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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, October 09,  2016             


0345    Began and completed the out of town checks, all appear to be secure.

0430    Patrolled LYC, Isles, and bridges. No unusual activity to report.

0530    Patrol of Rio mainland, parks, and business district.

0600    Final rounds.

0640    10-7

Monday, October 10, 2016


1700    Went to deliver sign to new member, but new sign was already delivered.              

1720    Moved golf cart parked on bridge for folks fishing

1740    Call from member for vacation check.  Added to log

1835    Completed vacation checks

2000    Lots of garbage pickers out tonight for bulk trash.  No issues noted

2125    Flagged down by yacht club staff of a suspicious w/m in plaid shirt who was walking around the property and just left.  Checked the area, unable to locate

Sunday, September 25, 2016


1730    10-8, called in

1945    Completed vacation checks

2015    10-7

Monday, September 26, 2016        

0620    Began and completed the out of town checks, all appear to be secure.

0645    Responded reference to a stolen vehicle. It was an overnight time delay. It was later confirmed via teletype that the vehicle in question has been repossessed

0800    I received a call reference to 2 vehicles parked across the street from her residence, upon my arrival I checked both vehicles that were parked lawfully and tags were valid. They are most likely overflow from the apartments.

0830    Patrolled Rio mainland and parks.

0900    Patrolled isles, bridges, and LYC.

0930    Final rounds.

1820    Flagged down reference a vehicle parked on the sidewalk at SE 11 Ct/ 6Ter.  Left a note on the car not to block the sidewalk

2010    Responded to car accident at SE 9 St/Fed.  I blocked traffic while patrol handled. 

2200    Checked Yacht Club parking areas

2315    Removed fisherman from bridge on SE 7 St for illegal parking

2400    10-7

Monday, September 12, 2016         

0700    Dispatched to alarm; it was accidental by worker.

0720    I began and completed the out of town checks, all appear to be secure.

0845    I observed a homeless type W/F to the rear of Hunters Funeral Home.  All secure.

1000    Roving patrol, remain visible throughout Rio

1700    Checked Yacht Club.

1820    Stopped and chatted with young’in riding a police power wheel.  I provided him with some stickers much to his delight.

1910    Flagged down by resident who was concerned that another resident’s lawn debris was in the roadway.  Knocked on the offending resident’s door and he advised his lawn crew left the felled tree parts in the lane.  I assisted him in removing the debris to the swale.

2100    Patrols of mainland

Tuesday, September 13, 2016     

1520    I began my patrols and checks of the vacation homes.

1705    While checking the vacation home I found a rear patio door unsecured which activated the alarm.  I secured the home and exited through the garage doors.  The dispatch center and the alarm company were notified.

1735    All of the vacation homes checked secure

1800    Patrolling the businesses, church and school properties.

1900    High visibility patrols of the main entrances streets to the neighborhood

2000    Checking the Isles and Cordova Road areas  

Wednesday, September 14, 2016   

1500   message on the detail phone regarding a 2016 RVSP sticker for the membership sign. I reviewed the log and began out of town checks.

1545   Out of town checks completed and apparently secure. 2016 RVSP sticker applied to the above.

1550   Call into detail phone for an out of town check. I added it to the log.

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


Sunday, August 28, 2016

0845    Called in detail; 3 missed calls and 1 voice message

0906    Returned calls- called twice ref their alarm going off at 6am. Per Info channel it was coded out as Malfunction. I checked the residence; pulled all door handles; peeked through rear glass and checked dock area. All was secure.

            Another call from a resident yesterday at 6pm who stated that there was a crazy W/M walking up and down Cordova screaming and yelling. I did see patrol units leaving Rio Vista around 6pm, while I was working the Rio Vista church; however unable o check the outcome via Info since I didn’t have an exact address.

Began house checks and checks of LYC Hemingway and Isles

1127    I spoke with resident; advised home was all the way secure and he   

requested to be added to the vacation check log.

