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

May-June 2002

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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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The Police Memorial Day Ceremony in Key West featured Guest Speaker Capt. Joseph L. Nimmich, U. S. Coast Guard, Group Key West, along with Key West Police Chief Gordon “Buz” Dillon and Sheriff Rick Roth. Here they are, pictured with the Memorial wreath.

Sheriff’s Report

It is once again budget time. We are working with the County Commission to polish our proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2002-2003, which includes a request for a 6% salary increase for employees, a four percent Cost of Living adjustment and a two percent merit increase for those employees who have an evaluation level of 3 or better.

We are also asking for some new deputy sheriff positions in this year’s budget request. We would like to add 7 new traffic enforcement positions to improve our traffic patrol capabilities. The need for these positions has, I believe, become clear to all Keys citizens over the past few years. The Florida Highway Patrol has consistently had difficulty supplying enough troopers to properly cover the 112 miles of Highway U.S. One. We simply need more manpower out there paying attention to our roadways, and the Sheriff’s Office will clearly have to be the agency to supply that manpower.

The nice thing about adding positions in traffic enforcement, rather than on road patrol is that traffic enforcement deputies are flexible in where and when they work. We can assign them based on need. If there is a festival somewhere and traffic will be heavy, they can work there. If there is a holiday weekend where heavy traffic is expected coming into and going out of the county, they can be assigned to monitor the worst areas.

We have begun meeting with the commission to iron out any areas of concern. I will keep you apprised of progress as we approach the September public hearings.

Congratulations to all those who attended the Florida Law Enforcement Olympics and brought home medals. We had many successful competitors this year. We also had quite a few people retiring over the past few months, and we will miss them all. I hope you all enjoy your retirement, and hope you leave us with good memories of your employment with the Sheriff’s Office.

Keep up the good work!

Ask the Administration

Question 1: There has been an ongoing dispute as to what the Officers in the Detention Center can and cannot do.  Some say they can serve any warrant, then some say they can only serve warrants that were issued in our county and that all out of county and out of states have to be done by road patrol, as well as injunctions some will serve them if subject is in jail then others say we have to have road patrol serve them?  Can somebody clarify what the detention officers can and cannot do? Thanks

Answered by Major Tommy Taylor: Detention Deputies are authorized, by the Sheriff, to serve warrants and injunctions whether or not they are in county or out of county as long as the inmate is in the Monroe County jail.

Question 2: It was a while ago but I thought the sheriff had put a memo out stating that every two weeks or week that we could use a couple of hours to volunteer at schools and such.  Is this so and how many hours and every two weeks or week.  I believe this memo was put out around the time the wellness award was increased to 1,000.00

Answer: The Sheriff will allow employees to take one paid hour a week to participate in the existing school mentoring program. See Donna Moore in Human Resources for details if you are interested in taking part in this program.

Question 3: Is it possible the Sheriff would consider the Federal guidelines in reference to smoking areas? Every day, when approaching the elevators to enter the building, there are numerous people smoking around the tables just outside the entrance. This smoke burns my throat and causes problems with my allergies. Other people have also commented on this, but are reluctant to say anything because of the rank of those usually smoking there. Is it possible to follow the federal guidelines, and move this smoking area away from the entrance of the building?

Answered by Sheriff Rick Roth: The federal guidelines do not apply to state or county work places, however now that I know it bothers some people, I will not smoke near the building entrance any more.

Bureau of Operations

Sector One Report

By Captain Rick Ramsay

A recent incident with Fish and Wildlife Commission brings home the reality of being a law enforcement officer and reconfirms the fact that there is no such thing as a routine call.  The facts are still being investigated, but this is the basic information.  F.W.C. on routine patrol pulled over at the south end of the Bahia Honda Bridge to do a routine check for people fishing, and to check their catch.  They parked in front of a truck and started walking towards the bridge area when they came upon a man at the back of a truck with a shotgun in his hand.

The officers drew their weapons and the subject started to bring the weapon up towards the officers to the point that they felt that their lives were in danger.  The officers discharged their duty weapons at the subject and shot him multiple times.  Oddly enough the subject did not drop to the ground, but instead dropped the shotgun and ran towards the ocean and jumped in!  The subject stayed in the water and refused to come out. He only came out after several officers struggled with him, bringing him to shore.

The subject’s truck was later found to contain three more loaded weapons and a lot of ammo.  Thank goodness no one but the bad guy got hurt, but it still makes you think, or at least it should.  Overall things went very well and Sgt. Passarelli and his deputies did a great job coordinating and securing the scene.  Thank you all for your professional work during this crisis.

