Patrol Bios

Commander Matthew Sands

Commander Sands - CopyCommander Matthew Sands began his career with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 1998. He started as a clerk in the Records Division, then transferred to the Corrections Bureau and from there, moved to the Law Enforcement Division.  While working Road Patrol, he was given an opportunity to work as a District Detective, which was the start of his investigative career.

As an investigator, Commander Sands worked in the Major Crimes Unit as a Violent Crimes Detective and a Homicide Detective. Some of his training in this area includes, Injury and Death Investigations, Investigative Interview Techniques and he is one of only a few Polygraph Examiners at the Sheriff’s Office.

Having worked as a detective in the Homicide Unit for a number of years, Commander Sands also served as the supervising Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain of the Major Crimes Unit.  Commander Sands is currently assigned as the Commander of the Criminal Investigation Bureau. This includes the Homicide Unit, Violent Crimes Unit, Special Victims Unit, the Robbery Unit, Grand Theft Auto Unit, the Narcotics Unit, Economic Crimes, Intelligence, Highway Interdiction and the Forensics Division.

Commander Sands was raised in Fort Myers and earned his college degree from Edison College.  He currently lives in Cape Coral with his wife, Catherine. In their spare time, they enjoy watching their three active sons participate in various youth sporting events.