October 2004 Edition
Firearm's Qualification, Loop Road Trip
After a lot of hard work and planning we have been able to get to one hundred percent firearms qualified believe it or not! This was very important as a large amount of officers were not current, thus officer safety issues arise as well as liability. As you all have seen we have a new firearms shooting simulator, which encompasses a live fire screen. We have had a lot of positive feedback about this new system. I would like to give a special thanks to Lt. Allen and Sgt. Erwin as well as to the other firearms instructors who helped make this happen. I myself have found this to be a fun experience and I hope that you all did and that you have learned from it.
I am planning another trip to Loop Road for a couple of days of patrol in the Everglades and am looking for a couple of officers who are interested in going. If you have an interest, please let me know and I will work on the trip.
Ask the Administration
1. Why is Correction the only Department getting overtime pay monthly vice every two weeks?
At the end of the month we are paying more taxes on our income.
2. Why is correction the only department required to have 80 hrs in comp bank while all other departments are still at 31.5?
3. If Correction is parity with the road patrol why are all the rules changes lately seems to target correction.? example see question # 2.
Answered by Chief Mike Rice:
1. All certified people have their overtime (and Acting Supervisor pay) paid on a 28 day cycle. Thus, the pay appears in the pay check at the end of that cycle. They always have - nothing has changed.
2. The compensatory time bank is voluntary - you are not required to have a balance at any level. You may opt out of the bank at any time - see your supervisor for the proper forms to do this. The higher rate for Corrections was a concession made by the Sheriff during negotiations with the Police Benevolent Association when that contract was negotiated several years ago.
3. As you can see by the above two answers, you are misinformed on this issue.
I find it interesting that the last five times in as many months when officers in the upper Keys have called for support from KnightStar, for everything from a missing child to most recently a car chase that ended with suspects fleeing into the woods, KnightStar has been unavailable. The excuses have been everything from the FLIR not functioning, to not having a FLIR operator, to simply the aircraft is unavailable. However, when the big press event "Hurricane Charley" happened in Charlotte County suddenly KnightStar is fully functional with FLIR and plenty of personnel. As road patrol officers, we are told to utilize aviation, so why is the aircraft never available for us?
Answered by Lt. Mike Pandol, Director of Aviation:
Like the road deputies that serve our community, the Aviation Division of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office operates 365 days a year providing the Sheriff with around the clock trauma transport, search and rescue, prisoner transport, off shore law enforcement interdiction, aerial disaster support, aerial command & control, government official transport, aerial environmental investigation, special operations support and law enforcement operations support.
The primary and foremost mission of the Aviation Division is trauma rescue support. As a State of Florida Licensed air ambulance, Trauma Star is mandated to be in an operational ambulance status continuously. With the except of periods of maintenance , the aircraft is required to be crewed and on “alert” status around the clock.
In addition to State of Florida requirements, the Aviation Division also operates within parameters outlined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In accordance with FAA directives, the crew members duty/work hours are regulated. Given the 24/7 trauma support schedule, the pilots are locked in to the number of hours they can serve on duty as a pilot without violating regulations or incurring a significant liability upon the Sheriff’s Office.
When scheduling allows, off-duty pilots are placed into a “stand-by” status and are available for calls-for–service. However, there have been periods when because of budget constraints, maintenance or crew availability, Knight Star has not been available. It has been unfortunate that we have not been available for all calls, but given the fact that we must support trauma first and have minimal staffing, it is a regrettable fact of doing business.
In regards to Knight Star being available to provide hurricane disaster support, during that time period, a federal state of emergency had been declared. Due to the state of emergency, the federal and state governments granted government support entities wide latitude in support of emergency operations. Thus, due to the state of emergency, crew members were able to operate and support operations beyond the normal scope of activities.
Sector 6 Report
This & That from Islamorada...................
The BIG thing that happened this past month is the Islamorada Village Council approved the Sheriff's contract without any cuts to the proposed budget; which included an increase of $120,000 to cover the pay raises for the 15 Contract Deputies. At the Budget Workshops and hearings, I did not get a single question or complaint about the increase for the pay raises. The Village Council and Manager are very happy with the service we are providing....and that's a win-win for both the Sheriff's Office and Islamorada. A big THANK YOU to our Sector 6 team.
