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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, February 16, 2014 

 

1215    Patrolling the mainland, spoke with resident concerned about large boats parking on the swell.

1300    Resident is concerned about large jacked-up trucks driving fast on 10th Street Isle. Numerous children play in the streets. I will keep an eye open.

1415    Completed checks, all appeared secure.

Monday, February 17, 2014

 

0725    Completed checks, all appear secure

1645    Responded to a residential hold up alarm.  Upon arrival no persons were found to be present and the home checked secure from exterior.         

1700    Resumed patrols and re-checks of vacation homes.

1745    Multiple alarms continue to come from residence.  I have re-checked the property and find no problems.  I have been unable to make phone contact with the home owner but did leave messages regarding the malfunctioning alarm.

1815    All vacation homes checked secure on re-check.

1845    I spoke to the homeowner in reference to his alarm malfunctions.  He did advise me ADT will be coming on Thursday to remedy the problem.

2000    Patrolled the isles and Yacht Club.

2045    Final patrols. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014           

 

0515    Patrol mainland and area parks.

0600    Patrol Isles, and Cordova

0700    Final Patrols

1545    I began the patrol and checks of the vacation homes.

1630    All vacation homes checked secure.

1800    I located a small black/white Boston Terrier walking aimlessly and all alone in the street near SE 7 Street and N. Rio Vista Blvd.  Perceiving this as a potential issue for the little guy, I exited my patrol and called out to him in my best officer friendly voice.  This delightful little fellow immediately ran to me as if he just found his new best friend, which in of itself demonstrates a severe lack of judgment; but this lack of judgment continued right into the path of a southbound pick up truck.

            Much to the dismay of the rather irritated driver of the F-150, to which my little friend shall now and forever be deeply indebted to him for his continued presence on earth.  The driver’s excellent evasive/braking maneuvers rivaled anything ever seen in a NASCAR event as our lost friend safely made it to my side of the roadway no worse for the wear. 

            As the driver continued on his way it was difficult understand all of the heart warming words of praise extolled upon me but it was very clear to me that he was my number one fan as indicated by his extended one fingered salute of support.  You’re welcome kind Sir but it’s all in a day work of public service.   

            A quick examination of at least three identification tags attached to his collar identified this unobservant chap as and a website led me to learn he was three year old and included his owner’s name & address. 

            Armed with this new information, a few phone calls were made and some anxious waiting was endured, well actually; he fell asleep almost immediately on the back seat of my car.  I surmised all of the intense focusing power used while crossing the street really wore him out.  Soon the much relieved dog sitter arrived on scene and there was a stress relieving tearful reunion and much rejoicing by all. 

1900    Patrolled the entrance areas of Rio Vista.

1945    I checked the parks an found them to be vacant.

2015    Final patrols of the area    

 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

 

0930    Missed call from resident at reference dogs barking at house on corner of 9St/S. Rio Vista.  Returned her call and advised I would stop by to talk to dog owners.

1115    Completed vacation checks

1210    Delivered several new stickers received via email

1643   Tourists caused a traffic issue in the circle at the river by Stranahan Landing. I guess they

           did not notice the cars behind them or the horns blaring. They were warned & sent on

           their way.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

 

1100    Began vacation checks

1225    Responded to alarm.  All appeared secure.  MI Completed.

2220    Dispatched to burglary residence in progress at a residence.  I arrived within 1 minute of dispatch.  Babysitter heard door rattling.  No one around, homeowner responded home and reviewed cameras.  All ok.  MI completed. 

0000    Continuing patrols, all quiet

0140    Gave directions to lost motorist looking for hotel.

0150    Call of a Hispanic female knocking on doors in area of  N. Rio.  I located a female who was intoxicated and had just left a house party.  She was transported to the Walgreens where her ride was coming to get her.

Friday, February 21, 2014         

0745    Began and completed out of town checks, all appear to be secure.

0900    Traffic enforcement 9ave stop signs. Two verbal warning provided to members reference to incomplete stop.

0930    Patrolled Isles, bridges, and LYC. No unusual activity to report.

0945    Observed open gates (a vacant property) with an unfamiliar pick up in drive way. Upon check I made contact with groundskeeper who confirmed his presence.

1005    Observed subject driving aimlessly around N. Rio Vista Blvd. A traffic stop was conducted due to no seat belt. Contact was made with driver who was in search residence to do work.

1020    Patrolled business’s along Federal, nothing milling around.

1040    Final patrols of all areas.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

1845    Completed vacation checks. I checked on camp site.

2145    Several campers out, all looked to be doing well.  One visitor became visibly excited and asked, “So you’re Officer Steve?!  Your logs are hilarious!” To which I hung my head in shame and let her know that it was actually the literary genius of Ofc. Lee Hancock to which she owed her laughter.  No longer finding me interesting, she let me be, and I pondered my life’s meaning alone in the darkness.

0030    Responded to dispatched call. in reference to a group of H/M’s hanging out on the corner.  Responded to the area, nothing found.  MI 14-21215

2145-0100       Remained in area of park for campout

Sunday, February 23, 2014           

 

1545    Begin house checks.

1645    House Checks completed, begin mainland patrols.

1745    Patrol Isles, Cordova, and LYC.

1845    Patrol Federal business district.

Monday, February 24, 2014                     

 

0820    Began and completed out of town list. All appear to be secure.

0900    Patrolled Isles, bridges, and LYC. No unusual activity to report.

0930    Patrolled Rio Vista mainland and parks, quiet day.

1000    Patrolled business along Federal, made contact with S-86 W/M to the rear of who gathered his belongings and left upon my request.

