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The Protect Rio Vista program utilizes your subscription funds to hire off-duty Fort Lauderdale police officers to patrol in the neighborhood.  The officers are in uniform when on duty and have full authority to take official action action should a crime take place while on patrol.  The officers patrol in a marked car leased by the civic association and will be dispatched by FLPD for any 911 call recieved from the neighborhood.  Members also recieve a cell phone number by which they may contact the patrol officers directly while they are on duty.  Members also recieve the opportunity to request a vacation check of their home when they are out of town. 


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Sunday, September 02, 2012              


1730 – Begin house checks and neighborhood patrols.

1930 – House checks secured.

1930 – Patrol Federal business district.

2000 – Patrol mainland and Isles.

Monday, September 03, 2012        


0730- 10-8, Left message for Mr. Weber. One message from resdient. He wanted to bring to our attention that an outboard boat motor had been stolen from carport. I reviewed the activity log.

0745- Began and completed out of town house checks. All appear to be secure.

0900- Patrolled Isles, bridges. No unusual activity to report.

0930- Patrolled LYC, lots of kids camping out over the holiday weekend. I remained visible.

1040- Received a phone call from resident who stated while he was on his morning walk he smelled an odor of gas coming from home and was concerned a car may be running in the closed garage. Upon a check of the residence contact was made with (employee) who allowed me to inspect garage, which had no odor of fuel, vehicles empty (lucky me). It was later determined that one of the gas lanterns at the entrance of the driveway had blew out.   Repaired.

1105- Patrolled behind businesses along Federal. (All clear)

1115- Final patrols of all areas.

1145 – Patrol Isles, Cordova, and special attention to LYC for campers.

1245 – Patrol Mainland and area parks.

1400 – Patrol Federal business district.

1530 – 10-7. Beautiful Labor Day….

Tuesday, September 04, 2012


0915    10-8, Found the car and called in, starting checks and patrol.

1150    Alarm at residence and later a 911 hang-up. Maid and her mother were present and all accidental.

1250    Vacation checks complete.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012        

0720 – Begin house checks and patrols.

0830 – House checks secure during patrols.

0845 – Patrol Federal business district.

0945 – Patrol Isles, Cordova, and LYC.

1000 – Patrol mainland and area parks.

1700    No issues found and continuing patrols. I put two additional addresses in vacation log. (still raining)

1845    Received a call from homeowner thanking the detail for checking her residence while away she advised detail does a great job. I fueled the vehicle.

2000    All still okay

2045    Stopped vehicle reference lights and running stop at 9 St/9Ave. Gave issued a warning.

Thursday, September 06, 2012    


1625    Began patrols and vacation home checks.

1740    Received a call on the detail line from a resident in the area desiring to advise neighborhood patrol officers of several small areas of graffiti that has been surfacing in the general neighborhood over the past month. Upon arrival I gave the resident the Ft. Lauderdale Graffiti Hotline telephone number (954-828-6402) should they observe any further areas or wish to make a formal report in the future.

The lettering KEM! and KANE was observed sprayed and written in black colored paint on two residential walls, a fence and an electrical service box since early August of 2012. I also observed the same spraying walls of residences in the 1200 block of SE 8 Street, near the intersection of SE 6 Street/SE 9 Ave and at Ponce De Leon and SE 9 Street. It appears to be a problem on the rise throughout the entire neighborhood.

1830    I checked on the welfare of a W/F with her head deeply bowed, sitting on the wall over looking the river in Stranahan Landing Park. A bit concerned that she may be suicidal when she refused to answer to my voice calling to her, I exited the car to speak to her.

I could then hear that she was listening to a head set radio which had been concealed from my view by her long hair. The electronic gadgetry was producing very loud music and she could not have heard me calling. Once I did obtain her attention (which was done very carefully as not to now startle her and send her falling into the river) she stated she was quite fine and was just enjoying the beautiful view of the river. I encouraged her to find a safer point in which to visually stimulate her senses, especially if she was going to render herself deaf while sitting there.

She agreed and was happily transitioned to a less precarious location.

