June 19, 2009

National Night Out Event planned in Key Largo

The Key Largo Sheriff's Office will sponsor a National Night Out Event Tuesday, August 4th at the Murray Government Center, bayside 102mm of Highway U.S. One.

Captain Lou Caputo and Lieutenant Corey Bryan want to invite the entire community to attend the free event, which will take place on August 4th from 6 to 8 p.m. National Night Out will feature great food, refreshments, music and a great chance to meet your neighbors. The event will show case the Sheriff’s K-9 Team, the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, Bomb and Dive Teams, Police Motorcycles, the Fire Department and Ambulance Corp.

The goal of the event is to bring the community together to meet each other, and to discuss how we can all make our neighborhoods safer and more secure in the future. The Sheriff's Office will have extensive Crime Prevention Information to share at the event.

June 17, 2009

kids in Trauma Star

Sugarloaf School kids recently had the opportunity to tour the Monroe County
Trauma Star helicopter at a Career Day event.

June 15, 2009

Animal Farm needs animal crates

The Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm is in need of donated animal crates / carriers of all sizes.

Check your storage facilities, closets and garages. If you have any animal carriers, consider donating them to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm. With Hurricane season upon us, Farmer Jeanne Selander is preparing for the possibility the animals may have to be evacuated from the farm into a safe area. In order to do this, the smaller animals will need to be placed in carriers.

If you have a carrier to donate, of any size, please contact her at the Monroe County Detention Center: 305-293-7300. Ask for Jeanne Selander.

And remember, the Animal Farm is open second and fourth Sundays from 1-3 p.m.

June 10, 2009

Islamorada bridge signs

Captain Don Fanelli and Crime Stoppers Board Member Hal Barret with one of the new signs reminding people to lock their car doors.

Signs remind people to lock their cars

In an effort to combat vehicle burglaries, Islamorada Captain Don Fanelli has installed special signs at bridge approaches in the city to remind people to lock their cars.

Vehicle burglaries at bridges has long been a problem in Monroe County. Many people – both locals and tourists – park their cars alongside the road and at bridge approaches to sightsee or to go fishing on the bridge. When they do, they often make themselves an easy target by forgetting to lock their car doors. Some special signs reminding people to take that extra step and lock their car  have been installed at three popular locations in the Village of Islamorada: Anne’s Beach, Channel Two bridge, and Indian Key Fill.

The program was spear headed by Islamorada Lt. Tom Brazil. Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys helped fund the creation of the signs.

“Many auto burglaries we experience are crimes of opportunity. The extra minute or two it takes to put away valuable items and lock the car can make keep you from being a victim,” said Captain Fanelli.

June 9, 2009

Please register your businesses information with the Sheriff's Office

Sheriff's Office dispatchers would like to encourage all business owners in the Florida Keys to make sure they have filed up to date Business Emergency Contact information with the Sheriff's Office.

When something happens at a business after hours, it is sometimes difficult for dispatchers and Sheriff's deputies to find a keyholder, or a person responsible for that business. It might be a door left open, a window broken, an alarm going off - it is important to be able to find someone to help resolve the situation as quickly as possible. To help expedite this, the Sheriff's Office has a database set up with business contact information available, which immediately lets a dispatcher know important information about a business, including the owner or responsible person's name, address and phone number, if an alarm system is present, the type of business it is and whether there are any chemicals or other potentially dangerous materials on the property.

Business owners are asked to fill out a "Business Emergency Contact Form", available on the Sheriff's Office web site at www.keysso.net - located in the Community Relations section of the web site. For those without access to the internet, call the Sheriff's Community Relations Division at 305-292-7116 and one will be faxed or mailed to you.

Sheriff's Animal Farm open Sunday June 14th

The Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will be open to the public Sunday, June 14, 2009 between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to visit, free of charge, and see the wide variety of animals at the farm.

The Animal Farm has many wonderful animals, including traditional farm animals, tropical animals and birds - something for everyone!

There are tropical birds, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, horses, ponies, a llama, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, a 100 pound tortoise, an Emu, an Albino Hedgehog, Patagonian Cavys and more! New additions include a Kinkajou and a two Sloths, all natives of the Costa Rican rain forest.

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 second and fourth Sunday of every month. Groups may make special arrangements to visit the farm. Call the Sheriff's Office Detention Center at 305-293-7300 to schedule a visit.