Recently I responded as back-up for Deputy Kevin Kopp on a call where a subject was living in-side an abandoned trailer.  We arrived at the same time and noticed that all of the windows were covered. Kevin was in the front and I went around the back.  While in the back of the trailer I saw one open window and I looked inside, finding it empty. 

About this time Dep. Kopp started knocking on the front door. I yelled in the window, “come in!” Dep. Kopp knocked again and I again yelled for him to come in.  Kevin knocked again and yelled Sheriff's Office and I yelled, “The doors open come in.” 

Kevin yelled, “Come out. I need to talk to you!”

I yelled “The doors open.”

About this time I walked around to the front and found Kevin standing firm at the front door. He saw me and said, “There’s someone in there!” I didn't have the heart to keep it up so I started to laugh and told him that I was the one yelling to come in. He took it well….every time I thought about it for the rest of the day, I got a good laugh. I hope Kevin did.

As they grow up, children leave their families to spread their wings. Thus it is that we are seeing Deputy Geni Hernandez leave our home.  She has been selected to Internal Affairs and will become Inspector Hernandez. We wish her all the good luck and will miss her around here.  I'm sure that it was a difficult selection as there was an outstanding group of applicants all of whom could have done a great job and will do so in the future as other options become available.  Good Luck Geni from Sector one.

I would like to welcome Deputy Maretta McNichol back to Sector one after her tour as an S.R.O.  The knowledge that she has accumulated at the school will help with day to day field operations and will help us to identify juvenile offenders.

Deputy Tom Peteck Jr. is the new S.R.O. for Sugarloaf school and he will be missed here very much. I want to thank him for all of his hard work here and wish him all of the best in his new position.  He will do a great job in that slot and I'm sure he will continue to work with patrol towards our common goals.

Report from Marathon and Sector 5

By Lt. Larry Kelley

It has sure been a busy couple of months in the City of Marathon.  We have successfully gotten through the APBA Super boat races last month and are now gearing up for this month’s Marathon Powerboat Grand Prix.  The City of Marathon authorized overtime for many of the positions in both races and the Sheriff authorized overtime for Deputies for the remaining necessary officers.  The event went without incident.  We did arrest one crew-member for disorderly intoxication at Sombrero Resort but that was the only real problem.

Many minor difficulties were discussed in our after action review meeting but most focused on communication difficulties.  We have fixed those issues for the upcoming races with the event management furnishing radios for the Sheriff’s Office Supervisor on scene.

A job well done to Deputies Jen Lascala and Lin Badman.  They just completed the State’s Child Seat Safety Technician School and set up their first Child Seat Safety Checkpoint at the Bank of America in Marathon.  They had their hands full with concerned parents and grandparents coming in for adjustments and the clinic was a great success, mostly due to our own Jen and Officer Brian Lumoa of the Key Colony Beach Police Department.  Officers from throughout the county were present for the training and the clinic.  Sergeant Gab Simoga represented Sector 7, Deputy Sheila Seago out of the Traffic Unit and there were officers from Key West PD, Key West Fire, as well as FHP and Key Colony Beach PD.

The “Buckle Up Florida” enforcement wave was very successful in Marathon.  After being requested by the State to focus on Seat Belt violations and Speeders from May 25 thru June 2 we set out to do just that.  In just that 9-day period Marathon Deputies wrote 131 Seat Belt tickets, 425 Speeding tickets and arrested 3 DUIs.  Chuck Meier topped the pack with Lin Badman and Jen Lascala right on his tracks but with school that week they were unable to catch him.  Great job to all of you.

Congratulations to Deputy Joe Cortner for being selected as the Marathon Jaycee’s Law Enforcement Officer of the year for 2002.  He received his award at the annual awards banquet of the Jaycees on June 1.  Joe was cited in part for his belief “that the community is the center of our lives and a community working in partnership with law enforcement is a stronger community”.  Deputies Linda Kohout and Greg Korzen have been selected by the Marathon American Legion as their male and female Officers of the Year.  That awards banquet is still being planned.  Well done to all of you who have been singled out by our community for your dedication and drive.

Captain Bob Peryam was also honored at the Jaycee’s banquet.  He not only accepted a Community award for the Rotary Club’s “Field of Dreams” Children’s Park construction but also received an award personally for Outstanding Community Involvement for his many hours of dedicated service to the Marathon Community.

Deputy Harry Boyden and his long time life companion, Joanne, were married at Banana Bay on May 18th.  Judge Ruth Becker did the honors and the ceremony was absolutely beautiful.  Congratulations to you both.  Yet another couple tied the knot this season.  Deputy Chuck Meier married his true love in a memorable “Medieval” ceremony on Sugarloaf Key on June 10th.  Interesting concept but if you know Chuck at all you will see some semblance of reason here.  The best to both wonderful couples.

