Local law enforcement agencies keeping officers safer

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FORT MYERS, Fla.- Law enforcement agencies in Southwest Florida could make changes to better protect police.

Law enforcement officers are under the spotlight and some have been recent targets.

“This has been a tough time for everybody,” said Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott.

This past weekend, two New York City police officers were ambushed and gunned down.
An officer near Tampa was also shot and killed. Agencies across Southwest Florida tell the WINK News they’re aware of the violence.

“The chant has been what do we want? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now. That has been a chant,” said Sheriff Scott.

Scott recently sent a letter to his deputies saying not to let the latest officer involved shootings change the way they react.

“To be aware of your circumstances and be hip with your environment,” said Sheriff Scott.

The Cape Coral Police Department told WINK News in a statement that they have not made specific changes to better protect their officers, but it has been a topic of discussion.

The Naples Police Department says they are always reminded to remain vigilant at all times.
Meanwhile, the Collier County sheriff tells WINK News they are taking measures to keep their deputies safe.

“When we have that type of proactive approach including training sessions such as crisis intervention training which is de-escalation,” said Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk.

“We will take every measure we can to reduce the likelihood of another name being added to list of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty,” said Sheriff Scott.

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