Patrol Bios

Gulf District Captain Michael Rakestraw

Capt Rakestraw - CopyCaptain Mike Rakestraw joined the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 1991 as a corrections deputy.  In 1993, Captain Rakestraw was reassigned to patrol.  

In 2001, Captain Rakestraw was assigned to the Major Crimes Unit where his investigations specialized in homicide, narcotics, robbery and grand theft auto. 

In 2008, Captain Rakestraw was assigned to the Regional Domestic Security Task Force where he worked joint investigations with FDLE, ATF, ICE, FBI and the U.S. Coast Guard.

In 2009, Captain Rakestraw became a supervisor with the Gang Investigations Unit, conducting investigations focused on narcotics, active gang members, and hate groups as well as teaching gang awareness and gang investigative techniques to other law enforcement officers in the area.

Captain Rakestraw was promoted to Lieutenant/Watch Commander in 2012 and then to Assistant Commander of North District in 2014.

Captain Rakestraw’s commendations include the Combat Cross (twice), the Grand Cordon, Exceptional Service Medal and Life Achievement Medal.

Captain Rakestraw also served as a member of the SWAT Team where he was also assigned as a designated sniper and waterborne strike team member.

Captain Rakestraw currently serves as Commander of Gulf District.