2005    Dispatched to residence in reference to a welfare check. Sister became concerned after he had been arguing with her on the phone earlier today before stating I love you and I am done and hanging up. He was found to be in good condition and stated he just wanted to get off of the phone with his sister and nothing more. MI CARD 12-101862

2025    All vacation homes checked secure

2100    Check of all of the parks and the abandon property (All was secure)

2200    High visibility patrols of entrances to Rio Vista

Friday September 7, 2012


1030-1200 Checked out of town homes

1200-1330 Patrolled the neighborhood

1830    Patrols of area. Checked parks.

2030    Checked Isles. No fishermen out tonight.

2145    Checked Yacht Club parking areas.

2300    Continued patrols. Checked businesses along fed.

0130    10-7

Saturday, September 08, 2012    


0315 -  Patrol mainland and parks

0600 -  Begin house checks

0700 -  Houses checks were secure/patrolled Isles and LYC

Sunday, September 09, 2012


0945    10-8, message from resident regarding fishermen on dock yesterday. Returned call and left message.

1000    Began vacation checks

1045    Observed front door open at residence, and no one seemed to be around. Teen forgot to shut door. While there, I inquired as to if he might know about the recent graffiti incidents. No info.

1300    Completed vacation checks.

1530    Flagged down by girl who stated her mom fell off bike and needed help. Located resident who had hit cement pole on SE 9 Ave on the sidewalk. Refused EMS, but requested a ride home. Gave ride home.

1600    Responded to domestic. Wife alleged that husband pushed her over argument with son. Apparently son was having an argument with his babys mother when his parents stepped in. Husband did not want his wife to call police so he attempted to take the phone from her. Wife refused to give a statement, and no one else saw what happened. Report taken by very nice rookie patrol officer.

1710 – Patrol mainland, special attention to 11 st and 11 court for graffiti.

1830 – Patrol isles, Cordova, and LYC.

1930 – Patrol Federal business area.

Monday, September 10, 2012        


0750- Began out of town house checks.

0900- House checks complete, all appear to be secure.

0910- Patrolled Isles, LYC.. No unusual activity to report.

0935- Return to Rio, patrolled behind businesses along Federal Hwy.

0950- Patrolled Rio mainland.

1015- Made contact with Ofc. Jess Karcher in reference to the graffiti. After Karchers viewing of the recent graffiti, Karcher stated the graffiti appears to be local kids and not gang related.

1030- Responded to 13v in the area occupied 3x w/ms walking house to house in a suspicious (?) manner. Contact was made with the 3 wms to be identified. All stated they recently relocated from out of state to Fl. and were in the area looking to wash house windows. All above listed had out of stated IDs and agreed to a FI. All left the area upon my request without incident 29/54.

1110- Final patrols all areas.

Monday, September 10, 2012         

1600    Met with residents who expressed speeding concerns by the boys who live down the isle. Extra attention for speeders requested.

1700    Received call from resident to discuss graffiti incidents. I met with resident who explained his recent concerns.

1830    Numerous trash pickers in area for bulk trash day. No incidents.

2000    Responded to domestic. Wife stated that her husband had been calling and harassing her to talk to the kids and may be on the way over in a black chevy Silverado pickup. Talked to the husband via phone, and advised to seek resolution through courts. I further advised him to stop contacting her, a report was taken.

2200    Continued patrols, special attention around 11 st/ 11 ct due to graffiti.

0015    On my way out, stopped 2 skateboarders on SE 11 ST on the hill. Stated they were just out for a ride. No graffiti materials. Questioned them regarding graffiti in the area; no info obtained.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012                  

0715 – Begin patrols and house checks.

0845 – House checks secure during patrols.

0900 – Patrol mainland and area parks.

1000 – Patrol LYC, Cordova, and Isles.

1830    Received email from resident who wanted to advise of graffiti on her fence. I observed the “kem” tag, and Ofc. Karcher was already aware. It appears to be older. I advised we would be providing extra patrol.

1930    Stopped vehicle for speeding 50 mph on SE 9 isle. Local resident teen. Spoke to him and his father.

2200    Checked yacht club parking areas

Wednesday, September 12, 2012        


0715 – Patrol Isles, Cordova, and LYC. Special watch for speeders on SE 9th Isle.

0830 – Patrol mainland, area parks, and area of Bethany school.

1000 – Patrol Federal business district.

1030 – Final patrols.

1615    Began patrols and checks of vacation homes

1700    While checking the vacation home I found the rear doors to be unsecured. I activated the alarm by opening the doors but no call out information was listed on the vacation checklist. Fortunately, the caretaker of the property was driving by to check the home owner’s mail and was able to reset the alarm after I had secured the rear doors. The home owners were contacted by phone and thanked us for the response and care for their home.