All parks clear   Last roving patrol

1245    10-7

Monday, August 29, 2016                  

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

0900    Patrolled Isles and bridges and LYC.

0930    Vehicle check conducted at LYC, leaving a few “stop a thief fliers” on several vehicles.

1000    Rain doesn’t seem to be letting up, fairly quiet throughout Rio.

1030    Patrol of Rio mainland and parks, no unusual activity to report.

1130    Patrol of business district along S. Fed.

1200    Remained visible mainland, final rounds.

1700    I continued patrols along Federal Hwy, the parks, Hemmingway, LYC and the streets west of the isles.

1800    10-7

Sunday, August 14, 2016

1750    10-8, called in detail, checked log and started patrol

2015    Completed checks, all appeared secure

2050    10-7                

Monday, August 15, 2016

1600    10-8, called in detail, checked log and started patrol

1600-   Completed about half of the checks, all appeared secure. Patrolled neighborhood.

1800    10-7      

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

0600    10-8 Called in detail; no new text messages or voicemails

Started roving patrol

0700    Once the sun came up, I began house checks.

0900    Finished house checks; started more roving patrols

            Hemmingway; LYC, and parks clear

1810    Received call from resident  a hydrant was open.  I observed the hydrant and had dispatch contact Fire. 

1930    Checked Yacht Club

Sunday, July 31, 2016

1745    10-8, called in and added 1 to the vacation list.

1900    Patrolling and conducting checks

2115    Checks complete 10-7

Monday, August 01, 2016          


0635    Began and completed the out of town checks, all appear to be secure. Upon checking I placed two boxes to the rear under the pool cabana area, I left a message with local contact.

0750    Responded to 620 S. Federal Highway in reference to an alarm. (accidental by worker)

0820    Moved detail car per request.

0900    Patrolled isles, bridges, and LYC.

0920    Patrolled Rio mainland and parks, no unusual activity to report.

0940    A quick traffic enforcement 9Ave/11 Ct. No violators.

1525    Updated the vacation log. 

1540    I began patrols and rechecks of the vacation homes

1635    While checking the neighborhood I located a small group of young children with their babysitter and stopped to talk to them and distribute sticky badges.  Yes, Tom I am a big softie at heart.

1720    All of the vacation homes appeared secure on re-checks.

1800    Checked all of the parks

1820    I stopped by resident ref poss stalking. I was advised he continues to send her text messages but there has been no direct contact problems at this time.  She thanked us for the extra patrols and asked that we continue the practice for a while longer.

1910    I observed a local pizza delivery person/vehicle driving slowly down SE 8 Street.  I also noticed what appeared to be a cell phone lying on the trunk of this vehicle.  A traffic stop was made to which the young male driver quickly expressed his frustrations/concerns regarding the “police are always stopping him, picking on him because he delivers food”.  As he continued his frothy sermon-ette in dialogue referencing how he is always being mistreated and profiled by the police; I handed him his still undamaged cell phone.

            Gentlemen, if there was ever a Kodak moment this was it.  He was suddenly a poster child for regret, embarrassment, confusion and self-pity all at the same time.  I thought he was going to melt into his seat like the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz movie.

The driver was now suddenly absolutely speechless.  As he sorted though all of his emotions apparently realizing that I had actually (despite the terrible person I apparently am) just saved his bacon.  He was totally unable to put two words together as his mouth was gaping at the hinges. I believe the internal mental strife/conflict must have been a very humbling experience for him. I could be wrong but I would like to think it was. 

The now quite sheepishly grateful driver and his electronic device were reunited before a very expensive disaster struck.  I think maybe someone may need to lower his sail as the wind just died out on the course he was traveling.  

1925    Flagged down by a resident who believed he saw children playing in the construction site located at SE 9 Street and SE 9 Ave.  I checked the security of the site and it appeared secure.  I entered and searched the entire property locating no persons or any evidence of a problem.  I secured the fence upon leaving and once again spoke to the complainant.     

2000    Received call on detail phone from a resident stating she saw a homeless type man laying across the sidewalk on SE 7 Street near the Quik Mart.  I located the individual who identified himself.  He was clearly intoxicated but was otherwise quite fine.  He stated he just left the hospital earlier today and they told him they would not give him any drugs for his “condition, so he got drunk instead.” 

