from 1PM to 4PM in front of Publix. I hope she will continue to strive to safeguard our children in this way. Child Seat Technicians of our own Traffic Enforcement Unit, Florida Highway Patrol and DHSMV will be assisting us.

As I write this I am preparing for my trip to Salt Lake City, Utah to work the 2002 Olympic games. Captain Peryam and I will be sworn in as Utah State Police Officers for three weeks and work the Olympic Square in downtown SLC. The venues there will be Ice Hockey, Skating, Medals Awards Plaza, the Olympic Family Hotel and the Olympic Park. It should be an amazing experience.

Speaking of Olympics. I will be coordinating the rooms for the upcoming Florida Police Olympics in Tampa in June. I sent e-mail to all members this month. If you are interested in competing in the games contact me and I will resend if you do not have the instructional memo. The Sheriff will again be paying for the rooms and application fees. You will be allowed to take your county unit but you will be responsible for the gas and there will be no per-diem. I’ve been going to these games for many years and I can tell you that we are fortunate to work for a department that supports us at this level. Most (and that means almost all) of the officers I have met there over the years have to take vacation and fully pay their own way. Let's have a good showing again this year and bring home some more awards.

Finally, a week of Accreditation inspections was preceded by a month of readying for that inspection. We had our hands full just a week before the inspection when our station flooded and we had to install new carpet the day before the arrival of the on-site team. With the help of many hard working deputies we were able to not only ready the station but to excel in our outcome. My sincere thanks goes out to everyone involved. A special thanks to Sergeant Sam Cassel who stayed over after his 12-hour shift to assist me in cleaning up the aquatic intrusion that threatened to drown our chances for a successful inspection.

AND REMEMBER……..God made tomorrow for the crooks we don’t catch today!

More from Sectors 4/5

To help in Sector 7's recent staffing problems they have begun to clone deputies from existing supervisors. They started with Sergeant Doug Penley. If this program is successful we can discontinue recruitment all together. This picture, titled "Up Against the Wall!" is meant to illustrate the fact that Sgt. Penley's squad, also known as "Penley's Children",  is never without their share of trouble......
And, from Lt. Kelley.............

New headgear is current being suggested by the Administrative Staff. Please vote let us know your opinion of Captain Peryam's brainstorm. And, finally, we all know how much Lt. Kelley likes TrafficEnforcement, but this is ridiculous!

New Patrol Boat for Sector 6

By Captain Joe Leiter

The new Islamorada Patrol Boat the Sheriff bought for the Village will be delivered soon.  The boat is a 22 foot Angler Police Boat, designed and equipped as a police patrol boat with dry storage for a shotgun and other police equipment.

The boat will be equipped with emergency lights and siren and will be marked with Monroe County Sheriff and Village of Islamorada decals.  The patrol boat will be used by specially trained Islamorada Sheriff's Deputies to patrol and enforce laws within  the 1200 foot offshore jurisdiction and inland canals of the Village.  The cost of the boat was $19,060.00 and was paid for with drug seizure monies out of the Law Enforcement Trust Fund.  The Islamorada Sheriff's Patrol Boat is expected to be in service by March 1st conducting  scheduled patrols of Village waters. 

Call for service response card survey (Nov-Dec 2001)

By Director Greg Artman

People reading this may or may not know that one of the duties of the Community Relations Division is sending out “Community Response Cards” to people who have had contact with officers from our agency. The cards ask about their contact, how they felt about it and whether they were happy with our service. They are asked to comment on response time, officer demeanor, phone procedure, officer's ability to handle the problem and overall reaction.

During November and December of last year, forty-one cards were returned by members of the public who called for services of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. We usually sent over 100 cards monthly, accompanied by a letter from the Sheriff, explaining the purpose of the survey. Around twenty percent of those surveyed return the cards, which is excellent for survey responses. The public rates response time, officer demeanor, phone procedure, officer's ability to handle the problem and overall reaction. Only one respondent was dissatisfied with the Sheriff's Office, despite the fact that Deputies caught the bad guy. The citizen felt the response time was slow. Otherwise, numerous citizens penciled in laudatory comments about the Deputies. The citizens don't always mention the names of deputies in their responses, but some feel very strongly about the assistance of certain deputies.