Our 3+ year old Angler patrol boat got a much needed face lift this month at the Angler Factory in Miami. New Gelcoat, new rub rails and other stuff. We have ordered new markings and it looks like a new boat. Dep Sanchez reports that the Angler has a total of about 5800 miles on the boat since it was put into service.
Sgt Hurd's squad and K-9 Storm made a good dope bust on a traffic stop this month. Storm found some pot and coke in the gas cap cover of the vehicle and two arrests were made; good work guys...........Sgt Kiffney's squad did some special speed enforcement after we got numerous complaints about speeding on Plantation Key. They stopped two "crotch rocket" sport motorcycles they clocked at 98 mph and arrested the two drivers. They also issued 34 other citations...thank you. The Village is thinking about putting in bus benches for the JGT bus stops. Sgt Williams did a week long survey of the bus stops and that information will be presented to the Islamorada Council next month...thank you Gene. Also.... Thank you Colonel for the new radar, we will put it to good use up here.
Finally.......There for awhile weekends were reserved for hurricanes. Now it seems to have slowed down; but I understand that a volcano is now headed for Florida.........and Lt. Brazil and I have had so much ICS ( Incident Command Training).....before we couldn't even spell ICS, now we are one!!? Charlie 3 in service, copy codes.
Report from Marathon and Sector 5
I want to welcome our newest members. A big welcome and a just in time to Angie Glover who comes to us from Special Operations. I am sure it came a huge loss to them but I’m sorry about that. Their loss if definitely our gain. Our newest deputies Jerry Jagoda, Bobby Burkett and John Mader are truly showing great potential and are doing well in the FTO program. We welcome them and hope we have them around to work and play with us for a long time to come.
Things in Marathon are constantly changing. We have a new city manager. Our own Mike Puto is taking the helm and will lead our city to new and better places. Maybe he will take us to a nice mountain scene with snow in the winter and leaves on fire in the fall-who knows.
Training goes on and we are now in the middle of getting everyone trained in the new FDLE required terrorism course of study.
Sergeant Suzanne Morgan has a TRAP program set up for Halloween in the avenues behind the airport and we look forward to again making the area safe for children to enjoy this season of ghosts and candy.
Traffic Enforcement Update
The Traffic Unit has been quite busy helping out around the state with hurricane relief details. In August we went to Arcadia Florida for 9 days. In addition to a few other members of the S.O., we were able to make a lasting impression on the other agencies up there! I think it is safe to say they were surprised to see their calls get jumped, and other self-initiated activity performed. A few short days after returning from the Hurricane Charlie detail the Traffic Unit packed up again and headed to Port St. Lucie for a week.
Obviously our traffic statistics here at home have been low with all of our traveling, but we are getting back into the swing of things once again. Fantasy Fest is this week, and the unit will be out in force Saturday night to help Sector One.
If anyone has special requests for the Traffic Unit, with regard to handling special traffic related problems in your sector, please give me a call.
Explorers form Pistol Team
I am very excited to announce the formation of the MCSO Explorer Pistol Team consisting of Senior Explorers aged 14-21 from all three explorer posts. The team exists for the sole purpose of competing in quarterly statewide FSEA Explorer pistol competitions.
Each Explorer Pistol Team member must complete the 40-hour Explorer Basic Firearms Course followed by bi-monthly training. This required training began October 9th and our first competition is Saturday December 4, 2004. Membership on the team is a privilege. Candidates for the team must have at least one year of experience in good standing with the MCSO Explorer Program.
Training is conducted primarily at NAS Boca Chica Range, the Sheriff’s Office mobile range and the Key Largo Gun Club.
I think we have an outstanding group of young people participating on this team. The training to this point has gone exceptionally well. We believe that our pistol team will honorably represent the sheriff’s office and the explorer program. This team will also serve as a much needed recruitment tool for our explorer program.
