Newsletter published by the Community Relations Division of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, for Monroe County Sheriff's Office employees.
Ed Miller, long-time Sheriff’s Office employee and supervisor of the
We’ve had a number of issues come up which I feel need to be discussed briefly.
School Crossing Guards
The issue of School Crossing Guards is a
controversial one. The
Recent changes in state law allow for Crossing Guards
to be paid out of a surcharge on parking tickets. Because the city of
To that end, we are continuing our ne
Federal Forfeiture Money
We recently received another hefty check from the
Federal Government for a Drug Forfeiture Case. Actually, it is the on
The money is being used to purchase new equipment of
various types. Since we just received the check in September, we are really
just getting started designating where it will be spent. Remember, though, we
cannot pay salaries for current employees nor can we purchase items which
would be normally included in our yearly budget. The money must be spent, for
the most part, on non-budgeted items (for instance, the last check funded the
purchase of the old Mariner’s Hospital building, the new 800 megahertz radio
system and half of the Department of Juvenile Justice Building on Stock
Island), as well as on crime prevention programs and any other programs which
have as their
Great News ! There’s a light at the end of the tunnel………………..and it’s not a train! What I mean by that is we are finally approaching “Full Staffing,” in Sector 7. I realize that’s probably not as exciting to you as it is to us, but I assure you our sergeants are happy campers. It’s pretty tough working at absolute minimum staffing every shift, but our supervisors and deputies have done a great job in dealing with it and maintaining excellent performance levels. Well done to all!
This is a perfect point to begin introducing you to
our new Sector 7 team members. I would like to begin with Deputy
We would like to extend a hearty
congratulations and welcome to our other new sergeant, Deb Ryan. Deb
comes to us from a tour with the Crimes Against
Women and Children Unit and prior to that a deputy in Sector 4. Deb is a
former sergeant with the Florida Highway Patrol, did a tour in
Moving along in welcoming our new members, I’d like
to introduce you to Deputy
Also joining us from the Florida Dept. of
Returning to Sector 7, toward the end of the month,
will be Deputy
Needless to say, when we welcome new folks to our
Sector, we bid farewell to others. Deputy Joe Moran has moved on to the Sector
6 team, as will Deputy
I promise next month’s Sector & Rap will be a lot
more fun reading as it will be “The Ride to Glory II, The Sequel.” A bunch of
us diehard biker types are headed back to Daytona for
Biketoberfest 2002. We’re only
Be Well and Stay Safe.
When you drive to headquarters you will see a make over on college road, which was organized by Deputy Matt Dowling. This C.O.P. project was focused on several concerns such as public safety as a lot of women ride, walk and jog along the bike path which has become overgrown. The path was unsafe and became a haven for homeless people as well as for people hanging out in the bush line. It created a sense of fear in the general public as they used the path, to the point that many of them started using the roadway instead. Their fears were our fears: the potential for an attack on a female was certainly real. Matt organized this project with the City's Office of Public Works because the road is owned by the City, but is technically our area of coverage. This project was expected to take a week, but turned into a month long project using inmate labor as well as other people. The area looks much better as camp sights have been cleared out, trash has been removed and the tree's have been cut way back to the point that you can see the water way now. This is what C.O.P. is all about: identifying a community problem and attacking it head on in order to make the community a better and safer place for all. I would like to thank Matt for all of his hard work and dedication.
Matt has also been working very hard to control our abandoned vehicle problem and has towed 66 vehicles, five trailers, six boats and has had another 15 vehicles removed by their owners all during July and August of this year. This is a never ending battle in the lower key's area and we are doing a great job with the limited resources that we have.
Deputy Dowling is also of
working with the County’s Marine Projects Office to remove
derelict vessels and clean up the waters surrounding
I would like to thank Sergeant Hull for his time and efforts with the F.T.O. program as he has had to fill in for Sergeant Sommers while he was out for a month and a half. Daryl had to start and schedule four new recruits and organize the program, which takes a lot of time as most of you know.
