May 11, 2010

Employees of the first quarter

In the photo: Employees of the first quarter of 2010 were recently honored at a ceremony in Marathon.
Left to right, Explorer Eugene Rihl, Detective Sgt. Dave Carey, Detention Sgt. Mark Lindback,
Sheriff’s Aide Val Marinello, Reserve Rose Crum, Colonel Rick Ramsay.

Click here for details of the awards

Sheriff’s Office teams up for Clean Up

Clean up crew

On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Corrections teamed up with Florida's Department of Environmental Protection and Pennecamp Park to conduct a cleanup operation on park property in Key Largo. MCSO Lt. James Sheagren, DEP Officer Mike McKay and Park Ranger Ricardo Lujambio are pictured with a team of inmate workers and a fraction of the debris and garbage that was removed from park property.

Sheriff’s Office has a new look

New Green Uniforms

Many people may have noticed the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has a new look: all-green uniforms. Most Sheriff’s Offices around the state wear green uniform shirts and pants, with patches designating what county they work for. Up until recently, Monroe County was different, wearing white uniform shirts instead. Many deputies expressed concern that these white shirts made them too visible at night, exposing them as a target for the “bad guys”. Due to these concerns, and to bring the agency more in line with other agencies in the state, Sheriff Peryam decided to change to all green uniforms. The uniform change was funded with money forfeited from criminal cases, and did not use any taxpayer funds.

Officers on duty during the day are being allowed to choose to wear white or green shirts; the color white in clothing is cooler, and some are choosing to stay with that color on day-shift.  Everyone else – on nights, in Corrections facilities and law enforcement certified administrative staff – will be wearing green uniforms.







May 5, 2010

A special new addition, just in time for Mother’s Day!

Baby Syd

Our pair of sloths at the Sheriff’s Animal Farm has become a threesome, just in time for Mother’s Day!

On March 21st, Maggie gave birth to a new baby. The proud parents, two-toed sloths named Maggie and Moe, joined the farm in early 2009 and are obviously happy to be here.

Since Farmer Jeanne and Farm Veterinarian Doug Mader have not yet been able to tell if it is a girl or a boy, the new addition has been given the androgynous moniker “Syd”. For the young, and young at heart, you might recognize the name as that of the sloth in the movie “Ice Age”. Syd spends most of his/her time clinging to Mom as she climbs around upside down in her habitat at the farm.

Everyone is invited to welcome the new addition, and to celebrate Mother’s Day with all the animals at the Animal Farm on Sunday, May 9th from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. It is a terrific family activity that is free of charge. Of course, the farm welcomes cash donations to support the animals and to maintain their habitats.

The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters complex. Groups may schedule special tours at the farm by calling Farmer Jeanne Selander at 305-293-7300.