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Public Information Office

Public Information Office (PIO)

The Public Information Office strives to be responsive and professional in its activities. We act in full compliance with the Florida Public Records Law and in the best interests of the agency, the news media, and the people of Lee County. Routine media inquiries and records requests are handled as expeditiously as possible during normal business hours.

This office handles all media inquiries, issues news releases, responds to public records by members of the media, coordinates agency social media, special projects and other communications.

The office is staffed Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., at our Main Headquarters off Six Mile Cypress Pkwy. For general media inquiries, please email the Public Information Office at publicinformationoffice@sheriffleefl.org or contact via phone at 239.477.1340.

Written records, including arrest affidavits and offense reports, are not available after hours. Staff will not have information readily available regarding non-fatal vehicle crashes, routine arrests, crimes not resulting in death or critical injury, or the status of cases that are not considered breaking news.

Should there be a high profile or large scale incident after hours, on holidays or weekends the media will be notified in the form of a press release.

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Watch Sheriff Carmine Marceno LIVE on Morning in America NewsNation tomorrow morning at 8:30AM! More: www.newsnationnow.com/author/hena-doba/ ... See MoreSee Less
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𝙎𝙃𝙀𝙍𝙄𝙁𝙁 𝘾𝘼𝙍𝙈𝙄𝙉𝙀 𝙈𝘼𝙍𝘾𝙀𝙉𝙊’𝙎 𝙈𝘼𝙔 2024 𝙁𝙍𝘼𝙐𝘿 𝘼𝙇𝙀𝙍𝙏: 𝘼𝙑𝙊𝙄𝘿𝙄𝙉𝙂 𝙃𝙊𝙈𝙀 𝙍𝙀𝙉𝙏𝘼𝙇 𝙎𝘾𝘼𝙈𝙎Your search for an apartment or rental home has been tedious and disheartening. Rental prices and availability make the process extremely frustrating.The often difficult search for an affordable home or apartment to rent…in a suitable location…and the struggles encountered by renters…has caught the attention of scammers prepared to make you an offer that will appear nearly miraculous.An appealing, affordable listing appears on social media, via text or online and it seems as if your search has ended. The apartment, or home, is significantly less expensive than those you have visited and/or seen online. The location is ideal.You scroll through the interior photographs and are thoroughly satisfied with all that you see.You had best act on this before this opportunity is gobbled up by another potential renter!While this listing may be legitimate, it may also be another example of the now-common fraudulent practice of “Rental Listing Scams.”Criminals copy/download photos from a legitimate listing. They include, and perhaps embellish, the description. They remove the actual rental agent’s contact information and replace it with their fraudulent contact info.Having searched for a seemingly endless amount of time for a deal such as this one, you quickly reach out to the agent or property owner and eagerly comply with their request for an application fee, security deposit, first and last months’ rental payment.Payment will need to be wired, sent using cryptocurrency or even in the form of gift cards.As they will likely require information to complete a background check, you gladly provide them will all of your personal identification information inclusive of your social security number and date of birth.You may wish to schedule a visit to the property…which the agent/property owner will “gladly schedule” a couple of weeks down the road. They are out of town…tied up on other business…but will not schedule a visit until they have received all requested funds and information.You may have just secured the rental property that you have been dreaming of!You may have just been scammed out of a great deal of money and your personal information.It is critically important that you evaluate all rental listings. Search for the rental agent’s website and accurate contact information. Using this telephone number, contact the agent and inquire about the property.Meet the agent and request identification and a business card upon meeting. “I’m out of business cards” or a handwritten business address won’t suffice.If the “owner” is showing you the property, request state or federally-issued identification and, prior to making payment, verify their ownership using tax assessment or property appraiser websites. Simply because the “agent” or “homeowner” has access to the empty residence does not mean that they are operating legitimately.Never make payment using cash, wire transfers, gift cards or cryptocurrency.If the “agent” or “property owner” demands that you deviate from these recommendations, walk away. It is highly likely that you are being scammed.Immediately contact law enforcement regarding the incident.Additionally, an electronic tip to the Federal Trade Commission can be made by visiting reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/. ... See MoreSee Less
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Check out Bonita Springs Community Policing Deputies out on bike patrol last night. Bike Patrol helps us quickly respond to law enforcement and emergency medical needs. A deputy on a bike is able to navigate through congested and crowded areas more easily than a car and faster than on foot. ... See MoreSee Less
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🇺🇸 LCSO HONOR GUARD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. 🇺🇸 Sheriff Marceno sent members of the Lee County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard to Washington, DC, to participate in National Police Week. The Honor Guard stood in unity with law enforcement officers from across the country to honor and pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Their presence in the nation's capital was a powerful symbol of respect and remembrance, reflecting the unwavering commitment of the law enforcement community to honor the fallen. Sheriff Marceno and his team's gesture underscored the importance of recognizing the sacrifices and contributions of law enforcement officers, and the Honor Guard's participation in National Police Week was an emotional display of unity and support. ... See MoreSee Less
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🚓 LCSO CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY 🚓 Today, Sheriff Carmine Marceno and the Lee County Sheriff's Office were granted a "Type A" Training Certificate from the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission under the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.This certification will enable LCSO to operate its own Criminal Justice Academy to give newly hired cadets the required training to become certified Law Enforcement and Corrections deputies.Having our own training center and dedicated personnel is vital to accommodate the growing needs for law enforcement and corrections personnel in Lee County. Academy classes can be conducted as needed to get boots on the ground more quickly.The curriculum under the CJSTC entails 770 hours of training for law enforcement officers and 420 hours for corrections personnel, to include general and high liability subject matter. With this, the Lee County Sheriff's Office will still work closely with the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy to ensure the great residents of Southwest Florida have the best-trained law enforcement and corrections personnel in the country.Sheriff Marceno met with Bay County Sheriff and current Chairman of the CJSTC, and Chad Brown, Director of the CJSTC, both of whom are vital to the continued success of the training provided to Florida law enforcement professionals.The first official Lee County Sheriff's Office Criminal Justice Academy classes are set to begin on June 24th! ... See MoreSee Less
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