A respondent to a business burglary stated "Deputy (Manny) Cuervo was here quickly and was helpful in coping with the situation." Sometimes, a respondent doesn't mention a name, but wants to thank the Sheriff's Office, for example: "Very good service. The officer deserves a raise." Others citizens toss kudos to an entire division, for instance: "The Marathon office is an example of what community law enforcement agencies should aspire to." Another respondent was obviously comforted by the Deputy, stating: "Thank you for all your assistance. This was a hard time for me since my father's untimely death." Another respondent complimented the communications officer by stating: "Excellent phone courtesy." Of course, we do receive some unique observations, including one wag who exclaimed: "My wife says you have the best looking deputies anywhere."

Juvenile Diversion Program

By Ira Goldstein, Supervisor Juvenile Diversion Programs

The Juvenile Diversion staff  including: Susan Landry, upper and middle keys, IDDS, Teen Court, and Civil Citation;  Nancy Cardinal middle and lower keys IDDS;  Karol Cotton lower keys Teen Court and Civil Citation;  Ira Goldstein Supervisor, IDDS and Greg Artman Program Director would like to acknowledge that we have emerged into the 21st century. Our office now has essential tools to include a new fax machine, shredder, and copier which should be in any day now. (Yo Brenda!)  We would like to thank Mike Langston for the use of his old copier. Mike, We had to replace the treadmill only once in the 6 months we’ve had it. The hamster’s nails got too long and he tore it up. Otherwise it worked great.  And Mike if you would like it back just say the word, otherwise Tom Ravenel in finance has first dibs..   

 As program supervisor with the support of the Sheriff and Program Director Greg Artman,  we have developed services available to all the diversion programs under our direction:

 Pursuant to the IDDS program our mandate is to work with children who are at high risk of re-offending and the level of our involvement is intended to meet the challenge of keeping these kids from re-offending.  We have done well and our intention is to do even better. Our staff has to date served  94 children.  We have closed out 55 of those children, and of that number we have successfully closed out 42, a success rate of over 76 %.  

The children who have been terminated from the IDDS program have made a diligent return to the community.  In the form of Community Work Service they have returned to the citizens of Monroe County a total of 1579 hours, an average of nearly 30 hours for each child who passed through the program.

 The victims from our county including: local citizens, visitors, commercial establishments and institutions such as our schools have been compensated for losses due to the delinquent acts of the children under our supervision. Of the 9 children closed out of the program who owed restitution all, save one, fully satisfied their monetary obligation. That one child owed a lot of money and following violation from IDDS he was placed on probation. Through our restitution program we recovered 75 % of the money owed to victims totaling $ 8,334.85.

 Teen Court served 106 children in the county during the calendar year 2001 and had a successful completion rate of 92%.  Notwithstanding the fact that Teen Court kids are shallow end first time misdemeanor offenders that is a fine success rate. The program lasts 30 days and while under supervision during those thirty days the children made amends to the community by performing 680 hours of community service work. The children completed 97% of the hours they were assigned.

 I would like to thank you Sheriff Roth for your continued support for these programs. We are confident that the  benefits to be realized by our community and the children we serve will become manifest in time to come beyond the few statistics reflecting our activity over this past year.

Reserve Deputy Report

By Reserve Captain Ted Migala

Hi from the Reserve Force. We are slowly moving forward in making the Reserve Force a more viable part of the Sheriff Office. As in any organization, communication is the key to the effectiveness of any unit. You can have the most outstanding unit, but if you do not receive or provide information, to the rest of the organization, you are perceived as ineffective. This may or may not be the case. With this fact in mind, Sheriff Roth and I met and discussed our ideas for the Reserve Force.

