Friday, May 27, 2016

Next CCSO CommUNITY Gallery To Host A “Pawsperational” Exhibit

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with Humane Society Naples to raise awareness of its services provided to Collier’s four-legged residents.

CCSO will host a public reception for the 20th installment of the CommUNITY Gallery Thursday, June 23, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The gallery is located within the administrative offices on the second floor of CCSO headquarters, 3319 U.S. 41 E., East Naples.

The CommUNITY Gallery will feature 21 images by Michelle Woods of Paws & Prints Pet Photography and Laura Cecil of Laura Cecil Photography depicting HSN’s adoptable animals, special events, volunteers in action, educational outreach and services.

The mission of HSN is to shelter animals in times of need, locate life-long homes and promote responsible pet ownership through education, legislation and sterilization.

The exhibit will be on display to the public through September 16, 2016.

For more information about HSN visit

The CCSO Community Gallery welcomes any local public service organizations interested in setting up a future exhibit.

For more information about the gallery or how an organization can participate, contact CCSO Media Relations Officer Kristi Lester at 239.252.0608,

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CCSO: Beware Of Grand Jury Duty Scam

The phone rings and someone on the other end says you missed grand jury duty and now you have to pay up.

Don’t believe it; it’s a scam.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is aware that some residents have received suspicious telephone calls from someone claiming to be "Lt. Graham" from CCSO and advising them they missed grand jury duty at the Collier County courthouse.

In at least one of the calls, the caller asked the person to mail thousands of dollars in fines.
CCSO encourages residents to report this type of activity immediately.

Deputies would also like to remind residents that members of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office will never contact you by telephone about missing jury duty. Deputies will never threaten you with fines or arrest for missing jury duty.

For assistance with any suspicious encounter involving a request for money or personal information, contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s Call Before You “Pay” hotline – (239) 252-CALL (2255). The hotline is staffed by a CCSO deputy in the Financial Crimes Bureau between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Monday, May 23, 2016

CCSO Launches Summer Traffic Safety Campaigns

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office Safety & Traffic Enforcement Bureau is launching a pair of campaigns over the summer aimed at keeping our roads safe.

Both campaigns resulted from data analysis of crashes on local roads. The ultimate goal of the campaigns is to enhance driving safety in Collier County.

From Wednesday through July 1, deputies will conduct safety equipment checkpoints at regular intervals throughout the county and conduct equipment checks during traffic stops. Deficiencies like threadbare tires, inoperable headlights or tail lights, worn windshield wipers, extreme window tint and inoperable horns can be contributing crash factors.

“Our goal is for drivers to comply with the laws that relate to equipment safety,” said STEB Lt. Mike Dolan. “Accomplishing that through education is our preference, but our ultimate goal has to be compliance. Faulty equipment is always dangerous, particularly during our summer rainy season.”

While deputies address the issue of aggressive driving year-round, they will focus on it in the form of a multifaceted public safety campaign beginning July 1 and continuing through the summer. Aggressive driving includes actions like red-light running, speeding, tailgating and rapidly changing lanes. The campaign is aimed at reducing the number of crashes and fatalities in Collier County. In 2015 Collier followed a statewide trend of increased crashes and traffic fatalities. Fatalities increased from 39 in 2014 to 49 in 2015. In addition, 2016 year-to-date traffic fatalities are 19, compared to 12 at the same time in 2015. Aggressive driving is one of the most frequent driving complaints that CCSO receives from citizens. So far this year CCSO has received 1,476 aggressive driving complaints from the public.

Electronic signs will be deployed at key intersections before the launch of the campaign to warn drivers that deputies will be on the lookout for aggressive drivers. During the campaign deputies will focus largely on corridors identified by data as being high-volume crash areas, although enforcement efforts will be carried out throughout the county as well. They will also incorporate aggressive driving operations at times of day that data indicates are most closely tied to aggressive driving – including during the morning drive time on weekdays.

