Newsletter published by the Community Relations Division of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, for Monroe County Sheriff's Office employees.
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Sheriff receives "Difference Maker" award in Tallahassee
This month I want to give you some information about Smallpox, and the Smallpox vaccination which will soon be offered to law enforcement and related personnel in Monroe County under Phase II of the Government's vaccination program.
President Bush has initiated the national preparedness program to protect Americans against smallpox as a biological weapon. In order to prepare first responders for the possibility of exposure to smallpox, the vaccination is being offered in Monroe County to law enforcement officers, corrections officers and office staff who choose to participate. We should all consider this offer carefully, educating ourselves about all the possibilities before deciding to get the vaccination. There are a few things you should know up front:
I'm not making a recommendation one way or the other, but I will tell you that I will be getting the vaccination. Once we begin offering the vaccinations, which should be soon, you will most likely have 60 to 90 days to make the decision before losing the option of being vaccinated until the vaccine becomes available to the general public, some time in the future.
Click on the link below to find information which should help you decide whether to get vaccinated or not. All of the information is taken directly from the Center's for Disease Control's Web site. At the end of the article are phone numbers you can call with specific questions you might have that are not addressed in the information provided.
For more information, and for a list of Adobe Acrobat documents addressing various aspects of the disease itself, and the vaccination, click here. If you are reading a paper copy of the Rap Sheet, contact Deputy Becky Herrin for printed copies of this information.
On March 27th, Sheriff Roth received the following information via email. :
"On Mar 27, 2003, Dr. Segaran Pillai, Director, Florida Department of Health (FDOH), advised SA Stan Raab that based on many adverse reactions to the small pox vaccinations, the CDC has recommended a temporary halt to all small pox vaccination programs. Under the initial programs all first responders, law enforcement, military and/or anyone working/responding to condition red, were recommended to receive the shot. Dr. Pillai related the FDOH has stopped distribution of the vaccine and will notify FDLE when and if the warning is lifted. Recommend dissemination to all MROC employees."
This email indicates the Smallpox vaccination program has, for the time being, been put on hold. You should still educate yourself about the disease and the vaccination in case we resume the program sometime in the future
Smallpox Vaccination Update, March 31st:
After review by the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, the State of Florida has decided to proceed with Phase II of the Smallpox Vaccination update. You will be receiving information from your supervisors about the availability of the vaccine.
Staff develops procedures for threat level elevation
The Colonel's staff has drafted a general list of procedures for the various divisions of the Sheriff's Office if the current national threat level should ever move from High (orange) to Severe (red). Click here to review the procedures in PDF format.
Police Olympics Time Again
Lieutenant Larry Kelley
It is time to start getting your applications in to Jacksonville for the 2003 Florida Law Enforcement Games. This year the games are being held in Martin, Saint Lucie and Indian River Counties. Information booklets and applications have already been mailed out to previous participants in the games. You can get information and applications on line at www.lawgames.org.
This year the Sheriff has decided to continue his substantial support of the games but has changed some of the rules for participation. I will be sending out a full e-mail this week covering these rules in more detail. Here are the basic rules for this year's games:
Relay for Life Challenge!
The Sheriff's Relay for Life Team is raising money for the local community to aid individuals and their families facing issues of Cancer.
There is a $10 challenge on the table. The MCSO Relay Team is requesting that employees donate $10 to the team during a one-time payroll deduction that will occur the last pay date in April (the 25th). The Sheriff was the first to sign up for this challenge. An anonymous donor will match the money contributed by employees up to a maximum of $500.00.
Please send an email to Amy Heavilin, firstname.lastname@example.org, as authorization for your tax-deductible contribution, and thanks for supporting the Sheriff's Relay for Life Team.
Special Olympics Torch Run
The Special Olympics / Law Enforcement Torch Run is scheduled for the 11th of April 2003 at 8:00 sharp at the Southernmost Point in Key West. The pace will be slow and a Trolley will accompany the run to pick up those who want to rest for a while. Contact Jim Painter @ 292-7027 or email email@example.com for signup or more information. This is a fun event: we stop at all the schools and let the kids run with the torch for a while.
