Annual Report, Year 2011 - Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Annual Report, Year 2011 - Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Monroe County

Sheriff’s Office

Annual Report - 2011

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Table of Contents

Letter from the Sheriff .........................................................................Page 4

Office of the Undersheriff....................................................................Page 5

Sheriff’s Command Staff .....................................................................Page 6

Jurisdictional Area and Sheriff’s Office Locations...........................Page 7

General News and Events, 2011 .........................................................Page 9

Organizational Charts..........................................................................Page 16-17

Office of the Sheriff .............................................................................Page 18

Bureau of Law Enforcement ...............................................................Page 19

Bureau of Administration ...................................................................Page 34

Bureau of Corrections..........................................................................Page 39

Employee Awards.................................................................................Page 42

Important Numbers..............................................................................Page 47

Sheriff’s Office helps kids learn & grow.............................................Page 48-49

Annual Report Credits:

Publication layout, design and editing:

Community Relations Director Deputy Becky Herrin

Statistics / charts:

The MCSO Human Resources Division

The MCSO Finance Division

The Monroe County Bureau of Corrections

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The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has been both State and Federally Accredited since 1991.

Sheriff’s Philosophy: “Do the right thing, at the right time, for the right


This will be my last Sheriff’s Office Annual Report. I continue to enjoy

my time as Sheriff of Monroe County, but will be moving on to other

things come December of 2012.

My decision not to run for a second term was a difficult one, and

was not one I made lightly. After 32 years of service to the community, it

was simply time for a change. I am looking forward to new and different

challenges in the years to come.

As sheriff, the thing I’ve valued most is the partnership and cooperation

our agency has with the public. The professionalism of everyone

who works here at the Sheriff’s Office is truly top notch; put that together

with the wonderful community we have here in the Keys and I can

truly say I have had the opportunity to “live the dream”.

Sheriff Robert P. Peryam For the past 20 or more years, the Sheriff’s Office has emphasized

the concept of “community policing”. Community Policing is the idea

that everyone - law enforcement and citizens alike - has to work closely

together to ensure we have a safe and secure community.

It is no coincidence that, over the same time period, we have seen the number of Major Index Crimes

cut in half. I attribute this fact directly to the great working relationship our agency has with all of you.

Without the eyes and ears of the community working with us, our job would be a much tougher one.

With the tough economic times we’ve experienced recently, our agency has shown a remarkable ability

to do more with less. Even though we’ve reduced our workforce by 59 positions, our remaining employees

have managed to pick up the slack; we’ve continued reducing crime, and continue to serve our

community with the same high level of service as we did before.

We’ve also maintained our budget at pre-2006 levels and continue to return money to the county at

the end of each fiscal year. In the last fiscal year, we earned $2.7 million by renting unused bed space in

our main detention center to federal agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the federal

Marshals Service. We are on track this year to top $3 million - all of which is returned to the county to

offset the cost of operating our detention facilities in the Keys.

Under my leadership, our employee turnover is the lowest it’s ever been. We work hard to train our

employees to do difficult jobs. Keeping them once they are trained is important to the quality of our agency

as a whole and to the safety of our community.

And maintaining a highly trained workforce is important. I have striven to emphasize the importance of

training for our employees; for law enforcement officers, training can save lives - both the officers life and

the lives of others. It is crucial our employees have the best training available.

I have encouraged my employees to work toward advancing their education in any way they can because

I believe the community benefits from an educated workforce.

I have also emphasized the importance of community service and I encourage all my employees to be

involved in the many charitable organizations and to give back to our community.

I want to say thank you to everyone I’ve come to know in my time here at the Sheriff’s Office. It has

been an honor and a pleasure to serve you. I hope you all realize what

a truly great agency the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is; we are all

fortunate to have a law enforcement agency in Monroe County like

this one - an agency that is professional, well trained, and cares about

the community it serves.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011


The Undersheriff holds the rank of colonel and is second in command of

the Sheriff’s Office, reporting directly to Sheriff Peryam. He is responsible for

the day-to-day actions of Sheriff’s Office personnel and for the enforcement

of general orders and policy within the Sheriff’s Office. He also handles the

disposition of disciplinary action.

Colonel Ramsay oversees all Sheriff’s Office bureaus, including the

Operations, Corrections and Administrative bureaus; the Sheriff’s Community

Relations Division, the Aviation Division and the Internal Affairs Division

report directly to him.

Colonel Ramsay, raised in the Florida Keys, started with the Monroe

County Sheriff’s Office in 1987 as a patrol deputy. He has worked in virtually

every area of the Sheriff’s Office over the years, in traffic enforcement as

a deputy and then as traffic sergeant. He worked as a patrol sergeant, and

Colonel Richard Ramsay detective sergeant of both the Sheriff’s Monroe County High Intensity Drug

Trafficking Area Group and as head of Special Operations and Narcotics. He

was promoted to Lieutenant in the year 2000, placed in charge of all investigative

functions, including general crimes, crime scene investigations and special teams.

He was promoted to captain in 2001, serving as commander of Operations at the Main Detention Facility

and then captain of the Lower Keys District. He became lieutenant colonel in 2003, third in command of

the entire office, and has served as Colonel since 2004.

He has attended the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and the Southern

Police Institute’s Command Officers Development Course. He serves on the board of United Way, the

Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens, the Guidance Care

Center, the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter and the Florida Keys

Community College Training Advisory Committee.

Colonel Ramsay’s depth of experience in law enforcement, and

in Monroe County,

makes him particularly

effective at directing

all aspects

of the office.

Colonel Rick Ramsay was named the

American Legion’s Law Enforcement

Officer of the Year by Keys Memorial

Post 145 in Islamorada, and the 2010-

2011 American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for the State of Florida. He was chosen for the award

in recognition for his extensive community involvement. He sits on the Board of Directors for many organizations,

including United Way, Florida Keys Children’s Shelter, Guidance Care Center for Mental Health, Fishermen’s

Hospital, Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens and the Military Affairs Committee.


Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011

Left to right:

Director Bill Martin, Captain Chad Scibilia, Captain Gene Thompson, Captain Don Fanelli, Captain Don Hiller, Chief Tommy Taylor, Sheriff

Bob Peryam, Colonel Rick Ramsay, Chief Lou Caputo, Chief Mike Rice, Captain Tim Age, Captain Corey Bryan, Captain Joe Mendez,

Captain Ted Migala and General Counsel Patrick McCullah. Inset: Captain Penny Phelps, Lt. Colonel Tim Wagner and Chief Joel Widell.




Key Largo


Stock Island

Big Pine Key



Key Colony Beach




Key Largo storefront,

Murray Nelson Building

Roth Building, Plantation Key

Plantation Key Detention Center

Key West

Freeman Substation

Cudjoe Key

Headquarters and

Stock Island Detention Center

Department of Juvenile Justice

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011

Marathon Substation

Marathon Detention Center

Aviation Division

Special Investigations/HIDTA


Jurisdictional Area

The Florida Keys are a chain of islands extending south

and west from the southern tip of Florida. The Monroe County

Sheriff’s Office is the primary law enforcement agency providing

service to the residents of the county. The agency’s

jurisdictional area extends from the Monroe County line at the

112 mile marker of U.S. One (including County Road 905 and

a portion of Card Sound Road) to the island of Key West at

the five mile marker of the same highway. The agency is also

charged with operating county detention facilities and serving

civil papers in the entire county.

The Sheriff’s Office has its main headquarters building,

and its main detention center just outside of Key West on

Stock Island. The county is broken up into districts, including

the Lower Keys (District One), the Middle Keys (Districts

Four and Five), Islamorada (District Six) and the Upper Keys

(District Seven).

While the Sheriff’s Office is the primary law enforcement

agency for Monroe County, other local, state and federal

agencies also operate in the Florida Keys. The Florida Highway

Patrol investigates most accidents on Keys’ roadways.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission takes

care of most waterborne law enforcement activities. The

Naval Air Station, located in the Lower Keys, has its own security

force. The city of Key West has its own police force, as

does the city of Key Colony Beach. The Sheriff’s Office works

closely with all law enforcement agencies in the Keys, and

enjoys a good working relationship with all of them.

General Information

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has 543 employees,

including 192 road patrol deputies, 131 corrections officers,

160 support staff and 60 employees in our South Florida High

Intensity Drug Trafficking Area office.

Sheriff’s Office Locations

Headquarters: Located at 5525 College Road on Stock

Island, the sheriff’s headquarters building houses all the

main administrative offices responsible for day-to-day operations,

including the Finance Division, the Human Resources

Division, Records and Warrants Division, the Civil Division,

Internal Affairs, Information Systems, the Training Division, the

Legal Division, the Community Relations Division and Professional

Standards. Detectives working Lower Keys cases also

have an office in the headquarters building. Housed separately

at the courthouse complex in Key West at 500 Whitehead

Street is the Sheriff’s Property Division.

Department of Juvenile Justice : The DJJ building is

located adjoining the sheriff’s main detention facility at 5503

College Road, Stock Island. The first floor is dedicated to a

juvenile detention facility run by the Department of Juvenile

Justice. The second floor houses the sheriff’s main Supply Office,

Juvenile Programs Unit, Victim’s Advocates and an office

for detectives with the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit, as well as

a fully equipped gymnasium used by sheriff’s employees.

Freeman Substation - Cudjoe Key: The Freeman

Substation, at 20950 Overseas Highway, is at the 21 mile

marker of U.S. One, on Cudjoe Key. It is home to Lower Keys

Road Patrol and two detectives who work Lower Keys cases.

District One runs from the city limits of Key West at the 4 mile

marker to the 40 mile marker on the Seven Mile Bridge.

Freeman Substation, Cudjoe Key

Marathon Substation: The Marathon Substation, at 3103

Overseas Highway, mile marker 48.7 in the city of Marathon,

houses Middle Keys road patrol, and detectives. There is a

satellite Records Office and Property Division, as well as a

civil deputy assigned to the substation. District Four includes

the city of Marathon, from the 40 mile marker, on the Seven

Mile Bridge to Tom’s Harbor Cut Bridge at the 60.5 mile

marker of Highway U.S. One; and District Five runs from

Tom’s Harbor Cut Bridge to the Islamorada city limits, at the

74 mile marker of Highway U.S. One. The Sheriff’s Communications

building is also in Marathon, housed separately, in the

Florida state building at 2796 Overseas Highway at the 47.5

mile marker.

Headquarters Building, Stock Island

Marathon Substation


Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011

Aviation Division Headquarters: The Aviation hanger,

home to the Sheriff’s Aviation Division, is on the grounds of

the Marathon Airport at 10100 Overseas Highway at the 52

mile marker. In addition to housing all Sheriff’s Office aircraft,

it also provides a home to the sheriff’s mobile command post

and firearm’s trailer. The building has a fully functional and

equipped training classroom, and a gymnasium used by sheriff’s


Roth Building, Plantation Key

Aviation Headquarters, Marathon

Special Operations Division and High Intensity Drug

Trafficking Area: This building, at the north end of Marathon,

houses detectives assigned to work specific types of crimes

including narcotics and major crimes including homicide,

sexual battery and child abuse. Victim Advocates are housed

here, as is the sheriff’s intelligence officer. The Monroe High

Intensity Drug Trafficking Area group (HIDTA) also works out

of this building, coordinating long-term money laundering,

racketeering and other types of investigations involving the

cooperative involvement of local, state and federal law enforcement


Main Detention Center: The Main Detention Center, at

5501 College Road, holds up to 596 inmates and includes

a professional-grade kitchen, sick bay and medical offices,

as well a video first-appearance room and an officers’ dining

room. Inmates from the Lower Keys, as well as all inmates

judged to be violent or high profile are housed here. The commander

of the Detention Bureau has his office in the facility

and the day-to-day operations are overseen by one captain,

the facility commander.

Islamorada Substation: Servicing the law enforcement

needs of the Village of Islamorada, the Islamorada Substation

is at 86800 Overseas Highway, mile marker 86. District Six

Road Patrol is housed here. District Six runs from the 73 mile

marker, at the south end of the Channel Two Bridge, to the

90.5 mile marker at the Tavernier Creek Bridge.

Main Detention Center, Stock Island

Marathon Detention Center: The Marathon Detention

Center is a satellite facility housing 52 inmates judged to be

“low risk.” Located at 3981 Overseas Highway at the 49 mile

marker in Marathon, the facility is run by a lieutenant who

reports to the detention commander.

Plantation Key Detention Center: The Upper Keys Detention

facility houses 47 inmates judged to be “low risk” and

is located at 53 High Point Road at the 89 mile marker of U.S.

One in Tavernier. The facility is run by a lieutenant who reports

to the detention commander.