Congratulations to our Second Quarter Employee Award winners and those receiving longevity plaques
DEPUTY SHERIFF OF THE QUARTER: DENNIS COLEMAN
DETENTION DEPUTY OF THE QUARTER: PECO BROUSSARD
SUPPORT MEMBER OF THE QUARTER: JANET SHEPHERD
RESERVE DEPUTY OF THE QUARTER: JOHN MARLOWE
EXPLORER/CADET OF THE QUARTER: JOCELYN MARLES
5 YEAR MEMBER PLAQUES
10 YEAR MEMBER PLAQUES
15 YEAR MEMBER PLAQUES
20 YEAR MEMBER PLAQUES
Health Insurance Open Enrollment
November is open enrollment time for all Group Insurance participants. This is the one and only time you can voluntarily make changes to your insurance coverage, as well as coverage for your eligible dependants, and change your Section 125 Cafeteria Plan election.
Open Enrollment Sessions will be held the following dates:
To change your coverage, or to add or delete dependents, you must complete, sign and return an enrollment form and return it to the Monroe County Group Insurance Office no later than November 20th, 2004. Changes will become effective January 1st, 2005.
The Hartford Rep Peter Dreyfuss will be here to talk to our employees about enrolling in the 457 Retirement account or making any changes to their existing accounts the week of Nov 8 -12. Scheduled times and locations will be posted on information boards.
A Representative from AIG Valic will be here the week of Nov 15 - 19 to talk to our employees about enrolling in the 457 Retirement account or making any changes to their existing accounts. Scheduled times and locations will be posted on information boards.
NCIC Search criteria temporarily changed
The following was sent to me by a Sheriff's dispatcher concerned that deputies need to know this when they do NCIC searches. It was excerpted from a letter sent out to all Florida Sheriff's by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Philip B. Williams.
At the CJIS Conference held July 19 - 22, 2004 in Florida, the attendees were informed the FBI was updating their search algorithm for name search inquiries in the NCIC portion of the computer system. Effective August 1, 2004 until April 3, 2005, unless the name inquiry date of birth is exact, NCIC will indicate no possible wants on the subject.(Prior to August 1st, NCIC searched two years on each side of the date of birth and gave you close possibilities). After April 2, 2005 and expanded DOB search will allow for more extensive searching of possible matches.
Sheriff's Office Animals to visit Children's Day
Animals from the Sheriff's Office Children's Animal Farm will visit Children's Day in Key West this Sunday. Children enjoying the Children's Day event will have the opportunity to meet a newcomer to the Animal Farm. Fat Albert is a Madagascar Ploughshare Tortoise who weighs in at a hefty 85 pounds - and he's not even fully grown! Albert was found recently wandering around behind Chili's Restaurant, just off of North Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West. Farmer Elaine received a call and picked Albert up, taking him to the farm on Stock Island where he is now happily spending his time, wandering the premises. His owner tracked him down, but after a visit to the farm, saw that Albert was happier there and decided to let him stay.
Also featured at Children's Day will be a goat, a sheep, and a pig and a pony from the farm which kids will have the opportunity to both see an touch.
The Children's Animal Farm is located at the Stock Island Detention Center, just off of College Road. It is open to the public on the first and third Sunday of every month. Groups may make special arrangements to visit the farm as well. Call the Sheriff's Office Detention Center at 305-293-7300 and ask for Farmer Elaine Lash.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Law Enforcement and Detention Deputy
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement and Detention DeputyPromotional Examinations
In order to be eligible to go through the promotional process, candidates must be full-time employees for 18 months as a Certified Officer with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office as of October 13, 2004.
The selection process will be governed by the following:
November 13, 2004, will be the only day the Promotional test is administered.
Fourth Annual Toys for Tots Beauty and Charm Pageant
Sign your kids up now for this Sheriff's Office sponsored event, to be held November 6th at 11 a.m. at the Sombrero Country Club in Marathon. For more information, or to obtain an application, call Linda Hartley at 289-4591 or Rita Hinerman at 289-0090. All proceeds will benefit needy children at Christmas. The Entry fee includes one new unwrapped toy, and $30 to enter the Beauty and Charm portions of the contest, or just $10 to enter the "Photogenic" portion of the contest. Fees at the door are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Photogenic participants should send a photo with their application. Applications must be turned in by November 2nd.