Youth Ranches looking for Summer Camp Help
Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches are looking for law enforcement officers to help at Summer Camp 2003. For more information about participating, or for an application packet, contact Val Marinello at 292-7001.
Report from Marathon and Sector 5
By Lt. Larry Kelley
Well, I am writing to you as we are just being notified that we are to raise our security level to orange. This means many more security checks and a higher sense of awareness during all facets of our duty. Lets all pull together and watch out for each other. During this time of war or at least impending war, we need each other for love and support
First I would like to wish a farewell to Doug Penley. Doug asked for a transfer closer to home in Sector 1 and we hope this move works out well for him and Maureen. She has also transferred her Reserve billet south. We will miss them both.
Congratulations to our very newest Sergeant Jake Brady. What can I say about Jake that everyone doesn’t already know-IT’S ABOUT TIME-WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? Jake will have his hands full but I am sure he will instill the energy and teamwork necessary for a squad in Marathon to support the Sheriff’s Office community policing concept here. It is not an easy task to partner with the community while at the same time never forgetting we still have to continue our efforts to catch bad guys and put them in jail. And we certainly have been doing just that here. The men and women in Marathon and Sector 5 are always focused on doing their jobs in an exemplary manner and I am proud to say I work with the best.
Deputies Greg Korzen, Joel Slough and Sonya Morgan as well as Sergeant Jake Brady are awarded medals by Sheriff Rick Roth (Sergeant Sam Cassel was in SPI School at the time of the presentation)
This Friday, at the Officer of the Year ceremony, five Marathon Deputies received awards for their duty above and beyond the call. Sergeant Sam Cassel, Deputies Greg Korzen, Joel Slough and Sonya Morgan received the Distinguished Service Medal for their actions evacuating over one hundred residents at the Holiday Inn in Marathon during a fire. These officers acted as a team and with a well formulated plan. Their actions were commensurate with the values and objectives of the Sheriff’s Office.
Sergeant Jake Brady and Deputies Joel Slough and Sonya Morgan found themselves at an apartment fire about a week later and they entered the building at the risk of their own lives to extricate an unconscious woman who lie helplessly on the floor. They were awarded the Sheriff’s Medal at the same Officer of the Year ceremony. By the way, the Sheriff said that Joel’s name is Joel Slow-our mistake Sheriff-we must be spelling it wrong.
All you Sergeants out there missed your chance. If you would have been checking the positions openings in Outlook last Monday you would have seen a posting for an opening for Deputy Sheriff Lieutenant Sector 1, Cudjoe. I was so intrigued by it I called Lieutenant George Simpson to ask him why he was leaving. It seems that he called HR and told them to post his opening (meaning his current opening for a deputy in Cudjoe and when he told them to “post my opening”-THEY DID!
Sergeants Sam Cassel and Susan Greenwood are in Southern Police Institute, SPI "Command Officers Development Course" at the time of this writing and we wish them the very best in their ten weeks of study. It is well worth the effort and you will gain so much insight during your stay there.
We have been very busy with increased awareness from a physical security aspect. Watch orders and very vigilant pro-active patrol has been the watchword and we are seeing to that responsibility without losing focus on our community projects or our pro-active law enforcement duties.
I offered TRAP overtime to Deputies focusing on traffic enforcement during the 9 days of “Bike Week”. The officers who worked those days were very pro-active and made a strong impression on the motoring public. Crashes were almost non-existent during that period and I want to thank the deputies who helped us maintain that level of safety.
In the short month of February we arrested 3 DUI’s, wrote 490 tickets and 296 warnings, made 15 felony arrests, 64 misdemeanor arrests and served 20 warrants. All of this in addition to 1118 building checks, 305 night eye contacts, as well as all of our zone improvements, directed patrols and elevated security watch orders.
Well I guess that does it for now. Be safe and work hard.
AND REMEMBER…………..Training, dedication, and hard work pay off in the future. Laziness and complacency pays off...NOW.