The Sheriff’s first request was to increase the ability to supply the needed communication to and from the Reserve Force. We are achieving this by creating an assistant position to the Reserve Captain. I would like to congratulate Bob Smith of Sector 1 for accepting the position of R/1st Lt. Bob or I will, at the Sheriff’s request, be attending the weekly Staff meeting in Key West and the Bi-weekly Operations meeting in Marathon. The purpose of one of us being at these meetings is to provide the opportunity for the Reserve Force to participate at the planning and evaluating stages of the organization. This increase in responsibility is what necessitated the creation of the assistant position. Bob and I, as the overall reserve leaders of the Reserve Force are going to be responsible for keeping the communication channels functioning.

The Sheriff and I next organized a Reserve Staff meeting. The two and half hour meeting provided a much needed forum to identify areas of concern by the reserve staff and request possible resolutions from the Sheriff. Areas of concern discussed included: Reserve responsibilities, uniforms, training, recruiting, and “Span of Control”. Action items were assigned to address items that needed to be resolved or clarified.

The following members are serving as the Reserve Force Staff:

That is all for now. “Be Careful Out There”

Bureau of Corrections

Report from ARM Training


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A man who truly loves his job!

ARM Training is a truly exhausting experience....just ask Officer Rogel!

ARM Training and the Use of Force Continuum

By Corrections Sgt. Simonet

Happy New Year! While at ARM Training, we were reviewing the use of force continuum Sgt. Erwin, being the patient and talented instructor that he is, had officers from the jail and road patrol in his class.

Sgt. Erwin began the lesson by asking what is the first step? The unanimous answer was “Officer presence!” Encouraged by this answer (knowing we hadn’t broken training and “gone native”), the review continued to “verbal commands”, then “use of O.C. gas”, and “the hands-on approach”. At this point it became painfully clear at the separation between the “roadies” and the “jailers”. For us, everything after that point is “The Chair”. Road deputies have all kinds of options….we have “The Chair”.

For example, if faced with a group of demonstrators who have become passive resistant and are just laying around, Sgt. Erwin explained they are to be put on a gurney and transported to the designated area in the jail, and we “Put them in the Chair” and wheel them to wherever they will be held.

There were many suggested uses for the chair, to make a long story short, and to prove that, see the photo at the right. This is correction’s version of a Christmas tree. The sign says “Peace on Earth”:

Here’s another story:

“A” Watch had duty Christmas Day at the jail and all seemed to be quiet as the hours passed. Officer Coleman, posted in Unit “A” was happy that his day was a good one because that unit is used to house those inmates that, for whatever reason, had to be segregated from the general population.

Suddenly, an inmate called Officer Coleman over to his cell, exclaiming that his roommate stabbed him in the buttocks with a pen. Officer Coleman asked to see the wound so he could advice medical of the situation and they could bring the appropriate items for treatment. Obligingly, the “injured” party turned around and pulled down his shorts. To the officer’s……Relief? Surprise?......there was no wound…but the inmate had a cinnamon roll clenched between his cheeks. The inmate’s new nickname is “Sticky Buns”….who says working in the jail is boring?

Commendations and Awards

Congratulations, Employees of the Fourth Quarter!

 

Law Enforcement Officer of the Quarter: Deputy Linda Hartley..........Deputy Hartley has been instrumental in the clean up and maintenance of Marathon Beach Subdivision. On many occasions, she has organized clean-ups and always leads by example. Deputy Hartley cuts grass and picks up garbage many times using her own equipment. She also organizes many functions for the children of this area and has taken them on field trips as well as being involved in after school programs.

Recently, Deputy Hartley worked on the Marathon Rotary Club’s Field Of Dreams Children’s Park, which was built over a five day period in Marathon. She worked five days, twelve hours a day or more. She also organized and put on a Children’s Christmas Pageant that raised almost one thousand dollars for the Field Of Dreams Children’s Park, and collected over one hundred toys for the Toys For Tots Christmas Program and has rung the Christmas bell for the Salvation Army on several days collecting money for the holidays to be given to the needy. Deputy Hartley stands as an example of Community Policing and has for a long time. She has a great attitude and is always willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Detention Deputy of the Quarter: Officer Michael Barron........Detention Deputy Barron is member of the quarter because he remembers those details that make a difference on the human level and that make an ordinary work day nicer. For example: birthdays, holidays, and special occasions. He is a virtual bundle of energy, always cheerful, and a positive influence on everyone; a powerful motivator, and a fountain of ideas. Working with Officer Barron is like a breath of fresh air.

