Marco Island Police reorganizes; changes reporting structure

Pete Beucler returns as senior community services officer

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In this file photo, Lt. Pete Beucler held up his award thanking his fellow police officers as Police Foundation President Dick Shanahan announced Beucler as the 2008 Marco Island Police Officer of the Year.

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File photo In this file photo, Lt. Pete Beucler held up his award thanking his fellow police officers as Police Foundation President Dick Shanahan announced Beucler as the 2008 Marco Island Police Officer of the Year.

Marco Island's Police Department is reorganizing. It's a move calculated to assure greater efficiency, furnish increased security, and insure proper training while improving cost effectiveness. Police Chief Don Hunter and City Manager Jim Riviere have developed a new structure for the department.

In place of an organization that had department components reporting to the chief through an Assistant Chief there will be four functions directly responsible to the chief. They are …

The assistant chief of police, who will be responsible for a variety of functions, including support services such as property and evidence control, custody of official records, police school resource officer, recruiting, training, public information, administrative services, auxiliary police officers, reserve officers and community volunteer specialists.

The investigations sergeant, who will supervise the four primary detective functions, including vice and narcotics, intelligence, general crime and computer crime/crimes against children as well as, manage computer support services for investigative operations.

An operations lieutenant, who will be responsible for supervising four regular shifts and a special "flex" unit. The flex unit will be assigned to operations requiring assistance for any particular tactical crime problem, filling in vacancies and maintaining inter-agency mutual aid.

The supervisor of code compliance, responsible for all code compliance operations. All code compliance will remain under the supervision of the Police Department as a civilian component.

City Manager Riviere explained that: "Chief Hunter, Assistant Chief Dave Baer and I have devoted ourselves to developing an organization that will provide the level of service our community deserves at the most cost effective basis. We are delighted that Chief Hunter has agreed to serve for an additional two years and continue supervising our outstanding department. The new organizational structure streamlines operations and will bring about more efficiency, while maintaining excellent supervision. In recent months, as some veteran officers have retired, Chief Hunter has brought in a number of fine new officers to continue our excellent operations without any gap in coverage."

"A recent operation in which our department, in cooperation with a number of other governmental agencies, and acting with a search warrant, discovered evidence indicating forged prescriptions and additional evidence of alleged unlawful possession of controlled substances or prescription medications is only one excellent example of the high level performance of our Police Department. Along with our devotion to first-rate law enforcement, Chief Hunter and I are pledged to maintaining strict bottom line controls on expenses. The new organization will meet our objectives."

Chief Hunter also announced that: "I am pleased to report that Pete Beucler has returned to our police department as a senior community services officer.

He will serve in a civilian capacity in the Code Compliance function initially as well as performing numerous community service functions that were previously performed by uniformed officers. It's a highly valued utility position that relieves uniformed officers for other duties. Pete is a great asset to the department and we welcome him back."

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ed34145 writes:

Sounds like putting even more insulation between the chief and the citizens. He's barely accessible as it is; now it will be worse.
More people to cover for him when he isn't there or is avoiding contact...which is often.

ubetcha writes:

asset to pd. u have to be kidding.

toesinthewater writes:

Watch and see how that PD budget goes up now Marco!

JohninMarco writes:

Why 2 people running a mom and pop business? Both collecting big pay checks for doing the same job. Can we ever get a manager who runs the city like a really business?

Throat_Yogurt writes:

INCREASED SECURITY? FOR WHAT? WHAT ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH NEEDS SECURITY ON MARCO ISLAND OTHER THAN 6TH AVE?

THEY NEED TO DECREASE THE AMOUNT OF OFFICERS, VEHICLES, & VESSEL'S. WE NEED 10 POLICE OFFICERS, MAX. AND THE GINGER KID SHOULD GO FIRST. SHERMINATOR OR W/E THEY CALL HIM.

RayPray writes:

in response to Throat_Yogurt:

INCREASED SECURITY? FOR WHAT? WHAT ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH NEEDS SECURITY ON MARCO ISLAND OTHER THAN 6TH AVE?

THEY NEED TO DECREASE THE AMOUNT OF OFFICERS, VEHICLES, & VESSEL'S. WE NEED 10 POLICE OFFICERS, MAX. AND THE GINGER KID SHOULD GO FIRST. SHERMINATOR OR W/E THEY CALL HIM.

Marco Keystone Kops now have been supplied with Body Armour.

So should be able to patrol even 6th Avenue.

Otherwise, should we buy them some drones to attack the island vicious octogenarian crime gangs from a safe remote height....

Throat_Yogurt writes:

in response to RayPray:

Marco Keystone Kops now have been supplied with Body Armour.

So should be able to patrol even 6th Avenue.

Otherwise, should we buy them some drones to attack the island vicious octogenarian crime gangs from a safe remote height....

NO WAY LOL.

FOR WHAT? THE OCCASIONAL PELICAN DROPPINGS FROM ABOVE? THE NIGHTLY ELDERLY DRUNKS WITH CANES OR HOV-A-ROUNDS? SAY IT AINT SO!!!!

RayPray writes:

in response to Genuine:

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"You know who you are."

>>> That's for sure.

>>> Not one of these Oink! Oink! tax-eaters & rent seekers.

"Could it be you are all students of Alynsky and Obama?"

>>> True I was a pupil of Alynsky. He taught me how to spell.

>>> Isn't it time for you to get back on patrol?

August8 writes:

Genuine is consistantly on target, Klaus need to move to Chicago or Germany, somewhere.

RayNetherwood writes:

Poor Klaus, you're so misguided.

Anyone thinking Obama should be reelected is either of color or has bought into the class warfare being shoved down our throats. This country IS exceptional ..... we got lucky with size and geography, but it's the people that have made it great. Look at the Olympics; go stand in the middle of a really big supermarket; freely travel to San Diego by air, car, boat, bus, or bicycle and take a tour of the Midway.

It is US capitalism that has enabled US citizens and much of the rest of the world to thrive. Who doesn't thrive under capitalism? Dictators, theocracies, and socialist states. Obama, idiot-in-chief, doesn't get it and never will. Out the door in November!!!!!

liberator100 writes:

Klaus you are a total air-head.
You Googled and found Saul Alinsky's name on Wikipedia; copied the first sentence without reading the rest and mis-spelled his name (so what's new?)
Obama SUCKS and will not be re-elected.
It is a blessing that you can't vote and pollute democracy in America.You polluted Marco Island already.

WizeOlMarco writes:

"It is US capitalism that has enabled US citizens and much of the rest of the world to thrive. Who doesn't thrive under capitalism?"

The 1930's world economy under President Hoover.
The 1980's US steel industry under President Reagan.
The 2000's US economy under President Bush.

RayNetherwood writes:

Klaus and Wize have missed the boat ... find another place on earth that has the accomplishments, the opportunities, and the plenty that the US has, and other Western Nations that are capitalistic.

Wize, our problem is that we've strayed from limited government and free enterprise. Common sense has been replaced with political correctness and fear. Sad.

RayNetherwood writes:

Klaus, guter Freund, you've missed the point, sadly, as you often do. Dad may have been American, but not deine Mutter. Das ist genau so fuer mich. The point was not for you to go elsewhere, but that you couldn't find what America has to offer elsewhere except where Capitalism reigns. Middle East, India, China, anywhere in Africa (other than possibly South Africa), try living freely, speaking freely, traveling freely in those places.

As for your snide comment, try Master's +60. But that's okay, I understand your delusion, hope is all folks can cling to in the face of failure. BO is not great, he is a dismal failure.

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