Here are some ways you can stay safe on the road:

• Obey all speed limits and signs.
• Be alert and remain focused solely on the task of driving.
• Always wear your seatbelt.
• Perform a simple safety check before driving. Turn on the lights and walk around the vehicle to ensure that all lights are in working order. Also check your blinkers for proper operation. Look for any fluid leaks or items hanging from the vehicle. Check to ensure that the tires are in good condition and are properly inflated.
• When you get into the car, adjust all mirrors and seats
• Always use your turn signal.
• When a light turns green, look left, then right, straight ahead, then left again before proceeding.
• Drive defensively - expect other drivers to make mistakes and think what you would do if a mistake does happen.
• Leave early and allow ample travel time.

Friday, May 20, 2016

CCSO: Stay Safe On Social Media

 Many people are turning to social media to find goods and services and even love.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind users of social media applications and sites to use caution when meeting other people for social encounters or when buying or selling goods. 

CCSO offers these safety tips for meeting someone through social media:
- Be cognizant that individuals may not be who they represent themselves to be.

- Before you meet, take screenshots of the other person’s profile information, photo and your text conversations.

- Trust your instincts

- Don’t go alone; bring a friend

- Insist on meeting at a public place like a cafĂ©, bank or shopping center. If the person you are meeting doesn’t want to meet in a public place, that’s a sign he or she could have bad intentions.

- Try to meet during the day

- Do not meet in a secluded area or invite strangers into your home

- Be especially careful buying/selling high-value items

- Tell a friend or family member where you’re going

- Take a cell phone along, if you have one

- Be very cautious about how you intend to pay, or accept payment for an item. If someone knows you will be bringing a sizeable amount of cash or a valuable item, it may make you more susceptible to being victimized.

- Providing payment or accepting payment in a method that is not secure and insured can result in the permanent loss of your money. Unlike a storefront or verified online company, you may only meet a person once or never at all. If something goes wrong, it may not be possible to identify or hold the suspect accountable.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

7 Collier Deputies Honored As Lifesavers

Seven Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies were honored Thursday for bringing people back to life after sudden cardiac death.

The deputies were among more than 75 local first responders recognized with Phoenix Awards during a special ceremony held by the Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department at the Emergency Services Center, 8075 Lely Cultural Parkway, East Naples.

Emergency response personnel from Collier County EMS, CCSO and the county’s fire departments, received awards for the 11 patients resuscitated over a six-month period in 2015.

Named after the mythological bird that died and rose renewed from the ashes, the Phoenix Award is given to first responders who brought back to life, through their highly trained efforts, patients who were clinically dead, with no heartbeat or breathing.

Sheriff Kevin Rambosk presented the awards to the seven deputies.

The following CCSO deputies were honored:

Cpl. John Knowlton and Dispatcher Courtney Ewart. On July 30, 2015, Dispatcher Ewart answered a 911 call and coached the caller in CPR on a 25-year-old male patient in North Naples until Cpl. Knowlton arrived. Cpl. Knowlton continued CPR until paramedics arrived and took over treatment. The patient regained a pulse and respirations while on scene. He was discharged from the hospital the same day.

Cpl. Brian Sudano. On Sept. 21, 2015, Cpl. Sudano provided lifesaving assistance in the care of a 90-year-old Golden Gate Estates man who fell over and was unconscious with abnormal breathing until EMS arrived. The patient was discharged from the hospital a week later.

Cpl. Jonathan Warford. On Oct. 5, 2015, Cpl. Warford responded to a medial call of a 78-year-old woman who was unconscious and had difficulty breathing in North Naples. She had heart problems and was home alone. Cpl. Warford assisted until EMS arrived and took over. The patient was discharged from the hospital nine days later.