We had a wonderful Police Memorial Day ceremony at the Key Vaca Station on Friday May 24 at noon.  The honor guard and the pipers were fantastic and the crowd was pleased with the Town Meeting that followed in the Courthouse.  The food donated by the community was outstanding and I have to thank Sergeant Richard Heber for his leadership in setting this event up and Deputy Tom Peteck for his usual zeal in rounding up the grub - July 4th is next, Tom, I know you are already working on that one.

We called a meeting at the Key Vaca Station with the owners of the three Wrecker Services that are currently on our rotation list.  In that meeting we presented them with a list of required services and structured performance standards that each would be required to provide.  It provided for administrative suspensions from the list from one month up to and including removal for any violation of the rules.  The meeting was professional and helpful in airing grievances and suggestions.  Each owner was required to agree to and sign the document and we are hopeful that this will help us to manage any future problems from that facet of our service to the community.

The 4th of July Fireworks ceremony at Sombrero Beach is right around the corner and we have received approval from the City of Marathon to pay overtime to several officers on that day.

With the help of some personnel from other sectors and equipment from SID we have begun some undercover surveillance in some areas of Marathon to determine if we are having problems in the areas of drugs or juvenile offenses.  We will be continuing this as long as we have the resources to affect that program.  We are gathering some pretty good intelligence in the areas of juvenile activity and are formulating a plan to address some issues in that arena.

Zone Commander Dennis Cain recently completed a survey of citizens in Marathon and their number one complaint to the Sheriff’s Office was traffic.  Ninety-eight percent of those who responded listed traffic as the main area where they wanted action.  So we will continue to focus some of our resources to that area while still performing our other required functions.  

Let me update you on our enforcement efforts in Marathon:

In April we arrested 11 DUIs, wrote 508 tickets, 299 warnings, made 15 felony arrests, 62 misdemeanors and served 26 warrants.  All this in addition to 11 zone improvements, 466 night-eye contacts, all of our building checks, watch orders and directed patrols.

In May we arrested 20 DUIs, wrote 551 tickets, 330 warnings, made 22 felony arrests, 47 misdemeanors and served 16 warrants.  All this in addition to 14 zone improvements, 334 night-eye contacts, all of our building checks, watch orders and directed patrols.

Its great working with such energetic and dedicated people.  It makes it a pleasure to come to work every day.

Well I guess that is all for now.  Be safe. AND REMEMBER….. "The handcuffs are tight because they're new.  They'll stretch out after you wear them awhile."

Attendees of the recent child Seat Safety Seat Class and Checkpoint in Marathon. Front kneeling:  Michelle Stress (KWPD), Deputy Shelia Seago (MCSO). Standing left to right:  Trooper Gretchen Glenn (FHP), Trooper Ben Cordona (FHP), Deputy Jen Lascala (MCSO), Deputy Lin Badman (MCSO), F. O’Neil (FDKW), Officer Frank Blasberg (KWPD), Officer Lindsay Birklund (KCBPD), Officer Brian Luoma (KCBPD), Sergeant Gabor Simoga (MCSO) Instructor out of photo:  Tracy Medina with the Florida Child Passenger Safety and Resource Center

Angela and Joe Cortner selected as Jaycee's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 2002, with President of the Marathon Jaycees JoAnn Wagner and Captain Bob Peryam. 

 

In March, Deputy Linda Hartley took ten “At Risk” kids from Target Site in Marathon to the Dade County Youth Fair. Everyone had a terrific time, especially the little ones. Here are photos of some of the participants in the trip.

Sadie goes to School

By Deputy Manuel Cuervo

Canine Sadie and I recently attended Canine Training Academy in Canon City, Colorado. We were instructed by Master Trainer John Luttenburg of the Colorado Dept. of Corrections and were certified at level one track. Canine Sadie is a 19 month old Bloodhound acquired from the Jimmy Ryce Foundation for county wide use and can be utilized in many law enforcement applications which would require the trailing of a missing child, sick or injured persons, Alzheimer, diminished capacity, escapee, or criminal subject, with the exception of interior building searches, apprehension and guard work. We are also available for use by surrounding counties such as Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Collier in massive hunt situations. Because of Canine Sadie’s non aggressive alert to humans, eventually with progressive training, we will be able to conduct identifcation alerts by scent discrimination from articles at a crime scene. These ID alerts have been upheld by the higher courts, with case law and only with the Bloodhound. We will be making arrangements to visit with all sectors very soon and provide a more detailed (short) briefing, on the use of and proper deployment guidelines for the Bloodhound.

On the left, Sadie and Deputy Cuervo training. On the right, Sadie and Deputy Cuervo, at the training academy in Colorado.

