Last Thursday, the Fort Myers Police Department invited city residents to the Dr. Carrie Robinson Center for its Civil Social – an event focused on creating an environment where residents can talk open and freely about their concerns with police officers.
To discuss their everyday challenges with the community. Present and at each of the five tables were people who live and work in the community, including a retired educator, a local pastor, the local funeral home owner- all ready to share their thoughts.
Each table had a topic, generating a deeper conversation between law enforcement and the community. Topics included how to get the community to trust the police department, what needs to be done to further decrease crime and how to increase the residents’ participation in solving crimes.
The community brought a range of questions of their own, including questions about how they can play an active role in bringing change and in regards to processes FMPD uses to follow up with ongoing investigations.
According to the Fort Myers Police Department, crime has decreased by 4.9%, and murders are down 33%.
The department says that heightened communication between officers and the community plays a big role in continued progress within Fort Myers.