|Published:||May 11, 2013 11:53 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 12, 2013 7:37 AM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fl. - Batter up Southwest Florida! Saturday, hundreds of law enforcement officers took the field. It was the 11th annual State Attorney's Office Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Softball Tournament.
It's the men and women we're used to seeing in uniform, with crime scene tape and flashing lights.
"These are the men and women who go to crime scenes, traffic accidents, go to the most horrendous cases... these are the men and women that are actually there seeing it, witnessing it," says Samantha Syoen with the State Attorney's Office."
But Saturday, the only high speed chase, was to get an out.
More than 200 members of law enforcement from all five neighboring counties went head to head on the softball field. Including Fort Myers Police, State Troopers, Charlotte County Sheriff's Deputies and of course the defending champs.
"Everybody's gunning for us, we've won the tournament I think every year but one... if Lee County wants a shot at the title, to be the best, you gotta beat the best," says Captain Mark Baker with the Collier County Sheriff's Office.
WINK News asked State Attorney, Steven Russell if he was rooting for any team.
"I have to be fair and impartial... we do have a State Attorney's Office team, we're usually good for a couple of games," he says.
The State Attorney's Office organizes the event that's all about showing these officers appreciation while benefiting Crime Stoppers.
"It helps get the most wanted off the streets," Syoen adds.
"We get to see people we don't see in a while and if not, we see them once a year and it's always for a good cause," Captain Baker adds.
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