We had a recent vehicle crash involving a marked unit, which resulted in a totaled patrol vehicle and two officers receiving injuries. The crash was the fault of the other driver, but it should make you think about safety while on traffic stops. The officers had stopped a violator and pulled to the shoulder and while in their patrol vehicle writing a citation a female driver blacked out and left the roadway crashing into the left rear of the marked patrol unit at approx. forty miles per hour. There was not much that the officers could have done to prevent this type of crash, but vehicle placement is always a top concern as sometimes violators just stop anywhere and we must evaluate the stop location and move it to a safer place if needed. Do not stand behind your vehicle and write the ticket as you might lose your legs. Traffic stops are very dangerous, between the violators and other motorists who might be drinking and/or not paying attention. I am thankful that these officers, Stamets and Duncan, are O.K. and sustained only limited injuries as it could have been a lot worse.
Well, summer is over and it has finally slowed down a little and we are getting a breather until Thanksgiving when we will be again confronted with the traffic we all know so well-you know the traffic I’m talking about-the traffic that lines up as if to say “NO WAY YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE A LEFT TURN OUT OF THAT SIDE STREET-MAKE A RIGHT AND THEN MAKE A U-TURN”.
First let me wish a farewell to Frank Morey who decided to leave the job
before completing his FTO program here. He moved up to the
Sergeant Sam Cassel has dedicated a block of his time to assisting Sergeant Lou Caputo with the training and certifying of almost 40 officers in the operation of Sheriff’s Office wave runners. Good job, Sam, keep up the effort. I know you are doing all this while at the same time balancing your wife’s illness and your son’s broken arm. I applaud your dedication in adverse times and if you need any help just ask any of us. Our prayers are with your family.
Other illnesses and injuries include Deputy
Joel, Joel, Joel-As you pulled the lady and the dog out of the water did you ask her if her dog bites? Then when she said no did you grab the dog out of the water and then when he bit you did she say, “That’s not my dog”? Is that how it happened? For those of you who did not know-Joel has been bitten three times on duty and this is probably not the last. The guy just has no-fear. But, seriously, he saved the dog’s life by grabbing him out of a canal before it was too late. And knowing Joel, I’m sure he was willing to “take one for the team” in order to do the right thing. Excellent job Joel. Keep up the great work.
In keeping with the subject.
Border Patrol K-9 Raban was laid to rest this
month when his ashes were gently placed into the current of the
Speaking of Reserves, the Marathon Reserves, commanded by Reserve Lieutenant
would like to commend and thank Deputy
Last month Deputy Lin Badman completed a fine
example of a zone improvement in
special thank you
Finally I want to thank each and every Deputy in Sectors 4 and 5 for their dedication lately to the watch-orders to check all of the high priority areas that have been designated due to the Domestic Security notices we have been alerted to. I know this is time consuming but I see the shifts taking the duty seriously and commend their zeal in this important task.
Let me update you on our enforcement efforts in
In August we arrested 15 DUIs, wrote 571 tickets and 592 warnings, made 34 felony arrests, 100 misdemeanor arrests and served 22 warrants. All this in addition to 572 building checks, 594 night-eye contacts, as well as all of our zone improvements, watch orders and directed patrols.
In September we arrested 6 DUIs, wrote 416 tickets and 250 warnings, made 14 felony arrests, 42 misdemeanor arrests and served 18 warrants. All this in addition to 511 building checks, 219 night-eye contacts, as well as all of our zone improvements, watch orders and directed patrols.
That’s all for now. Be safe out there.
AND REMEMBER……..”If everything seems to coming your way----you’re probably in the wrong lane.”
The Sheriff’s Office participated
in a Weapons of Mass Destruction Drill in October
By Lt. Tom Brazil
This is the time of the year where we look at
compiling our end of the fiscal year reports. I am proud to say that Sector 6
met or exceeded virtually all of our stated
Sergeant Tim Hurd has the sector’s K-9 Storm up and running and actively working the street. SID and US Customs have already utilized our K-9 team in enforcement activity and the team has been active in street apprehension and patrol work. In October the K-9 Team will start training with Homestead PD’s K-9 Unit. Tim has done a great job in hitting the ground running with this program.
Speaking of being short handed we would like to
welcome two recent academy graduates: Deputies
Congratulations to Sergeant
A final note on
Everyone seems to think that Islamorada is a quiet little place where nothing
As a new addition to Crimes
Against Persons Unit, the Victim Advocates celebrated the closing of
their first year
Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocates (in motion).
