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ALYSON CREAN CITY OF KEY WEST COMMUNICATIONS
Alyson Crean, Public Information Officer, Key West Police Department
Monroe Holloway III, Executive Assistant – Mayor & City Commission
1300 White St., ey West, FL 33040
Key West Police Chief Sean Brandenburg is pleased to announce the addition of K9 Jigsaw to the Department.
Jigsaw, who has just completed training and certification, is a generous donation from Key West residents Tom and Becca Ahrensfeld.
Jigsaw is working with K9 Officer Tommy Anglin, replacing K9 Ben, who recently retired.
As avid animal lovers, when the Ahrensfeld family learned of the Department’s need for a K9 officer, they were honored to have the opportunity to secure the acquisition and training of the new dog.
They were especially pleased to meet the new K9 and his partner and handler, Officer Anglin, minutes before they began their first shift together last Friday night.
Jigsaw is a two year old imported German shepherd. His name is a reminder of the Department’s commitment to the Autism Society of the Keys. His name matches the wraps on the School Resource Officers’ cars and is a reminder of special autism awareness challenge coins and shoulder patches. The coins and patches can be purchased to support the Autism Society of the Keys.
The Ahrensfelds, Key West residents and owners of four dogs themselves, say they couldn’t think of a better way to give back to the city they call their southern home.
When they are not in Key West they live on their farm in Cape Cod with their children, horses, goats, donkeys, chickens and ducks. They host an active 4H program and firmly believe and take pride in teaching others the joy and value that animals can bring to human lives. To be able to give the Key West Police Department such a talented, beautiful and sweet animal to help them in their law enforcement efforts means the world to them, they said in a note to Chief Brandenburg.
The City of Key West is complying with Executive Order 20-244 under the statewide opening rules set forth by Governor Ron DeSantis, while keeping in place the safety measures that have been implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the residents and visitors of the City.
All individuals over the age of six who are physically located within the City must wear a face covering at all times when they are away from their residence with certain exceptions. All businesses must ensure masks are always worn by employees and the public. A copy of Emergency Ordinance 20-14 may be found here: https://www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1441.
Per the Governor’s Order suspending the collection of all fines and penalties applied to individuals for violating the City’s COVID-19 public health ordinances and directives, the City of Key West will continue to issue civil citations for individuals not wearing masks and will process fines and penalties upon the lifting of the Governor’s Order. Any fines and penalties assessed against businesses will continue to be enforced and collected.
As the holiday season approaches and given the recent increase in positive reported cases of COVID-19 within the City of Key West, it is important that we continue our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by hand-washing, social distancing and wearing our masks. The City reminds the community that the consistent usage of masks and other facial coverings will help the City avoid future business closures and is a more cost-effective means of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Key West Police Chief Sean Brandenburg on Tuesday presented Capt. JR Torres with a plaque and a challenge coin honoring his 25 years of service to the City.
During his 25 year career with the Key West Police Department he was promoted through the ranks serving in the patrol division, criminal investigations division, special operations unit, narcotics, training unit, K-9 unit, and hostage negotiations unit.
While Capt. Torres commanded several bureaus and divisions of the agency during his career, he also continued his education, attending numerous courses and seminars. Among them he lists the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development School, Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy, and the 48th FBI-LEEDA Law Enforcement Executive Training Course. Torres has also completed training as an Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic (EMT-P) as well as a Florida Department of Law Enforcement certified instructor for Basic Law Enforcement Academies and Advanced High Liability courses.
Capt. Torres’s community involvement is clearly reflected by his affiliation with many non-profit and charitable organizations. He is an active board member for the Police Athletic League (PAL), Mentor at the Key West High School, Keys to be the change pathway to success program, and also a great supporter of the Key West High School Wrestling Team.
During his career Capt. Torres has received several Chief’s Commendations and lifesaving awards. He has also been recognized by the Key West Chamber of Commerce as Officer of the year in 2003, Officer of the 4th quarter 2007, and Employee Recognition Award for outstanding dedication, service, and commitment to the citizens of Key West in 2010. He has also been the recipient of multiple awards from the Police Benevolent Association for Outstanding Service in Law Enforcement.
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