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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, April 03, 2011

1115 – Start patrols of mainland and house checks.

1215 – House checks all secure.

1230 – Patrol Isles, Cordova, and LYC.

1345 – Resume mainland patrols and traffic enforcement. All quiet today.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

1005- Began house checks.

1045- Upon checking vacation home, I observed three rear windows on the north side of the

Residence in the open position. Upon checking the windows all the screens are intact

With no signs of entry.

1100- Patrolled LYC., Isles and mainland.

1115- Patrolled behind businesses along Federal Hwy. All clear..

1210- Responded to domestic call where callers two young sons were physically

Fighting last night, 3/19/11 and have been verbally arguing today,3/20/11,. and thought it

may escalate.  Upon my arrival the two sons were GOA. MI 38 11-032238

Sunday, March 06, 2011

1500 – Patrol Rio, Ponce, and area parks. Traffic enforcement on SE 9th Ave from 12th street to N. Rio Vista due to member complaints of speed and stop signs. No violations observed.

1630 – Patrol Isles, Cordova, and LYC. Special (radar) attention to SE 9th Street from Cordova to Ponce. NO speed violations observed. 1 stop for stop sign violation, citations issued for no proof of insurance.

1730 – Resume mainland patrols.

Monday, March 07,2011

1110-  Returned the two phone call/messages on phone. Contact was first made with

Resident who wanted to add washer/dryer to her burglary report 11-12708 from 2/2/11.

Stated she was currently at work and did not have much info on the items

With her, however when she gets home she will call to add supplement.

Contact was made with Resident, who stated tomorrow 3/8/11 approx.

10am she will be going to her lawyers with her elderly father to turn in his DL.

While at the office the fathers car will be towed,

1145-  Began and completed house checks, all secure.

1240- Returned to Rio Vista, patrolled mainland, Isles, and LYC..

1300- I checked on vehicle, From Sat. incident, and confirmed the vehicle was moved and is now parked directly in front  and the animal skull has been removed.

1400- Observed a white chevy van bearing California plate 5kot939 with no identifying business marlkings on it. Followed van until it parked at residence. Contact was made with subject who stated he is visiting from CA. and demonstrated working keys to the residence.

1415-  Made contact with several other van/work vehicles with no identifying business markings and verified IDs and presence. All were 10-4

1800            Completed rounds of parks, school area and yacht club.

1900            Patrolled the isles and maintained a presence along Cordova.  Gave out directions to lost motorists.

2000            It is bulk trash pickup tomorrow and there are trucks wondering the neighborhood hoping to score.  Several vehicles stopped and released.  Records checks completed.

2100            Continued high visibility throughout neighborhood due to presence of trash collectors.

2200            Patrolling major thorough fares through neighborhood to maximize visibility to those traversing the neighborhood.

Monday, February 21, 2011

0850- Began out of town house checks, all secure.

0915-  Received several calls in reference to a vagrant walking east on SE 6th st.

Contact was made with subject, who stated he was heading towards Pompano.

I escorted the B/M back to Federal Hwy area and advised him to take the next bus. I returned all incoming calls to the reportees.

1010-  Patrolled behind business along Federal Hwy., nothing unusual to report.

1030-  Patrolled Rio Vista Mainland, Located a lost chuiaha, checked nearby homes contact was made with the owner, pet/owner reunited.

1125-  Return to Rio Vista. Spent the rest of the afternoon checking with moving/cargo trucks, to verify their presence. All were 10-4, to many to list.

1215-  Final patrol of Rio Vista Mainland, Isles, and LYC, nothing unusual to report.

1745            10-8, Message left from resident (unknown name) at 3:15pm regarding homeless male digging through trash in the 1100 blk of Cordova.  Caller advised they would contact the PD to have a unit respond.

1900            Circulated around the isles and Cordova to make sure the above listed individual was still not in the area.  No one found

2000            Patrolled the parks, SE 9 Ave, Federal and Ponce areas.

2100            Patrolled Cordova and Federal access roads.  Extra watch on numerous cars parked around the church.

Saturday, April 30, 2015

1645    While passing through Cordova Road I was frantically flagged down by a female subject who resides in the area. She was claiming two W/M juveniles had just fled from her front yard, one of which had stolen a skateboard valued at $150. The female victim pointed out the two subjects to me and I observed them scurrying N/B at a high rate of speed on Cordova Road towards SE 12 Street. 