Support Employee of the Quarter: Maintenance Specialist Paul Cooper........Paul is an employee that “makes things happen”. He works as our Maintenance Specialist at the Bureau of Corrections. He goes way beyond his scope of duties. For example: Paul has saved the County considerable taxpayer dollars by fixing camera problems as they occur. Outside contractors in this field are very expensive and Paul continues to trouble shoot problems and finds solutions to these problems.

Paul has established a great reputation around the jail and many people call on him to fix all kinds of things. His very pleasant attitude is a supervisor’s dream-come-true.

During the last quarter the Sheriff wanted his floors to sparkle for Accreditation. After much confusion as to how to clean the floor (which was in terrible shape!) Paul came through by working many nights and weekends to complete the job. I could go on and on regarding the jobs he has performed over and beyond his scope of work. He deserves much credit for his extra efforts.

Reserve Officer of the Quarter: Captain Glen McDaniel........Reserve Captain McDaniel served the Monroe County Sheriff Office for seven and a half years as a Reserve Officer. In 1995 he completed the Certified Auxiliary Academy and Parking Enforcement school. In 1996 he was appointed Reserve Sergeant for the District III Reserve Unit. In 1999 he was appointed the Reserve Captain for the entire County. Glen resigned on October 22, 2001 because he is moving to Illinois in April after he retired.

While serving the county, Glen averaged 80 to 100 hours a month of volunteer time. Glen was one of the people that could be counted on to be there for any detail. Glen would change his schedule to accommodate the demands of the unit. Glen was a leader by example. While serving as the Reserve Captain, Glen started the quarterly Reserve Staff meetings and the slimming of the Reserve Rosters, eliminating non-active members.

Cadet/Explorer of the Quarter: Explorer Sgt. Jimmy Jensen........When he was promoted to the rank of Jr. Explorer Sgt. in November, 2000, Jr. Sgt. Jensen took on the responsibility of all Cadets and Jr. Explorers in the post. This was no easy task as they are two different groups that meet at two different times. He is held accountable for their behavior, uniform neatness, knowledge of rules and some training during meetings. He is also in charge of them at service or work details performed in the community.

Post 906 recently held an in-county Boot Camp at U.S. Coast Guard Station Marathon for Explorers and Cadets. Jr. Sgt. Jensen was instrumental in the planning of this event. He assisted in the gathering and checking of all the tents and other camping equipment needed, separating members into squads, reviewing paperwork and schedules prior to the outing and planning squad competition games for the final day. The first day of camp, he was responsible for supervising the set up of all tents and equipment for Post 906, including Advisors tents. He was then assigned as a Squad Leader, a job he took very seriously. As a result of this he was chosen, along with a few others, for a special detail with the Coast Guard (cleaning their boat after they took us out on tours) Several Coast Guard members commented on his hard work and serious attitude during camp. The last day of camp, Jr. Sgt. Jensen was responsible for returning all equipment to its proper storage place as well as noting any problems with any of it.

In addition to his responsibilities with Post 906, Jr. Sgt. Jensen, an eighth grader at Marathon Middle School, maintains good grades in school, is attempting to start his own lawn maintenance business and is an active member in his church.