Islamorada Substation

The Roth Building - Plantation Key: The Roth Building,

at 50 High Point Road in Tavernier, services Sheriff’s Office

District Seven, which runs from the northernmost city limits of

Islamorada at mile marker 90.2 (Tavernier Creek Bridge), to

the county line at the 112 mile marker of Highway U.S. One.

The District includes Ocean Reef, parts of Card Sound Road

and County Road 905.

Plantation Key Detention Center

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011



• Information gathered during a traffic stop in Islamorada

led to the location of a marijuana-growing operation on Little

Torch Key. Detectives

seized $130,000.00

worth of plants from

a home, arresting the

man who lives there.

A caller to dispatchers reported a

cock fight going on at a Rockland Key

property. A Key West man was arrested

after deputies found evidence of a recent

cock fight, along with 64 fighting roosters

on the property.

A Marathon man was arrested after he

passed out on the pavement while pushing

a small child in a stroller.

• A corrections

deputy was attacked

by an inmate as he

was collecting food

trays after breakfast.

The officer was

treated at the hospital

for injuries; the

inmate was charged

with aggravated


• An inmate in

the Stock Island

jail was charged

with attempted

murder after he

tried to throw a

detention deputy

over a secondstory

railing in one

of the jail housing


• A trail of

blood drops led

deputies to the

home of a man

who burglarized

a Marathon bank.

The man was arrested after admitting to the crime, which he

said he committed so he could purchase crack cocaine.

• A naked man who ran into traffic and declared himself

“King of the World” was arrested on Big Coppitt Key. Deputies

had to use a Taser twice to subdue him; he later admitted to

taking LSD and drinking alcohol.

• A surveillance detail set up to catch a bridge burglary

suspect was successful after detectives caught a Miami man

breaking into a car parked at the approach to the Seven Mile



• A Big Coppitt man was arrested after he threatened a teenage

couple with a shotgun in a parking lot of an apartment

building; he told deputies he considers himself “the enforcer”

for the building whose job it is to “take care of the place”.

• A man barricaded himself in a Grassy Key home after

a domestic dispute. He eventually surrendered; detectives

found a small marijuana-growing operation, three pounds of

marijuana and a fully loaded gun inside the home.

Sheriff Peryam announced the promotion of Donato “Donnie”

Elomina to lieutenant of District One and Patrick Major to

lieutenant of the Plantation Key Detention Center.

Sheriff Bob Peryam announced a number of key promotions to

his command staff. Lou Caputo was promoted to chief of the Law

Enforcement Bureau; Corey Bryan was promoted to captain of the

Islamorada District replacing Captain Don Fanelli who transferred

to the District Seven captain slot; Gene Thompson was promoted

to captain of District One in the Lower Keys.

• A burglary suspect was literally “caught with his pants

down” by deputies; the teen was interrupted as he was watching

pornography on a computer inside a business he broke

into. He was pulling up his pants when deputies caught him.

• An Islamorada man was arrested after investigators found

child pornography on his computer. The arrest was the result

of an investigation by the Florida Attorney General’s Internet

Crimes Against Children Task Force, working with the Monroe

County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit.

• A teenage girl in Marathon was charged with making a

false report; she reported being attacked to explain bite marks

on her body which she’d really gotten by engaging in “fantasy

biting behavior.”


Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011

A cock-fighting operation was

interrupted in Marathon after

a woman called the Sheriff’s

Office. Animal Control took 29

chickens and roosters from the


• A Key Largo man was

arrested after threatening his

girlfriend with weapons and

wishing her a “happy bloody

Valentine’s Day.” He kept her

against her will, holding a knife

to her throat and telling her

he was going to “grind up her

body to sell for meat.”

• Two men were indicted by

a grand jury for the murder of

man on Big Pine Key in May

of 2010. They are accused of

shooting the victim at a trailer

he shared with his grandmother,

who was home at the

time of the killing.

• A Stock Island mother was

arrested after she told her

teenage son not to eat his sandwich in the living room; they

argued and when he was rude to her, she picked up a hammer

and hit him with it.

• A man was arrested after a woman in the parking lot of

Publix in Key Largo saw him driving his car around the lot with

the window down, masturbating.


• A Stock Island man was arrested after he held a woman

against her will, choked her and raped her.

• The body of a man reported missing from Quebec,

Canada, was found in a vehicle found parked near the Bahia

Honda Bridge. He was suffering from Crohn’s disease and

told friends he wanted to go to Florida to “see dolphins.”

• A baby was airlifted to a Miami hospital with head injuries

after his parents brought him to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier.

• A man who lives on a boat offshore of Key West tied up his

girlfriend, choked and beat her. She escaped from the boat

after he passed out from drinking. Deputies arrested him after

they found him on the blood-stained vessel, still passed out.

• A cold front brought extreme weather to the Keys, keeping

emergency workers busy.

Power lines down, trees

down, a capsized vessel

and other calls were a

result of high winds and

driving rain.

An elderly man who swam to a small

offshore island near Big Pine Key

had to be rescued from the water

after his wife lost track of his location

and it became too dark to see

him. Deputies used a ResQ Disc to

pull him safely to shore.

• A Marathon man was

arrested after his ex-girlfriend

gave detectives a

box of sex toys which had

been reported stolen from

a trailer parked behind a

Marathon resort.

Colonel Rick Ramsay was chosen the

American Legion Law Enforcement

Officer of the Year by Keys Memorial

Post 145 in Islamorada. He was

chosen for the award in recognition for

his extensive community involvement.

A Key Haven teen was arrested after a

large amount of stolen property was found

in his room at his parents’ house. The

property was traced to multiple vehicle

burglaries which took place on Cudjoe Key.

The Annual Easter on the Animal Farm event

was held at the Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm on

Stock Island.

• A Marathon man was

arrested after he defrauded

his own elderly

mother. He obtained a

mortgage on her house

without her permission

and failed to make

payments, causing the

bank to foreclose on the


• Sheriff Peryam

announced the Sheriff’s

Office recycling program

saved the agency more

than $10,000 since

its inception and was

responsible for recycling

63 tons of material. The

electronics recycling

program handled almost

23,000 pounds of



• A woman died

in a house fire in

Marathon. Her

husband told

deputies he tried

to get her out of

the house, but the

fire spread too


• Deputies interrupted

the theft of

six lower units from

boat motors at

Caribee Boat

Sales and Marina

on Plantation

Key. A CVS

receipt found

at the scene

led detectives

to surveillance

video of a suspect,

who was


identified. A warrant

was issued

for his arrest.

• A Homestead

man was

arrested in connection with at least 19 vehicle burglaries in the

Key Largo area; he was first identified from surveillance video,

then by tracking a stolen iPhone to the suspect’s home.

• A Palm Beach Gardens man was arrested for sexually

assaulting a young girl while she was visiting the Keys with

her family in 2009.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011


The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run took

place to raise money and awareness for the Special

Olympics Games.

• The Sheriff announced major crime went down by an

impressive 8.5% in 2010 in the jurisdictional area primarily

patrolled by the Sheriff’s Office.

Victim Advocate Debbie Shepherd

was named Advocate of the Year for

the state of Florida. The award was

presented in Tallahassee by Governor

Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam

Bondi. Left to right, Det. Sgt. Linda

Mixon, Shepherd, Bondi and Sheriff

Bob Peryam.

bumps and bruises.


• An elderly man shot

his wife, his cat and

then himself at their

Little Torch Key home.

• An Islamorada

woman was arrested

for child cruelty; she

is accused of beating

a four-year-old and

making her eat her own

vomit after she threw

up. The child’s day care

center reported it after

the child showed up

with a black eye and

numerous lacerations,

• An 89-year-old Naples woman reported missing by her son

was found on Big Pine Key; she told deputies she was looking

for Highway 441 so she could go home.

• A Big Pine Key teen stole a gun from a store on Big Pine

Key, then shot himself in the head with it.

• A six-month long drug investigation resulted in the arrests

of 18 people in Marathon and on Big Pine Key.

The Sheriff’s Office, along with other local, state and federal

agencies, conducted a Child Abuse Response Team exercise in

the Lower Keys, simulating a child abduction and the agencies’

response to the event.

• A 72-year-old Eustis man was reported missing, and was

found on Sunshine Key. He said the last thing he remembered

is being on Highway 441 and didn’t know how he got to the

Florida Keys.

• A DNA match was instrumental in the arrest of a Tavernier

man for assaulting a woman. The victim said he took her into

a wooded area, held her down and raped her.

• A Marathon man was charged with attempted murder after

he attacked another man with a machete, cutting him on the


• A sheriff’s deputy hit a small electric vehicle on the Boca

Chica four lane, killing the driver of the vehicle; the officer was

en route to a special duty detail at Higgs Beach at the time of

the accident.


• A Marathon man was arrested for causing severe injury

to an infant. The child was brought to Mariners Hospital with

injuries in March and flown

to Miami; doctors confirmed

“horrific physical child

abuse” including broken

bones and human bite


Two members of

the Sheriff’s Office

- Deputy Chris Galls

and Sgt. Joel Slough

- attended a Maritime

Tactical Operations

and Armed Ship

Boarding course.

• Coral Shores High School was damaged extensively

overnight. Suspects spray painted graffiti and knocked over

furniture. School officials, working with the Sheriff’s Office,

were able to identify some suspects from surveillance video.

They decided to handle the incident with in-house discipline.

• A Big Pine teenager

had his lung

punctured and was

airlifted after another

teen stabbed him in

the back in the parking

lot of Walgreen’s on

Big Pine Key. The suspect

was charged with

aggravated battery.

Deputies spotted an 8-foot alligator

in a residential area of Big Pine Key.

They kept watch in it until wildlife

officials could respond and remove it

to a safer area.


Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011

A large Loggerhead turtle became disoriented

after laying eggs and wound up in

an Islamorada swimming pool. She was

removed from the pool and returned safely to

the ocean.

• An elderly

Edgewater man

who thought he

was on his way

to a doctor’s


became lost and

wound up in the

lower Florida

Keys. His family

was notified and

took him home.

• An 8-to-10 foot

crocodile was

spotted under

a boat in a Key

Largo subdivision. Wildlife officials responded and relocated it

to a safer area.

• Deputy David

Minor participated in

the Police Unity Tour,

a 250-mile bicycle

ride to raise awareness

about fallen law

enforcement officers

and to raise money

for the National Law

Enforcement Memorial.


A dump truck filled with gravel overturned

at the 99 mile marker, causing

major traffic delays for several hours and

multiple injuries, including one person

airlifted to Miami.

• A man from West

Palm Beach stole a

fire department vehicle, then ran it over a fire hydrant, getting

stuck and blocking one lane of U.S. One on Stock Island.

• Deputies stopped a Marathon man who had a suspended

license and ended up taking him to jail for the 175 grams of

marijuana they found in his car.

• A Marathon

man who held

his fiancée

against her will

and beat her

was arrested;

when deputies


he grabbed a

hammer and

told them he

was not going

back to jail

Colonel Rick Ramsay was named the American

Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the

and would kill

Year at their 93 her first. She

rd annual Department Convention

in Orlando. Criteria for the award include eventually

“a well rounded individual who exemplifies convinced him

the virtues of professionalism and dedication, to give himself

who demonstrates a distinct pattern of community

service and who has proven his or her ties.

up to the depu-

personal dedication to societal security and


• A Naples,

Florida man

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011


Members certified

in law enforcement

received their annual

retraining in June,

including the new

firearms simulator,

intermediate weapons,

defensive tactics and


Sheriff’s employees gave a free face

lift to the Jelsema Center for Children

in Tavernier. In the picture, Colonel

Rick Ramsay paints the outside of the


keep a Miami

man from drowning

himself at

Long Key State

Park. Friends

said the man had

ingested hallucinogenic


prior to

the incident and

had been acting

strangely, talking

about death.


was arrested

after he got an

underage girl

drunk, then had

sex with her

against her will

in the back seat

of a car.

• Two people

were flown to a

Miami hospital

for gunshot

wounds; the man who

shot them subsequently

committed suicide by

shooting himself in the

head at a residence in

Key Largo.

• A Merritt Island man

died in a Miami hospital

after ingesting an

unknown substance –

possibly cocaine – from

a brick he found floating

offshore of the Middle


• A deputy was

injured as he tried to

Sheriff’s Office WaveRunners and boats were

on patrol during the two-day sport lobster

season at the end of July.

• A group of five divers celebrating a birthday in the Keys

ran into trouble when one of them ran out of air and the others

tried to help him. He and another diver died in the incident.

• A Marathon woman called an on-duty sheriff’s deputy and

offered to sell him drugs. After she called his cell phone and

told him she

“had the stuff

he was looking

for”, the

deputy notified



who set up

a sting. She

was arrested

The Sheriff’s Office and other public safety-related

agencies sponsor National Night Out each year,

with an event scheduled the first Tuesday of

August in each area of the Keys. NNO gives the

community an opportunity to learn about the agencies

in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.

with 24.5

grams of

marijuana in

her purse.

