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Local community policing effort solves issues

January 23, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE CITIZEN ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

A complaint came into the Lee County Sheriff's Office recently that a homeless camp was causing issues at a local child care facility.

It was reported that vagrants were urinating out in the open and children may be able to see them, according to LCSO officials.

The complaint was assigned to the Bravo District community policing deputy, Cpl. Steve Cart, who took immediate action.

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The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Bravo District recently cleaned up a homeless camp that was causing issues at the Lehigh Child Care Facility.

He was able to investigate, devise a plan, coordinate, implement and removed the elements that would deter vagrant activity within one week, officials said.

The complaint was for the property next to Lehigh Child Care Facility.

Officials at the LCSO said it was immensely overgrown and was a prime area for vagrants to congregate.

With the support of the property owner, Cart was able to partner with the Department of Corrections work camp to utilize supervised state inmates and equipment to clear the overgrown area.

A partnership was also established with the East County Water Control District, which provided staff and a dump truck with a wood chipper to mulch the brush being removed.

The mulch will be used by East County Water Management on local projects, officials said.

The project took two full 8-hour days and has saved approximately $2,400 in taxpayer dollars while aiding in the safety of local children at the Lehigh Acres Childcare Center, officials said.



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