November 2002 Edition
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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Semi-Annual Crime Statistics have been released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and they show index crimes were down once again in Monroe County during the first half of this year. Index crimes include murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft. Our county has consistently seen our crime rate drop for the past 12 years, and I’m very happy to see that trend continue with a 3.5 percent decrease January – June 2002. We should all take great pride in these reduced numbers because they are a direct result of the hard work we do every day, coupled with the tremendous cooperation we have on a daily basis from the citizens of our county.
Here we are at holiday time again. I particularly enjoy this time because we have so many opportunities during the holiday season to get to know each other again, at office parties and various gatherings throughout the Keys. I hope you all take time out during this season to look at all the positive things we do in the Sheriff’s Office, and to reflect on all the good things about our agency. There are so many, and too often we get wrapped up in the negative and forget there is much here to be thankful for.
Fraternal Order of Police Christmas party this year will be held on
December 7th at the Banana Bay Resort in
the Animal Farm on
All full time employees of the Sheriff’s Office will receive an extra 2 half days of Annual Leave (Vacation Time) for the holiday season in addition to the already scheduled Wednesday, December 25th and Wednesday, January 1st holidays. These hours will appear in your vacation totals listed on your paychecks December 20th. This leave may be taken any time with your supervisor’s approval. Record it as vacation time on your time sheets. Part time employees will be pro-rated
Have a Happy
Thanksgiving Day, and a Happy
Changes to the Training Division
By Captain Rick Ramsay
There has been a change in the training division. It has shifted from the Administrative Division to the Operations Division. Under the Operations Division, there will be a Training Steering Committee made up of all the Captains and Communications Director Anne Leonard. The Committee will set policy and direction for the Training division.
The board will decide on training issues, policies, training courses as well as any other training concerns that arise. The board is designed to ensure that you get the best level of service possible, but the board will need input from everyone as to what is working and what is not, what you want and what you need and how we can make training enjoyable while you are there.
The board has to ensure that we follow all of the standards outlined by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and that we keep up with the mandatory re-training, which seems to increase every year. I am the Chairman of the Committee, which means that I will oversee training and will ensure that all the Committee’s decisions are followed.
We will be implementing the use of adjunct instructors during regular in-service training as well as during academy classes to aid the training division. This will also help to fine tune your teaching skills and hopefully improve moral by giving officers a chance to do something different.
When the new aircraft hangar is completed in
I want to emphasize that this is to be a positive change. I’m not interested in placing blame anywhere, or pointing fingers. We are starting fresh with this committee, and I want positive suggestions for how we can streamline and improve the training process. If you fail to communicate your thoughts and needs to your Captain or to the Board then do not criticize what you get or fail to get. Please give this a chance and work with us. It is being done in your best interests and the members of the board will be giving a lot of their time to make sure that it works for all of us.
Lower Keys Report
By Captain Rick Ramsay
had our station meeting/party on Nov. 16th at Gerald Adams school and
it turned out to be a wonderful gathering.
The get together lasted most of the day and most everyone
stayed throughout the day.
We had three tables of foods and deserts that were outstanding.
There were activities for all throughout the day and everyone
was thankful for the day together.
These gatherings take a lot of time and effort to make them
happen and I wanted to thank Lt. Simpson,
Deputy Mark Long shows off the new Sheriff’s Office Dive Team Boat.
Report from Sectors 4 and 5
By Lt. Larry Kelley
It seems as
if it has only been a few weeks since the last rap sheet.
There are many things happening here in the City of
We just had our Sector 4 and 5 meeting and picnic this weekend with a great turnout. Sector 1 was great and covered our Sectors for calls for service in return for our same efforts for their picnic a few weeks ago. We will be covering PK for Captain Bell-Thomson’s Sector 7 meeting in a few weeks as well.
meeting, Sally-Ann Crawford gave the troops some words of wisdom in
reference to Victim’s Advocate responsibilities and what she can do
for them. Thank you Sally
for the information and I am sure they will help us in our duties to
the victims out there. We
were pleased to have Jake Brady attend as well.
He is presently on a leave of absence but looking forward to
coming back to work soon.
