Community Relations Division..................................................August  2003 Edition

Sheriff's Report:

I would like to say congratulations to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Trauma Star helicopter crew. Trauma Star passed a significant milestone in July - they have now transported more than 100 people using the county's trauma transport helicopter. I am extremely proud of this program and the improved level of health care it has brought to our the citizens of county. People who are severely injured in accidents, and those who need a level of care not available at area hospitals are now able to receive fast, reliable and safe transport to Miami Hospitals without waiting for the availability of air rescue from outside the area. Our Trauma Star team has saved many lives - and they should be congratulated for their continuing efforts.

In August, we will begin to see an increase in the formation of tropical waves coming off the coast of Africa, headed for our area. We all need to pay attention to the track those waves take because some of the most destructive hurricanes we've experienced have taken that track across the Atlantic Ocean.

In the meantime, make sure you have supplies on hand to weather a possible hurricane. Visit the Hurricane Preparation section of our web site for useful tips, check lists, and information about where shelters are located in Monroe County and in Miami-Dade County as well as information about county services for citizens with Special Needs.

June and July are traditionally quiet for us when it comes to crime, and that has held true this year. August, however, always brings an increase in crimes such as auto burglary, thefts, and home burglaries. It only takes a minute to lock the doors of your house when you leave, or your car when you get out of it. Make it a habit to do both - you could save yourself from becoming a victim, and save us a lot of time and paperwork to boot. Even when your car is parked in your own driveway, or on the street in front of your house it is important to remove valuables, take the keys out of the car and lock the doors. Most auto burglaries we deal with occur in residential neighborhoods at night, and most of thieves prey on easy targets - like unlocked cars with valuables in plain sight.

To keep your home and belongings safe, make sure you close all your windows and lock your doors when you are not at home or at night when you are sleeping. Don't leave tools, bicycles, or other valuable items lying around where someone can take them. Most of all, call us immediately if you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighborhood. We'd be more than happy to check it out, even if it turns out to be nothing.

Preventing crime is easy - much easier than investigating a crime once it occurs. Help us keep our neighborhoods safe by following these simple steps to a safer home, and a safer community. Visit the Crime Prevention Tips section of our web site for more information about preventing crime.

Take care, and stay safe.

   Sheriff, Monroe County

General News

Monroe County Sheriffs Office Employment Opportunities

 We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Detention Deputy Trainee Academy starting in October

  • School Crossing Guards in Key West

  • Communications Officers in Marathon

  • Central Records Assistant

  • Florida Certified Deputy Sheriffs

  • Florida Certified Detention Deputies

 All interested applicants can contact Kristie at (305) 292-7044 or send resumes to or fax to (305) 292-7159.    EEO/AAP

Sheriff releases list of unclaimed bond money

The Sheriff's Office web site,, is currently featuring a list of unclaimed bond money, published pursuant to F.S. 116.21 (2). The money is now in the custody of Richard D. Roth, Sheriff of Monroe County, Florida, and unless such bond monies are claimed on or before September 1, 2003, they shall be forfeited to Monroe County. The list of unclaimed bonds can be found at or just go to and click on "Finance Division".

 To make a claim, contact Terry Markham in the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Finance Division via phone at 305-292-7015, by email at or send a written claim notice to:

Monroe County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Terry Markham, Finance Division
5525 College Road
Key West, FL 33040

 The Monroe County Sheriff's Office will be posting information about upcoming Sheriff's Sales on the Sheriff's Office web site, Civil Division Director Kirk Bondurant has begun posting the sales on line in response to many requests from members of the public, and in an effort to more widely publicize them.

 "We don't have a large number of sales - maybe one or two a month," Bondurant said. "But we'd like to do everything we can to publicize them. After all, we are obligated to get the highest possible price for the items we sell to satisfy court judgments and the only way to do that is to make sure there are as many bidders as possible at any given sale," he said.

 Visitors to the Civil Division section of the web site will find sales posted offering items such as land, houses, mopeds, jewelry and cars. The notices of sale will include the date, time and place of the sale as well as specifics regarding the item to be sold. Bidders do not have to register ahead of time, but must have the cash on hand to cover the purchase.

 Sheriff's Sales can be found by visiting

 At a joint meeting in June of the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation and the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office received state re-accreditation of it's law enforcement functions for the next three years. The Sheriff's Office Detention Centers are also state accredited, and the entire agency is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

 An accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism in any professional organization. Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards. Schools, universities, and hospitals are some of the most well known organizations that are required to maintain accreditation. Law enforcement agencies in Florida can now also attain accredited status through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. 

In 1993, Florida Statute 943.125 directed that the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association create a voluntary law enforcement accreditation program. Representatives from these Associations developed a process for accreditation which required compliance with more than 250 professional standards designed specifically for Florida law enforcement agencies. The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation was formed, comprised of four sheriffs, four chiefs, and one representative each from the Association of Counties, the League of Cities, and the Judiciary. The Commission meets quarterly to oversee the accreditation program and to officially accredit agencies that have passed the rigorous review process.

 The Monroe County Sheriff's Office also holds national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. CALEA was created in 1979 through the combined efforts of four major law enforcement organizations: the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs' Association, and Police Executive Research Forum. These organizations continue to serve in an advisory capacity to the Commission and are responsible for appointing members of the Commission. CALEA was formed for two reasons: to develop a set of law enforcement standards; and to establish and administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally-recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.

 For more information about each of the accreditation programs, visit their web sites at: 


Crime Prevention Tip of the Month:
Did you know....

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, every year, falling asleep while driving is responsible for at least 100,000 automobile crashes, 40,000 injuries, and 1550 fatalities. These crashes happen between the hours of midnight and 6am, involve a single vehicle and a sober driver traveling alone, with the car leaving the roadway without any attempt to avoid the crash. These figures underestimate the true level of involvement of drowsiness because they do not include crashes involving daytime hours, multiple vehicles, alcohol, passengers, or evasive maneuvers. If you become tired behind the wheel of your car, have someone else drive or pull off the road and rest before continuing your journey.

Did you know.....

You can get detailed information about crime in Florida, run background checks on people, find information about wanted or missing persons, see a list of Florida's most wanted felony offenders (T.H.U.G.S.), check out the sexual offenders and predators in Monroe County, and find many other useful sources of information on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's web site, or click one of the links below:


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