Good job to all on burglary case

The following letter was forwarded to me by Sgt. Joe Passarelli

Capt, Lt. I would like to recommend the following deputies for the officer of the 4th quarter:

The reason for the recommendations is my shift was dispatched to a burglary call on Big Coppitt. Upon the deputy's arrival he was advised there was approx 80,000 dollars in cash stolen from his house. Then the victim stated maybe 100,000 dollars. Dep. Scribner was given the bolo info from the suspect and my shift was looking for the vehicle and male suspect. The suspect was located by Dep. Scribner and Lariz but the suspect was able to loose them. Dep. Scribner and Lariz gave the bolo out again and Dep Schultz located the suspect vehicle driving south on US 1. When the deputy tried to stop the car the driver started to flee and then jumped out of the car. This supervisor had the deputies and City Police dept set up a perimeter around the golf coarse property but the K-9 was unable to locate the suspect. Following the inventory of the car there was $487,328 dollars in cash recovered from the original burglary.

The following day I was contacted by Detective Scott and was told that they had a warrant for our male suspect’s arrest. I advised the deputies there objective for the day was to find our two suspects. Sgt. Hull gave us information that the female was possibly staying at the Radisson or the Hampton Motels. Deputy Scribner and Lariz responded and asked the hotel clerk if the female was there and they said no. Then Dep. Scribner showed them a picture of the suspect and they said yes but under a alias name. I called Det. Scott and told her we located one of the suspects she wanted to question. Det. Scott responded to the Radisson. I told Dep. Scribner to stand by with Dep. Lariz and Dep. Shultz just in case the male suspect was going to show up. Then all of a sudden the male showed up in a taxi cab and when Scribner advised him he was under arrest the suspect swung a beer bottle at Dep Scribner trying to strike him in the face the suspect was arrested and during his search he had cocaine, needles and other drugs in his pockets along with some cash. I feel my entire shift perform beyond there call of duty, this should of been a Detective case but the midnight shift solved the crime recovered the largest cash recovering from a burglary in the history of the sheriff department. And cleared the case with 2 arrests the follow day. I also think we should also be nominated for Officer of the Year for this recovery of cash and arrest made.

Sgt. Joe Passerelli's squad after successfully solving the Big Coppitt burglary case! Detective Chris Scott, with the recovered cash from the Big Coppitt burglary......

Thanks for the Citation(?!?)

The following letter was received by Captain Jenny Bell-Thomson from a citizen who wished to thank Deputy Andrew Leird for giving him a ticket.

I am sorry not to be able to make out exactly what Deputy Andrew D's last name is, I think it may be "Lix." His Badge number is 8183, ID #: 72/9 of Troop 7.

I am a 61 year old Grand Dad and have been driving for 46 years. For the last 25 years I have been living out west of Homestead and living in fear of your officers when traveling to the keys. We all know one had better "Watch It" when traveling in the Keys.

Well, a lot of that fear dissipated lately when Deputy Andrew D. _ _ _ stopped me on January 10, 2002 in the early evening hours. We were on our way back from a day in Key West with my Wife and Nephew from Virginia.

I was in excruciating pain from two back surgery's (2 steel screws, etc.) and painful Rheumatoid Arthritis, my mind was on getting "Home" not on driving "as it should have been."

Not knowing of my discomfort or presence of mind, Deputy Andrew D. could have probably cited me for several things, yet chose only one and the least expensive at that.

He was very Courteous, Professional, Observant and "HUMAN!"

Even though he gave me a ticket I have to say with some experience, that he very well may be "the best cop" that has ever stopped me.

His impact will certainly give me new respect for the Law, make me a safer driver and greatly impressed an out of State visitor to Monroe County, Florida.

Please give him a "Well Done!" for me. I hope all of you have a safe and rewarding 2002.

Respectfully,
Billy S. Poulos
19606 SW 325th. Lane
Homestead, FL. 33030
305-245-6177

Kudos to the Special Investigations Unit

The following letter of commendation was written by Sgt. Donnie Elomina, to Detective’s Ramirez, Madnick, Thompson, Reidelbach, Valdes, Catala, Kellenberger and Secretary Angela Glover.

I would like to take this opportunity to commend the unit for an outstanding performance for the year 2001. Throughout the year the unit conductive over 700 narcotics investigations, served over 60 search warrants, made over 300 arrests for narcotic violations, and seized 33 vehicles and $105,970 in cash. Out of the 33 vehicles seized we closed out 21, keeping 3 vehicles with a blue book value of $17,650. Twelve of the 33 vehicles are still pending. Out of the $105,970 seized we closed out and received $60,242 and are pending on $45,728. Great job!!!!!!

