Audit reveals issues inside Fort Myers Police Department

Reporter: Nicole Lauren Writer: Derrick Shaw
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The Fort Myers Police Department isn’t doing enough to make changes after a scathing audit showed serious issues when it comes to keeping you safe.

There has been some improvements made, but is it enough for the community?

The audit revealed a lot about what is going on inside the police department. One of the biggest issues it highlights is a lack of communication.

The Freeh Group says units within the newly formed special enforcement division, don’t have clearly defined roles, and they are not working together.

One recommendation was that FMPD consolidate units to better protect the city and solve crimes.

The audit also talks about special operations, and how it is a poor use of resources.

The stressed FMPD is already extremely limited with their staff, and those officers could be used elsewhere protecting the community.

Going forward, this group will only be examining the department on a bi-annual basis rather than quarterly.

They will also work with the newly hired inspector general to monitor the department process.

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