• A Sheriff’s

Office communications

officer, on a break from work, saw a man outside a Marathon

convenience store selling DVDs of movies still in theaters. She

reported the incident and the man was arrested for having a

case full of bootlegged movies.

• A motel clerk in Key Largo falsely reported being robbed.

Detectives noticed the story he told didn’t add up. He finally

admitted making up the story and returned the money he had


• A Miami Herald delivery person reported being carjacked

on Big Pine Key. The suspect crashed the vehicle and was

located at his home near the crash site.

Sheriff Peryam promoted several people, including Derek

Paul to lieutenant in District Seven; Mark Maison to sergeant

in District One; Charlene Sprinkle-Huff to lieutenant of the

Communications Division and Yvonne Sprinkle to deputy

director of Communications.


• Water-line breaks in Islamorada caused traffic problems as

crews worked to repair the underground pipes.

• Two search warrants on Stock Island sent two men to jail

after detectives located drugs. One of the men had Ecstasy,

Xanax and 173 grams of marijuana.

• A Miami man was arrested after he stood up through the

sunroof of a vehicle, pulled down his pants and exposed


• A 12-year-old girl who attends Key Largo School told

detectives her math teacher had her sit at the front of the class

beside him,

and touched

her leg inappropriately.

The teacher

was arrested

for battery.

• An elderly


The Sheriff’s Office Human Resources Division makes appearances

at job fairs and career days throughout the county

during the year, like this one sponsored by the Lower Keys

Chamber of Commerce in August.

• A Miami couple was caught in Key Largo with multiple fake

credit cards and a credit card-skimming device. They tried to

use two of the cards to purchase an iPad at Radio Shack and

employees of the store locked one of the suspects in the store

and called the Sheriff’s Office.

• A Marathon woman was arrested after she was videotaped

trying to hit a 2-month-old child in the head with a rock. Witnesses

stopped her before she could strike the child.

• A naked woman, crawling in the middle of Maloney Avenue

on Stock Island in the middle of the afternoon and lewdly

displaying herself to the public, was taken to the hospital for



Sheriff’s deputies helped escort a

group of motorcyclists escorting

two pieces of the World Trade

Center twin towers to the

Fire Station Museum in Key West.

About 80 - 100 bikers traveled

from Looe Key to Key West as part

of the “Never Forget 9/11/01 ride.”

On the right are the two pieces of

the tower.

body was pulled from the water

at a Stock Island marina; she lived on board a boat with her

husband. There was no foul play suspected.

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• The owner of an Islamorada jewelry store was arrested

twice in October for not having a secondhand dealer’s license.

One victim told detectives he’d placed 21 items of jewelry on

consignment at the store. The other said he sold her engagement

ring and

didn’t pay her for it.

Deputies stopped a reckless driver in

Marathon, arresting him after finding

marijuana, Xanax, hash, oxycodone,

methadone and Adderal in his van.

• A Tavernier

man was arrested

for vacation rental

fraud. He used

multiple Internet

web sites to

fraudulently rent

out properties to

people planning

a vacation in the


• An alert deputy

who noticed a man acting suspiciously at a marina on Long

Key found the man to be in possession of 274 short lobster

tails and eight stone crab claws out of season. The man, from

Miami, was arrested.

• Special Investigation detectives got a tip a Marathon

woman was returning home with marijuana in her vehicle.

When they pulled the car over, they found 6.5 pounds of the

illegal substance.

• A Key Largo man held a flare gun to another man’s head

and pulled the trigger. Luckily, it didn’t discharge. The man

was arrested for aggravated assault.

• A man who was supposed to be caring for an elderly Key

Haven woman instead spent over $100,000 worth of her

money without her permission. He was brought back to the

Keys from Arizona to face charges.

The Sheriff’s

Office made

a number of

appearances at

events and at

area schools,

including a


contest in Key

Largo and a

“Trunk or Treat”

event in


A Gulfstream G150 aircraft crashed at the Key West International

Airport after pilots reported no brakes upon landing. Two

people were checked at the hospital for minor injuries.

• Hazardous weather with heavy rain and high winds in the

middle of October closed schools, county offices and caused

problems for travelers. At one point, the Key West International

Airport closed its runway due to standing water.

• A Key Largo family called the Sheriff’s Office after being

threatened with a gun during a “road rage” incident. The

suspect, from Key Largo, was stopped on the highway. A fully

loaded revolver was found in his truck and he was arrested.

• A Marathon man was arrested for brutally killing a dog. He

took the dog, “Duede”, from its owner, then severely beat it in

the head until it died.

• A man in Kentucky turned himself in to local authorities,

admitting to a bank robbery in Tavernier in 2007. He was

brought back to the Florida Keys to face the charges.


• An employee was charged with embezzling a large amount

of money from the Conch Flyer Restaurant in Key West.

Installation of a new computer bookkeeping system at the

restaurant revealed the thefts, which took place over a long

period of time.

• A twin-engine Cessna with five people on board crash

landed at the Key West International Airport. There were no


The Sheriff’s Office made several appearances at career day

events at area schools, including Plantation Key School in October

and Coral Shores High School in November.

• A Kissimmee, Florida man wanted for questioning in the

disappearance of an Orlando woman fled from a traffic stop in

the Lower Keys. He drove his car into the water at the end of

Palmetto Drive on Big Coppitt Key. He was taken into custody.

• A man wanted for murder in Texas committed suicide on

board a boat he stole from Key Largo. The U.S. Coast Guard

found the boat, with the suspect on board, broken down in

international waters. He shot himself as they approached.

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• A man with a shirt tied around his head and a sock on his

hand attempted to rob the Burger King on Stock Island. When

the manager walked away from him, he fled. He was later

arrested after being identified on surveillance video.

• A baby was cut with a knife during a fight between two

women over a slice of bread. The woman armed with the knife

was taken into custody and the baby was treated by paramedics

at the scene.

• The man originally arrested in October for vacation rental

fraud, is facing still more charges. The suspect faces charges

of defrauding at least 20 victims; detectives have brought 102

charges against him so


• A Naples man, staying

in Tavernier, was

arrested after witnesses

say him shoot and kill

a kitten with an Airsoft


• A Rubbermaid container full of Christmas gifts was found

by a Sheriff’s Office captain beside the road at the south end

of the Seven Mile Bridge. After it was announced on US-1

Radio, family members called the Sheriff’s Office. The gifts,

intended for grandchildren, were returned in time for Christmas


• Christmas at the Animal Farm attracted hundreds of people

who came to visit the animals and to have a picture taken with

Santa Claus.

Sheriff Peryam congratulated

the first

two master deputies

in corrections.

The new program

rewards those

employees who

make a consistent

effort in the areas of

education, community

service and

dedication to the agency.


• A man was airlifted to Miami after being stabbed in the

neck during a fight in Marathon.

• A search warrant by the Special Investigations Unit at a

Layton residence turned up 42 marijuana plants being cultivated

inside, and 3 pounds of dried marijuana. The man who

lived there was arrested.

• A tractor-trailer rig carrying an excavator was stolen from a

Marathon construction site. It was later recovered, abandoned

in Miami-Dade County.

• First State Bank on Maloney Avenue, Stock Island, was

robbed. The suspect, wearing a ski mask covering his face

and gloves, approached a teller and demanded money. He

fled on foot.

• A four month long drug investigation, called “Operation

Taxi Cab Confessions” by Special Investigations detectives,

resulted in five arrests, with more arrests expected.

• Two men were injured in an explosion on Cudjoe Key. They

were drinking, when they decided it would be fun to fill a black

trash bag with acetylene and oxygen. It exploded while they

were both holding it.

• A 55-foot Sea Ray yacht, stolen from Key Largo in October,

was recovered by insurance investigators in Mexico. Investigations

into the case are continuing.


The Sheriff’s Office is

active during the holiday

season, raising money for

Toyz for Keyz Kidz, and

helping Santa Claus visit

with kids countywide. In

the top picture, sheriff’s

employees help to unload a

truck full of toys destined for

needy families; on the left,

a Sheriff’s Office employee

acting as Santa’s envoy

listens to a Christmas wish

list whispered in his ear and

on the bottom,

Santa and Mrs.

Claus made

an appearance

at the annual

Christmas at the

Animal Farm

event on Stock


Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011


Sheriff's Aide


Director Community

Relations / PIO

Citizens’ Crime Watch

School Resource Officers

School-Crossing Guards

Juvenile Diversion

Director Communications



Civil Division

Animal Farm /



Bureau of Administration


Bureau of Law Enforcement

Executive Director


Grants Administration


Property & Evidence


Information Management


Court Services



Services & Programs

District One


District Six


Special Teams


Executive Director

Human Resources


Professional Standards


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General Counsel

Inspector General

Internal Affairs

Airport Operations

Director Aviation


Flight crew


Bureau of Corrections

District Four/Five


Special Operations



Key West Security

Site Commander

Plantation Key



Site Commander

Key Vaca



District Seven/Ocean Reef


Financial Assistant

Reserve Unit


Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011

Sheriff Robert P. Peryam

Colonel Richard Ramsay


Sheriff Robert P. Peryam

is ultimately responsible

for every division and

department in the Monroe

County Sheriff’s Office. He

is in touch, day to day, with

the activities of the Sheriff’s

Office through his command


Most divisions and

departments report to

him through his second in

command, Colonel Richard

Ramsay. His aide, Val Marinello,

and General Counsel

Patrick McCullah report

directly to the sheriff.


The undersheriff holds

the rank of colonel and is

second in command of the

Sheriff’s Office, reporting directly

to Sheriff Peryam. He

is responsible for the day

to day actions of personnel

and for enforcement of general

orders and policy within

the Sheriff’s Office. He also

handles the disposition of

disciplinary action.

Colonel Ramsay oversees

all Sheriff’s Office bureaus,

including operations,

corrections and administrative


General Counsel

Patrick McCullah

Legal Division

The Legal Division provides counsel

to the sheriff and the agency’s many

divisions as well as overseeing the Civil

Division. The Legal Division is staffed by

Patrick McCullah, general counsel.

Civil Unit

The Civil Unit acts as the executive

arm of the court system. The unit

receives, processes and executes legal

process including summonses, subpoenas,

writs of executions, writs of possession, writs of attachment,

writs of bodily attachment, injunctions and levies. The

unit also handles the appointment of private process servers.

Internal Affairs

Internal Affairs investigates complaints

against Sheriff’s Office employees.

The Sheriff’s Office has two types

of investigations of employee misconduct.

An Internal Affairs investigation

is conducted when the allegation is

criminal misconduct, corruption, brutality

or breach of civil rights. All other complaints

fall under the supervisory review

Captain Don Hiller

category. The Internal Affairs Division

will also investigate other complaints as directed by the sheriff.

IA reviews lawsuits which name Sheriff’s Office employees,

and employee and citizen complaints that are a result of

law enforcement action including the use of force. Investigators

also handle property seizures, work environment offenses

and track union grievances.

Capt. Don Hiller is the inspector general for the Internal

Affairs Division, which is staffed by two full-time investigators

and an executive assistant.

The unit also investigates, resolves and coordinates citizen

complaints, and accepts and tracks commendations from

the public and from supervisors citing employees for exemplary


During 2011, the office of Internal Affairs tracked 18 internal

affairs investigations. There were 101 supervisory reviews

completed investigating allegations of policy violations.

A complete year-by-year listing of all complaints handled

by the Internal Affairs Division is available on our web site,

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011


Bureau of Law Enforcement

Chief Lou Caputo

Road Patrol

The Sheriff’s Office is committed

to providing a safe environment

for the residents and visitors

of Monroe County. We are also

committed to community-oriented

policing and to ensuring the quality

of life and the livability factor

are at the highest levels possible.

Through community-oriented

policing, we actively promote

community safety, protect life and












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Law enforcement agencies statewide are required to report specific crime statistics to the Florida

Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). That agency, in turn, issues yearly summaries and

detailed reports on crime, with comparisons county by county, city by city and statewide. Here is a

chart that shows the reduction of Major Crimes in Monroe County over the past 20 years.

property, regulate safe and efficient motor vehicle, bicycle and

pedestrian traffic, and assist in environmental and marine law


The sheriff’s philosophy is clear: to work with the community

in partnership to address public needs and address the

issues important to the residents of Monroe County.