Deputy Robert Reuthe. On Oct. 24, 2015, Deputy Reuthe responded to a call of a possible overdose in Golden Gate. The 26-year-old female victim was breathing but had no pulse. After securing the scene, Deputy Reuthe noticed that the victim had stopped breathing and immediately began chest compressions until the victim gasped for breath. She once again went into respiratory distress and had no pulse. Cpl. Reuthe continued to provide chest compressions until firefighters/paramedics arrived. The patient was discharged from the hospital four days later.

Deputy Alexandre Silva. On Dec. 17, 2015, Deputy Silva responded to a medical call at an East Naples RV park. The victim was found unresponsive in a tight hallway. An automated external defibrillator (AED) was used and CPR administered until paramedics arrived and took over treatment. The patient was discharged from the hospital five days later. 

Cpl. Bruce Austin. On Dec. 18, 2015, Cpl. Austin assisted in the care of a 62-year-old man who had collapsed at home in Golden Gate. The man didn’t have a pulse and was not breathing. Cpl. Austin performed CPR until he detected a pulse and observed the man take a couple breaths. Paramedics arrived and took over medical care. The man was discharged from the hospital the next day.
CCSO takes the job of lifesaving seriously.

Thanks to a partnership with the American Heart Association, all CCSO patrol cars are equipped with an AED, a portable device that applies electrical therapy to patients in cardiac arrest and allows the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.

Since 2012, CCSO has partnered with Collier County EMS/Fire Rescue in an information system to assist 911 dispatchers in helping callers locate AEDs near sudden cardiac arrest victims.

CCSO also offers free CPR and AED training to the community.

The agency provides free "hands-only’’ cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and AED training to homeowner groups and any member of the community who would like to learn how to save a life. The classes follow the American Heart Association’s CPR curriculum. The time it takes to teach the classes varies, depending on the level of certification being sought.

Community members or groups that would like to learn basic hands-only CPR should contact Cpl. William Pschigoda at (239) 252-9448, or to set up a class date and time. Classes are free.

Additional classes are also taught by other local American Heart Association instructors. These instructors are available through Collier County EMS, any of the fire agencies in Collier County as well as the education department at NCH Naples Hospital.

Buckle Up, Collier! Click It Or Ticket Starts Monday

The Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign begins Monday across Florida.

The two-week campaign begins Monday, May 23, and lasts until Sunday, June 5.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office will be out enforcing seat belt usage and child restraint laws.

Florida law requires drivers and passengers to fasten safety belts and/or child restraints.

The law applies to all cars, pickups and vans operating on Florida roads.

All passengers in the front seat must wear a seat belt. All passengers younger than 18 must wear a seat belt.
Exceptions to the law are: mail carriers, trash haulers, newspaper carriers, individuals with a physician’s note or individuals in the rear portion of a recreational vehicle.

In Florida, children 3 and younger must be secured in a federally approved child restraint seat. Children ages 4 and 5 must be secured by either a federally approved child restraint seat or safety belt. The driver is responsible for buckling up a child.

Florida has had a safety belt law since 1986, but law enforcement could only ticket unbuckled drivers when officers stopped them for other violations. The recent primary law allows law enforcement to stop motorists to for not wearing seat belts.

Friday, May 13, 2016

CCSO To Host Kids Summer Safety Fair

WHAT: Kids Summer Safety Fair

WHEN: Saturday, May 21

TIME: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

LOCATION: Corkscrew Middle School Courtyard, 1165 Oil Well Road, Golden Gate Estates

SUMMARY: The Collier County Sheriff’s Office will host its inaugural Kids Summer Safety Fair on Saturday, May 21, at Corkscrew Middle School’s courtyard in Golden Gate Estates.

CCSO has teamed up with its community partners to provide Collier residents and visitors an opportunity to learn more about safety during a family-friendly event.

Some activities will include demos from CCSO’s Bomb Squad and Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) and attendees are also invited to enjoy CCSO’s bounce house or try their skills on the rock climbing wall.

Admission is free.

Click on flier to for full list of activities and participants.