Dive Team Report

By Team Leader Mark Coleman

On June 14th, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team dove the Spiegel Grove, a ship recently scuttled off shore of Key Largo to serve as an artificial reef and tourist dive site. The ship sank prematurely, eventually ending up on its side on the bottom. Numerous pieces of equipment went down with it, potentially causing entanglement hazards for divers, and other dangerous conditions.

The team made the dive to familiarize themselves with it in the event they were called to investigate any cases at the dive site, or conduct any search and rescue missions there. They also conducted a safety assessment of the ship, and reported their findings to Project Coordinator Rob Bleser, of Quiescence Dive Services.

School Resource Unit

By Sgt. John Barber

School is out for summer and all of my officers are beginning to use their massive amounts of comp and vacation that they worked so hard to accrue throughout the school year. It has been a challenging but successful school year for our unit.

I want to congratulate each of our school resource officers for another job well done. These officers have done a fine job providing law enforcement services to each of our county schools. With all the responsibility that each of them have been charged with I must say that they have done it with dedication and commitment. It would be impossible to get the job done without qualified and committed officers that are willing to work hard. These officers have earned their summer break. I will see you guys on August 8th.

I also want to welcome Deputy Tom Peteck to the School Resource Unit. Tom will be assigned to Sugarloaf School. I know that Tom brings a great deal of law enforcement experience, training and a love for children to the table. I expect that Tom will fit right in at Sugarloaf.

I would also like to mention that the SRO and DARE pages are now up and running on our web site. The pages include a picture of each officer and a short narrative of what they do. Check it out when you get a few minutes. In the coming school year we plan to post upcoming events such as DARE graduations and activities etc. The Explorer page is still in the works but coming soon.

Reserve Report

By Reserve Captain Ted Migala

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the latest members to the Reserve Force.  Returning to us is Carol McGinley, a Certified Auxiliary member, after a brief move out of our jurisdiction.  Carol is a past member of Sector 1 and will be returning there.  “WELCOME BACK CAROL”.  Also new to Sector 1, are Zachary Johannes and Nicole Walker as Auxiliary Support members.  Reporting to Sector 4/5 is Lynn Faircloth, Auxiliary Support.  Reporting to Sector 6/7 is Carol Johnson, Auxiliary Support.  I welcome them all aboard and hope their time with the Sheriff’s Office is beneficial for all.   

Your Reserve Force has contributed the following hours to the Sheriff’s Office:

                              March                   April                     May

Sector 1               120 hrs.                188 hrs.                602 hrs.

Sector 4/5            320 hrs.                384 hrs.                730 hrs.

Sector 6/7            380 hrs.                358 hrs                 434 hrs.

That is a total of 3,516 hours.  Now for the real eye opener, this time was done by a total of 29 members countywide.  Most of this time is in very productive areas.  We have members that are supporting Court by assisting the bailiffs, Records with computer entry and filing, School Resource helping with the Cadet/Explorer program, C.I.U. /S.I.D. helping with file maintenance and investigation, Dive team members and we have 6 Reserve Deputies pulling road work.   As you can see we are doing a lot more than riding shotgun.

We have a member of Sector 1, Brandon Kutner that is upgrading to Certified Auxiliary by attending FKCC.  He is taking the required courses for Certified Auxiliary as they come up in the BLE Academy schedule.  It will take a couple of academies to complete the requirements but it is a method to obtain the certification.  If this method is successful, hopefully it will be come a means to obtain certification for others.  The administration at the college has been very helpful in trying to establish a means to upgrade to Certified Auxiliary.  We thank them for helping our members obtain the training they desire.

A few months back, a change in policy occured at a Sheriff's Staff meeting reference Reserve Deputies working details.  This change in policy is noted in the minutes of that meeting, but not everyone is aware of the change.  This has lead to some misunderstanding of the policy.  Also, when the policy was made, there was not a time frame set down as to when a Reserve would be locked into the detail.  I have coordinated with the District Detail Coordinators and Captain Ross Thomson and established guidelines.  I would like to state the policy on Reserves working details so all can be aware of it.

A Reserve Deputy and a Certified Auxiliary can work paid details both for the Sheriff’s Office and private parties.  A Reserve Deputy can work the details just like a regular deputy would.  A Certified Auxiliary can only work details if 2 officers were needed and the Certified Auxiliary would be working with another officer under their span of control.  The Certified Auxiliary can’t work a detail requiring the driving of a vehicle.  Now for the limitations for the detail.  The Reserve will apply to work the detail by normal procedures.  The detail coordinator will list the Reserve as they would anyone else.  UP TO 24 HOURS before the detail starts ANY full-time person can bump the Reserve from the detail simple by advising the detail coordinator that they want to work the detail.  The detail coordinator will contact the Reserve and advise them they have been bumped from the detail.  Reserves are expected to be able to be bumped from details because this is what was agreed to and stated by the Sheriff when this change in policy was made.  If it is inside the 24 hour period to the start of the detail the Reserve can be contacted and be requested to give the detail to the full-time member, but it is not mandatory.

