FORT MYERS, Fla. - Following terrible events like the Boston bombing and Newtown school shooting, law enforcement have been forced to reevaluate how they do their jobs. We spoke with Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott to learn what the future holds for Lee County.
"We can't be in every garbage can, we can't be in every trunk of every car, we can't be in every single venue and home," Scott said. "We can not be everywhere."
Scott spoke at Harborside Event Center Wednesday on a variety of topics from the difficulties of enforcing a texting and driving ban, concerns about our nation forgetting tragedies like the Boston bombing too easily and the ways the Newtown school shooting have changed the way they do their jobs.
"Those are the biggest threats we face and we can't just, when it happens, say, oh my gosh it happened again," Scott said.
The most compelling sight involved two objects children carry every day: a lunch box and a backpack, not filled with snacks or books, but guns.
"We don't check those things," Scott said. "People are dropping their kids off at school every day just hoping that it's not at that school. And, that's a loose arrangement."
Every middle and high school in Lee County has law enforcement on site. Scott wants them in elementary schools. But, an increase in enforcement means an increase in budget.
"Yeah, funding has been a concern," Scott said.
He says their budget and crime have gone down for six consecutive years. The school district is willing to fund half of Scott's proposition to increase presence among Lee County's 80,000 students. He's now challenging the County to foot the rest of the bill.
"I think we've pretty well robbed Peter and paid Paul as much as we can at the Sheriff's Office," Scott said. "We are looking to, at the very very very least, have level funding this year. I would like to have an increase so we can take care of the schools."
Looking to the future, Sheriff Scott believes the biggest threat facing the nation and its law enforcement is cyber attacks on sensitive information.