Sheriff, Fort Myers police chief consider plan to fight high shooting deaths
Fox 4 News Staff
Crime is a growing concern in Fort Myers as the city records its 15th shooting death last week. But back-up could be coming soon as the Lee County Sheriff's office is now finalizing a plan to help combat the problem.Photo: Video by fox4now.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Crime is a growing concern in Fort Myers as the city records its 15th shooting death last week.
But back-up could be coming soon as the Lee County Sheriff's office is now finalizing a plan to help combat the problem.
"The sense that I get from the community and from the chief is whatever it takes." Sheriff Mike Scott said.
Whatever it takes to get a handle on the murder spree, gripping the city of Fort Myers.
"It would be enhanced, selective enforcement," Sheriff Mike Scott said.
Sheriff Scott now reviewing his resources to see which he can reassign and lend to resource-strapped Fort Myers.
But Fort Myers Police Chief Doug Baker tells me what he can really use is man power. In fact, asking the sheriff for any additional deputies after last weeks murder. Something the sheriff says would ease the flow of information on criminals who oftentimes don't come from within the city.
"The thought of 2 man crews for example where there is immediate back up on every stop, where there is an immediate cross-check among agencies." Scott says.
The sheriff says the extra help would allow the Fort Myers police to do more.
"Maybe further develop intelligence or surveillance on suspects the police may already be working, but just don't have the resources to watch them." Scott says.
Still no word on how many deputies or a time frame as to how long the sheriff may offer help. But Sheriff Scott will be presenting specifics for the Fort Myers police chief by the middle of the week.