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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 January 14, 2018

2130- called in. Checked text, VM and email. There was a VM complaining of drag racing and suspect damaging his sod. I called back at Approx 2200 hours and left a VM advising him to call non emergency number and report the matter or perhaps call the Rio detail officer to file in the am.

2200- Continued proactive and high visibility patrol in and around the Rio Vista corridors.  Cold and quiet.

2300- Continued high visibility patrol. Followed a subject on a bicycle. Contacted him and he indicated he was cutting through the neighborhood. Seemed legit as he was loaded with fishing gear.

0000- checked the S. Fed highway corridor. All quiet.

0100- drive around Rio corridor. All quiet.

0230- out of service

Monday January 15, 2018

0250    in service, called in and no new messages, beginning patrol

0550    nice quiet morning, 10-7

1700    in service, called in added 1 check and had a call ref. homeless male soliciting the area for home protection. I spoke with this male who actually washes cars in the HOA. Advised to be careful whom he solicits. 10-8

2035    Called in ref. to a B/F soliciting on 6 ct.  nothing found

2100    10-7 NOTE: there is an email ref. a male swimming in the intercoastal and trespassing on their property. Could a dayshift officer check on this incident Thanks  I will see what I can find tonight at work.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

0545-  10-8, I left a message with Carol. There are no new voicemails. There are several emails and texts that will be addressed during shift in reference to the helicopters in the area. I reviewed the activity log.

0630- Return to Rio, patrol of the business district along South Federal highway, no unusual activity to report.

0715-  School bus stop patrol.

0800-  Stopped by to address the complaint regarding response times from a 911 call. 


I checked in with neighbor  above to see if he had any additional concerns in reference to his lawn. He wanted to know if we are having a problem with lawns being torn up. I advised him that there is no trend going on and that it is most likely careless drivers.

All emails, texts, and voicemails have been addressed accordingly.

0930- Patrol of isles, bridges, and LYC. Final rounds.

0945  10-7

2045 - 10-8, called in detail and began patrolling. 4 New Voicemails-

1., She was expressing her concern about the loud helicopters. FYI it’s the Department of Defense!

  1. 2. Said he had a question and would like a call back only during the day***Next day shift please handle. I saved this voicemail.***
  2. 3. Door to door solicitors at 5:00 PM, are now GOA.
  3. 4. Another advised she is also concerned about the helicopters.

2130 - For the remainder of the shift, I patrolled with the cruise lights on and answered several calls about the noisy blackhawks. I guess the DOD didn’t issue a press release about the training!!

2200 - Roving

2245 - 10-7

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

0645-  10-8, I left a message with Carol. I reviewed the activity log.

0700- Responded to an alarm.  All ok.

0750- Observed an unsecured rear hatch door to a Porsche SUV. Everything appeared to be in tact, contact was made with the homeowner who forgot to secure overnight. No missing items per owner who was thankful for check.

0830- Began and completed the out of town checks, all appear to be secure.

0900- Patrol of isles, bridges, and LYC

0920- Patrol of Rio mainland and parks.

1630     10-8, responded straight to a call on 11 Street ref. A solicitor. Contact made with magazine salesperson who was informed to leave the area. 98 bravo.

1700     Responded to 7 Street isles with another solicitor. Removed. 10-8

2030     10-7

Thursday January 18th, 2018

1100: 10-8, detail called into Hudson line and reviewed activity log. There are no new phone

calls, texts, or emails.

1145: 98 vacation checks. Began neighborhood patrol.

1200: Assisted W/F with the capture / relocation of an injured screech owl that she found while

out for her walk; was very appreciative.

1300: S/22 w/ competing lawn care workers - reportee advised competitor intentionally blowing

leaves into the street instead of picking them up. Spoke with both parties who were reminded to be respectful of one another’s work area. No report, 18-009001.

1315: Per Ofc. Gestals request, returned phone call.

requested out of town check at his residence

1400: Continued high visibility patrol through mainlaind, isles, lyc, and fed hwy. No issues.

