December 11, 2008

Sheriff’s Office to increase traffic patrols for the holiday season

Monroe County – During the holiday season the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing traffic enforcement with a particular focus on impaired drivers.

As part of the statewide “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign, motorists will be seeing heightened patrols on Highway U.S. One beginning December 13th and running through January 4th.  Deputies in marked and unmarked patrol vehicles will be watching for impaired drivers, aggressive drivers, as well as people passing in no passing zones and, in general, driving dangerously.

Aggressive driving includes following to close, unsafe or improper lane change, aggressive braking and failing to yield the right of way among other violations. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center receives thousands of reckless driving complaints every year. Fines for such violations can cost you from $141.00 to $1,000.00 depending on the circumstances.

The Sheriff’s Office hopes everyone has a SAFE and happy holiday season. If you plan to attend holiday parties and you plan to celebrate by consuming alcoholic beverages, make sure you choose a designated driver who will remain sober and who will drive you home safely.

December 9, 2008

Sheriff’s Office asks we take a moment to remember fallen officer

Saturday, December 13th marks the one year anniversary of the death of Deputy Robin Tanner. We at the Sheriff’s Office are asking everyone to take a moment on that day and remember her and all she contributed to Monroe County.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Robin Tanner was killed at 7 a.m. December 13, 2007 in a single vehicle automobile accident as she was responding, on duty, to a medical call.  She was responding to a report of a woman not breathing in the vicinity of 119th Street in Marathon. The single vehicle accident took place near 90th Street. She was rushed to Fisherman’s Hospital where she was declared deceased a short time later.
Deputy Tanner was assigned to the Marathon area as a patrol officer. She was 47 years old at the time of her death.

She first came to work for the Sheriff’s Office in January of 1987 as a Records Clerk. She attended the Law Enforcement Academy at Florida Keys Community College’s Institute of Criminal Justice in 1988 and shortly thereafter became a patrol officer. She worked in the lower Keys until she resigned in June of 1991. She returned to work for the Sheriff’s Office in June of 2004 and worked in the middle Keys as a patrol officer until her death.

For more information about deputies killed in the line of duty in Monroe County, you can visit the Sheriff’s Office web site at

Christmas at the Animal Farm is this Sunday!

The Sheriff's Office will be holding its annual Christmas Party on the Animal Farm this Sunday, December 14th. The event is free of charge and kids and adults alike will love visiting with the animals, talking to Santa and celebrating the holiday season.

The Christmas party is scheduled for Sunday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. The farm will be decorated for the season and Santa will be on hand, available for photos. He'd love to hear whether you've been naughty or nice and what you want him to bring for Christmas.

Visit with all the animals, including Tina the Key Deer, Piglet, Wilbur, Eeyore the donkey, Albert the African spurred tortoise, all the residents of the ferret house, Bucky the Llama, our tropical birds, snakes, goats, sheep, horses and much, much more.

December 14th will be the only open house for the animal farm for the month. To schedule private visits or to find out more about the Children's Animal Farm, contact Farm Supervisor Jeanne Selander at 305-293-7331. Monetary donations to the farm are always welcome.

December 3, 2008

Law Enforcement cadets learn interviewing techniques

Basic Law Enforcement Academy #37 A BLE recruit learns interview techniques

Key West - The Key West Airport had some unusual activity today as police recruits learned first hand about interview techniques.

The instructor for the Interview Techniques class was Sheriff's Sgt. Mike DiGiovanni.

"I thought they would learn more if they got out of the classroom and got to do real interviews with real people," he said.

So they went on a field trip to the airport, interviewing people who work there. The goal: to learn how to interview people quickly, completely and effectively - something a law enforcement officer is called on to do many times during the course of a work shift.

The recruits learning about interviews today are from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy #37, currently in progress at the Florida Keys Institute of Criminal Justice at Florida Keys Community College.

December 2, 2008

Sheriff's Office cleans up in Key Largo

The clean up crew

On November 22nd, as part of Clean Keys Month and the Keep the Keys Clean Campaign, Sheriff's Office employees assigned to the Sector 7 area in Key Largo spent time cleaning up from mile marker 104 to 106.

They cleaned up trash and debris from both sides of the highway and from the median strip. Assisting with the clean up were Records Supervisor Peggy Bryan, Detective Sergeant Dave Carey, Captain Don Hiller, Lieutenant Corey Bryan, Reserve Deputies Shane Suddreth, William Davis, Richard Stangler, Tim Hunsberger, Brad Hummestien and Brooks Batement. Inmates from the Plantation Key Substation also pitched in.

Key Largo deputy rides bike on patrol

Deputy Ian Barnett, on bike patrol

A deputy in Key Largo has been getting out of his car and patrolling upper Keys neighborhoods on bike patrol. Bike patrol allows deputies more personal contact with the community they patrols, since there are no windows or doors to separate them from personal contact with citizens.

Deputy Ian Barnett spends approximately 20 - 30 hours a month out of his patrol car on his bike. He took a police biking course in July. Since then, he's been a fixture at community events and riding around his patrol area, in and around Key Largo Park and other area subdivisions. He has appeared at many Crime Watch meetings, the Key Largo National Night Out event in August and other gatherings.

Deputy Barnett has worked for the Sheriff's Office for three years. He started as a Court Bailiff, then moved to road patrol. Prior to working in the Keys he was a police dispatcher in Nebraska.

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