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Five Police Officers Receive Promotions

KWPD Promotion Lineup
L-R:  Sgt. David Smith, Lt. Jim Benkoczy, Lt. John Beuth, Lt. Alan Newby,
and Sgt. David Black 

Key West Police Chief Buz Dillon recently announced the promotion of five officers. New lieutenants are Jim Benkoczy, John Beuth and Alan Newby, and the new sergeants are David Black and David Smith.

In a memo congratulating the officers, Dillon said, "I am confident you will excel in your new position as you have in every position you have performed during your career with the Key West Police Department."

Benkoczy, 45, who has been in charge of the second road patrol shift of the patrol division, will continue in that capacity on the night shift with expanded responsibilities as top watch supervisor. He was promoted to sergeant in November of 2000. His entire eight years with the department have been spent serving on road patrol, except for a one-year stint as a D.A.R.E. (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) instructor in Key West schools. The Miami native came to the department after four years with the city's Code Enforcement Division. Licensed by the U. S. Coast Guard as a captain, he has worked in the department's marine unit. Benkoczy is also a licensed private pilot and has a master's degree in criminal justice administration from Troy State University.

Beuth, 39, is moving up from sergeant in charge of the Criminal Investigations Division of the detective bureau, handling general case investigations, to commander of the entire bureau, including street crimes detectives. He joined the department after serving in its auxiliary while he was in the U. S. Navy as a security officer at the air station here. During his 10 years with the department, Beuth has served in the road patrol, as a motorcycle officer, a detective and is a member of the department's dive team. The Vero Beach native is also a licensed private pilot. The message for kids on his police trading card is, "A quality education is the key to success. Don't be a fool! Stay in school!"

Newby, 42, will continue to lead the department through the law enforcement accreditation process and commands the Bureau of Professional Standards. The Terre Haute, Indiana, native was hired in 1990 as a patrol officer, subsequently working as a specialist in driving under the influence arrests, an internal affairs inspector, communications division supervisor, and a road patrol sergeant. Newby is also a licensed private pilot. He said he always wanted to become a law enforcement officer.

Black, 26, is one of the department's K-9 officers, working with his partner Trapper, a German shepherd. As a sergeant, he will continue in road patrol, sharing second-in-command responsibilities on the night shift. He came to the department four years ago from another law enforcement agency, the U. S. Coast Guard, bringing with him extensive training.

Smith, 31, is going from being a detective in the Street Crimes Unit for three and one-half years to the road patrol. He graduated from Key West High School in 1988 and started out at the department as a dispatcher. He was a bicycle officer for two years, has served in the department's honor guard and is trained in special weapons and tactics (SWAT). He said what he likes best about law enforcement is that each day is a new challenge.
Lt. Greg Buck will be leaving the top position in the detective division, which Beuth is assuming, and will command a shift on road patrol.

Sergeants Kathleen Ream and Alfredo Vazquez are trading places, with Ream
returning to road patrol, sharing second-in command duties on the day shift. Vazquez will be taking over training and the Bureau of Community Affairs.
Sgt. Donie Lee is leaving the patrol day shift and moving into Beuth's old job heading up the Criminal Investigations Division of the detective bureau, overseeing the work of six general case detectives.


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