The Florida Association of School Resource Officers (FASRO) will be awarding the Lee County Sheriff's Office "Agency of the Year" honors for 2013. This is the first time the agency has been distinguished as the best among the 67 counties in Florida. It comes as the final days of an extremely busy, but successful school year which saw the need for elementary school coverage, in addition to the middle and high schools already with assigned deputies. "It's an absolute honor to be recognized by this established 34 year old organization," said Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott. "These outstanding men and women who work day in and day out to protect our children and faculty truly deserve these accolades from their peers," he said.
The Sheriff's Office Youth Services Division is comprised of more than 50 specially trained deputies. The School Resource Officers not only provide a healthy, safe environment for learning, but help mentor, counsel and educate Lee County's students. Plans to expand the outreach and add more deputies to elementary schools as proposed by the Lee County School District and Sheriff's Office are still being pursued. A COPS grant application to offset costs for those deputies will be before Lee County Commissioners tomorrow.
FASRO was founded in 1979 and began endowing educational scholarships for middle and high school students starting in 1988. During this time period, FASRO has awarded over $100,000.00 dollars to local students to assist them in obtaining their goal of a college education. The Florida Association of School Resource Officers offers the most advanced and comprehensive training for law enforcement officers in the State of Florida. Their annual training conference is planned for this July. They conduct regional training during the year, as well.