Hours volunteered by Reserves 2001 – 2002 = 12,193
Current Staffing = 100 Members
· Reserves are the backbone of the newly formed aviation division. In the 5 months that the reserves have been part of the aviation division they have volunteered 2,844 hours.
· The Honor Guard is led by the talented Lt. Mitch Snider and supported entirely by Reserve members.
· Four Reserve members who are available on a callout basis support the Victim Advocate Division.
· Sworn Reserve Deputies have worked almost a thousand hours covering for shortages on the road.
There are reserves working in traffic, courts,
records, schools and CIU/Special OPS supporting the tasks that are performed
by the members of the Sheriff Office. We support almost all the special
functions that take place throughout the year. The Reserves are committed to
be available when and where we are needed. We are funded for 100 members, who
By Aux. Sgt. Dave Campbell
We are sorry to announce that Sector 4/5 Auxiliary
Milton Bahan has passed away. Services were held
Milt was due to come home over the weekend and had all the arrangements set up for health watch in case he had any more medical problems. Milt had been in Marathon Manor since the end of June.
Milt came to us in July of 2001 from Levy County Sheriffs Office where he was very active, held many certificates of training with them, from working closely with the crime scene unit and also as a Reserve Deputy. Milt continued that with us as he became very involved here helping from special ops with Lt. Simpson to working special details with the auxiliaries, Milton loved to work at the Marathon High School Football Games and worked at many of our fingerprint details. Milt was always willing to help out no matter what we were doing, and you never had to worry about Milt being late because he was always early (sometimes even before the event organizers).
Milt will be greatly missed by the Sector 4 Auxiliaries and everyone he touched with his memory, as he was an asset to all he helped and worked with.
Major Taylor wishes to offer his congratulations to
Sgt. Luis Gonzalez began his career with the Sheriff’s Office as a dispatcher. He has worked in corrections for the last four years. Sgt. Luis Gonzalez will be working in the Plantation Key Facility under the guidance of Lt. Joe Saly.
Sgt.s were promoted: Sgt.
Sworn Law Enforcement Employee: Deputy Donald MacAllaster Bureau of Operations, Special Operation-Traffic.
MacAllaster is a highly motivated individual, who
is continually seeking ways to improve himself and the Sheriff’s Office.
During the last several months Deputy MacAllaster
Frequently Deputy MacAllaster will recognize problems or inefficiencies with standard procedures, and can be counted on to follow policy while correcting these deficiencies. Most recently he spent many hours re-vamping the DUI worksheet used by our county recognizing out-dated procedures. Deputy MacAllaster sought input from all concerned parties and came up with a more efficient and user-friendly DUI worksheet. The changes have shortened the time necessary to process a DUI arrest, there-by returning the arresting deputy to the street sooner, increasing coverage for Monroe County. The change to the worksheet will no doubt improve the quality of documentation made by an arresting deputy, and increase the conviction rate for DUI arrests throughout the county.
This type of selfless dedication to his duties has made Deputy MacAllaster a tremendous asset to this unit and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. His ability to maintain a high level of productivity within the unit, while continuing to improve himself and the procedures of this agency set him apart from most deputies.
Peggy Carey, Bureau of Administration,
Peggy has been in the Records Division the entire time of her employment with the agency and is the assistant supervisor in the absence of the supervisor. During the absence of the Records Supervisor Peggy has always run the office efficiently and effectively.
Peggy handles all of
the validations in the Records Division. Every two years FDLE audits the
division and Peggy has always received great marks for her validations. Peggy
also fills in for the secretaries upstairs in Administration when they are
out. She has done a
I feel that Peggy is a team player and has always taken the initiative to get her job done and then help others with theirs.
Sworn Detention Employee:
The majority of the
last three months, D/D Haynes has been the Officer in charge of “C” Watch.
