|Published:||Sep 28, 2013 8:41 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 28, 2013 10:34 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - "the citizens of Fort Myers support their police officers," said Matt Sellers, the President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Police Benevolent Association.
The Police Benevolent Association has taken their fight to the streets.
"We have 60 volunteers, majority of them are police officers," said Sellers.
And they're asking people to support them this November, to vote "No" to Charter Amendment 1, which would consolidate the Fort Myers Police Department with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
"It's not a consolidation of law enforcement. it's closing the doors of the Fort Myers Police Department and turning over all law enforcement services to Lee County Sheriff's Department," said Sellers.
The goal is to save money. But the Fort Myer's City Manager's Office calculated it would cost an extra $925,000 for the first year the Sheriff's Office would take over. WINK News spoke to Police Chief Doug Baker earlier this month about the proposed changes.
"I have always felt - these plans would cost money, they would not save us anything. And for the other side to say otherwise, is just not factual," said Chief Baker.
Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott also released a statement saying he and his staff remain neutral on the the proposal, he respects Chief Baker's team. But to assume that a consolidation would include each and every position currently at the FMPD is woefully flawed thinking.
Residents will vote on the amendment on November 5.