Community Oriented Policing (COP) is an organizational

philosophy with a decentralized approach aimed at reducing

crime and improving the quality of life within a community. The

entire community is responsible for


1991 1995 2000 2005 2010 2011

public safety - not just law enforcement

agencies. Community policing

recognizes a shared responsibility

and connection between law enforcement

officers and the community they


Deputies act in close collaboration

with groups representing the

needs of the residential and business

communities in the County. We

actively participate in the Citizens’

Crime Watch program to enlist citizen

cooperation in anti-crime efforts and

increase police visibility. Deputies

regularly meet with each neighborhood

group and partner with local citizens

for the enhancement of public

safety and quality of life issues.

Since 1991, when the Sheriff’s

Office began its dedication to Community

Oriented Policing, crime in

our county has been cut in half (see

table - left).

Some of our Community Oriented

Policing efforts include watch orders

on residential and business property

when owners are away, or the premises

are unoccupied; regular business

checks with our “Night Eyes”

program; bicycle patrols, Citizens

Crime Watch, Crime Stoppers of the

Florida Keys, water patrols utilizing

boats and Wave Runners and routine

neighborhood patrols.


Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011

Capt. Gene Thompson

District One -

Lower Keys

From the 40 mile marker

on the historic Seven

Mile Bridge, District One

winds south until reaching

the city of Key West’s furthest

boundaries, 90 miles

from the island nation of

Cuba. The heart of the

largest district in the county

beats from the Freeman Substation at the 21

mile marker of highway U.S. One on Cudjoe Key,

where Captain Gene Thompson has overseen

operations since first being assigned as station commander in

January 2009.

“It’s nice

to be surrounded





who want to

provide quality


service, safe

and secure




Sheriff Bob Peryam and Colonel Rick Ramsay

inspect deputies, vehicles and weapons at a

formal inspection.

crimes committed


victims to

a satisfied


said Thompson who was promoted to district commander in

January 2011.

Spanning a nearly two-decade career including stints in

the Corrections Bureau, as a deputy and sergeant in the Patrol

Division, HIDTA, criminal investigations, narcotics as well

as time spent as lieutenant of Airport Security,

Thompson is striving to forge a stronger

bond between the residents of District

One and the Sheriff’s Office as a whole.

“When a community member can

identify their local deputy by name, we’re

generating more trust and it’s this trust that

will enhance the partnership of working

together for the betterment of all,” he said.

That partnership begins with four

squads of five deputies, each being supervised

by a sergeant. Sergeants Ronnie

Roberts and Lionel Vargas handle day

squads from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sergeants

Tom Walker and Marc Maison cover night

squads from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The district’s

Criminal Investigations Unit comprises five

detectives and one crime scene investigator

all supervised by Detective Sergeant











District One road patrol, detectives and support staff

Bobby Randolph.

The backbone of the Freeman Substation comprises

Administrative Assistants Brenda Winegarden and Colleen

Carter, both responsible for the district’s records management.

The overall staffing is required to handle the task of

completing the 41,088 calls for service logged in 2011. This

number does not include the numerous hours members spent

attending community events; Crime Watch and homeowners’

meetings educating residents on crime-prevention techniques

and fund-raisers. Members also participated in community

clean-ups districtwide and were highly visible on marine

patrols during holiday weekends and the always busy lobster

mini season. Training is also an on-going priority expanding

the numbers of deputies certified to steer a revamped Field

Officer Training program, Crisis Intervention Training, bike

patrol and many other specialized skills.

The goals do not stop there. Lieutenant Donato Elomina,

26 years with the agency and promoted to station commander

just over a year ago is always looking to elevate the professionalism

within the district to the next level.

“One of my goals centers around effective recruiting,” said

Elomina, who in the course of his career has worked as a

deputy and sergeant in the Corrections Division, road patrol,

narcotics, criminal investigations, Internal Affairs, HIDTA and

major crimes.

“I grew up in here and attended school in Key West,” he


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2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

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said. “I truly believe we

can improve recruiting

from within our existing

communities with

applicants familiar with

the costs associated

with living in the Keys

who are committed to

improving our quality

of life.”

District Four and Five

- Middle Keys

District Four and Five are the geographical

location within Monroe County

between mile marker 47 north to mile

marker 72. This includes the cities of

Marathon, Layton and Key Colony Beach.

These districts are commanded by Captain

Chad Scibilia and Lieutenant Bruce

Captain Chad Scibilia

Winegarden, the station commander.

The districts are staffed with two support employees, four

sergeants, one civil officer, one marine officer, one K-9 officer,

one school-crossing guard, one detective sergeant, three

detectives and 19 patrol officers, for a total of 35 employees.

District Four/Five deputies attend many community events in

addition to performing their day-to-day duties on road patrol.

The men and women assigned to the divisions continue

to provide the finest law enforcement services to be found

anywhere. The law enforcement professionals who patrol the

Middle Keys take a heartfelt sense of personal ownership in

what happens in the community they are a

part of. They do not stop at simply responding

to calls for service and criminal activity;

they keep an eye out for issues of concern

and strive to handle those issues before

they can develop into something more serious.

District personnel work 12-hour shifts

reporting to a patrol shift sergeant. During

2011, these officers handled over 42,000

calls for service, making over 500 arrests.

During 2011, these officers’ dedication,

hard work and their community partner

District Four and Five road patrol, detectives and support staff

ships have proven

effective as major

crime in Monroe

County decreased

in 2011.

The District

Four and Five

Criminal Investigative

Unit is a

diverse and enthusiastic

team of

investigators that

work extremely District Four and Five criminal investigators

well together. The

unit is responsible

for investigations and follow-up of a variety of cases, including

robbery, burglary, grand theft, credit-card fraud, forgery,

aggravated and felony battery, small crime scene processing

and documentation as well as assisting other agencies as

needed. The unit is proud they have developed a close working

relationship with district deputies, supervisors and district


District Six -


The Village of Islamorada (District

Six) contracts its law enforcement

services from the Sheriff’s Office. The

substation is located 86800 Overseas


The village consists of four main

islands totaling 18 miles in length. Surrounded

by water and several smaller,

Captain Corey Bryan

uninhabited islands, the village patrols

the waters with three patrol boats utilizing one part-time and

The Village of Islamorada road patrol, detectives and support staff


Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011

Captain Corey Bryan (left) and Lieutenant

Mitch Horn attend many community

events in Islamorada, getting to know

community members and listening to

their concerns.

event cosponsored by the Sheriff’s Office. National Night Out

is a community-police awareness-raising event held the first

Tuesday of August. It aims to increase awareness about police

programs in the community, such as drug prevention, Crime

Watch and other anti-crime efforts.

During 2011 deputies in District Six handled 27,027 calls

for service. Officers routinely and proactively identify and

address areas of concern and quality-of-life issues within the

community before they become a problem. High visibility

and traffic enforcement along U.S. One is a priority in order

to keep our highway as safe as possible; marine deputies enforce

violations with a philosophy of compliance through education.

Village deputies have also been very proactive with

bicycle patrols in the community and subdivision of the district,

saving the agency on fuel cost and giving the community more

personal contact with officers.

Building partnerships, addressing quality-of-life issues and

involvement in the community is what makes all of the Monroe

County a satisfying place to work and a safe place to live and


District Seven -

Upper Keys

District Seven starts at the 112 mile

marker and ends at the Tavernier Creek

Bridge at mile marker 90.2. District

Seven also encompasses County Road

905, the Ocean Reef Community, and

parts of Card Sound Road.

The District Seven substation is

Capt. Don Fanelli located in the Roth building at the 88.7

mile marker on High Point Road. The

Roth building is a state-of-the-art facility purchased through

federally forfeited drug proceeds. The building was opened in

2005 and was named after now-retired Sheriff Richard Roth,

who was responsible for its purchase and renovation.

The District Seven commander is Captain Don Fanelli and

the station commander is Lieutenant Derek Paul.

District Seven is comprised of 22 patrol deputies and

four sergeants. The District has a records unit which handles

phone calls, lobby issues and dissemination of reports and

they have a civil deputy responsible for civil process.

Islamorada marine deputies are involved in many aspects of

marine enforcement, and also spend time on marine-related

environmental issues. Here they are taking part in a shoreline

clean-up in the Village of Islamorada.

two full-time marine

deputies. With a permanent

resident population

of approximately

7,000–8,000 these

officers respond to

emergencies and calls

for service from the

community, as well as

providing deterrence

of criminal activity

through highly visible

patrol and other

proactive enforcement


The village’s population

easily doubles

during the peak tourist

season, holidays and

many special events.

While patrolling the

street and waters,

deputies are devoted

to providing the best

professional service in

order to make available

a safe environment for everyone residing in and traveling

through Islamorada.

Captain Corey Bryan is the commanding officer for District

Six, the Village of Islamorada, and second in command is

Lieutenant Mitch Horn. District Six comprises 18 sworn officers

and one civilian administrative assistant; they are committed

to the principles of Community Oriented Policing, building partnerships

between the community and law enforcement. Assuring

a safe community and a high quality of life for residents

and visitors is our highest priority.

Events, exhibitions and participation in the community are

an essential part of successful community policing. Deputies

in Islamorada participate in numerous events throughout the

year including National Night Out, homeowners’ association

and Crime Watch meetings, local holiday celebrations and

other community functions.

One of the biggest tributes to community policing is an

District Seven is involved in many community events during the

course of the year, including the Key Largo Bridge Run, which

attracts nearly a thousand participants to the Upper Keys.

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• Crime Analysis

• Intelligence

• Traffic Enforcement


Vice and Narcotics

The Vice and Narcotics unit is a specialized investigative

unit which includes crime analysis and intelligence as well.

The specialized investigators assigned to the unit work closely

with district personnel to address the needs of each area; they

also analyze citizen tips and concerns, crime trends and other

available data to determine where they can be most effective.

The detectives, intelligence analyst and support personnel

The Sheriff’s Office knows the importance of law enforcement

and community members working together. In this photo, two

store clerks in Key Largo were instrumental in helping Key Largo

deputies catch two suspects attempting to use stolen credit cards.

Left to right, Luis Arias, Colonel Rick Ramsay, Captain Don Fanelli,

Sandy Abaunza and Lieutenant Derek Paul.

The Criminal Investigations Unit, which works both District

Six and Seven, is housed at the Roth building. Detective Sergeant

David Carey oversees four detectives, a crime scene

detective, and an administrative assistant. This unit is primarily

responsible for following up and investigating felony crimes

along with processing crime scenes.

Deputies not only handle day-to-day calls and traffic concerns,

but are constantly looking for ways to deter crime and

prevent citizens from becoming victims. Command staff, deputies,

and other community partners meet with approximately

21 Citizen Crime Watch groups regularly, where they discuss

any criminal issues in these areas and provide helpful tips on

ways to deter crime.

The district utilizes a bicycle officer to help patrol; members

of the district also assist with organizing community

events such as the Wounded Warrior Project, annual Key

Largo Bridge Run, the Key Largo Fourth of July parade, St.

Patrick’s Day parade, National Night Out and any other event

where law enforcement input is needed.

Just some of the 302 marijuana plants seized by the Vice and

Narcotics Unit in 2011.



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The Special Investigations Division

is comprised of highly trained and

specialized investigators, deputies,

advocates and support personnel. The

specialized units and their personnel

Captain Chad Scibilia operate throughout the county, responding

to the needs of the public.

The investigative cases worked by this unit are sensitive in

nature and usually long-term, complex investigations. Captain

Chad Scibilia heads up the division and Lieutenant Lee Ann

Holroyd oversees the daily operations.

The units under their command are as follows:

• Vice/Narcotics

• Major Crimes

• Homeland Security

• Homicide

Percentage Cleared




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Miami-Dade County

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*Note: Numbers for Monroe County excluding Key West.


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work for Detective Sergeant Al Ramirez.

Most investigations are drug-related but the unit conducts

other investigations into crimes such as:

• Firearms violations

• Prostitution

• Illegal gambling

• Dignitary protection

• CrimeStoppers tips

In 2011 the unit seized 1,312 grams of powder cocaine,

909 crack cocaine rocks, 302 marijuana plants, 10,467 grams

of bulk marijuana, 4 grams of methamphetamine, 1,022 prescription

pills, 10 weapons and $14,403 cash.

In addition, the Vice and Narcotics Unit made 86 arrests,

served 22 search warrants and obtained 88 arrest warrants.

In one of their biggest operations in 2011, the unit ran a four

month long intense investigation called “Taxi Cab Confessions,”

targeting drug transactions, burglaries and robberies in

the Lower Keys and Marathon area.

Major Crimes Unit

The Major Crimes Unit investigates homicides, sex

crimes, computer crimes, missing juveniles, child pornography

and related crimes, and includes the agency’s victim

advocates. This highly trained unit conducts investigations

throughout Monroe County working closely with district personnel

and the public.

The unit consists of five detectives, four victim advocates

The Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011


Participants from many agencies took part in a Child Abduction

Response Team exercise in Key West in 2011.

and one supervisor, Detective Sergeant Linda Mixon.