I would hope that all Reserves will be very cooperative in this policy and if asked to give up a detail will.  The change of policy was to allow Reserves to work details and make sure details get filled during those heavy demand periods, but not at the expense of full-time members.

Any questions please contact me. That’s all for now.  Be careful out there.

Bureau of Corrections

Annual Jail Inspection

By Major Tommy Taylor

Recently the jail facilities were inspected by the Florida Model Jail Standards inspection team from Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.  The inspection went well.  The inspectors were very impressed and were quoted as saying, "The high level of compliance achieved at all three jail facilities are exceptional and your staff should be commended for this accomplishment."

Staff and support personnel’s hard work preparing for the inspection was evident from the comments made by the inspectors.  I am extremely proud to say with certainty that we have one of the best corrections operations in the state as well as the nation.  This is because of our professional staff that take their services seriously.

In addition, I would like to recognize our recently selected Officer of the First Quarter, Transportation Officer Peco Broussard.

Congratulations and a JOB WELL DONE goes out to newly promoted Lt. Joseph Linares and Sgt. Anne Sweeny.

Fare winds and following seas to retiring staff members.

Thank you for your long and dedicated services to the county and Sheriff's Office.  Good luck in your new endeavors.

More from the Detention Center

Submitted by Sgt. Linda Simonet

 

Deputy Tom Tobin was recently assigned to beach patrol from the Detention Center. Here he is in his new uniform…including water wings for quick entry into the water, a straw hat, sunglasses, sun screen, a black Speedo suit complete with a badge, and other necessities. Captain Penny Phelps recently enjoyed playing it “rough” with the CERT team recently. Team members just look like they are having too much fun, don’t they?

Detention Sgt. speaks at luncheon

Sgt. Roger Bluestone was the guest speaker May 14th  at the Asian Pacific American Luncheon, held at the Naval Air Facility Key West. May was Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Sgt. Bluestone was born in the Philippines, but traveled a great deal with his father, a retired Navy Captain. During his address, Sgt. Bluestone said, “In all my travels, I’ve never seen a country better than the U.S. I’m very grateful for the opportunities this country has afforded me.”

Awards and Commendations

Congratulations Employees of the First Quarter!

The Service Awards and Member of the 1st Quarter ceremony took place at the Marathon Government Center, Friday, May 31, 2002.

Employees of the First Quarter for 2002:

Service Awards:

5 Year Member Plaques

10 Year Member Plaques

15 Year Member Plaques

Letters of Commendation

Mr. and Mrs. Julio Del Rio wrote a letter commending the helicopter pilot Lee Cranmer and crewmember Jane Hecksher for their help with an emergency transport June 13th. They wrote, in part, that the two “treated my wife and I with respect and compassion at a very difficult time….It is quite reassuring to know that your services are available to me if necessary in the future and that Monroe County is blessed with such caring professionals.”

Steven Baumgartner, Operations Officer of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary wrote commending Sgt. Vaugh Sommers. Sgt. Sommers stopped to help change a tire on Baumgartner’s vehicle June 1st after they had a blow out as they were driving from Summerland Key to Key West. Baumgartner wrote, “I know what he did was a simple thing and he probably does it all the time, but to my wife and I we could not be more impressed or grateful.”

Vernon Conner, of Orange Park, Florida wrote to commend Deputy Mark Long. Conner says, in part, “Too often, good efforts go unrecognized. I want to personally tell you what a great person you have working for Monroe County in Mark Long….When my elderly father turned up missing from Daytona Beach, Florida, Deputy Long found him in the Keys. He went out of his way to help us get him back home safe and sound.”

Billy Wardlow, Deputy Fire Chief for Key West, wrote a letter thanking the Sheriff’s Office for their help with a recent Public Safety Dive Course at Florida Keys Community College. He said, “Your willingness to share your assets, resources and highly trained personnel is a great service to our department and the community…Please relay our thanks to Lt. Mike Pandol, Chief David Alan of Big Pine Key Fire Department, Reserve Deputy Summer Wagner and Reserve Deputy Matt Cordell for their service and professionalism during the training exercises.”

Bill Bowling, Supervising Location Manager of Crawford Productions (Red Dragon) wrote to “express our great appreciation for the excellent cooperation and assistance provided by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office….The entire filming operation went smoothly and easily, largely because of the efforts and talents of the local Deputy Sheriffs who assisted us. I especially want to mention the stellar performance of Lt. Tom Brazil, who did a brilliant job of organizing the Sheriff’s department’s activities.”

