Our Community Response Unit (CRU) was created to solve problems that arise in the community. CRU focuses on establishing and maintaining direct community contacts to foster grass root partnerships to address and resolve quality of life issues.
The four branches of CRU are Crime Prevention, Community Policing, Construction Special Investigations and Special Enforcement Teams.
Crime Prevention focuses on educating and training our community through programs, partnerships and initiatives. Community Policing establishes community safety teams at providing service and support through interaction and effective communication with homeowners’ associations. Lastly, our Special Enforcement Teams support patrol districts and high crime areas. SET assists with career criminals and identifying person of interests and dealing head on with the issues that face our community.The three branches of CRU are Crime Prevention, Community Policing, and Special Enforcement Teams.
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The Lee County Sheriff's Office Waterborne Team conducted training this week on a tug boat passing through the area. This specialty unit tactically conducts traffic stops on massive, fast-moving vessels in Lee County waters. These deputies are ready for anything and are equipped to handle emergency incidents that can occur on the water. This includes hostage situations or pursuits. ... See MoreSee Less
Construction Special Investigations Charges Man With 13 Felonies in Fraud Scheme“By implementing one of my newest units, Construction Special Investigations, we were able to be proactive and put a stop to this criminal,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “This type of illegal activity will be investigated, and my team of detectives will find those responsible. Now, this thief from Miami is in the Lee County Jail where he belongs.”In early June 2021, our East and South District detectives were alerted to several cases of fraudulent rentals of heavy construction equipment occurring here in Lee County. Our detectives immediately began investigating and cohesively working with regional members of law enforcement to solve the cases.It was learned the suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Maximiliano Moises Fernandez, was involved in thefts of Skid Steers out of both Miami and Lee County. Through investigative techniques, our detectives discovered there were five fraudulent rentals of Skid Steers that occurred at local businesses. They also learned Fernandez was utilizing a fraudulent Texas ID to rent the heavy machinery, and would then sell the equipment to unknowing victims. Earlier this week, our detectives discovered another possible fraudulent transaction in which a man rented a Skid Steer while utilizing a fake ID. Based on this transaction, our detectives were able to determine the location of where the machinery was being delivered.On July 29th, while surveilling the delivery location, our detectives observed Fernandez accept the delivery of the machinery and then watched as he brazenly began to remove the rental decal stickers identifying the owner of the equipment.At this time, detectives apprehended Fernandez without incident. Our deputies and detectives investigating this case stopped Fernandez from stealing approximately $70,000 in cash from victims, and nearly half a million dollars in equipment from businesses.Fernandez is charged with numerous felonies to include Dealing in Stolen Property, and Grand Theft Over $20k. ... See MoreSee Less
SHERIFF CARMINE MARCENO INVITES YOU TO NATIONAL NIGHT OUTAs part of an ongoing effort to increase community engagement, Sheriff Carmine Marceno invites you to join us on August 3, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. at CenturyLink Sports Complex. National Night OutThis two-hour event will be held right before the Mighty Mussels baseball game. Our SWAT team, K9 Unit, Marine Unit, Aviation Unit, and more, will be there to showcase our amazing agency! There will be activities and games for the whole family. Let's enjoy a safe and fun evening together, Lee County! ... See MoreSee Less
We Did It! Deputy Chance Won!But…We still have work to do! Deputy Chance may have won in the “shelter” category, but he is now in the running for overall Hero Dog. We need YOU to vote every single day for our beloved Deputy Chance, and help make him the one-and-only 2021 American Humane Hero Dog!You can vote once EACH AND EVERY DAY by visiting this link: herodogawards.org/dog/deputy-chance/... See MoreSee Less
While Smartphone companies work diligently to review new applications, even their best efforts have allowed fraudulent applications to be made available. In a recent Washington Post review, reporters indicated that[…]