During the year the unit broke the 100 mark in cases made during a single month on two occasions. This accomplishment has not ever been achieved in the past. During the year, the unit was involved in three OCDEFT cases, one of which is ongoing. The two completed cases were:

Operations Down Rigger targeted subjects in the Big Pine Key area. Over 50 arrests were made, 11 search warrants were served, and 5 vehicles were seized.

Operation Exodus II was a continuation of Exodus I that target subjects in the Hibiscus Park area of Key Largo. Over 50 arrests were made, 8 search warrants were served, and nine vehicles were seized.

Detective Reidelbach has been a great asset to the unit as the Intelligence Officer. Nancy has the responsibility of handling confidential informant files, collecting and maintaining intelligence throughout the agency and the nation. Amongst her several duties, Nancy is responsible in creating a monthly intelligence bulletin to be distributed throughout the county. This bulletin has received good reviews throughout the county.

Last but not least, Angela Glover has been instrumental with her support for the unit. Angie’s responsibilities have grown throughout the years as the unit’s productivity grows. Angie’s knowledge of the unit’s daily activities and responsibilities has been appreciated by all.

The unit should be very proud of their accomplishments and I again would like to thank and recognize the unit’s outstanding performance for the year 2001.

Other Commendations:

Support Services

Thanks, from Professional Standards

By Lt. Bruce Winegarden

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc, (CALEA) on-site inspection in December went exceptionally well. We want to thank everyone that worked with us in getting ready. It was your cooperation that led to a successful on-site.

We will be presented to the full CALEA Commission at the March 2002 meeting in Jacksonville. There the team leader, Capt. David Munday, North Carolina Highway Patrol, will make his report and recommendation that we receive accreditation by CALEA.

The most visible part of accreditation is now over. But it is an ongoing process, which is just beginning. We will continue to ask for copies of reports and collect proofs of compliance with standards. All the while looking towards state re-accreditation in 2003 and CALEA re-accreditation in 2005

Major projects that we now can focus on are reformatting of the Operations Manual, Improvement of the Electronic Manual version and Job Task Analysis / On-line Evaluation System.

We want to change the Manual to make it easier to read, understand and locate policies when you need them. There are still some areas that need to be updated as well. A format change will help when updates are made, by breaking down chapters into sub-chapters. The Operations Manual is an every evolving document so continue to expect revisions. Hopefully not at the same rate as this past year though.

Another goal is to improve the electronic version of the Manual. There again to make it easier to navigate and locate policies when you need them. As well as, taking advantage of available technology making it a useful tool.

The Job Task Analysis & On-line Evaluation project is still on track. All the Job Listings that many of you helped complete have been sent to the consultant. We expect to soon receive another questionnaire based on those as well as more Job Listings for positions not previously covered. With the accreditation on-site behind us we will be able to devote more time to this project and work towards a timely completion and implementation.

Thanks again to everyone who jumped when we asked you too and made accreditation happen.

Human Resources Update

Welcome to our new employees!

By Donna Moore

I ‘m sure by now you have heard unfamiliar voices when calling the Human Resources Division, they are our new Human Resources Specialist  -  Karen Rosado, Nicol Walker, and Joey Finch,  I would like to welcome them to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

 Karen will be handling personnel issues, Nicol will be processing Detention Deputy and Detention Deputies Trainee applicants, and Joey will be processing Deputy Sheriff and  Deputy Sheriff Trainee applicants. 

As we are welcoming our new Human Resources Specialists we are saying good bye to Mrs. Ercelia Johnston who is retiring on February 28, 2002, we really are going to miss her and wish her a wonderful retirement. 

The Human Resources Division is always looking for ways to provide efficient service to the employees, we are in the process of putting our forms in the Public Folder for your convenience.  If you have any suggestions, please contact me at (305) 292-7044.