We are looking forward to having him back.
Detective Ron Sylvester was there representing the
investigative branch of our little slice of heaven here in
military service, I presented an American Flag that we received from
Emilio Rodriguez, who had to leave the agency last year and is now in
At the meeting we awarded plaques to Sergeant Susan Greenwood for her dedication as Supervisor of the FTO Program here. Deputies Jeremy Davy, Lin Badman, Joel Slough, Joe Cortner, Chuck Kellenberger and Greg Korzen also received plaques attesting to their dedication to the program. These Deputies were tasked with the awesome responsibility of teaching and evaluating 11 trainees through the program this year and 10 last year. Their dedication to their duty, as well as their continued concentration to their job at hand casts great credit on them individually, their squads, the Marathon Station, and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office as a whole. These dedicated Deputies are the reason why we have the number of capable Deputies on the road that we have now.
Deputies Lin Badman, Joe Cortner, Jeremy Davy, Chuck Kellenberger, Greg Korzen and Joel Slough were each awarded a plaque for their dedication to their duties as FTO trainers in Marathon by Sergeant Susan Greenwood and Lieutenant Larry Kelley. Although Marathon has more than just these six FTO's, these Deputies were recognized because they worked relentlessly throughout the year, never taking a break from their responsibilities as trainers.
Sergeant Susan Greenwood receives an award for
Transportation Deputy Steve Barney was our cook and he did a terrific
job keeping our plates full and no one went home hungry.
I have to thank Steve for his efforts in this activity.
If you didn’t already know, Steve was involved in a serious
crash the night before the picnic and I visited him in the hospital.
He told me he would not let anything get in the way of cooking
for me and even after I told him to make that decision after he woke
up and found all those sore muscles he didn’t even knew he had, he
still made the trip from
On a sad
note, Sergeant Suzanne Morgan’s mother passed away this week and we
all send her our prayers and best wishes for her family whom she is
Sergeant Sam Cassel goes under the knife this morning at for an operation on his knee. He was injured while he was operating one of our wave-runners. We wish him a quick and thorough recovery. Sam, don’t try to push it and come back before you are ready. Make sure you are 100% and we look forward to having you back.
Lin Badman is also under the weather. She is on light duty for a few weeks and will be working in Communications. Lin, we truly miss you with us although at least we get to work with you through our radios and computers. Get back here as soon as you are better.
On a lighter
note-Deputy Willy Guerra received a memo of appreciation from Sheriff
Roth for a letter received from a citizen who witnessed an altercation
he had with a violent subject at Dion’s in
In the area of Zone Improvement, no Deputy can hold a candle to Linda Kohout for her energy and efforts to address community issues. In October she performed numerous improvements, as usual, but the one that stood out was her efforts to get numerous cell phones collected and donated to our Victim's Advocate Office as well as to the Marathon Domestic Abuse Shelter. Linda always seems to find those things that stand out. Keep up the great work.
On to police stuff:
Sergeant Dave Campbell is finishing up the Disabled Parking Project he
started last month. So
far he and his crew of reserves and trustees have painted over 45
parking spaces in town in that pretty “off limits” blue paint and
erected 30 signs. The
businesses here are very pleased with the efforts and the city is very
happy for the upgrade.
Those who would use poorly marked disabled spaces for their own
convenience will now have to look somewhere other than
This week is the Buckle Up Florida enforcement wave and just like last time we are focusing on seat belt violations during this period. No un-belted driver or passenger will be given verbal warnings. We will be documenting every violation with either a citation or written warning. I will let you know the results of the wave in next month’s rap sheet.
The month of
December is National DUI awareness month.
enforcement efforts we continue to address the City Council’s mandate
to rigidly enforce traffic laws on U.S. 1 throughout
Captain Peryam and I, along with all of the men and women of the Marathon Station and Sectors 4 and 5, would like to wish all of you a very relaxing, safe and peaceful holiday season. Our best wishes go out to all of your families and friends.
That’s all for now. Be safe out there.
REMEMBER……..We don’t have a ticket quota in
Special Investigations Division
By Captain Ross Thomson
Greetings to all !!