1607   Unlicensed & illegally parked fishermen 7 st bridge. Warnings for both violations given.

1627   Traffic stop, stop sign violation at 11ct & 9 ave. Driver was warned and admonished.

1646   Out of town check request emailed to detail phone, I added it to the log.

2000   Corridors, parks, LYC, Hemingway & neighborhood secure. 10-7.

Friday, January 19th 2017 

0600    10-8 called in detail; no new voice messages or txt. 1 new email to add a house to vacation log.

    Updated the log.

    Roving patrol

    Begin vacation checks

0800    Lyc, Hemingway and parks all checked

1630-    Patrolled the mainland and parks.

1700-    Patrolled the isles, bridges and yacht club.

1730-  I drove through all the businesses along S. Federal Hwy.

1800-  I received a phone call on the Rio phone wanting me to come to her house regarding a suspicious incident.  She advised a W/F, 30’s,  who identified herself as Maria,  knocked on her door.   Maria acted like she knew resident and even gave her a hug.  However, resident does not believe she knows her.  During the conversation  Maria asked to go into her home to use her bathroom.  Resident said no.  Maria claimed to have a cleaning business and told her she would be bringing her some business cards. Maria left the area in a grey newer model van.  Resident found the incident to be suspicious and felt that Maria was trying to scam her.  I advised Resident not to answer the door if she returns.  I also told her if she returns she should call PD.  See case 34-1801-009637.

1830-    Final patrol of isles and mainland

0130-     10-8, reviewed logs.  There were no new messages or emails, nor any calls on the Rio phone.  Finally have all log ins and passwords to access CAD/MCT programs! Patrols of Isles and mainland all clear.

0200-    Continued high visibility patrols all clear.  Little to no vehicle traffic and no pedestrian traffic observed in the Rio neighborhood.  

0300-    Patrols of LYC and mainland all clear.

0330-    Final patrols, all clear.

0400-    10-7

Saturday January 20, 2018

0430     10-8, called in and no new messages

0736     Completed checks and continuing patrol.

0830     10-7

1320    10-8 checked phone for voice messages, texts and emails

    Began roving patrol

530    Continue roving patrols

1630    LYC, Hemingway and all IsLES checked

1730    10-7

Sunday January 21, 2018

1800     10-8, 2 vacation checks added, no other messages

2100     10-7

Monday January 22, 2018

1000 - 10-8 called in

1020-1100 Crime Prevention Patrol

1105-1120 Hemingway and LYC

1125-1210 Vacation checks

1215-1350 - Crime prevention patrol

1800    Patrols, monitored traffic at one way on SE 9 Ave

2000    Checked Yacht club

2100    Monitored light at SE 9 St

2215    Killed a spider on the inside of the rio car.  Whomever was going to be bitten by the recluse, you’re welcome

2245    10-7

Tuesday, january 23, 2018

0600-  10-8, I left a message with Carol. There are no new voicemails,texts, or emails. I reviewed the activity log.

0630-  Began patrol of the business district along South Federal Highway.

0700-  Patrol of the 11Ct alley.

0730- Observed a S-86 female in the area of 12Way and 11Ct., She was provided with directions to Federal Highway and left the area.

0800- Began and completed the out of town checks, all appear to be secure.

0830- Patrol of isles, bridges, and LYC..

0900-  Patrol of Rio mainland and parks, all quiet.


Observed a silver SUV driving slowly down Ponce occupied by a single W/F that appeared to be looking closely at homes. This was a possible match to notes above. The SUV had California tag. A traffic stop was conducted due to fail to signal at Ponce/9st. Contact was made with the driver who stated she was lost and was looking for Target. At first the driver was unable to provide any form of ID and the car was registered to someone else. After some time finally provided a CA ID card. After a thorough check it was discovered does not have a valid DL in either state.  She was very sketchy on why she was here in Rio and who she stays with locally. I attempted to call resident to see if this was the individual involved in her incident but there was no answer. She was arrested reference traffic. This information has been past along to Det Weymouth to see if there is anything in common with other districts distraction crimes  

1700    10-8, no messages.  Excellent spot by Tom GQ Gestal!!!

