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
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
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
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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