The non-sector group from law enforcement known as Special Operations has decided to join the Rap Sheet once again – sorry Becky : ( it just took me awhile to get back in the routine.
Its praise and more praise for the men and women of the sheriff’s
office. What a
magnificent list of well performed tasks I have to list, like Larry
O’Neill and his fast resolution of the
I have the unique position of getting to drive to
Our traffic unit is an example of good teamwork, although down a position, each and every request for service has been filled to the satisfaction of that person requesting us. Those requests have ranged from speeding issues in neighborhoods, DUI enforcement to transporting of voter ballots to the Supervisor of Elections, serving as bailiffs, and presenting the American flag as part of the honor guard. All this and good looks too!!
Some of our quiet personnel are our bailiffs. They stay under the radar and ensure the safety of the judge and all those who are present for the court. They are also an excellent source of input for those who may want or need it. If you need a few tips about testifying in court, talk to the bailiffs. They are there every day and they see what works and what doesn’t. If you want to know about a particular person who works in or around the court system, ask them. They know almost everyone. They also keep track of things like recent court decisions which may change or modify the way we do business.
The reserves are gearing up for COP training. With this training, reserves will be able to check out the community service car in each sector and patrol various neighborhoods. When working in conjunction with the duty sergeant, this becomes another viable set of eyes and ears to assist that shift for several hours. Our Reserve Captain Ted Migala has been working very hard with his staff to get our reserve program back into the sectors and functioning in the cooperative team concept that we all need to be effective. If you have any needs or desires for reserves, please e-mail Ted or your sector lieutenant.
The sector investigations have been very busy trying to get a grip on the rash of credit card information thefts and subsequent use of that stolen information. It has been difficult because we are applying new technical crimes to old and often-antiquated laws, often the two don’t mesh well. We have had a series of break throughs in Sectors 1, 4 and 7 resulting in two arrests, but more importantly, the acquisition of first hand information. Much of that information is or will be available from the Intel site in our outlook.
Speaking of intelligence,
One quick note about intelligence / information – each of you possess
some knowledge about crimes committed, crimes yet to be committed, who
did it, when it occurred, etc.. You generally do not know any of this
by means of a participant, but through the various sources of
information that you gather in your day-to-day circle of friends or
contacts. No information
is irrelevant or immaterial, please send any and all bits, pieces or
scraps of information to
Our narcotics team is all about resolving crimes – old blood meets new blood and the cycle perpetuates itself. Good guys win and bad guys get the offer to give substantial cooperation or else, see the judge. We know that we have pockets of people who have substance abuse problems and we often catch the users or street dealers. But in those cases that offer the opportunity, we are working with the whole alphabet (KWPD, FDLE, SAO, DEA) to get the bigger picture, without losing sight of our quality of life issues here. Again, if you have any information regarding possible dealers or users – tell Nancy or your local dope detective – other than Al and Laz, they are looking the part.
As I write this we are beginning another homicide case, but because of our renewed partnership with the Key West P.D., we are optimistic about our ability to quickly answer our questions and make an arrest. Much like the body dumped on the 18 mile stretch, working with Homestead P.D. and Miami-Dade Homicide detectives, teamwork prevailed.
We welcome Dawn Laird to the crimes against persons unit, best known as CAWACU, but much more than that. This group includes our advocates and I cannot think of a better-matched set of people to work together than those who investigate crimes against persons and the advocates who act as a liaison between victim, investigation, prosecution and recovery.
The small but effective Monroe HIDTA initiative continues to investigate those mind numbing cases that require a special breed to dig through boxes of documents to find the evidence which supports the allegation of money laundering. Chuck and Don recently returned from a fact finding mission that allowed a foreign government to freeze $6.2 million dollars in assets of one suspected criminal, to date that case has seized, frozen or forfeited more than $130 million in cash or assets. The sheriff has received over $30 million from that. That’s just one case and we have more out there, we just need time and opportunity.
There are several other groups of
One of the task forces or initiatives in South Florida HIDTA is the
South Florida Money Laundering Strike Force (SFMLSF).