Shirley Bernstein, of Key Largo, Florida wrote to commend Carol Johnson, and the Crimes Against Women and Children’s Unit, for help with a domestic situation. She writes, “I wish to again thank you for your incredibly gifted, intelligent, hard working and much learned staff; a staff that is completely up to date on critical issues in all areas of the law, especially in the areas of domestic violence, and abuse and child abuse; and are not afraid to stand behind protecting and upholding these laws.”

Marilynn Simon, with the Foundation Educational Grants/Scholarships, Rotary International, wrote to commend Lt. George Simpson. Lt. Simpson assisted with District Interviews for a grant. Simon wrote, “Your professional demeanor and knowledge of each applicant interviewed was outstanding.”

Support Services

Return Travel Vouchers

By Finance Director Tom Ravanel

In accordance with the MCSO travel policy, a Return Travel Voucher and appropriate documentation is to be completed within 2 weeks of your return.  Many of you are not complying with this since you are not due any reimbursement money.   However, it is still required and needed by the Finance department for those items that are billed directly to MCSO.

Attach all receipts supporting the items on the Return Travel Voucher.  These receipts would include hotel bill, car rental, gas tickets, toll receipts, etc.  Some of these receipts are used as backup for items billed directly to MCSO, in particular the gas tickets. 

Your supervisor is to approve the Return Travel Voucher prior to submitting it to the Finance Department.

All credit cards issued to you are to be returned to the Finance Department within 5 days of completing your travel.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Vehicle recycling

By Johnnie Yongue

We have a total of 125 units assigned to road patrol. We purchase an average of 25 new cars per year for general use. Because of the number of budgeted vehicle purchases, we must make them last as long as possible to maintain adequate fleet numbers.

A car, when it is first purchased, goes to road patrol. We average 20,000 miles per year on those units while they are being used by road patrol deputies. Because we purchase 25 replacement cars each year, each car has to last an average of five years as a road patrol unit (125 units divided by 25 new ones each year), attaining an average of 100,000 miles during that time.

After a car is finished on the road, the vehicle is assigned to detectives, school resource officers, civil deputies and upper level administrators. The cars must last another two to three years in these positions, before they are assigned to regular administrative positions., usually for approximately 2 years. Used in this way, each car lasts an average of just under 10 years before it is auctioned off or used for parts.

As you can see, it is important for everyone to take care of the cars, particularly road patrol deputies who have them at the beginning of their useful life. We need everyone to make timely repairs, keep their cars clean, and to refrain from drilling holes, cutting up wire harnesses, or generally abusing them needlessly. Supervisors should be making regular inspections of the vehicles on their squads, and should ensure they remain clean, and in good repair. All deputies should remember that those cars must last another five years after they give them up. Please be courteous and consider this before you drive them each day.

Statutory Death Benefits Increased

Submitted By Tamara Snider

During the last legislation session HB 1357 was passed into law that increases specified death benefits under F.S. 112.19 and 112.191 for dependents & beneficiaries of law enforcement, correctional, or correctional probation officers and firefighters.  These amendments increase specified death benefits; provide periodic adjustments to the amount of such benefits; provide for the state to waive specified educational expenses for spouses and children at certain public educational institutions under specified circumstances; and declare that the act fulfills an important state interest.  This act will be become effective July 1, 2002 and are as follows: 07/01/02

Coverage                                                      Current                Amended

Occupational Accidental Death                      $25,000                $50,000

Fresh Pursuit/Response to

Emergency Accidental Death                          $25,000                $50,000

Intentional Act Death                                       $75,000                $150,000

The law also provides for educational expenses for survivors of the deceased officer.  Those benefits now accrue to the spouse, as well as children, of the officer, and now include expenses incurred for postgraduate education.

Additionally, during the last legislative session another bill was passed (SB 108) which creates for all law enforcement or correctional officers certain presumptions for disabilities and/or death.  Previously, the presumption applied to firefighters and state law enforcement officers.  This latest amendment makes the presumption applicable to ALL law enforcement officers and correctional officers.  Specifically, the law creates a presumption that any condition caused by tuberculosis; heart disease or hypertension is presumed to be suffered in-the-line-of-duty and subject to workers’ compensation coverage, unless the contrary is shown by competent evidence.

Why Bother? FRS Retirement Choice Program

Blah, blah, blah.  You’ve heard all the noise about the FRS Retirement Choice program.  You’ve heard that it’s important to read through your package, or go to a workshop, or get on the MyFRS.com Web site.  You’ve heard so much, it’s coming out your ears.

