Viewers Voice: Debate continues over FMPD and LCSO consolidation as voting day draws near
By Miriam Zamorano. CREATED Oct 7, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The fate of the Fort Myers Police Department will be determined next month when you decide if the department should be consolidated with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Fort Myers Mayor, Randy Henderson has been overseeing the city since 2009 as mayor. He says the Fort Myers Police Department should stay the way it is.
"On the police referendum, citizen Randy is voting 'no' on the referendum. We have a great police department, there's no reason to change that. We can always do better. We're focused on doing better. That's what I'm for," said Henderson.
But the future of the department lies in the voters hands as they will decide whether or not to consolidate the police department with the Lee County Sheriff's Office. It's a decision mayoral candidate Raimond Aulen supports. He said, "Seeing the things that are going on recently, I feel that we've kind of gone off in the wrong direction and we need to try to find another way to do things in the city."
As the issue could be a determining factor in both candidates run for mayor, many of you reaching out to Fox expressing how they feel.
Ed from Naples said he wouldn't want to see Sheriff Mike Scott in charge of it all. "I don't think he fits the bill to take over at all."
Aulen says the sheriff's department has a higher standard when hiring. That's what has Vinny from Fort Myers concerned. He said, "I never knew there were two grades of cops... I think a cop is a cop."
Another viewer wrote in a text, "Changing the police system won't help us see crime before it happens."
The issue will be on the ballot on November 5th.