The Major Crimes unit maintains records on registered

sex offenders and conducts quarterly address verifications on

offenders living in Monroe County.

The unit investigators are certified with Internet Crimes

Against Children (ICAC), the National Child Abduction Response

Team (CART), Department of Children and Families,

Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs

Enforcement, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement

(FDLE). They work closely with these and other agencies on

many of their investigations.

During 2011, the unit conducted a large-scale mock CART

exercise in the Lower Keys, worked with FDLE on updating

their sex offender website, coordinated services for rape counseling,

victim’s needs and victim relocation and conducted

training on human trafficking and bullying in schools.

When they aren’t working new active investigations, the

Major Crimes investigators are involved with the homicide cold

case squad. This squad also consists of retired law enforcement

officers and FDLE investigators. The cold case squad

continues to examine older homicide investigations, as new

technology - and thus new information - becomes available.

Fortunately, the unit was only tasked with the investigation

of one new homicide during 2011. The case involved a

domestic homicide and suicide in the Lower Keys. They also

handled a search warrant for child pornography. Detective

Sergeant Mixon, Detective Manny Cuervo, Detective Dan

Mehler, Assistant State Attorney Terri Hunnewell and Sheriff

Peryam traveled to Tallahassee to work with ICAC on an extensive

sexual predator operation which resulted in 43 arrests.

Detective Mark Coleman was selected as the Sheriff’s

Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for his diligent work

and investigation of a homicide in Big Pine Key. His efforts

resulted in an arrest and the closure of the case.

Victim Advocate Carol Albury-Johnson received the Sheriff’s

Office Support Person of the Quarter award for her work

on coordination of a victims’ rights luncheon. Victim Advocate

Elaine Woodson was selected as the state of Florida, Office of

the Attorney General, Victim Advocate of the Year for 2011.

Victim Advocates

There are four victim advocates working for the Monroe

County Sheriff’s Office. The advocates serve all of Monroe

County and the City of Key West. The advocates assist

victims of crimes committed in the county, in particular the

victims of violent crimes. Advocates are available throughout

the county at all times.

Some of the funding for the advocates comes from a grant

from the Office of the Attorney General. The advocates are an

integral part of the criminal justice process, especially where

arrests have been made. The advocates are responsible for

contact with the victims in the cases and assist during the trial

process help to gain successful prosecution of defendants.

Victim Advocates Debbie Shepherd,Sally -Ann

Crawford, Carol Albury-Johnson and Elaine


Homeland Security, Crime Analysis,


This unit coordinates with the Regional Domestic Security

Task Force and assists in the coordination of the regional

strategic plan as outlined by the State of Florida Domestic

Task Force. It is a liaison with various local, state and federal

agencies on areas of domestic security and natural disasters.

The unit is also responsible for gathering, analyzing and

disseminating information concerning known or suspected

criminal activity including organized crime, gang members,

terrorists, extremists, any dignitary-related activity, immigrant

smuggling, homeland security, convicted felons, narcotic

trends, CrimeStoppers tips, and general intelligence.

Traffic Enforcement Unit

The Traffic Enforcement Unit enforces the traffic laws of

the state of Florida and all Monroe County ordinances that

are traffic related. The efforts of this unit ensure that people

traveling on the roadways of Monroe County stay as safe as


The main highway, U.S. Highway One, stretches the

entire length of Monroe County which makes the duties of the

Traffic Enforcement Unit particularly crucial. Traffic accidents

and other traffic issues can severely impact the flow of traffic

in the Florida Keys and it is the duty of the unit to see that

such interruptions happen as infrequently as possible.

In 2011, the county saw the lowest traffic homicide rate in

20 years, with a reduction of 19% over the previous year.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit placed third overall in a

statewide law enforcement challenge sponsored by Florida

Department of Transportation for crash data and citation


All eight deputies in the Traffic Unit, under the direction

of Sergeant Kevin Mimosa, are trained breath-test operators,

radar- and laser-certified. The unit supports one drug recognition

expert and maintains five Intoxilyzer 8000 instruments

and inspectors as well as two specifically trained DUI units.

Some of the ancillary duties of the Traffic Enforcement

Unit include:

• High profile escorts

• Dignitary escorts

• Honor Guard details

• Funeral details

• Poker runs

• Soldier Run

• Parades

• Highway interdictions

• Sobriety checkpoints

Bureau Chief

Lou Caputo

Special Teams

Special teams include the Special

Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team,

the dive team, bomb squad, hostage

negotiators, the Honor Guard and the

Rapid Deployment Force. All special

teams fall under the command of Chief

Lou Caputo.

Each team is specially trained to

respond to a specific type of incident.

All members of special teams work

for no extra compensation for their


Special Weapons and Tactics

The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team is primarily

used to serve high-risk search warrants where occupants

are suspected of being armed and/or dangerous. They also

respond, when required, to other situations such as barricaded

subjects, wanted suspects who might be armed and

dangerous, and any other time they are needed.

The Special Weapons and Tactics team trains in building

entries with the Bomb Squad robot at a recent law enforcement

training exercise.

The team is comprised of deputy sheriff’s and detectives

who have agreed to serve the citizens of Monroe County in

this high-risk, high-liability position. They do not receive any

compensation over and above their normal salaries to perform

the duties of a SWAT team member.

SWAT team members have all completed at least one,

two-week SWAT course, and they train together on a regular

basis to maintain those skills and to ensure they can all work

smoothly together. They are periodically required to participate

in a timed military

obstacle course to remain

on the team, and must

frequently qualify with a

variety of weapons. To

date, no Sheriff’s Office


The Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit


team member has been

seriously injured or killed

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during the performance of their duties.

The Sheriff’s SWAT team is a countywide unit answering

to Bureau Chief Lou Caputo. They frequently work with many

other agencies, local, state and federal.

Dive Team

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search

and Recovery Team, also called the dive team, responds to

any water-related operation and is trained to safely effect any

type of waterborne recovery or rescue operation.

The dive team’s primary responsibility is underwater

search and recovery of persons and/or evidence. The team

consists of deputy sheriffs who are specially trained and

equipped to conduct

such operations.

All members

of the team also

hold other working

positions in the

Sheriff’s Office and

do not receive additional


for their presence

on the team.

Team members

include Detention

Deputy William

Daniels, Reserve

Lt. Bob Smith,

Inspector Henry Hamilton, Detective Mark Coleman, Detective

David Brummer, Deputy Nelson Sanchez and Detective Dan


Bomb Squad

Sheriff’s Office dive team

Members of the Sheriff’s Office dive

team train on a regular basis to maintain

the skills needed to perform their jobs in

underwater search and recovery.

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The Sheriff’s Office bomb squad is the only fully equipped

explosive handling team in the Florida Keys. Bomb squad

members respond to calls involving found explosives, bomb

threats, or suspicious packages.

The squad is made up of two certified bomb technicians,

Detective Sergeant Bobby Randolph and Detective Jason

Madnick, with two deputies waiting for F.B.I. Bomb Technician

training. All members of the squad also hold other working

positions in the Sheriff’s Office and do not receive additional

compensation for their presence on this high-risk, high-liability


The Bomb Squad also handles the destruction of explo-

Sergeant Bobby Randolph (middle rear) appears at many

community gatherings in the Keys to educate the public about

the bomb squad. Here, he met with Lower Keys boy scouts to

show them the equipment he works with and talk to them about

explosive devices.

sive devices, old outdated ammunition, flares, and other dangerous

items, such as military munitions and other found items

that float into the near shore waters of the Florida Keys.

Citizens who have hazardous items to dispose of should

contact Sgt. Bobby Randolph at 305-292-7060 to discuss safe

handling and disposal.

The Sheriff’s Office bomb squad has state-of-the-art

equipment to handle dangerous situations and has, in the

past, been called upon to dismantle homemade explosive

devices, destroy old dynamite, clear buildings of dangerous

explosives, and search buildings, boats, and other locations

for possible explosives.

Rapid Deployment Force

The Sheriff’s Office Rapid Deployment Force is designed

to provide a rapid and organized response to crowd control

and/or civil disturbances in urban settings. It can be deployed

to restore order, move crowds, rescue victims and isolate

problem areas. The keys to the successful use of a rapid

deployment force are leadership, planning, training, and discipline.

The Rapid Deployment Force is a quick strike team

that can be mobilized quickly to areas that cannot be easily

accessed by a full, field-force team. Their response is

multi-tiered ranging from mere presence to offensive tactics

including the use of riot control agents and less than lethal


Sheriff’s Office Rapid Deployment Force

Hostage Negotiation Team

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiation

team is a unit of specially trained persons who are tasked to

respond to crisis incidents. These incidents include but are

not limited to: suicide attempts, hostage situations, sniper attacks

and barricaded armed subjects with or without hostages

or other victims.

A member of the unit must receive special training in crisis

intervention, negotiation techniques, recognition of patterns

and clusters of behaviors, and advanced active communication

skills. These skills are used with the goal of a safer more

controlled resolution to a volatile incident which poses high

risk to the members of the Sheriff’s Office, persons in crisis

and the general public at large. All members of the team also

hold other working positions in the Sheriff’s Office and do not

receive additional compensation for their presence on the


Honor Guard

Sheriff’s Office hostage negotiators

The Honor Guard is a specially trained group of Sheriff’s

Office employees who formally represent the Sheriff’s Office

during services and ceremonies by presenting the “colors,” or

flags, usually at the beginning of the event.

The primary objective for the Honor Guard is to provide

honor, respect and dignity at the events where they offer their


Officers in the honor guard escort the colors armed with

rifles or shotguns to symbolize that the flags are always protected.

At funerals, the Honor Guard performs other special

functions, including the 21-gun salute, casket watch, flag

folding and flag presentation and the playing of “Taps.” The

Sheriff’s Office honor guard also offers the services of bagpipers.

The members of the Honor Guard also serve with no

extra monetary compensation.



The Communications Division is

located in the heart of the Florida Keys

in Marathon. All of the 911 calls for

Monroe County are answered in the

center with the exception of calls for the

city of Key West.

The mission of the Communications

Director Anne Leonard Division is to provide rapid public safety

response to the citizens of our community,

visitors or to other communities requesting our services.

The division strives to meet those needs without regard to

age, race, sex, religion or disability.

The Communications Division dispatches sheriff’s deputies,

emergency medical services and fire/rescue personnel.

In 2011, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office handled 190,091

calls for service, for an average of 520 calls entered in the

Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system in a 24-hour period.

Calls for service are received into the center by both administrative

non-emergency lines as well as 911 lines. Most calls

for service entered in CAD represent a law enforcement officer,

emergency services person, or fire response unit sent to

a location in the county to answer a request for help.

The division has a total of 22 staff members, which

includes a director, four shift supervisors and 17 communications

officers. The communications staff is made up of trained

professionals. They are first responders who field hundreds

of incoming calls each day. The ability to filter out the chaos,

determine the best course of action, and move quickly is a

true test of their skills. Communications Officers must monitor

multiple radio frequencies and dispatch multiple agencies in

a calm and professional manner. They frequently are called

upon to make split second decisions that can mean the difference

between life and death. They can be a lifeline to deputies

in the field and to callers on the phone.

Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard

In September, Charlene Sprinkle-Huff was promoted to lieutenant

and took over supervision of the Communications Division. Here

she is receiving congratulations from Colonel Rick Ramsay and

Sheriff Bob Peryam.

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Calls for Service










Sheriff’s dispatchers must be highly skilled and

able to multi-task as they monitor multiple computer

screens and maintain contact with many

officers, firefighters and paramedics in the field.



In addition to taking calls and dispatching


public-safety agencies, communications officers

are also tasked with providing life saving prearrival

instructions to assist in medical and fire



Communications officers go through approximately

five months of training with a training


officer prior to being released to work on a shift.


Training officers work tirelessly to make certain

the communications officers are provided with the

most up to date training possible so the public

can receive the most efficient customer service


A 911 call should only be made in an emergency. Otherwise

callers should use the other five non-emergency phone

numbers available 24 hours a day.

(305) 296-2424 Headquarters

(305) 745-3184 Lower Keys

(305) 289-2430 Middle Keys

(305) 853-7021 Islamorada

(305) 853-3211 Upper Keys

Tip: If you accidentally call 9-1-1, don’t hang up. Stay on

the line and tell the communications office that it was unintentional.

That way they do not send resources that can be used

if an actual emergency occurs. Teach your child how to dial

9-1-1 for an emergency and, most importantly, make sure they

know their address.

Training Division

The Sheriff’s Office Training Division

is charged with providing both in-service

training, and advanced and specialized

training in all areas of law enforcement.

To reach that goal, the division

works closely with Florida Keys Community

College to provide instructors for

ongoing law enforcement-related academies.

