Community Policing in Action
Approximately 1 week ago, a complaint came into the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Lehigh Acres District that a homeless camp was causing issues at a local child care facility. It was reported that vagrants were urinating out in the open and children may be able to see them. The complaint was assigned to the Bravo District Community Policing deputy, Cpl. Steve Cart. Cpl. Cart took immediate action and was able to investigate, devise a plan, coordinate, implement and removed the elements that would deter vagrant activity within one week.
The complaint was for the property next to Lehigh Child Care Facility. It was immensely overgrown and was a prime area for vagrants to congregate. With the support of the property owner, Cpl. Cart was able to partner with the Department of Corrections work camp to utilize supervised state inmates and equipment to clear the overgrown area. A partnership was also established with the East County Water Management, which provided staff and a dump truck with a wood chipper to mulch the brush being removed. That mulch will be used by East County Water Management on local projects.
This project took two full 8-hour days and has saved approximately $2,400 in taxpayer dollars while aiding in the safety of our local children at the Lehigh Acres Childcare Center.
Submitted by LCSO