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Lee County Sheriff's Office Receives Multiple Awards
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple awards in the last two weeks for their excellent performance in the Law Enforcement Challenge and school safety.

The Law Enforcement Challenge is held annually and took place this year from July 18-19 in Orlando, FL. The challenge rewards the best overall traffic safety program in the State of Florida. To take part in the challenge, departments submit an application that documents their agency’s efforts and effectiveness in areas such as speeding, impaired driving, among others. This year, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit received 1st and 2nd Place Honors and the Motor Unit placed 12th overall.

The School Safety Advocacy Council is also held annually and took place this year from July 22-26 in Las Vegas, NV. The School Safety Advocacy Council (SSAC) was established as a collaborative partnership between education, law enforcement and emergency first responders. The council’s primary focus remains the conducting of school safety assessments, school safety drills and exercises, as well as the delivery of training to school personnel and law enforcement. The SSAC Staff and Advisory Board is made up of nationally recognized law enforcement executives, school administration and school safety professionals. Representatives at the conference were from 46 states, Canada and the Netherlands. This year, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Unit received the Exemplary School Safety Award. Major Kathy Rairden was present to receive the award.

**Attached to this press release are photos from each award ceremony.**