Instructors from the Sheriff’s Office

also work with the college to teach

Captain Penny Phelps

advanced courses such as line supervision,

field training officer, intoxilyzer operator, radar operator,

middle management, and instructor techniques workshops.

In-service courses are presented to personnel in order to

maintain officer’s certification requirements. Many of these

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requirements are set by the state of Florida and other regulatory

bodies. These courses include instruction in firearms,

blood borne pathogens, hazardous materials, defensive

tactics, chemical weapons, use of force, legal updates, impact

weapons, emergency vehicle operation, ‘Verbal Judo” (tactical

communications), first response to medical emergencies, domestic

violence, juvenile and sex crimes, suicide prevention,

and drug and alcohol recognition.

Support courses provided to all personnel in the Sheriff’s

Office include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), personal

safety / self awareness, and computer courses.

The Training Division is a community training center for the

American Heart Association and frequently provides training in

CPR to community service groups.

The records portion of the division maintains all employee

training records as well as salary incentive and tuition information

to provide required documentation for the Florida Depart-

Each year the Training Division puts on a four hour Annual

Retraining Module (ARM) class for all road patrol and corrections

deputies. The course makes sure all officers are up to date on

re-training requirements.

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The Training Division also puts on specialized courses throughout

the year, like this officer survival course they offered in 2011.

ment of Law Enforcement for their annual audits.

One of the goals of the Training Division is to put “fun”

into “functional” training. In 2011, both law enforcement and

corrections deputies participated in scenario-based training as

part of their required Annual Retraining Module (ARM). Law

enforcement deputies completed four training stations which

consisted of 1) cardiopulmonary resuscitation renewal, 2) driving

simulator, 3) firearms simulator and 4) defensive tactics

refresher which included, Taser, OC spray and baton. Corrections

deputies completed a three-hour block of ground fighting

techniques and shoot/don’t shoot scenarios using Simunitions.

We hosted an officer survival course for plainclothes and

uniformed personnel. Over 25 deputies and detectives spent

an entire day at the Key Largo gun range engaged in combat

shooting techniques. The participants engaged in two days

of scenario-based training using Simunitions. All participants

quickly learned why not to sit in a booth while eating at a


Training Division personnel have been teaching in all five

basic law enforcement academies throughout the Keys interacting

with over 30 recruits.

Director Brooks


Aviation Division

The Aviation Division consists of

seven pilots and three mechanics. The

aircraft they operate currently include

a Sikorsky S-76 medical transport

helicopter and a King Air B200 airplane.

The hanger where the division is

located is on the northern

end of the airport in Marathon.

The King Air provides

transport of county employees

traveling for business.

The medical transport helicopter - called

Trauma Star - provides trauma flights from the

scenes of accidents and incidents in Monroe

County; it takes severely injured victims to major

trauma centers in Miami because there is no

such facility within Monroe County; it is also available

for inter-facility transports between hospitals

as needed.


The Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the county, operates the

Monroe County Trauma Star helicopter, providing trauma transport

in the Florida Keys.

The program involves a cooperative agreement between

the Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Fire/Rescue, county

commissioners, the county administrator, and our three local


Airport Security


The Airport Security Division is assigned

to the Key West International

Airport and is responsible for patrolling

over 250 acres of property 24 hours a

day. Captain Don Hiller overseas the

operation while Lieutenant Mitch Snider

directs two law enforcement sergeants,

Captain Don Hiller six deputies and 19 airport security technicians


Duties and responsibilities of the division consist of maintaining

security in and around the airport, checking vehicles

and personnel in secure areas, maintaining smooth and consistent

pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and processing new

employees for commercial carriers and airport businesses

through fingerprint and background checks.

The division assists the Transportation Safety Administration

(TSA) with investigating weapons offenses or any crime

occurring on the airport property. The members are pro active

in their efforts to identify and address any security issue the

may come across.

Airport Security Division

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In addition to patrolling airport grounds and ensuring the safety of

passengers, airport security personnel also respond to occasional

incidents involving crash landings of aircraft at the Key West

International Airport.

Passenger loads continue to increase and are now over

half a million people a year through the Key West International

Airport. As the airport has grown, with the increased number

of related employees and businesses and with greater passenger

numbers, the security demands have increased in



Relations Division

The Community Relations Division

is a diverse division which includes the

office of Public Information and Media

Relations; Juvenile Diversion unit;

school resource officers and school

crossing guards; and Citizens’ Crime

Watch. The director also serves as the

Director Becky Herrin agency’s public information officer and

media relations liaison, designs and

maintains the agency’s web site and publishes internal and

external newsletters, brochures and other publications.

During hurricanes or other disaster related events, Director

Herrin performs this function for the Monroe County

Division of Emergency Management as well as the Sheriff’s


School Resource Unit

The Sheriff’s Office has five school resource officers stationed

at Sugarloaf School, Marathon High School and Middle

School, Plantation Key School, Key Largo School and Coral

Shores High School. The SROs provide day-to-day security at

each school. They are also charged with maintaining positive

relationships with the students, teachers and administrators at

each school.

In 2011, SROs taught Project ALERT to all 7th graders,

with a booster class taught in 8th grade. This program targets

drug abuse, bullying, and many other issues which affect

today’s youth.

Explorer / Cadet Program

The SROs are charged with overseeing the Sheriff’s Office

Explorer/Cadet Program. In 2011, the program had 31

students enrolled county-wide.

The Law Enforcement Exploring Program in Monroe

County was started over 30 years ago with the intention of

providing the youth of our community the opportunity to explore

a career in law enforcement and to develop a more positive

relationship between youth and law enforcement officers.

There are three Explorer posts county wide; one at Sugarloaf

School; one at Marathon Middle and High School and

one in the Upper Keys, which includes students from Plantation

Key School, Key Largo School and Coral Shores High

School. Each post has younger members - designated as

Explorers and cadets learn law enforcement skills in preparation

for a possible career in the criminal justice field. Many members of

the agency help out with training them in various areas, including

crime scene investigation, firearms, traffic stops and active

shooter training.

“Cadets”; and older, high school aged members - designated

as “Explorers”.

The program introduces youth to the major areas of law

enforcement, with the intention of building character, determination

and life skills that will last a lifetime. The program

also provides each explorer the tools he/she needs in order to

make a decision about a career in law enforcement.

Both cadets and explorers participate in a wide variety of

community activities and service projects throughout Monroe

County. They work closely with a number of non-profit groups

that are trying to make a difference and also assist the Monroe

County Sheriff’s Office by performing certain duties that

free up deputies to perform other tasks.

Explorers also travel outside of the county to state-wide

events where they compete against other sheriff’s office explorer

posts in firearms, active shooter competitions, and take

part in team building exercises.

Sheriff’s School Resource unit

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Citizens’ Crime Watch

Citizens’ Crime Watch is a nationally recognized crime

prevention program that brings neighbors and law enforcement

together to prevent crime. Crime Watch groups act as

the volunteer “eyes and ears” of the Sheriff’s Office.

The Crime

Watch Coordinator

is charged with

helping set up new

crime watches, coordinating


and communicating

crime trends and

other helpful information

to the existing

crime watches,

and with conducting

free home

Crime Watch Coordinator Emil LaVache

talks to school kids about crime prevention

and safety.

School-Crossing Guards

security surveys.

The program has

proven it’s worth

over the years here

in Monroe County.

The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for school-crossing

guards, and other school crossing duties, at several schools

in Monroe County. There are crossing-guards assigned to

work the school zones at Stanley Switlik Elementary School in

Marathon, and in front of Key Largo School. School resource

officers perform crossing-guard duties at other area schools,

including the school zone in front of Sugarloaf School, and in

front of Coral Shores High School / Plantation Key School in

the Upper Keys. The crossing guards in the unincorporated

areas are supervised by School Resource Sergeant Glenn


Juvenile Programs Unit

The goal of the Juvenile Programs Unit is to help prevent

young people from engaging in further delinquent behavior

and helps to prevent youthful offenders from becoming adult


The Juvenile Civil Citation Program and Teen Court use

restitution, community service, curfew, letters of apology and

other methods to help re-direct youth in the program back

onto the right path.

The Juvenile Programs Unit


The Intensive Delinquency Diversion Program (IDDS) is

a longer-term program for more serious offenders. It targets

education, job placement, youth and family counseling along

with substance abuse and mental health counseling in its efforts

to keep youth from committing further offenses.

Both programs are financed through a contract with the

Department of Juvenile Justice providing 38 slots for juvenile

offenders overseen by three highly trained case workers. It

also receives money from a fees attached to court cases.

For more information about any of these juvenile programs,

contact Supervisor Sherwood Hanford via email at or by phone at 305-292-7129.

Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm

The Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm is a facility that houses

approximately 250 animals of all types - from common barnyard

animals to exotic

birds and species from

the tropical rainforest.

It is located underneath

the main detention

center. It is open to the

public twice a month - on

the second and fourth

Sundays from 1-3 p.m. It

Farmer Jeanne Selander takes care

of the farm, the animals and the

grounds of the Sheriff’s Headquarters


affords Monroe County

kids the opportunity to

see and interact with animals

in a family-friendly

atmosphere that is free of

charge. Special group visits can also be scheduled. The farm

is supported in large part by donations from visitors.

This special place continues to be a big hit with families

and frequently sees visitors from local schools, nursing

homes, and other programs such as the Boys and Girls Club,

the YMCA and local church


The farm and its operations

are overseen by a paid

employee - Jeanne Selander

- who manages the animal

farm, and oversees the

maintenance of the detention

center and Sheriff’s Office

headquarters grounds.

The animals at the farm

are cared for primarily by

detention center inmates

who receive formal training

in some aspects of animal husbandry, which they may be able

to use once they are released

from the facility.

At the very least, they

learn to work closely

with many creatures in

need of the compassion

and caring of a human

being - an experience

which cannot help but

be a positive factor in

their lives.

The farm began as

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a haven for homeless animals and to date, most of the animals

on the farm come from the SPCA, or from owners who

can no longer care for their animals.

Veterinarian services are primarily contributed by Dr. Doug

Mader, of the Marathon Veterinary Hospital. He regularly

checks on the animals, administering medical care, vaccinations

and other necessary services.

Reserve Unit

The mission of the Reserve Unit is

to support the operations of the Monroe

County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff provides

the opportunity for the reserves to

be directly involved in the daily operation

of the Sheriff Office.

The sheriff provides the reserve

captain and reserve first lieutenant a

position at all staff meetings for direct

Res. Capt. Ted Migala coordination with the rest of the office.

Reserves contribute to the operation

of all divisions within the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Reserves are a functional part of the Honor Guard, victim

advocates, court security, aviation, records, special investigations,

HIDTA, the Dive Team, Community Relations Division

and parking enforcement; sworn reserve deputies work road

patrol both supplementing and covering shortages.

Reserves support almost every special function during the

course of the year. They can be seen helping at: New Year’s

Eve fireworks, the Pigeon Key Festival, the Seven Mile Bridge

Reserve deputies volunteer their time in many different areas

of the Sheriff’s Office. Here, a reserve deputy writes a parking

citation for a fire lane violation.

Run, 4th of July parade, and Fantasy Fest to name just a few.

The reserve command staff consists of Captain Ted Migala,

who is the unit commander and commander of reserves

in District Six and Seven, and First Lieutenant Robert Smith,

assistant division commander and commander of reserves in

District One. Also:

• Lieutenant Dan Zieg, commander of reserves in District

Four and Five

• Sergeant Danny Valdez, supervisor of reserves in

District One

• Sergeant Rick Luna, supervisor of reserves in District

Four and Five

• Sergeant Rick Stanger, supervisor of reserves in

District Six and Seven

The following reserves served as volunteer fully certified

law enforcement officers in 2011:

• Henry Delvalle

• Emil LaVache

• Robert Smith

• Ron Sylvester

• Mike Duggan

• Ted Migala

• Richard Gross

• Jason Strong

The following reserves completed the basic law enforcement

academy and passed the state exam in 2011:

• Thomas O’Dea

• Nancy Torrijos

• Colleen Gonzalez

• Timothy Hunsberger

The following reserves transferred to full-time deputy in


• Richard Gross

• Jason Strong

• Nancy Torrijos

• Timothy Hunsberger

Rick Luna was Reserve of the Year for 2011. Rick received

this award because of his willingness to help out

whenever needed. Rick was instrumental in catching a

suspect by following a blood trail for several blocks on foot

from a burglary scene to the suspect’s home. The suspect

was apprehended. Rick is now known as the reserve human


Rick Luna was also Reserve of the Quarter for both the

first and third quarters. Danny Valdez was the reserve of the

second quarter. Ted Migala was the reserve of the fourth


The Reserve Unit has 44 members that volunteered

15,217 hours in 2011 to the citizens of Monroe County. The

following members volunteered over 500 hours of their time in


• Tim Hunsberger 916 hrs.