Mitch Horn, Mark Terrill, Walt Allen and Tom Moran are
investigators in this productive unit as well as six support
personnel. This unit has
been responsible for many millions of dollars being seized from the
streets of Miami-Dade and
There is a special group of people known as the NHAC – the
I bet you are glad I don’t write more often.
I‘ll get into the various details of our accomplishments next
time, because there will be some
Traffic Enforcement Division
By Joanie Green
The Traffic Unit is entering its busy season, tending to special details such as VIP visitors, Poker Runs, and of course the holiday season. I would like to thank those of you who requested transfers to the Traffic Unit for our last vacancy. Unfortunately the position has been frozen, but hopefully we will be able to fill it soon. I encourage anyone who feels they would like to join our unit to apply when the position is re-posted. With all of the special details and ancillary assignments we have been unable to conduct wolf packs. Hopefully this condition too will soon pass.
Community Relations Division
School Resource Officers, Cadets have been busy
Sgt. John Barber visited the
Office Cadets performed a flag raising ceremony on a newly erected
flag pole at the
Congratulations to Crime Watch Coordinator, Deputy Emil LaVache who recently joined the computer age! He is now checking his own email…..who knows, his next job might be computer programmer….right Emil?
The Human Resources Division sends out a special congratulations to their new Executive Director Donna A. Moore. The employees of the Human Resources Division are very proud to have her as their boss and extend a hearty congratulations to her. The staff of HR look forward to giving the new Director their best. Good luck from your loyal staff.
12 month waiting period: For the first 12 months after your effective retirement date, if you return to work for MCSO or any other agency participating in the Florida Retirement System (FRS), you must inform the Division of Retirement. Your retirement benefits will be suspended for the months you are employed and receiving a salary during this 12-month period. Should you receive any retirement benefits while working during the first 12 months after you retire, you must repay them before you can begin receiving monthly benefits. The Florida Statute 122.16 states “no person may receive both a salary from reemployment with any agency participating in the FRS and retirement benefits for a period of 12 months immediately subsequent to the date of retirement.” This 12 month waiting period does not apply to reemployment with any private or public employer not participating in FRS.
DROP Participants: If you are a DROP participant and decide that you do not want to retire, you still must terminate employment at your specified retirement date in order to receive your DROP lump sum payment. After a calendar month, you are eligible to be reemployed with MCSO or any other agency participating in the Florida Retirement System (FRS), but you are subject to the 12 month waiting period outlined above.
Due to substantial penalties, you will not be allowed to be re-hired during the first calendar month of your retirement. To allow this would void your DROP participation and your retirement benefits would be recalculated at your appropriate retirement class.
Your retirement application would be void and all retirement benefits (including DROP lump sum or rolled over) received must be repaid.
After retiring from MCSO or any other agency participating in
the Florida Retirement System (FRS), you decide to return to work and
are re-hired at MCSO.
You are entitled to receive a “second-career retirement
benefit.” A second-career
retirement benefit is defined by
Example: John Smith retires from MCSO after 25 years of service as a Detention Lieutenant. Lt. Smith’s retirement benefit is based on benefits applicable to Special Risk membership. After waiting for 12 months, John is reemployed with MCSO as a Transportation Officer, a Special Risk position. However, Deputy Smith will be eligible for all benefits applicable to Regular Class membership, not the higher Special Risk.
These notes do not address the disability retirement provisions.
If you have any questions, please call Human Resources at (305) 292-7044 or the Florida Retirement System at (850) 488-6491 option 3 or visit the website at www.myflorida.com/frs and click on the ONLINE SERVICES link.
Xmas on the farm is set for December 15th, that is a Sunday, till about . Santa will be there with his Elf. Local schools and churches will be performing and, as usual, there will be a large number of kids in attendance. Should be fun so come join us.
Thanks for the support
Book Fair to benefit the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches
Congratulations to Annette and Danny Barrios, on their new baby, Daniel Jr., Born Friday, November 1st.
Congratulations to Boyd and Cynthia Williams
on the birth of their son, Isaac September 11th. He was a
month and a half old in this photo.