September 29, 2009

Sheriff invites the public to Clean Up College Road

Many people drive to work, drop their kids off at school or exercise on and around College Road on Stock Island. This Saturday, Sheriff Bob Peryam is inviting everyone to come out and help clean it up.

Saturday, October 3rd between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., The Sheriff’s Office is organizing a clean-up of College Road. Businesses located along the roadway, including the American Legion, Florida Keys SPCA, Bayshore Manor, Key West Golf Club, Easter Seals, the Botanical Garden, Lower Florida Keys Health Systems and the Homeless Shelter have committed to assisting with the project. Members of the public are also encouraged to come out and help.

Everyone will meet at the parking lot beside the Monroe County Detention Center between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Plastic bags and water will be provided. Everyone should make sure to bring their own gloves.

September 24, 2009

Deputies, Troopers remember Deputy Nick Pham

Memorial to Deputy Nick Pham

Roadside memorial for Deputy Pham

Monroe County - Sheriff's deputies and Florida Highway Patrol Troopers gathered roadside in memorial of Deputy Nick Pham who died in November of 2008 in a traffic accident.

A roadside sign memorializing his death was installed Wednesday at the 62 mile marker of Highway U.S. One, next to a homemade sign and memorial that has been there since he died, November 26, 2008. The sign simply says, "Drive Safely in memory of MCSO Deputy Nick Pham".

"We can only hope Nick's death - and the sign memorializing it - will stand as a reminder to everyone driving on Highway U.S. One to be careful out there," said Sheriff Bob Peryam. "Nick is and will always be remembered and missed by us all here at the Sheriff's Office."

The Sheriff's Office has lost four deputies in traffic accidents since 1989.

September 21, 2009

Sheriff takes the lead in cleaning up College Road

College Road Cleanup
Lieutenant Gene Thompson (in uniform, left) and Deputy Matt Dowling at the scene of a
clean up on College Road, Stock Island Friday. Inmates from the Detention Center
assisted in picking up massive amounts of trash in the area.

On Friday, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office took the lead in cleaning up the area of College Road on Stock Island.

The clean-up project addressed an area on College Road that has been a gathering place for the homeless, has become a haven for illegal dumping and has developed into an environmental concern for the community. Deputy Matt Dowling and Lower Keys District Lieutenant Gene Thompson  coordinated efforts with community partners Greg Sullivan of Waste Management, Greg Valez with The City of Key West Public Works, Frank Toppino and Family and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Detention Center.

On Friday morning, the Sheriff’s Office provided manpower in the form of inmate trustees from the Monroe County Detention Center. Waste Management donated equipment, time and manpower to remove the debris. City of Key West Public Works organized a landscaping crew to assist with tree trimming, stump grinding, and disposal. The Toppinos assisted with removal of large pieces of concrete debris; the debris appears to be remnants of an old structure of some sort.

Lt. Thompson pledged to continue in his efforts to keep the College Road area clean of debris and safe for community use. “This project is part of Sheriff Bob Peryam's philosophy of partnering with local organizations to the betterment of the whole community,” Lt. Thompson said. “We all pitched in and really made a difference here and I thank everyone for their help.”

A Community Clean Up is currently being organized for the entire area of College Road. A date for that clean up will be announced shortly, and all businesses and organizations along the roadway, along with any citizens who want to help, are invited to participate. 

September 14, 2009

Sheriff elected to HIDTA Executive Board

Sheriff PeryamSheriff Bob Peryam was recently elected to serve as Vice-Chairman of South Florida HIDTA. He will serve in this capacity until July of 2010 at which time he will take over as Chairman of the HIDTA Executive Board.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is a major participant in the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program (SFLHIDTA), which comprises operations and intelligence efforts in Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.

HIDTA disrupts the market for illegal drugs in the United States by assisting federal, state, and local law enforcement entities in their efforts to investigate drug trafficking organizations, with particular emphasis on drug trafficking regions that have harmful effects on other parts of the United States.

MCSO received one of the first HIDTA grants in 1991 and used those funds to create the Monroe Task Force, which investigates narcotics related money laundering organizations on an international scale. That unit is still in existence, having seized over $65 million dollars in illicit narcotics-derived financial proceeds. That unit brought in over $25 million in asset sharing to the MCSO in just one case and has since brought in millions more to benefit the citizens of Monroe County.

In 1994, the MCSO elected to further assist in the HIDTA effort by serving as a fiscal agent (fiduciary) in the South Florida HIDTA and the Puerto Rico-Virgin Islands HIDTA. The MCSO handles over $20 million in grant funds for those two projects, and for the National HIDTA Assistance Center, also located in Miami.


MCSO at Tavernier Fire Open House

The Sheriff’s Office in the upper Keys, District 7, recently made an appearance at the Tavernier Fire Department open house. Sheriff’s Office employees set up a booth and spoke with citizens about crime prevention and other Sheriff’s Office related issues. Manning the booth was, left to right, Capt. Lou Caputo, Lt. Nancy Alva­rez, Sgt. Eric Mixon (not pictured), Mary Mullins and Peggy Bryan.

September 8, 20009

Sheriff's Animal Farm open Sunday September 13th, 2009

Everyone is invited to visit the Sheriff’s Animal Farm this Sunday between 1 and 3 p.m. The farm is a terrific family activity that is FREE OF CHARGE. Donations are, of course, appreciated because they help keep the animal’s habitats in good repair and help pay for food and upkeep at the farm.

The farm has about 250 animals of all kinds and is truly a wonderful place for children and adults alike. The farm is open second and fourth Sundays of every month. Groups may schedule special trips by contacting Farmer Jeanne Selander at 305-293-7300. The farm is located underneath the Monroe County Detention Center, off of College Road on Stock Island.

September 2, 2009

Sheriff’s Office offers “Tweets” from the EOC

Monroe County – The Sheriff’s Office will be offering people the opportunity to receive updates directly from the Emergency Operations Center during an activation of the facility for a Hurricane or other emergency. Just sign up to follow the Sheriff’s Office on Twitter, and you can receive the updates on your computer or your mobile phone.

The Sheriff’s Office Twitter account – mcsonews – sends out crime news, information about special events and now, information to keep you up to date about protective actions and other events occurring during a hurricane in the county.

“We won’t be sending out weather information – we’ll leave that up to the Weather Service,” said Becky Herrin, who acts as public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office and Monroe County Emergency Management during emergencies like hurricanes. “We will be sending out short notes about protective actions, road closures, airport closures and other issues that come up during the course of an Emergency Operations Center activation for a storm or other event.”

The short notes – called “Tweets” – will give a quick synopsis of the event taking place, then will refer people to the Sheriff’s Office or County’s web site for more details.

“I think this is a terrific way to let people know what is happening right away. Then they can determine if they want more information or not. I’ve found this to be a handy tool to communicate directly and quickly with people,” Herrin said. “I’ll keep sending them out as long as I am able before, during and after a storm. Of course if computer and/or mobile phone service is lost then all bets are off.”

To sign up, just to the Sheriff’s Office website at and click on the Twitter icon at the top of the page and get started receiving Tweets from the Sheriff’s Office today.