LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Saturday was the 12th Annual State Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Softball Tournament at the Lee County Sports Complex.
More than two dozen law enforcement agencies from around Southwest Florida joined forces to compete and to benefit Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers. The event is an opportunity for them to have a free day of fun after working throughout the year dedicating their lives to keep us safe.
The tournament wasn't all about baseball and competition though, it's also about recognizing the community and the officers for their work. Crime Stoppers numbers released to WINK News, show the program is working and crime in South West Florida is actually the lowest in the state for the second year running.
"We had more than 700 arrests, we cleared up more than 1,700 open criminal cases, seized more than a million dollars in drugs and property, so it is a successful program it works but it only works because the community engages with us," said Crime Stoppers Coordinator, Trish Routte.
Though the rain shortened the day's events, many people from the community came by to cheer on their favorite teams. There were also raffle prizes, vendor booths, and carnival games for the kids.