Everyday that he has been the O.I.C., he has operated the squad at the bare
minimum level of staffing. He is the sole FTO on the shift and has trained
several probationary officers while at the same time fulfilling his O.I.C.
duties. During the last few months he has dealt with a number of problems and
emergencies and has demonstrated
John has been a
member of the Sheriff’s Office since
Trauma Star Pilot,
Once the first victim
was packaged for lift, Sgt. Housman then raised
the Stokes Litter, along with Paramedic Farfan up
to the helicopter. Opting to transport the victim externally, Paramedic
Farfan hung from the hoist, cradling the victim
and the litter with his legs. While perched hundreds of feet in the air, the
crew flew the victim to the shoreline into the hands of waiting ground rescue
personnel. The helicopter and crew then returned to the crash scene and again
repeated the vertical rescue of the second victim. Given the totality and
critical circumstances of the mission, the actions of this crew are
commendable. Their ability to perform under tremendous pressure, within a time
constraint, and under extremely hazardous conditions as a first time crew, is
without equal. Their selfless acts of courage and concern for the needs of the
Explorer/Cadet: Explorer/Cadet Lt. Yessenia Crespo, Bureau of Operations, Explorer/Cadet Section Explorer/Cadet.
Yessenia has been a member of this program since November 2000. Yessenia is an asset to Post 906 and any time a job needs doing, she is the first to volunteer. Whether phone calls need to be made, the supply closet organized or a last minute work detail comes up, Explorer Lt. Crespo is always willing to help out. She is that steady, dependable rock we all like to rely on, but frequently overlook for recognition awards because there is no one particular event that makes us take notice.
Explorer Lt. Crespo is a team player and frequently helps other members. She takes the younger ones under her wing and guides them in the right direction. That in itself is an important task.
Explorer Drill Team performed at
5 Year Member Plaques
10 Year Member Plaques
15 Year Member Plaques
20 Year Member Plaques
Jon Hall, Asst.
Dockmaster of the City of
Forrest Young, of
Dynasty Marine Associates, Inc, congratulated Sheriff Roth on the
“professionalism of your department.” He singled out
Pesquera, Special Agent in Charge and Jorge
Miyar, Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI
wrote to Sheriff Roth recognizing several deputies for assisting them in the
arrest of a “top car
John Clark of Ramrod Key said Deputy John O’Malley impressed him with his “local knowledge, experience, and instincts to find and deal with the perpetrators” of a burglary at his home.
William Trantham commended Deputy Matthew Dowling for his “courteous and timely response to a neighborhood problem in and around the public boat ramp at Big Coppitt Key…Deputy Dowling’s public service is a credit to the Sheriff’s department. In short, it represents the type of positive public relations between police and citizens that newspaper articles and paid advertisements can’t even come close to.”
Robinson, with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, commended
Robin Frost wrote to
Captain Joe Mendez,
SFHIDTA’s Program Manager commended
Peter Horton, Monroe
County Airport Manager, wrote a letter commending
County Judge Ruth Becker wrote to commend Corrections Officer Andy Paskeiwicz for his assistance with a “difficult situation with the felony trial of an inmate.” ‘She says he was “polite, professional, friendly and calm in the face of a rather frustrated judge!”
Key West Police Lt. Jim Benkoczy wrote a letter of commendation to Deputy Manny Cuervo and his dog, Sadie. The K-9 Team helped with a search for armed juvenile suspects in a Grand Theft case in September. He says, “Nationwide, we have seen emotionally disturbed youths, armed with dangerous weapons, shoot innocent victims. You did not hesitate to respond to our call for assistance or to put yourself and your partner in harms way. I highly commend you and Sadie for your actions.”
Bell-Thomson wrote to Sheriff Roth commending
By Executive Director Michael J. Scott
For those of us in
Secondly, it won’t be long before the online
evaluation process becomes available as Inspector Lynn McNeil works diligently
to accomplish this daunting task. There are approximately 169 positions within
the office and each needs a completed Job Task Analysis (JTA). At present we
have about 130 finalized and only 39 to
If you have any
Submitted by Finance Director
This policy is intended to reward MCSO employees for superior attendance. This award is being offered as an incentive to increase the effectiveness of the Agency and reduce the costs associated with absenteeism. Different monetary amounts are offered to employees based on their assignments and the budgetary effect of their use of sick leave.
This is effective for the period beginning
In order to be eligible for this reward, the employee must have been employed for the entire period mentioned above. For employees who transfer from one eligible job position to another eligible position during the year, they will receive the award amount that is listed below for the position held on the last day of the period. Employees on workers compensation, on family medical leave, in the academy or on administrative leave without pay do not qualify for the award. In order to receive the award, the employee must still be employed at the time the award is paid. Contributions to the Sick Leave Pool are not considered use of sick leave under this policy.