• Richard Stanger 847 hrs.

• James Aurelio 828 hrs.

• Thomas O’Dea 774 hrs.

• Ron Sylvester

695 hrs.

• Colleen Gonzalez 690 hrs.

• Barry Lentz

635 hrs.

• Dan Zieg

634 hrs.

• Mary Jo Migala 623 hrs.

• James Humelsine 556 hrs.

• Mike Duggan

522 hrs.

• Robert Smith

516 hrs.

The following members volunteered over 1,000 hours of

their time in 2011:

• Emil La Vache 1385 hrs.

• Ted Migala

1289 hrs.

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Director Bill Martin,

National HIDTA

Assistance Center

Lt. Colonel

Tim Wagner

Chief Joel Widell

Captain Joe Mendez

South Florida High

Intensity Drug

Trafficking Area

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

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.

The Sheriff’s Office received one of

the first HIDTA grants in 1991 and used

those funds to create the Monroe Task

Force, which investigates narcoticsrelated

money laundering organizations

on an international scale. The unit is still

in existence, having seized over $65

million in illicit narcotics-derived financial

proceeds. It brought in over $25 million

in asset sharing to the Sheriff’s Office in

just one case and has since brought in

millions more to benefit

the citizens of Monroe County.

In 1994, the sheriff elected to further

assist in the HIDTA effort by serving as a

fiscal agent in the South Florida HIDTA

and the Puerto Rico-Virgin Islands

HIDTA. The Sheriff’s Office handles over

$20 million in grant funds for those two

projects, and for the National HIDTA Assistance

Center, also located in Miami.

Over the last three years, the

SFLHIDTA has seized an average of

$713 million worth of illicit drugs per

year from regional and international

drug-trafficking organizations. Drugs seized include cocaine,

heroin, marijuana, Ecstasy, methamphetamine and all types of

diverted pharmaceutical medications.

In 2011, the South Florida HIDTA was named the outstanding

HIDTA office by the Office of National Drug Control


HIDTA - Monroe

The Monroe County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

(HIDTA) initiative fulfills a unique need for the law enforcement

community. Part of the greater South Florida HIDTA group

and even larger National HIDTA organization, it addresses

the unique issues of drug-trafficking and money-laundering

in South Florida. The task force comprises federal, state and

local law enforcement officers.

HIDTA - Monroe County has offices in Marathon. Left to

right, Shannon Davis, Chuck Visco, Lt. Nancy Alvarez

and Rachel Shelar.


Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011

The Sheriff’s Office Bureau

of Administration is responsible

for all support services within the

Sheriff’s Office.

It is headed up by Bureau

Chief Mike Rice, who is a member

of the Sheriff’s command staff and

the sheriff’s main advisor when it

comes to the administrative functions

of the Sheriff’s Office.

Bureau Chief Mike Rice

The bureau includes the Finance

Division, Judicial Services/

Central Records/Warrants, The Information Systems Division,

the Property and Evidence Division, the Human Resources

Division, Professional Standards, the Emergency Communications

Division, Risk Management, and Grants Administration.

Executive Director

Amy Heavilin, CPA

Finance Division

The function of the Finance Division

is to account for and manage the fiscal

resources of the agency.

The staff reconciles and balances

all accounts, prepares a complete set of

financial statements for all funds, prepares

the annual budget and ensures

the money received from grants and

federal agencies are spent in accordance

with their specific requirements.

The division is responsible for maintaining

records for one general operating fund and 18 special

revenue funds.

Other functions include calculating and disbursing checks

to employees for payroll, as well as disbursing checks to

vendors for supplies and services. All expenditures are

reviewed monthly for compliance with the appropriate budget.

Finance is proud to report that for the ninth consecutive year

Monroe County Sheriff's Office Public Safety Budget Comparison











Law Enforcement Corrections Court Security TOTALS

9/30/2007 24,147,215 17,753,379 1,281,898 43,182,492

9/30/2008 23,118,288 16,579,798 1,384,901 41,082,987

9/30/2009 23,138,591 17,227,963 1,292,895 41,659,450

9/30/2010 22,815,439 16,796,013 1,262,799 40,874,251

9/30/2011 23,100,474 17,233,852 1,341,994 41,676,320

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011


the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received a perfect

audit for fiscal year end 2011. Given the agency had

to account for approximately $70 million of budgeted

expenses, this is quite an accomplishment!




Monroe County Sheriff's Office Forfeiture Receipts










The Sheriff’s Office Finance Division









Information Systems is charged with

taking care of the computer and information

technology needs of the Sheriff’s

Office, including office computers, in-

Director Jim Painter car computers, system printers and all

system-related software.

The staff in Information Systems consists of Computer

Systems Specialist Drew Moyer, who operates in the Middle

and Upper Keys; Hardware Technicians Joey Finch and Ron

Wheeler in the Lower Keys; Senior Network Administrator Michael

Grattan; Senior Technical Administrator Sandra Bartlett;

Programmer/Analyst Ralph “Steve” Heitman and Director Jim

Painter. All maintain offices in the Key West Headquarters


The Information Systems Division


9/30/2007 9/30/2008 9/30/2009 9/30/2010 9/30/2011


Sharon Harrold

Central Records Unit


Judicial Services /

Central Records /

Warrants Division

This Division provides information

to the public though its Central Records

Unit, while the Warrants Unit ensures

warrants are properly entered/scanned

into law enforcement databases then

updated as law enforcement or court

action is taken.

Under the direction of Supervisor Tiffany O’Connell,

Central Records is responsible for ensuring all offense reports

have been


and all associated


scanned. This

division also


sealed and

expunged records,


Uniform Crime


(UCR) and assists

the public

with public

records requests.

Central Records continues to work on becoming paperless;

currently, only an estimated 20% of records remain in

paper form. Documents are provided to the public in a digital

format whenever possible, thus ensuring requests are handled

quickly and reducing the cost of paper and postage.


Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011

Warrants Unit

Tatyana Gordiyenko oversees the Warrants Unit, which is

responsible for entry/scanning of all warrants and injunctions

into the sheriffs’ centralized database. Once entered into this




are available

countywide to

meet agency



are available

to be served


at all three



Each warrants

clerk is responsible for a specific task, including entry/

scanning warrants, entry of injunctions, handling extraditions

and conducting the FDLE audit to ensure warrant information

entered into the database is accurate.

Jail Records Unit

Jamie Denton is the manager for Jail Records along with

Beverly Mingo, Heather Bennett and Polly Deihl, who are shift


This unit, which

works 24 hours a

day, oversees all

inmate records

from the time of arrest

to release from

all three detention

facilities. These

records include

inmates from other

agencies that are

housed in Monroe

County facilities,

such as the U.S.

Marshals Service,

Immigration and Customs


and Border


Jail Records

is also

striving to

become paperless.


records are

scanned into

the centralized

database at the time of arrest or hold, making them available

county wide to meet agency needs. Jail Records scans

sexual offender and convicted felon records/registrations to

help other agencies better identify offenders.

Court Services Unit

Under the supervision of Sergeant Gerald Fisher, Sergeant


Torres and Sergeant


Coleman, Court

Services provides


for judges and

others entering

Monroe County

courthouses, located

in Plantation Key,

Marathon and in Key


At each courthouse,

they conduct

scanning and searches

of all people and

property entering

each building.


also work closely

with court staff

and with the Corrections


ensuring safety

for everyone participating in the criminal justice system.

Lieutenant Cindy



Standards Division

Under the direction of Lieutenant

Cindy Peryam, the office of Professional

Standards is in charge of managing

Commission for Florida Law Enforcement

Accreditation (CFA) and Commission

on Accreditation for Law Enforcement

Agencies(CALEA) processes. The

office ensures all agency policies and

procedures are in compliance with accreditation

standards and the agency is

following established



of the office of



are Inspector

Henry Hamilton

- staff


Rachelle Gates

– accreditation

specialist, and

Tondra Davis

– accreditation


The office

of Accredita-

The Professional Standards Division

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011


tion makes sure all divisions within the Sheriff’s Office, and

all members of those divisions, are aware of office policies

and procedures and are in compliance with them at all times.

They draft policy, at the direction of the sheriff and in compliance

with CFA and CALEA requirements. These policies and

procedures are the foundation of a modern, professional law

enforcement agency, and are also the foundation to being

state and federally accredited.

Inspectors from the office are charged with seeing that all

policies and procedures are up to date at all times, and being

complied with by all members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s

Office. To that end, they visit all offices on a regular basis,

inspecting records and making sure all procedures are being

followed appropriately.

An accreditation program has long been recognized as

a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism.

Accreditation is the certification by an independent

reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements

and prescribed standards. Schools, universities and

hospitals are some of the most well-known organizations that

are required to maintain accreditation.

Accreditation is only achieved after an assessment team

of law enforcement/corrections professionals from other agencies

around the state and nation conduct an on-site assessment.

An on-site assessment entails a review of an agencies

policies and procedures for compliance with established standards,

physical facilities and documentation that an agency

is doing what it says it is. For corrections, they also look at

safety and emergency procedures, food services, rules and

discipline and other subject areas that comprise good correctional


Act of 1993, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Pregnancy Discrimination

Act of 1978, the Health Insurance Portability and

Accountability Act of 1996 and many other applicable laws.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is an equal opportunity/affirmative

action employer.






2011 Budgeted Position Allocation By Class





Executive Director

Donna Allen-Moore

Human Resources

The goal of the Human Resources

Division (HRD) is to attract the most

qualified applicants without regard

to race, color, sex, age, religion, disabilities

or ethnic origin. In addition, the

division is responsible for ensuring the

Sheriff’s Office is in compliance with all

federal and state employment related

laws, including Equal Employment Opportunity,

the Americans with Disabilities

Act of 1990, the Family Medical Leave




Deputies Corrections Support



2011 - Years of Service







52 48


The Human Resources Division


0-5 Years 6-10 Years 11-15






26+ Years


Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011














2011 Employee Turnover





In addition, HRD is responsible for coordinating the

agency’s promotional process, managing the agency’s random

drug testing, annual physicals, Florida Department Law

Enforcement (FDLE) registrations and resignations, personnel

and payroll changes, and administering all optional/supplemental

benefits programs to all employees.

The division communicates all HRD policies to employees;

provides employees with a formal process for grievance resolution;

works with commanders, directors and supervisors to

create a high performing and diverse workforce; and develops

staff excellence through training and consultation with employees,

to encourage growth and opportunity and promote an

overall positive work environment for all employees.





2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Emergency Communications is

centrally located in Marathon at the

Monroe County Public Works yard.

The department provides professional

Director Laura White and high-quality communications via

the MCSO 800 MHz Smartzone radio

system to approximately 32 agencies and 1,600 users. This

allows for interagency cooperation and communications on the

system throughout the county. UHF paging services for Fire/

Rescue is provided and maintained, as well as digital paging

and cellular services for county staff. Traffic radar for most

county and state law enforcement agencies in Monroe and

south Miami-Dade are calibrated and certified through the

department on a biannual basis.

The 911 answering equipment is also purchased and

maintained through the Emergency Communications department.

The 911 address database is kept up to date, and caller

information verified with MCSO and KWPD communications

and vendors for accuracy.

Many more detailed duties are carried out by our highly

skilled staff while responding to everyday and emergency situations.

Focusing on safety, they strive for excellence.

Property and

Evidence Division

The Property and Evidence Division

is where all the property and evidence

collected in Monroe County is processed

and stored until the final case

disposition is received from the judicial


Director Diana O’Dell

The division receives property

and evidence from different agencies

throughout the Keys including the Florida Highway Patrol,

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, State Attorney’s

Office, and FDLE.

In Key West, the division stores approximately 20,000

items of property; in Marathon, 5,000; and in Plantation Key,

approximately 10,000 items are stored. Due to issues with

storage, our goal for 2012 is to reduce our inventory from

35,000 pieces of property and evidence to about 20,000.

In 2011, the Property and Evidence Division handled a

total of 41,500 transactions involving property and evidence.

Transactions 2011 2010

Items checked in 13,958 15,206

Items checked out 3,004 2,960

Items destroyed 10,691 10,430

Items released 1,835 1,644

The Property and Evidence Division

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011


The main control room at the Lower Keys Detention Center monitors

cameras throughout the facility, operates doors and tracks

inmates’ and officers’ movements. It is a demanding job requiring

the ability to multi-task.

The overall mission of the

Bureau of Corrections is to

provide for custody, control, care

and treatment of incarcerated

inmates. The bureau also offers

a variety of programs to inmates

who wish to make a positive

change in their lives, including

educational, work-related and

rehabilitative programs aimed

Chief Tommy Taylor

at changing behaviors so when

an inmate is released, he or she

has a chance at becoming a productive,

contributing member of society.