Art Behind Bars Belated Birthday Bash
Art Behind Bars, the art-based community service program at Monroe County Detention Center, is pleased to announce that it will celebrate its “Belated 10th Birthday Party Show” on
FBI LEEDA COMMEMORATIVE SiGARMS PISTOL: Available to Members Only
Model P239-40-T-LEEDA (.40 caliber, Two-Tone, contrast sights, wood grips, inlaid LEEDA pin, LEEDA special engraving) Available with optional night sights and display box
Available to FBI - LEEDA members only in a limited run of only 1,000 units. Shipment to Agency with proper documentation or to Federal Firearms licensee only. Purchaser responsible for cost of the FFL transfer (if any), shipping and any applicable taxes.
ORDER FORM AVAILABLE FROM FBI - LEEDA / TOM STONE OR ON FBI – LEEDA’S WEBSITE: www.leedafbi.org
Have you ever been to the Dry Tortugas?
Well now is your chance.... The Yankee Freedom II is holding a special deal to thank all of our Fire Fighters and Law Enforcement Officers of Monroe County. For only $49 a person (plus $5 park entrance fee) (Regularly $129 plus $5 park fee) you and your family can enjoy Fort Jefferson all day long!
Two more installments of "The Good Ole Days" - stories of law enforcement way back when...
By former Sheriff's Deputy Ed Sanders
Part Four - Mr. Bill fools the Lieutenant
A guy from the frozen North came to PKSO starting as dispatcher. He had no police experience but showed exceptional eagerness to learn. Anything. He was a world class virgin at most anything. The troops soon learned they could get him to try about any act "So he will learn to be a good Deputy." He brought with him an exceptional ability to imitate anyone's voice, especially Mr. Bill, the little clay puppet from T V. So we named him Mr. Bill.
Our station Lt. owned a business on the side. Mr. Bill had met a couple of his truck drivers so one day Mr. Bill calls PKSO from a pay phone and imitating one of the drivers tells the Lt. that there has been an accident, he had run into the rear end of a school bus that had just stopped but it was a low speed impact and no one was hurt but the FHP is here ordering him to move the truck off the road and it won't start and Mr. Bill starts crying and blubbering "I'm scared" and "I don't want to go to jail" and on and on and every time the Lt. tries to say something Mr. Bill just cries more and more. So the Lt. leaves en route to the accident which is all the way down in the South end of Islamorada. Arrival, he finds no accident, calls the station but the dispatcher advises he has no information at all, the caller spoke only to the Lt. Lt. getting upset has the dispatcher check with FHP who advises they have no information of any accident.
Lt. is starting to feel something ain 't quite right about all this and goes looking for his truck, locates it and the driver who wonders what the heck the Lt. is talking about. He FINALLY gets the light bulb. They did me again. Mad for another month but was he was unable to ascertain who the caller was.
Mr. Bill goes Bananas
My wife, bless her big heart, was a volunteer teacher's assistant at the elementary school and had volunteered to go on a nature trip to the Everglades and help oversee the First Grade kids. But on the day of the trip she could not go and another mother also had to drop out so nice little big hearted wife calls the school and volunteers myself and Mr. Bill to endure the job of escorts. She knew Mr. Bill and I were off duty that day and we reluctantly agreed. My wife made us bag lunches and drew Badges and wrote "Deputy Sheriff" on the bags. We arrive at the school bus and the kids ask lots of questions about the bags so Mr. Bill goes into a police routine for them which they very much enjoy.
Before boarding the bus I made Mr. Bill leave his cigarettes in his car - can't smoke on the bus. Bad image for the kids, etc. He is the world's worst chain smoker. He says I can't go that long with out them blah blah blah. I said Don't worry, I brought you something. We board the bus, it's a 100 mile trip. We were supposed to be in charge of six kids each but we saw that we each had a dozen to watch over. Soon, Mr. Bill says, Whatcha got, I need a smoke! I said wait awhile, you will be OK. The kids were getting bored before we got to the county line so I asked Mr. Bill to do a Mr. Bill routine for them. They enjoyed that a lot but he was getting nervous and needing a smoke bad and the kids enjoyed that also. They thought he was acting.