1. For employees who fill a post and are permanently assigned to one of the following positions:
· Road Patrol Deputy/Sergeant
· Detention Deputy/Sergeant
· Communications Officer and Call Taker
· Aviation Pilot and Mechanic
· Airport Deputy/Sergeant
· Airport Security Technician
These employees who do not use any sick leave during the period will be awarded $1,000 for their perfect attendance. Employees who use one day of sick leave during the period will be awarded $500 for their attendance. Employees who take more than one day of sick leave are not eligible for an award.
2. For employees who are permanently assigned to one of the following positions:
· Law enforcement and corrections sworn non-exempt members not mentioned above. This class includes school resource officers, detectives, internal affairs investigators, civil deputies, court security personnel, community relations deputies, transportation officers, detention deputies or law enforcement officers not filling a post, etc.
These employees who do not use any sick leave during the period will be awarded $300 for their perfect attendance.
3. All administrative personnel and all FSLA exempt members will receive $100 for their perfect attendance.
4. School Crossing Guards will receive $50 for their perfect attendance.
The awards will be paid, at the latest, in December following the end of the fiscal year.
Attention members with department issued Nextel phones.
For those of you that were issued a Nextel in August 2002 your current plan is “Nextel National Shared 500”:
· 500 minutes per phone
· Unlimited direct connect (radio)
· Nationwide long distance included
· No additional nights or weekend minutes
For the members who had Nextel prior to August 2002 your current plan is “Nextel Local Connect 500 UPC”:
· 1,000 minutes per phone
· Unlimited direct connect (radio)
· Unlimited nights and weekends
· Long distance is 15 cents per minute
By Fleet Manager
Two issues have recently been brought to my attention
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the following new employees to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
Congratulations! to Daniel
Marqueith for successfully recruiting
Congratulations to the following employees who passed the state examination.
Daniel Marqueith Law Enforcement
Deselies Mompoint Detention Deputy
Note: The Sheriff received the following letter from
a representative of the
Dear Sheriff Roth:
In light of recent events that have happened in two of our neighboring Florida Sheriff Offices, I want to remind you of an important part of the Florida Sheriffs Associations Pre-Paid Legal Program.
There was a deputy killed in an auto fatality on
September 28th. He had been a member of the FSA's
Legal Program since 1998 but had not sent in his will questionnaire until
You have many employees who are enrolled in the
FSA's Pre-Paid Legal Program and many of them are
just like this deputy. They have never
Also there was a situation last month in another
county where a deputy
Thanks again for your continued support of this
program and should you have any
Smith, Account Representative -
The following courses are being offered in 2003 at the Metropolitan Police Institute, Miami-Dade Police Department. For more information and exact dates, visit their web site at http://mdpdtraining.com.
· Crime Scene Investigations, January
· Motor Vehicle Identification and Auto Theft Symposium, January
· Public Information Officer, February
· Advanced Police Diver Search and Recovery, February
· Terrorism Symposium, February
· Use of Deadly Force Investigations, February
· Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop, March
· Arson Investigation for the 21st Century, March
· Female Officer Survival Techniques, March
· Women in Policing: Meeting the Challenges of Supervision, March
· Fraud Investigations, March
· Property and Evidence Seminar, April
· Tactical Narcotics Training, April
· Homicide Investigations, May
· Personal Watercraft Training for Law Enforcement, May
· Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop, May
· Internal Affairs Investigations, June
· Digital Photography for Law Enforcement, June
· Advanced Fraud Investigations, July
· Advanced Homicide Investigation Techniques, July
· Crime Scene Investigations II, July
· Crime Scene Photography, August
· Fingerprint Evidence Processing and Recovery, September
· Underwater Police Science and Technology, September
· Airport Investigators Course, October
· Physical Evidence, October
· Advanced Interviewing and Interrogation, November
· Crime Scene Reconstruction, November
· Digital Imaging Enhancement Workshop, November
· Officer Survival Instructor’s Course, November
· Sexual Crimes Investigations, December
· Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop, December
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A Policeman pulled a man over for speeding and asked him to get out of the car. After looking the man over, he said, “Sir, I couldn’t help but notice your eyes are glazed. Have you been drinking?”
The man became indignant and replied, “Officer, I couldn’t help but notice your eyes are glazed. Have you been eating doughnuts?”