Left to right: Captain Don Hiller, Todd Carter of Keys Sanitary Service and Sgt. Eric Mixon.

September 26, 2008

Keys Sanitary Service helps the Sheriff’s Office Clean up in the Upper Keys

Key Largo – Captain Don Hiller truly appreciates the contributions Keys Sanitary Service makes to his efforts to clean up  the Upper Keys and he recognize this appreciation by giving Todd Carter, the owner of the business, a certificate recently.

“No matter how many times we’ve  called Todd to help us with a clean up, he has always been there for us,” Captain Hiller said. “He has made a huge contribution over the years to the Upper Keys community with his willingness to donate equipment free of charge so that we can clean up problem areas.”

Most recently, Carter donated a large dumpster free of charge so the Sheriff’s Office could organize a clean-up of a wooded area at the 99 mile marker of the highway. The area had become a haven for the homeless and was littered with a large amount of trash. It was also unsanitary, as the people living in the area were camping, sleeping and relieving themselves there. The area borders on a residential neighborhood and there were children playing in and around the area. There are also several businesses in the area that complained about panhandling on their property.

“We filled up a huge dumpster and Todd came and picked it up, dumping it for free,” said Captain Hiller. “We then posted the entire property with ‘No Trespassing’ signs to keep it from becoming a problem in the future.”

This effort is an example of the Sheriff’s Office commitment to the idea of Community Policing. The Sheriff’s Office believes working together with members of the community, problems can be solved before they escalate to the level of criminal activity. This type of effort benefits everyone – it reduces the amount of crime perpetrated on citizens and it allows Sheriff’s deputies to spend their time with proactive policing instead of reacting to crime that has already occurred.

September 25, 2008

Support the Animal Farm and have fun at the BottleCap Lounge

Key West – The BottleCap Lounge will be holding a benefit for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm on Friday, October 3rd from 4 to 8 p.m.

The BottleCap, located at 1128 Simonton Street in Key West, will be donating tips to the farm. In addition, there will be a raffle, prizes, food provided by Albertsons and, in general, lots of fun and games. Turn out and support the farm, and all the abandoned, abused and homeless animals who have found a loving home at the Farm.

The Sheriff’s Animal Farm is located on Stock Island at the Monroe County Detention Center. It is maintained using inmate labor and by the hard work and dedication of Farm Supervisor Jeanne Selander. All proceeds of this benefit will go to help improve the habitats and day to day care of the animals at the farm.

September 3, 2008

Deputies serve in Iraq

In the photo, left to right: Captain Hiller, Deputy Perez and Lt. Corey Bryan

Captain Don Hiller welcomes Deputy John Perez back to the Sheriff’s Office, Sector 7, after a tour of duty in Iraq. Deputy Perez spent 10 months, deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom / Operation Enduring Freedom. While there, he conducted security operations, port operations and worked in an armory which supported approximately 500 troops. Deputy Perez was awarded a number of medals while in Iraq, including the Army Achievement medal and the Navy Achievement medal. Captain Hiller says, “John has been nothing but an asset to the agency and the citizens he serves. We are happy to have him back.” Deputy Robert Dosh from Sector 7 is currently serving in Iraq and is expected to remain there until the beginning of next year.