Sunday, April 6, 2014
Sheriff announces next Citizen's Police Academies

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office will be holding its next Citizen's Police Academies in May and are looking for people who are interested in learning more about law enforcement and the MCSO.

Classes begin May 6 and will continue through graduation the week of June 24. There will be three separate academies held during that time - in the Lower, Middle and Upper Keys. Attendees will be asked to commit to spending one night per week between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. They will also be asked to participate in at least one ride-along with a deputy during the academy period.

• In the Upper Keys, classes will meet every Tuesday at the Roth Building on Plantation Key.

• In the Middle Keys, classes will meet every Wednesday at the sheriff's office aviation hanger in Marathon.

• And in the Lower Keys, classes will meet every Thursday at the sheriff's headquarters building on College Road, Stock Island.

"If you have always wanted to know more about law enforcement this is a terrific opportunity," said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. "We've held academies like this for the past two years and everyone who attended them really enjoyed themselves. We don't just stand in a classroom and lecture; you will have the opportunity to have a hands-on law enforcement experience if you attend one of these academies."

Classes will include an orientation and introduction to patrol procedure, a tour of one of the jail facilities, an introduction to weapons such as simunitions and Tasers, traffic/felony stops, crime scene investigations including a hands-on mock crime scene, building searches, an introduction to specialty units, such as SWAT, bomb, dive, major crimes, and special investigations.

Space is limited, so anyone who is interested should contact the captain in the area where they wish to attend.

• In the Upper Keys, contact Capt. Don Fanelli at 305-853-3211 or, or Capt. Corey Bryan and 305-664-6480 or

• In the Middle Keys, contact Capt. Gene Thompson at, or Lt. Derek Paul, at, or 305-289-2430.

• And in the Lower Keys contact Capt. Don Hiller at 305-745-3184 or