But you’ve already made up your mind.  You’ve decided to stick with the Pension Plan.  So why bother doing anything?  It will all take care of itself.

Here’s why.

It’s incredibly valuable and it’s free.  Every day, financial planners charge people hundreds of dollars to provide the kind of service you’ll get from the MyFRS Financial Guidance Program.  And it costs you nothing.  All you have to do is pick up the phone (as many times as you like) — and you don’t need your credit card.

It’s about your money, not just choice.  Sure, the Choice Service can help you make your choice.  But even if you’ve made it already, there’s still a lot to be learned from the MyFRS Financial Guidance Program.  It provides you with free financial guidance and can teach you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about your money but were afraid to ask.  Through this service, you can get help on estate planning, tax matters, retirement planning and investing concepts, managing all of your personal retirement investments (including IRAs, and 457 and 403(b) plan investments), and developing a personalized financial plan.

It’s your future.  Are you sure you’ll have enough to retire on?  Whether you retire from the FRS Pension Plan or the FRS Investment Plan, that money alone won’t cover everything.  Even with Social Security, you’re still going to need some more retirement savings.

Your future won’t take care of itself.  So go ahead and get started — call the MyFRS Financial Guidance Program and get your head out of the sand.  You have nothing to lose, a whole lot to gain, and you’ll feel better about yourself — guaranteed.

Below is a Resolution by Governor Jeb Bush regarding this issue:

R E S O L U T I O N

WHEREAS, all 600,000 Florida Retirement System (FRS) employees are facing an important and unprecedented choice between two uniquely different retirement plans; and

WHEREAS, each employee needs to make an objective and informed decision based on their own personal and financial circumstances; and

WHEREAS, FRS Plan Choice Workshops have been scheduled as part of a significant new financial guidance program available to employees to assist them in making a sound choice; and

WHEREAS, that guidance program will provide all FRS employees with neutral, unbiased financial management and retirement planning support on an ongoing basis; and

WHEREAS, all FRS employees should take advantage of these services available under this program, and make a sound and active personal choice.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Trustees of the Florida State Board of Administration hereby request all state, school district and local government agency heads and managers to actively encourage their employees to attend an FRS Plan Choice workshop, to utilize the free financial planning services available by telephone, to utilize the MyFRS website and to timely file their FRS plan choice form.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, the Trustees of the Florida State Board of Administration have hereunto subscribed their names and have caused the Official Seal of the State of Florida to be hereunto affixed in the City of Tallahassee on this 21st day of May, 2002.

Don’t Forget: Recruiting Bonus

The Human Resources Division would like to remind all employees they will receive a $500.00 bonus if they successfully recruit a certified Corrections Officer to work for the Sheriff’s Office.

This bonus applies to all employees except those who work in the Human Resources Division. The person who is recruited must already be Corrections certified, and must successfully complete the hiring process before the bonus is paid.

New Hires:

Atlas Kenneth Court Deputy I District III Court Security 05/06/02
Diaz Deborah Legal Secretary HIDTA-S Florida-2002 05/06/02
Ruiz Raquel Group Secretary HIDTA-S FL Administration-2002 05/06/02
Stubbs Caroline Detention Records Assistant Central Records 05/06/02
Beeler Amy Case Manager Juvenile Diversion Programs 05/16/02
Madnick Jason Deputy Sheriff Sector VII Regional III PK 05/22/02

 

Retirements:

Renette Avael, retired after 14 years.

Emerson Allen retired after almost 30 years.

Pat Mann retired after almost 21 years.

Eddie Garcia (left) retired after 22 years; Edward Curry (center) retired after 14 years.


Winnie White retired after almost 8 years

No Photo:
Also retiring was Lt. Phil Ferraro, Commander of the
Middle Keys Detention Center. All the best, Phil – we’ll miss you!

 

What’s Happening

Employees in need of assistance:

Anyone who wishes to donate vacation hours to either person should contact the finance division via phone or email.

Congratulations to all those who brought home medals from the Florida Police Olympics:

Gold Medals:

·        Dorothy Childs and her husband, Larry and Phyllis and Greg Walter won a gold medal for team bowling.

·        Candy Busald, Pat Silvers, Ruby Mira and Connie Long won a gold for team bowling.

·        Chad Scibilia and Mike Langston won a gold medal for doubles golfing

·        Chad Scibilia won another gold for singles golfing.

·        Brad Banlow won two gold medals for shotgun competition and three gun shoot competition.

Silver Medals

·        Lynn and Bret Christian and Kurt and Liz Heiter win a Silver for team bowling.

·        Liz and Kurt Heiter won a silver medal for doubles bowling.

·        Donnie Catala won a silver medal for the three gun shooting competition.