2000    Patrolling.  Drizzle, checked Yacht Club

2200    Checked Fed corridor.  Rain.

2230    10-7

Wednesday, january 24, 2018

0600-  10-8, I left a message with Carol. There are no new voicemails,texts, or emails. I reviewed the activity log.

0630-  Patrol of the business district along S. Federal Highway. No unusual activity to report.

0700- Patrol of isles, bridges, and LYC.

0730- Patrol of Rio mainland and parks,  Film shoot taking place near VSY, remained visible in the area.

0830-  Began and completed the out of town checks, all appear to be secure.

0900- Remained visible mainland.

0930- Final rounds.

1505   Preparing for my post-retirement gig as a Foreign Ambassador, I provided lost Canadian tourists directions to Dania Beach. I’m with the government, I’m here to help…….

1535   Traffic stop, 9 St & NRV. Driver SMOKED the stop sign, not even slowing. Took three blocks for him to pull over, “I LIKE MY MUSIC LOUD” he said, explaining why he didn’t hear the siren  or see the lights. I had to write him

2000   Corridors, parks, LYC, Hemingway & neighborhood secure, 10-7.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

0700-  10-8, I left a message with Carol.  There are no new voicemails, texts, or emails. I reviewed the activity log.

0715- Began and completed the out of town checks, all appear to be secure.


1000-  10-7

Friday, January 26, 2018

0615-  Responded to residence in reference to a stolen car with a 10minute time delay, Contact was made with the reportee who stated  he had met a W/F at Walgreens 2 days ago, and invited her to stay with him. The W/F took his vehicle without permission. Patrol responded and took report.

0645- Began and completed the out of town checks, all appear to be secure.

0720- Patrol of Isles, bridges, and LYC

0745-  Patrol of Rio mainland and parks.


1600- 10-8,  I called the detail into Carole.  I reviewed the activity log.  One new voice message left on the phone.  

1630-  Patrolled the mainland and parks.

1700-  Conducted vacation check

1730-  Rio car went down.  Vehicle began to run hot and the engine light came on.  I wrote up Rio car and got us a loaner.  

1830-  Patrolled the isles and bridges.

2030-    Recovered keys and called detail in.  There were no new messages or emails, and the logs were reviewed.  Had some difficulty getting the computer connected and logged in, but finally able to get it going.  

2130-    Patrols of mainland and isles

2145-    While patrolling mainland areas, I observed several young adults congregating on the 500 blk of SE 9th Ave.  As I arrived, I was unable to ascertain which residence the group was associated with, however they immediately began to leave the area.  I informed them that blocking the roadway was not going to be tolerated, and they left the area.  I observed a Ford F150 circle the block a few times (ID7815), and only had 1 operational brake light.  A traffic stop was conducted on the 500 blk of N Rio Vista Blvd.  The driver was advised of the equipment problem and warned.  Upon completing the traffic stop, all guests had left the area.

2215-    Continued patrols of surface streets all clear

2315-    Patrols of isles and mainland all clear

0015-    Patrols of mainland all clear, business check along N Fed Hwy all clear, LYC clear of any activity

0130-    Continued patrols, minimal vehicle traffic and no pedestrian traffic observed

0215-    While patrolling the isles, made contact with several parties that were parked along the fence at the end of SE 10th St.  On of the individuals was a rio resident and the others were friends.  Parties were asked to move along as they were illegally parked and left without incident.

0300-    Final patrols of Rio Vista neighborhood all clear

0330-    10-7

Saturday, 27 January 2018

0735    10-8, called in, no new messages. Note: car is still out of order so had to pick up keys for loaner at station then proceed to Rio Vista. Starting patrol and checks.

1135    10-7

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