 

I was able to apprehend the first of the two 14 year old bandits almost immediately.  Visibly trembling and profusely sweating, he was more than happy to tell me the name of his friend, his address, his age and anything else I asked of him.  I believe he would have told me where I could find Jimmy Hoffa, exposed the Colonel’s Secret Recipe or identified the composition of the meat substitute found in a Hot Pocket had he known. 

 

He also confessed the sins of his partner as the one who stole the skateboard from the victim’s front yard.  He added that he told him not to do it but his criminal counterpart simply did not listen; as of I would be granting him amnesty due to his alleged attempt to be the voice of reason. You’re right I was not overly impressed as too was fleeing the crime scene at the time of his capture.

 

I later apprehended the second subject hiding in the old dirt alley way off of SE 13 Terrace by the lake.  The priceless look on his face indicated he was clearly very disappointed at my discovery of his whereabouts.  I called out to “Edward Sticky Hands” to exit his camouflaged hideout now clearly suffering from an extreme case of sudden amnesia and attempting to present a sincere question to me as to why I could possibly want to talk to him. 

 

I rebuked his pitiful defense of selective forgetfulness, advising he should start remembering details soon or he would be wearing the most fashionable police jewelry he could imagine.  I felt as if I were a miracle worker/faith healer, as I removed my handcuffs from their case; this lad was suddenly healed of all his cerebral inefficiencies.  He began to spew his confession so rapidly it was as if he had been struck by lightening bolts of clarity and cooperation   Behold the power of positive perceptual thinking!!! 

The stolen skateboard was recovered carefully hidden amongst the foliage and later positively identified by the victim; who incidentally preferred not to prosecute these “Lads of Larceny” for their transgressions.  The juvenile offenders were transported by assisting patrol officers to their residences where their parents were presented with the circumstances surrounding the misfortune and poor decision making abilities of their children. 

 

Monday, July 7, 2014

1715 -
Big trash day is here once again, 
Hunting for treasures is a surefire win.
You never know what you may get, 
A rug, a shelf or a TV set.
 
Toys, furniture and tires are nice,
Believe me man you can’t beat the price.
Seek and find to your hearts content, 
Score a garden rake though slightly bent.
 
Hunt though trash bins and the like; 
You may even find an old mountain bike.
All day long they hunt for big prizes,
In anticipation their blood pressure rises.
 
The searches can yield a lot or a little,
One time all that was found was stale peanut brittle.
They come from near and they come from far, 
And load your trash into their overstuffed car.
 
Until next time when they all come to pillage, 
Big trash day in our little village.


 

Monday, March 10, 2014

 

1600    My keen observations skills tell me we are at the eve of the ever popular bulk trash pick up day. The curbside treasure chests are once again overflowing as they are pirated by the usual suspects.  The expression of mirth and merriment on the faces of these American Pickers rivals that of a child on Christmas morning.

 

 

            ‘Twas the night before big pick up and all through the hood,

             Every Scavenger was pillaging and rooting, seeking “the good”.

             Trash cans and bins were placed to the street with great care,

             Knowing assuredly tomorrow none would still be there.

 

            While my neighbors were inside all resting their heads,

            Trash Hunters were filling their cars, wagons and truck beds.

            Momma and I had just settled down to watch a late movie,

            Having cleaned out the garage today this seemed quite groovy.

            When out on the lawn there rose such a clatter,

 

            It had to be those pesky junk pickers but it didn’t matter.

            I ran to the window, threw open the hurricane shutters,

            My curb was now clear; it appears my trash melted like butter.

            Having taken the loot they were on to their next stop,

            Plundering all they could from a television to old mops.

            Away they drove, tail lights disappearing from sight,

            They shouted Happy Trash Day to all and to all a good night.

 

                                                                     With my deepest apologies to Clement Clarke Moore

 

Sunday, February 06, 2011

1430 – 10-8, received a call via detail phone as well as dispatch for a w/m sleeping on a bench at Virginia Young Park. W/M was gone on arrival but I located him walking to Federal on SE 11th Street. He was warned to stay out of the area and he continued to Federal Highway. MI-14461.

1500 – Flagged down in reference to a hit and run accident. Homeowner said her car was hit while parked in the street. No vehicles seen by the owner or neighbors. Accident report 11-14469.

1630 – All house checks completed.

1700 – Patrol Isles, Cordova and LYC.

1800 – Patrol Rio, Ponce, and area parks.

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