Mr. Bill was about to get on his knees and beg so I handed him a bag of Red Man chewing tobacco. He says he has never chewed before and does not know how to do it and "Gimmie a smoke before I go nuts." I said Sorry-I have none, you know I don't smoke. He's begging, the kids are going wild-they think he's acting again. So he says How do you do it? (What a virgin) I tell him to just rip the bag open, break off a little and chew it. Unbelievable, he is shaking and about drops the whole thing then puts half of the whole bag in his mouth and starts chewing and mumbles Ith pretie goud or something like that. The driver gives him a dirty look and speeds up. Soon Mr. Bill has a mouth full of juice and says Ie guts to split or swooo and I say sorry we don't understand you. He has a Brown trickle of juice escaping down from each corner of his mouth and mumbles again I guut ta spidd so I tell him not to swallow that stuff or you will be puking all over the bus. The driver is now nervous, the kids think it's the greatest show ever and while Mr. Bill stands a stream of this goo goes down his chin and onto his uniform shirt. He then attempts to blast the rest out the window but the wind blew most of it back on him.
Whee Wheeeee the kids go, he is the greatest. The driver says she will put him out in Homestead and maybe pick him up on the return run. But she didn't stop and we arrive at the nature center after a two hour drive. I'm sure the driver thought it was much longer. When the bus stops we tell the kids to line up outside the bus to be divided up so we can watch over them. Yeahhhh Right. LIke Quail, they were gone in a flash. Here there and every where. We only knew how many had been on board.
Mr. Bill enters a bath house and washes his shirt out then he comes out wearing it wet and says there is a little boy with a stuck zipper in there and would I go help him? I tell him to get back in there and do it or I will tell the Sheriff he would not help a little child in distress. He does it but what he was afraid of was What if someone comes in there and sees me trying to pull his zipper down? I tell him to grow up, parents do this all the time. He knows nothing of parenthood things yet. I was outside when I said, aloud, No mamm-don't go in there, there is a pervert in there. (There was no one around) Boom-he comes running out and was smart enough to catch on this time.
He then goes around the area trying to bum a smoke off the other visitors and makes a hit. The driver said load up - time to leave. After a while we were able to locate all the kids and board them. We return to Plantation Key and the driver says Next time we take a trip don't bring Mr. Bill. But I said he entertained the kids a lot. She said he gave her a super major headache. Oh Noooooo - Mr. Biiiiillllllll!
A cop joke, submitted by Sgt. James Sheagren
A police officer pulls a guy over for speeding and has the following exchange:
Officer: May I see your driver's license?
Driver: I don't have one. I had it suspended when I got my 5th DUI.
Officer: May I see the owner's card for this vehicle?
Driver: It's not my car. I stole it.
Officer: The car is stolen?
Driver: That's right. But come to think of it, I think I saw the owner's card in the glove box when I was putting my gun in there.
Officer: There's a gun in the glove box?
Driver: Yes sir. That's where I put it after I shot and killed the woman who owns this car and stuffed her in the trunk.
Officer: There's a BODY in the TRUNK?!?!?
Driver: Yes, sir.
Hearing this, the officer immediately called his captain. The car was quickly surrounded by police, and the captain approached the driver to handle the tense situation:
Captain: Sir, can I see your license?
Driver: Sure. Here it is. It was valid.
Captain: Who's car is this?
Driver: It's mine, officer. Here's the owner's card. The driver owned the car.
Captain: Could you slowly open your glove box so I can see if there's a gun in it?
Driver: Yes, sir, but there's no gun in it. Sure enough, there was nothing in the glove box.
Captain: Would you mind opening your trunk? I was told you said there's a body in it.
Driver: No problem. Trunk is opened; no body.
Captain: I don't understand it. The officer who stopped you said you told him you didn't have a license, stole the car, had a gun in the glove box, and that there was a dead body in the trunk.
Driver: Yeah, I'll bet the lying son of a gun told you I was speeding, too.