1100    Remained visible mainland sector.

1130    Received a delayed call from member in reference to an aggressive panhandler Fed/7 St. wearing a pink Homeless Voice t-shirt. Upon a check of the area he was GOA. I advised we will monitor the area.

1600    Began patrols and re-checks of the vacation homes.

1630    I received a call on the detail phone reporting a suspicious individual that was lingering in her area of the neighborhood while she and the children were outside playing.  The subject was described as W/M in his mid to late 20’s, 5’09-5’10 wearing a bright green shirt, black basketball shorts with black shoes/socks and short brown hair. 

            I arrived while the reporter was still on the phone with me but the subject apparently left the area while the reporter was on the phone. Many checks of the area found the subject GOA. It’s believed he was distributing advertisements for Best Florida Storage. 

1700    I removed two H/M subjects trimming trees and taking coconuts without a permit from the median area of the 700 block of Ponce De Leon.  A warning was given and the subjects left immediately to seek a permit.

1715    I received a call with questions concerning tree trimming issues.  I assisted her where I could and the problem appeared to be resolved at this time.

1750    Frequently checking SE 7 Street/Federal for pan handlers; however none were located. 

1820    Patrolled the isles, Cordova Road and the Yacht Club.

1915    Checked all of the parks, all was found secure.

2020    Patrolling main streets and entrances to Rio Vista, check businesses along US1.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014           

0630    Completed checks, all appear secure

0955    Flagged down by individual who lost his car last night.  He left it parked somewhere and had some friends pick him up at 9/Andrews.  I checked the tow log, it had not been towed.  I advised I would keep a lookout for it.  Sil 12 Ford Focus.

1015    I observed vehicle with hatch up and no one around.  Homeowner had been unloading groceries.  All ok.

1030    Picked up bag of trash in roadway on SE 9 Isle.

1040    Removed group of trucks parked on SE 11 St Bridge.  Advised that we would work with them on parking, but the bridges must remain open.

1230    Added additional vacation checks to log and checked it.

1315    Traffic stop for one way violation SE 9 Ave.  Driver was looking for a friend’s house.  A warning was given.

1325    Spotted a wild chicken at south end of park.

1335    Call about a suspicious W/M on a bike near the 9 St Bridge.  I responded and checked the area.  No one was around.

1545    I began the patrols and re-checks of the vacation homes.

1625    All vacation homes checked secure on re-checks.

1700    Removed an intoxicated W/M from gazebo in Smoker Park.

1740    Directions given to lost motorist who could not find their way to Las Olas Blvd.

1805    A traffic stop conduct on purple VW convertible which had no functioning exhaust system.  The vehicle was extremely loud; the driver advised me that she was getting it repaired tomorrow.  She was advised if the vehicle drives through Rio Vista in this same condition after tomorrow she will be cited.

1900    Patrolled the parks, all was found to be secure.

1945    High visibility patrols the parking areas surrounding the funeral home as there were a large number of cars present as patrons attended a visitation at Hunter’s.

2015    Patrolled the isles and Cordova Road area. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014    

 

1545    I began patrols and checks of the vacation homes.

1620    I located an intoxicated subject staggering E/B along on SE 9 Street near Rio Vista Blvd.  This pickled pedestrian was desperately seeking safe passage to the Elbo Room where oddly enough he proudly declared he and his drinking buddies were “going to throw a few back” in celebratory fashion tonight.  

            Years of training/experience allowed me to quickly recognize this wayward lush needed another beer about as bad as most guys need another tie for Christmas.  I checked his personal information through NCIC and was not startled to learned he possessed an active felony warrant out of Pennsylvania on the (hard to believe) charge of DUI. - That was the good news.  J 

            The bad news was - The Quaker State had obviously determined they are much better served by ridding themselves of this cancer forever; so without so much as good luck wish they refused to extradite him back home to face his criminal past.  L

            He was given a courtesy ride to 17th Street. 

1725    All of the vacation homes checked secure.

1745    I located another intoxicated subject walking on SE 11 Ct.   He too was trying to find a way to get to the beach, I surmised possibly to meet up with above.  I transported this subject to the South Beach Parking Lot where a feeding of the homeless was taking place.    

1830    I checked a small group of fishermen at SE 7 Street and Cordova Road.  The cars were illegally parked on the swale at this location.  The drivers removed the vehicles upon my request without incident.

1915    Patrolled the Funeral home as many vehicles are present once again. 

2000    Final checks of the area.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

 

1220    Completed vacation checks

1245    Moved two trucks double parked in the lane on SE 11 St near Cordova.

1740   Landscaping truck in the roadway.  Advised to move and the crew complied.  Advised future violations would be cited.

1930   Corridors, parks, LYC & neighborhood secure.

2200    10-8, no messages.  A cold rain is falling over the dark and foreboding Rio landscape. 

2230    Responded to panic alarm, it was cleared as accidental by homeowner. 

0000    Continued patrols.  I checked Yacht Club. 

Friday, February 28,

0745    Began and completed out of town checks, all appear to be secure. Patrol of bridges during checks conducted, no persons present.

0830    Patrolled LYC.

0850    Patrolled Federal Highway corridor in reference to the above noted pan handler. Most likely due to the light rain and fog he was seeking shelter somewhere out of the area. No contact made. I will continue checks through out my tour.

0910    Patrolled Rio Vista mainland and parks. All quiet.

0925    Directions provided to motorist

1018    Traffic stop reference to stop sign 9ave. Rio resident stated she failed to stop because her purse fell out of the glove box and she wasn’t paying attention. Verbal provided.

1040    Final patrols of all areas.

Saturday, March 01, 2014                  

 

2105    Begin patrols and house checks. Only 2 cards left as requested.

2200    Patrol Federal district and Mainland.

2245    Patrol Isles and LYC.

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