New Hires

Retirees

What’s Happening

Good Advice about personal records

Place the personally identifiable contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine, do both sides of each license, credit card, etc., you will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place.

In case your wallet, credit cards or identification is stolen, here's some critical information to limit the damage.

The numbers are:

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289
Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271

Greetings and Happy New Year from East Africa!

From Salvation Army Captain Nancy Fabal, Nairobi Kenya
Email: Nancy_Fabal@eaf.salvationarmy.org

Editor’s Note: I’m sure Nancy would be happy to hear from anyone who remembers her from the “old days” when she was Director of our Record’s Division downtown. Rest assured I will be sending her a copy of the new version of the Rap Sheet.

I have very much enjoyed receiving the Rap Sheet and keeping up with what is happening with everyone I know at the S.O.

I have just received your notice that the Rap Sheet is going electronic. I think that is great, however, we do not have direct access the internet so I won't be able to "link" to the website. If possible I would still like to receive a copy.... if not then perhaps it could be sent as an email attachment so that I can keep up with everyone.

Thanks for anything you can do....if not possible I understand and appreciate what I have been able to get.

God bless.

"On a diet? Don't get caught fudging around...
you may get soap in your mouth"

By Director Patricia Almeda

Oh, the story behind this comment! Over the holidays Koleen Bethel, our crime analyst, who is supposed to be on a diet decided to cheat and have a bite of Candi's "homemade" fudge she had gotten for Christmas....well as Koleen bit into the fudge, she thought it tasted a little funny so she ran to the bathroom to wash the "fudge" out of her mouth. As she started putting water in her mouth, .bubbles started foaming out. The short of the story is that the "homemade fudge" ended up being "homemade soap". That will teach Koleen to go off her diet!


The "Fudge" sampled by Koleen Bethel....

Thanks for the support

By Sheri Cuervo, Secretary, Sector One Road Patrol

I would like to thank everyone that sent flowers, cards, called and visited me while I was in the hospital or after a recent injury to my arm . The support and concern shown by so many was truly heartwarming and helped me with a speedy recovery.

Special thanks to my hubby (Manny) for all his extra help.

Art Behind Bars celebrates the Holidays

Art Behind Ban, the art-based community service program for inmates at the Monroe County Detention Center is pleased to announce the following holiday activities

More than 100 hand-made holiday greeting cards were made for distribution to residents of the Key West Convalescent Center. A festive party, hosted by the Board of Directors of A/B/B surprised the residents with a performance by volunteer musicians and singers.

More than 100 greeting cards, Christmas ornaments and a beautiful Christmas banner were prepared for veterans in the South Florida VA Hospital in Miami.

Almost 100 hand-painted kids T-shirts were distributed to groups locally and nationally that serve at-risk children, including Toys for Tots. Rural Health Network, Center for the Vulnerable Child (CA) and others.

Every single inmate in the Key West and Big Pine facilities received a blank greeting card with a stamped envelope to make and send a holiday card to their family. Every dorm and unit received a beautiful hand-painted Christmas Tree on paper, complete with star on top and presents underneath

This has been an exciting year for the program. now in its 8th year. In April, they made their museum debut with a show of artwork from inmates in prisons all over the country at the Custom House Museum. In September, Art After Bars was unveiled at their “7th Birthday Party Show” with many former inmates showing and selling their own artwork. In November, a program for male inmates was started, thanks to a successful grant proposal to the state Div.. of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Florida Keys Council of the Arts. Look for artwork in the upcoming Hollywood motion picture “The Undisputed”. starring James Woods and Wesley Snipes. FiberArts Magazine is currently working on an article about the program for a future issue.

Executive Director Lynne Vantriglia would like to express her appreciation for the support of many people in the Jail and Sheriff’s Headquarters, especially Towanda Scott, Chaplain Judy Remley, Major Tommy Taylor. and Sheriff Rick Roth. For more information, please check out the Art Behind Bars website at www.artbehindbars.org.

 

 

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