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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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POLICE WORK IN RIO VISTA AND LOOKING AT THE RECORDS

SUBMITTED BY CHRISTINA CURRIE, ESQ.

15 MONTHS & 52 ARRESTS!! THANK YOU FLPD & PROTECT RIO VISTA!!

Recently I have witnessed and heard of some Rio Vista residents questioning the seriousness of the work the Protect Rio Vista Patrol/Fort Lauderdale Police officers are doing in our neighborhood. In an attempt to quantify the work FLPD does for our neighborhood I performed a public records request where I requested “a list of individuals who were arrested in Rio Vista in or arrested outside of our neighborhood from 8/24/2017 to 12/5/2018 where the arrest was stemming from "alleged criminal acts" that took place in Rio Vista”.

The result was 52 arrests in the past 15 months (as of 12/5/18). Here is a summary of the arrests, recognizing arrestees are innocent until proven guilty:

  • 11 arrests were for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol and 1 of those was a 2nd offense
  • 7 arrests were for Burglary Related Charges
  • 5 arrests were for Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle or for Grand Theft $300 - $5,000
  • 12 of the 52 arrests were of a person 17 or under, the youngest being 13.
  • The month with the highest number of arrests was January 2018 with 7 arrests.
  • 2 arrests were for Domestic Violence Related charges
  • 15 of the 52 arrestees were Female

The spreadsheet containing the public record which provided the details of the arrests is available here

 

The booking photos provided by Broward Sheriff’s Office are also public records and available here

 

PROTECT RIO VISTA FLPD DETAIL OFFICER SAVES A LIFE NOVEMBER 29, 2018

Rio Vista is a unique neighborhood in that we have established a Security Patrol which utilizes uniformed Fort Lauderdale Police officers to provide over 7 hours of coverage daily- exclusively to our neighborhood. Patrol hours are fully funded by neighbors who have elected to participate in the program. Increased participation results in increased coverage so thank you to all the neighbors who are members! If you have suggestions for the scheduling of the patrol please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Patrol logs are posted on our website. Looking through the daily logs of the patrol officers really serves as a reminder as to why Rio Vista is well known for being one of the safest neighborhoods in the City of Fort Lauderdale. Notably in the November 2018 log, one of our detail officers saved the life of an elderly woman who was unconscious/not breathing. Take a look at the entry from Ofc. Mark Wright:

“1241: Responded for medical call of elderly female, not conscious / not breathing. I was first on scene and began CPR / used my AED. I performed CPR until Fire Rescue arrived several minutes later - rescue was delayed by a bridge opening. Female was visiting from Norway and was transported to BHMC by FLFR; case # 18-191601.”

Living in the neighborhood with the longest Fire response time in the City this entry highlighted two things for me. First, if we did not have a patrol officer on duty on November 29th this woman may have died. Second, we need a Fire Station closer to us as soon as possible.

Thank so much to Officer Mark Wright for his quick response and thinking! Also, I want to thank Captain Steve Scelfo for all his efforts in coordinating the patrol and helping to build relationships here in Rio Vista. If you are not sure of the status of your Protect Rio Vista membership please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can join Protect Rio Vista at www.riovistaonline.com/membership.

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