Bronze Medals

·        Pat Silvers and Ruby Mira won a bronze medal in doubles bowling.

·        Todd Silvers won a bronze medal for singles bowling.

·        Trish Dally won a bronze medal for singles bowling.

·        James Sheagren won a bronze medal for riot skeet shooting.

·        Tammy Clark won a bronze medal for equestrian barrel racing

·        Larry Kelley won a bronze medal in Table Tennis, open singles.

Thanks to all

I would like to take this opportunity to THANK everyone who participated and helped  our team for Relay 4 Life. Thanks again

Connie, Team Captain

Art Behind Bars Birthday Bash

Art Behind Bars will be celebrating its “8th Birthday Party Show” on Friday, September 20th, 2002 at the Pier House Resort’s Caribbean Spa from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will showcase artwork and community service projects from the local program, as well as a show of inmate art from around the country and a silent auction featuring local and national artists.

Notes of interest:
For Rent:
2bedroom 1 bath on Bay point
A/C CBS, No Dogs, Next to Park
for $850 a month
Call Henry 293-0581 or CIU 292-7060
In the advanced users department:

Dorothy Childs has a digital camera and has a full diskette of pictures..  First she called Walgreen’s to see if she could get them developed there, since they couldn't help her, she called here with any ideas we might have as to how she might develop her film...  With some help, she finally printed them out on her non-color laser printer, she called back saying it only printed them out in black and white..   She mentioned it was a shame that for all that money, she could not print them out in color...   hmmm - maybe they'll INVENT a COLOR printer someday Dorothy....

Unique method of cleaning

Those of us on the second floor of the headquarters building got a good laugh the other day….and our administrative trusty taught us that not everyone knows how to dust a house properly. The Sheriff’s Executive Assistant Val Marinello asked the trusty to dust the Sheriff’s Office. When she walked into check on him, she found him dusting the desk, and knickknacks with a toilet brush from the Sheriff’s restroom…..

So you want the day off

Let's take a look at what you are asking for...................

There are 365 days per year available for work. There are 52 weeks per year in which you already have two days off per week, leaving 261 days available for work. Since you spend 16 hours each day away from work, you have used up 170 days, leaving only 91 days available. You spend 30 minutes each day on coffee breaks. That accounts for 23 days each year, leaving only 68 days available. With a one hour lunch period each day, you have used up another 46 days; leaving only 22 days available for work. You normally spend 2 days per year on sick leave. This leaves you only 20 days available for work. We are off for 5 holidays per year, so your available working time is down to 15 days. We generously give you 14 days vacation per year which leaves only 1 day available for work and I'll be dammed if you're going to take that day off !!!

From KW Facility "Home Grown" Joke Book -

There once was a guy named Dave
Whom everyone thought was brave.
Along came Osama,
Dave said, "Oh, Your Mama!"
And told him to go back to his cave!
Internet Humor

Turn about is fair play: I was going to bed the other night when my wife told me that I had left the light on in the shed, she could see from the bedroom window. As I looked for myself, I saw that there were people in the shed taking things.

I phoned the police, but they told me that no one was in his area to help at this time, but they would send someone over as soon as they would be available. I said OK, hung up, and waited one minute, then phoned the police back.

"Hello. I just called you a minute ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now cause I've shot them all."

And within minutes there were half a dozen police cars in the area, an Armed Response unit, the works. Of course, they caught the burglars red-handed. One of the officers said: "I thought you said that you'd shot them!"

I replied with: "I thought you said there was nobody available!"

Best Comeback line: A defense attorney was cross-examining a police officer during a felony trial ... it went like this:

Q: Officer, did you see my client fleeing the scene?

A: No sir, but I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender running several blocks away.

Q: Officer, who provided this description?

A: The officer who responded to the scene.

Q: A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender.  Do you trust your fellow officers?

A: Yes sir, with my life.

Q: With your life? Let me ask you this then officer -- do you have a locker room in the police station -- a room where you change your clothes in preparation for you daily duties?

A: Yes sir, we do.

Q: And do you have a locker in that room?

A: Yes sir, I do.

Q: And do you have a lock on your locker?

A: Yes sir.

Q: Now why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, that you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with those same officers?

A: You see sir, we share the building with a court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.

With that, the courtroom erupted in laughter, and a prompt recess was called. The officer on the stand has been nominated for this year's "Best comeback" line ...

Congratulations on New Baby!

Congratulations to Freddy and Julie Rodriguez, the
proud new parents of Jyllian Mae, born May 7th.
Jyllian was 21 inches long, and weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces at her birth.


38 pound bull dolphin caught on the
vessel "just us" by Steve Sellers, captained
by Henry Hamilton. Also caught on the same
trip was a 26 pound cow.