The Bureau of Corrections has three

jail facilities, the Main Detention Center,

housing up to 596 inmates; the Marathon

Detention Center, housing up to 52 inmates,

and the Plantation Key Detention

Center, housing up to 47 inmates. The

total daily average inmate population in

Captain Tim Age

2011 was 576 inmates.

The Corrections Bureau provides

processing and detention services for all law enforcement

agencies in Monroe County. In 2011, 6,456 arrestees were

booked through the three jail facilities.

Processing an inmate involves intake, medical screening,

fingerprinting, photographing and classification of the individual.

Technology plays a key role, particularly through videoimaging

and electronic or inkless fingerprinting.

The automated fingerprint identification system, called

“Live Scan,” offers real-time positive identification of all those

booked into the facility. It is not a free ride, however; all arrestees

are assessed an initial processing fee of $20. Those


Detention Center Bookings















2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011


Corrections deputies are trained to respond to all

kinds of emergencies involving inmates, including

proficiency in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011

who can’t pay the $20 fee at the time of arrest carry an outstanding

debt until paid. In 2011, the facility collected $39,051

in processing fees.

Monroe County detention facilities use the direct-supervision

model. This style of management uses corrections deputies

who work directly within inmate living areas. These units

and dorms house from 54 to 95 inmates each.

The absence of barriers such as bars, steel doors and catwalks

typically found in an “old style” jail allows our deputies

to control all the areas in the jail, including passageways and

secure rooms. In this way, inmates’ activities and behavior are

in direct control by the corrections deputies.

In a continuing effort to save the taxpayers’ money, the

Sheriff’s Office leases unused bed space in the main detention

facility to federal agencies such as the U.S. Marshals Service

Two corrections deputies participate in a fire evacuation drill.








Income from Contract Inmates





at a cost of $90 per day per inmate and to Immigration and

Naturalization Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection

at a cost of $82 per day per inmate.

The money received from these contracted beds goes into

the Monroe County general fund to offset operating the three

detention facilities. The agency collected $2,593,755 from

contract beds during the 2010/2011 fiscal year.

Incarceration should never be a “free ride” and the Sheriff’s

Office is always looking for ways to offset the cost to

taxpayers of operating the detention facilities.

Total jail related fees collected from inmates for 2011 were

$265,841. Fees charged in our facilities include:

• $20 booking fees, which generated $39,051 in 2011.

• Inmate Commissary, which sells day to day necessities

to inmates, generated $38,540 in 2011.

• Inmate subsistence fees of $1 per day per inmate

brought in $14,935 in 2011.

• Other extras charged for in the jails include indigent

packs, extra mattress rentals, marriage ceremony fees,

check writing fees, reading glasses, legal services and

some medical services.

In 2011, inmate labor contributed $550,066 in services to

the county and to non-profit organizations in Monroe County.

(hours figured at minimum wage).

The Corrections Bureau is also charged with transporting

inmates into and out of the county, to and from court and for

other required activities. The Jail Transportation Unit transported

8,501 inmates to court and to and from the Marathon and

Plantation Key jails for fiscal year 2010/2011.

Officers participated in numerous community events

throughout the year such as providing care packages to the

homeless, assisting the Monroe Association for ReMARCable

Citizens with their annual Christmas tree sale, Relay for Life

fund-raising activities, the Soldier Ride, Law Enforcement

Torch Run, Key West’s Children’s Day and

National Night Out festivities throughout the Keys.


2006/2007 2007/2008 2008/2009 2009/2010 2010/2011

Inmate Programs

and Services


The Inmate Programs and

Services Division handles the

daily needs of inmates including

mail, laundry, accounting,

commissary, religious and educational

issues. A number of

Director Keena Allen

volunteer programs donated over

1,560 hours in 2011 to assist in this division.

Jail Drug Intervention Program

In 2011, this program began the year with 40

male clients and enrolled 77 additional males during

the year. Out of those, only 25 clients from the program

were rearrested within one year of completing

the program. There were 10 female clients enrolled

at the beginning of the year and 18 additional female

were enrolled. Only 16 were rearrested within a year

of completing the program. The recidivism average

for the year for individuals having completed the program

was 12%.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011


Sheriff’s Office inmates work outside the facility in many capacities,

helping with Monroe County Public Works maintaining parks

and rights of way, the Stock Island homeless shelter, and participating

in various clean-up efforts in the community.

Inmate Work Release Program

The Work Release Program allows selected, low-risk offenders

to work, while completing the terms of their sentence.

The program gives the offender a marketable trade or skill,

which reduces recidivism and the offender has the opportunity

to pay restitution and support his or her family while incarcerated.

The program also provides a positive transition back to

the community.

Trusty Work Program

The Trusty Work Program saves taxpayers significant

money by assigning inmates to work details with County Public

Works and other public service agencies in Monroe County.

The Trusty Work Program saved taxpayers an estimated

$550,066 in labor costs with hours figured at minimum wage.

Trusties clean Sheriff’s Office buildings; they work in the main

detention center kitchen preparing inmate meals; they maintain

all Sheriff’s Office landscaping; and they perform many

similar duties for Monroe County government buildings, public

parks and roadways.

The Classification Unit

This unit determines the custody and housing assignment

for all inmates. It also processes court information and release

documentation. Inmate workers inside and outside the facility

are screened closely for suitability and their talents are taken

under consideration for work assignments.

Particular attention is required for high-profile inmates

in need of special housing and other special treatment. The

computerized Smart Cop Jail Management System helps with

this function. This system helps identify violent felons, escape

risks, sexual predators and inmates who are required, for various

reasons, to submit DNA samples to the state of Florida.

Jail Health Services

Armor Correctional Health Services handles inmate medical

care under the direction of a medical health administrator.

Services include medical, dental and psychiatric services.

Inmates are charged a fee for services but no inmate can be

denied medical care due to the inability to pay.

Jail Food Services

This contract provider, Aramark Correctional Services,

provides three meals a day to inmates, serving over 679,069

meals in 2011.

The commissary department has a TouchPay kiosk installed

in the Main Detention Center lobby for self-release/bail

payments and deposits to be made into an inmate’s commissary

account. TouchPay, via Aramark, is a more efficient and

convenient system for families and friends as it reduces the

need to handle funds by accepting cash, credit card or debit

card payments in person, by Internet or over the phone.

Corrections deputies participate in many community events, including National Night Out and Key West’s Children’s Day.


Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011

Employees of the Year - 2011

“The people chosen to be Employees of the Year are truly the best of the best – they have proven

themselves to be outstanding employees, as well as outstanding contributors to the community they

serve,” said Sheriff Robert P. Peryam.

The Employees of the Year are chosen from all of those who received one of the Sheriff’s Employee of

the Quarter awards throughout the past year.

The yearly award winners received a special plaque from the sheriff in recognition of their exemplary

work, and a badge to wear on their uniforms with the designation “Officer [or Employee] of the Year.” In

addition, they each receive a check for $500 which, in 2011, was donated by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-

Lehtinen and $1,000 from the Sheriff’s Office. The Cadet of the Year receives $100 donated by the congresswoman,

with a matching amount from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Cormier Memorial Award, given to the Sheriff’s Office Sworn Law Enforcement Officer of the Year,

is named for Deputy David Cormier, a Sheriff’s Reserve Officer killed in the line of duty in a traffic accident

in November of 1989. Members of the Cormier family attend the ceremony each year in memory of their

loved one who gave his life in service to the community.

Congressional Aide Kim Sovia-Crandon, Sgt. Linda Brooks, Detective Mark Coleman, Reserve Dep. Richard Luna,

Juvenile Programs Counselor Natalka Whitehouse, Explorer Captain Cindy Zaldivar and Sheriff Bob Peryam. This year’s

ceremony was sponsored by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; her aide, Kim Sovia-Crandon was there to meet with

those who won the yearly award.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011


Employees of the Quarter - 2011

First Quarter Awards

Left to right: Detective Mark Coleman, Detention Deputy Linda

Brooks, Explorer Chrissy Raddatz, Sheriff Bob Peryam. Not shown:

Records Assistant Mary Mullen and Reserve Deputy Richard Luna.

Second Quarter Awards

Left to right: Detention Deputy Debra Brown, Detective Diane

Mimosa, Sheriff Bob Peryam. Inset left to right, Explorer Keith Cox,

Reserve Deputy Danny Valdez and Victim Advocate Carol Albury


Third Quarter Awards

Left to right: Juvenile Diversion Counselor Natalka Whitehouse,

Deputy Nicholis Whiteman, Detention Deputy Alvarez Rice, Reserve

Deputy Richard Luna and Sheriff Bob Peryam. Not pictured,

Explorer Alex Rojas.

Fourth Quarter Awards

Left to right: Detention Deputy Saulo Ottey, Detective Robert Dosh,

Airport Security Technician Rhonda Kahle, Reserve Captain Ted

Migala and Sheriff Bob Peryam. Not pictured, Explorer Cindy



Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011

Quarterly Award Sponsors

Quarterly Award Sponsors

2011 Sheriff’s Medal Awards

2011 Retirements

Note: The Sheriff’s Medal is awarded to those members of the

office who are involved in an incident where a meritorious act is

performed. This would include a shooting incident, attempting to

save another's life, or apprehending a felon with knowledge of risk

to life or limb.

Spenser Bryan

Joseph Cortner

Todd Jones

Homicide Detective Terry Smith

Transportation Deputy John Rodriguez

Asst. General Counsel / Inspector Janine Gedmin

Detention Deputy Adam Palmer

Juvenile Diversion Counselor Karol Cotton

Senior Radio Systems Technician Roger Maynard

Administrative Assistant Nancy Bankston

Deputy / School Resource Officer Beverly Brazil

Deputy / Civil Division David Drennan

Law Enforcement Captain Thomas Brazil

Communications Director Anne Leonard

Detention Records Assistant William Dor

Detention Deputy Kathy Hill

2011 Years of Service Awards

5 years

Giosvania Alonzo

Victor Arguello-Castellon

Paul Bean

Joshua Brady

David Brummer

Bradford Colen

Tony Conde

William Crosby

Talandieu Dor

Robert Dosh

Joni Greene

Michael Griffin

Sherwood Hanford

Lance Hernandez

Connie Imes

Juan Llera

Laura Lummis

Desiree Mahoney

Natasha Major

Danielle Malone

Martin Malone

Wanda Martin

Aimee Martinez

Carlton Moyer

Thomas O’Dea

Saulo Ottey

John Perez

Joseph Pimental

Idalma Pons

Michelle Quad

Crystal Rendon

Robert Salter

Jeanne Selander

David Smith

Paula Wachob

Laura White

Sydney Whitehouse

Trevor Wirth

10 years

Bobby Burkett

Sally-Ann Crawford

Michael DiGiovanni

Yvonne Dixon

Lynn Faircloth

Beverly Greene-Mingo

Martin Harbin

Kathy Hill

Desliles Mompoint

Iscandel Perez

Carol Peterson

Penny Phelps

David Stubblefield

Elaine Woodson

15 years

Sonja Fleita

Steven Katz

Valene Marinello

Kevin Mimosa

Freddy Rodriguez

James Sheagren

Anne Sweeney

20 years

Beverly Brazil

Louis Caputo

David Carey

Amanda Coleman

Terri Devooght

Deshawn Jackson

Dawn Leird

Jason Madnick

William Sheriff

Lionel Vargas

Lazaro Valdes

25 years

Nancy Alvarez

Corey Bryan

Donald Fanelli

Michelle Rabinowitz

Michael Sharp

Julie Smith

Brenda Winegarden

30 years

Thomas Brazil

Robert Peryam

Bruce Winegarden

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office - Annual Report 2011


Important Numbers:

In an Emergency, Dial 911

To report a non-emergency incident call Sheriff’s Office Communications:


To Contact the Sheriff’s Office:

Sheriff’s Administrative Headquarters.............................................................................................(305) 296-2424

Central Records Division .................................................................................................................(305) 292-7050

Community Relations Division ........................................................................................................(305) 292-7116

Human Resources Division..............................................................................................................(305) 292-7044

Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. ...............................................................................................1-800-346-TIPS

Patrol Divisions:

Freeman Substation, Cudjoe Key ....................................................................................................(305) 745-3184

Marathon Substation ........................................................................................................................(305) 289-2430

Islamorada Substation......................................................................................................................(305) 664-6480

The Roth Building, Plantation Key ..................................................................................................(305) 853-3211

Special Operations............................................................................................................................(305) 289-2410

Detention Centers

Main Detention Center, Stock Island................................................................................................(305) 293-7300

Marathon Detention Center...............................................................................................................(305) 289-2420

Plantation Key Detention Center......................................................................................................(305) 853-3266

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