Saturday, October 16, 2021

Collier County, How Safe Are We?

Photos by Maria Lamb | Marco residents Michaelon Wright, Allyson Richards, Yvette Benarroch, Litha Berger, Mary Waller (WRC-Naples), Rachel DeHanas and Carolyn Burger.

Sheriff Kevin Rambosk of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) was the guest speaker for the recent luncheon of the Women’s Republican Club of Naples Federated, where he told the guests that he had a lot of good things to talk about regarding Collier County.

According to Rambosk, “the Mission of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is to preserve and protect the lives, property and constitutional guarantees of all persons; that is how we live our lives; that is how we police and that is how we provide service to everyone.”

In stating that “we are the best county in Florida to live in,” Rambosk cited statistics, “In 2018, we had a reduction of 3 1/2% in crime, and it is the lowest crime rate since recorded history in 1971; and the number of crimes over the past 20-30 years is less today than it was 30 years ago.”

Collier County is about 2,305 square miles – the largest county east of the Mississippi; larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island. According to Rambosk, “Years ago, everything was coastal in nature and it was pretty easy to get to. This has changed and could pose a problem because logistically and physically, the distance to get to people who are living throughout the entire county is becoming a challenge today.”

So, why is crime where it is at today?

According to Rambosk, CCSO has a very proactive policing in the street; has an excellent relationship with local shelters; is proactively working on making Collier County a Domestic Violence Free Zone; works hard to support our senior population; works proactively with David Lawrence Center on mental health issues; works proactively to address the emerging potential threats or concerns before they happen; and has an excellent relationship with the Collier County School system to keep our schools safe.

Allyson Richards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards and Chief Deputy Supervisor of Elections Melissa Blazier.

According to Sheriff Rambosk, CCSO has adopted the Memphis Model Crisis Intervention Training Program – a program that trains all law enforcement and corrections officers how to identify mental health issues, de-escalate issues, and identify and potentially thwart a tragic event from happening. This training program will soon be open to fire and rescue and EMS personnel. Sheriff Rambosk believes that law enforcement officers should go through 40 hours of the Memphis Model Crisis Intervention Program.

Human Trafficking – In the last three years, the CCSO’s Human Trafficking Unit has rescued at least 22 human trafficking victims and put in jail six individuals involved.

Immigration – CCSO has had a partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since 2007 and under the 287(g) program more than 1,075 local officers have been trained aligning local operations with ICE’s major priorities by the identification and removal of unlawful criminal immigrants.

Active Shooter Scenario – CCSO has an active shooter training program in Collier County and urged everyone to “pay attention to their surroundings in public places.” The program is available to all organizations.

Preventing a Tragic Event – According to Rambosk, the CCSO takes it as far as they can to lawfully vet a situation and still retain our privacies and constitutional guarantees.

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