The individual stated all he needed was some drugs or some beer and he would be ok.  He added “I’ll go away if you can get me some drugs or buy me a six pack”.   Not feeling as if was in a good position negotiate with me , I ultimately gave him the choice of going to jail (again) or leaving the area on his own terms.  He chose to take a walk.

2035    Checking the businesses, church and school properties.

Sunday, July 17, 2016


1745    10-8, called in, no messages and started patrol and checks

2030    Completed check, all appeared secure

Monday, July 18, 2016             


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

0845    Patrolled bridges, isles, and LYC.

0910    Responded to alarm.  Cancelled upon arrival.

0940    Patrolled Rio mainland and parks, pretty quiet day.

1000    Patrolled business district along Federal Highway with no unusual activity to report. It’s probably too hot outside.

(1) Resident stated she and her ex-husband had a court date this morning, he showed up drunk and lost his case and is angry.  She asked for drive by checks of the property from time to time as she is afraid he may retaliate.

1530    I began my patrols and re-checks of the vacation homes.

1545    I cleared a traffic issue related to construction workers parking trucks on the SE 9 Street Bridge.  The violating vehicles were moved by the owners to a safer place to park.

1655    Received a second call from resident now reporting suspicious juveniles along Cordova Road near a boat dock.  The caller advised they weren’t doing anything but thought it was an unusual place for them to be.  Upon arrival within minutes nothing was located. 

1730    Received test from member requesting vacation home check 7/19-7/26 – Added to list

1900    All of the vacation homes appeared secure on recheck.

1920    I stopped a W/M who was jogging N/B in the 1500 block of N. Rio Vista Blvd wearing a dark colored full facial bandana and long pants.  Thinking this was a bit unusual on a day when its 95 in the shade not to mention the obvious failure to visually disclose his identity, I followed the individual for several blocks from a distance to observe his activity.  I began to notice the residents who had observed him were all startled as he ran past their homes; one of which had already picked up his phone to call the police.

The subject eventually came to SE 5 Ct. and Federal Hwy. where I approached him asking to speak to him.  The subject stopped but was obviously none too happy to see me and began copping an attitude immediately when was spoke.  I was eventually told he runs like this because he read about it in a cross training magazine as a performance enhancer for his workout. 

Soon the subject walked away stating he did not have to talk to me anymore, claiming these people in Rio Vista are too rich for their own good they are all paranoid.   He seems harmless overall but he possesses zero common sense combined with a really combative attitude towards the police and other citizens in the neighborhood.

Since I am sure he now feels an overwhelming validation of his cause (whatever that may be) by sticking it to the man with his unusual escapades; I am certain he will continue his behavior even if he collapses of a heat stroke while doing it.  Please see below:  

2020    I spoke to several of the residents who had also seen the above listed individual and gave them a report of what I learned while briefly speaking to him.

2040    Final checks of the area.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

1300    10-8 Called in detail and listened to one message from Captain Scelfo regarding an alarm at a residence in Rio Vista.  I called back the resident after checking the home to let her know all was good. Also removed all her mail which was piling up and put it on the back patio

1320    Began vacation checks, rain started to fall so vacation checks were suspended.  I resume the vacation checks however unable to complete all due to weather.

1600    10-7

Monday, July 04, 2016           

0630    10-8 I called in the detail and left a message for Carol/One message on detail phone

0645    I repaired, updated the current vacation home log and checked the previous activity logs

0715    I began my patrols and checks of the mere (33) vacation homes.

0920    (3) large delivery boxes were moved to the rear during home check

0950    I startled the cleaning lady and her girlfriend at the pool of the vacation home  There was no one initially reported to be on location by the home owner however after checking further with the owner this subject was granted access to the property and identified as her cleaning lady.

1025    All (22) homes on the mainland checked secure, now on to the Isles.

1120    I assisted a lost motorist seeking Broward Health Medical Center.

1200    All (11) of the homes on the Isles checked secure, talk about holiday fun!!

1230    10-7, Happy 4th of July to all even if it’s about 195 degrees in the today

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