The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Youth Services Division plays an important role in Lee County public and charter schools.
Overall, there are 85 certified school resource officers in the division who are responsible for protecting and supporting Lee County’s elementary, middle and high schools.
These SROs not only provide law enforcement services to the school district, but also take on the role of mentor, instructor and counselor to the more than 94,000 students currently enrolled in the county’s 96 traditional public schools and 25 charter schools.
As society changes so does the role of school resource officers, who now are specially trained to deal with the many needs and issues of today’s youth such as cyberstalking, sexting, dating violence and active shooter on campus situations.
During the 2018-19 school year, SROs conducted 14,811 Juvenile Arrest and Monitoring (JAM) checks of students on probation, a 1.5 percent decrease from the prior school year. This additional level of accountability is a strong deterrent to further delinquent activity.
SROs also provide students ages 14-21 the opportunity to explore law enforcement as a career through the Explorer Unit. Lee County’s Explorers volunteered more than 5,000 hours of service in 2018 and conducted food drives at Thanksgiving for 12 local families. "Shop with an Explorer" helped 21 children for Christmas and gifts.
In addition to that the Explorers competed twice last year at the State level and won numerous awards against other Agencies to Include, Traffic Stops, Building Clearing and Firearms.
Two Explorers were hired by LCSO in 2018 through this program. For more information, call (239) 258-3200 or search Lee County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 18 on Facebook.