1735    Resumed patrols and continued house checks.

1805    All vacation homes checked secure

2000    High visibility patrols of the mainland areas, entrances to Rio Vista and the church which had a large gathering present.

2100    Patrols of the businesses along Federal Hwy, the Isles, Cordova Road, Ponce De Leon and the Yacht Club property.

2130    Final patrols of the area, all appears secure.

Thursday, September 13, 2012        


1545    Patrols of LYC, isles, Cordova and vacation checks.

1645    Ponce/RVB patrols and area vacation checks.

1730    Dispatched to check the area for a F150 PU blocking the roadway. Nothing found upon arrival.

1800    Observed a fisherman at end of 10 Street. He was sent on his way due to a fishing permit which expired in May of this year.

Friday, September 14, 2012        


0950- House checks complete, all appear to be secure.

1000- Patrolled Isles, bridges, and LYC.

1040- 20 minutes of traffic enforcement 9 Ave/11Ct. No violators.

1100- Patrolled behind businesses along Federal.

1120- Patrolled Rio Vista mainland, no unusual activity to report.

1140- Final patrol all areas.

1700    Removed fishermen from private docks on Cordova.

1740    Responded to 911 hang up. The condo building with malfunctioning line but the building was secure.

1750    Traffic stop for stop sign violator at 9 St/ 9 Ave. Non-resident; citation issued.

1805    Flagged down reference an accident on S. Federal/ 9 St. I assisted in getting parked and turned over to patrol units.

1815    Received email concerning graffiti on Rio Vista entrance sign. Kem strikes again. Resident stated that it occurred between 2000-0700 last night. Attempted to check Workscapes for video, but they were closed. Forwarded info to graffiti unit.

1900    Responded to multiple calls of suspicious male at 11/ Cordova. I subject. He was either on a substance or had mental issues. He claimed he was soliciting customers for window cleaning. His answers were inconsistent. FI card completed. He was warned on soliciting with no permit. 12-105068

2040    Call of suspicious male walking from vehicle near 7/cordova. Turned out they were fishing from the bridge. One had no license, so they packed up for the night. Called back and advised.

2120    Responded to 911 hang up. Upon arrival, resident told me they were having a family issue. I went to check inside. 20 yrs.old son, immediately began yelling and cursing at officers. He was combative and irrational. He was taken into custody for narcotics paraphernalia. Report 12-105124.

2330    Began unmarked patrols.

Saturday, September 15, 2012  

0620    I began my patrols in the usual way (it begins to rain heavily just like clockwork).

0730    The rain has stopped for now. The north end of Rio Vista has a “tunnel” road race underway. Many joggers and walkers participating, streets closed and attended by PSA’s until the race has concluded.

0815    Checked all of the parks, all appeared secure.

0900    All vacation homes on the “Mainland” checked secure

0955    All vacation homes on the “Isles” checked secure

1015    Checked (2) B/M’s fishing on SE 7 Street Bridge, all was secure.

1100    Received call on detail phone from resident complaining about young W/M going door to door soliciting work in the 1600 block of SE 8 Street. The subject’s business card showed business name as “Pane in the Glass”. I checked the area but could not locate him. I called the telephone number on the business card and spoke to him. He admitted he had been soliciting and also admitted he had no permit to do so. He was advised how to get a permit to solicit and to stop soliciting until such time as he as a valid permit. The subject stated he was leaving and would not return until he was legal. Only this one complaint was called in.

1310    Traffic stop made on a grey 1999 GMC Jimmy in the 1800 block SE 7 Street. The vehicle had been observed driving through the area on several other occasions today. The driver operates a car wash business and stated he was looking for new customers. Negative on warrant check, his business card has been placed in the Q35 car for future reference.

1330    Received a call on the detail phone in reference to information on what is needed or required to have a church sponsored can good food drive in Rio Vista. The subject was given direction to assist her.

1405    Flagged down by resident at intersection of SE 11 Ct. and Cordova Road, inquiring if officer could monitor speeders in the curve of Cordova Road at SE 12 Street. He stated vehicles are driving recklessly fast through the curve.

1500    Foot patrols of Cordova Road, SE 13 Terrace and SE 11 SE Street areas (graffiti check)

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