Sector One Report
Back from the FBI Academy
By Captain Rick Ramsay
Well I made it back from the National Academy in one piece. The academy was a wonderful experience to say the least. I was able to network and create life long friends as a result.
The class was two hundred and sixty people strong with people from everywhere around the world. The training was outstanding as were the instructors. The only down side was the weather as it was one of the worst winters that they have had. It snowed almost every week and the temperature was in the teens most of the time. This might not have been so bad if we were not outside running four days a week.
I shared a bathroom with three other officers, which was difficult and challenging. I was able to leave the base on the weekends and go to Washington, New York, Baltimore, and areas all around Virginia. The three months seemed like a long time and I was ready to come home when it was over. It was nice just to sleep in my own bed.
I returned to work and found a smooth running station thanks to everyone there. I wanted to especially thank Lt. Simpson and Sgt. Hull for picking up the extra slack while I was away. I hope that those of you who wish to someday attend get the opportunity as I have. I am very lucky and thankful to the Sheriff and Colonel for giving me the opportunity, thank you both.
By Sgt. J.B. Flatter
Members of the Sheriff's Office in Sector One participated in a clean up March 15th on Stock Island. Specifically, Deputies Matt Dowling and Natalie Mashburn, along with Crime Watch Coordinator Deputy Emil LaVache were present and helped with the event.
Special Operations Report
MCSO SWAT and KWPD SRT train together in firearms
Congratulations Employees of the Year!
Sheriff Rick Roth with the Sheriff's Office Employees
Letters of Thanks and Commendations
Accreditation Inspection scheduled
By Inspector Lynn McNeill
The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation onsite for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office will be on April 1, 2003. Assessors for the onsite will be Lieutenant Cheryl DeGroff-Berry from the Orlando Police Department and Lieutenant Bill Hall from the South Daytona Police Department.
The Assessors will be touring our Agency and asking questions and inspecting our agency for compliance. So clean your vehicles and substations, they are coming. Please assist the assessors and make them feel welcome. If you have any questions please contact Lt. Winegarden, Inspector Lynn McNeill or Olga Brown in Professional Standards Office.
Cash for Recruitment
By Human Resources Director Donna Moore
Earn a cash reward of $200.00 for the successful recruitment and hire of a Detention Deputy Trainee.
Earn a cash reward of $500.00 for the successful recruitment and hire of a Florida Certified Detention Deputy, Payable on the Officer's date of hire.
*Human Resources Personnel and Exempt Employees Not Eligible
Thank You! to the following employees who successfully recruited Detention Deputy Trainees.
Special Thank You to Captain Rick Remley.
Good Luck to the Detention Deputy Trainees attending COT #31
The next Detention Deputy Trainee Academy is scheduled for July 14, 2003, please contact the Human Resources Division at (305) 292-7044 for additional information.
HIPPA protects your medical information
By Human Resources Director Donna Moore
By now I'm sure most of you if not all of you have heard about Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, otherwise known as HIPPA, the HIPPA Privacy Rule finalized on August 14, 2002. HIPPA ensures that personal medical information you share with doctors, hospitals and others who provide and pay for healthcare is protected.
The Privacy Rule does the following:
If you have any questions please contact me at (305) 292-7044. Click here to read a detailed press release issued by the Department of Health and Human Services related to HIPPA. If you are reading a paper copy of the Rap Sheet, contact Deputy Becky Herrin for printed copies of this information.
Welcome to the following new employees!
Goodbye and Good luck to the following retirees!
Well, I just wanted to touch base and say Hi. Things are going smooth up here. I just had to give up my Fl. DL that made me sad. I miss the keys but I know this is a better place for me. My son and his wife just moved here and have a house. They live 12 miles away. so not so close yet not too far. Just right. You can have Becky put that in the rap sheet, that Erick Hunter has left the Keys, I'm sure they will all be happy, he really gave them the run around, ha, ha. I should be closing on my house in Key Largo this week. Boy that's really sad. But I 'm really loving it up here and spring is right around the corner, so I looking forward to planting flowers and swimming in the pool. Well I want you to know I think of you all often, then I try to make the thoughts go away, but I can't. Take care.
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