Fort Myers Police Department

John Davis, WGCU

Law enforcement officers from across Florida, as well as first responders, and state and local elected officials were among those converging on Germain Arena in Estero Monday to mourn the loss of 29-year-old Fort Myers Police Department Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller.  WGCU’s John Davis was at the funeral and has this report.

Fort Myers Police Department

It’s been about a year since we last sat down to talk with Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs. He's he’s been on the job since August of 2016, having taken the helm of a police department with more than a hundred cold case homicides, a lack of trust from some parts of the community it was trying to protect, and internal issues that were later parsed out in a third party audit- which was made public upon its completion a year ago. We sit down with Chief Diggs to get an update on progress he's made so far, including the recent arrest in the downtown Fort Myers Zombicon shooting that happened in 2015.

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UPDATE: 

Fort Myers incumbent Mayor Randy Henderson won 71% of the vote, automatically winning a third consecutive term. For city council races,  ward 3 incumbent Terolyn Watson and Minnie Jackson advance to a runoff election in November.  In the ward 5 race, Fred Burson and Lydia Lowell-Sherman also advance to a November runoff. 

Photo: Fort Myers Police Department via Facebook (cropped)

The Police Foundation is a national nonprofit tasked with improving policing through research, innovation, and science, and it may soon be offering help and a fresh set of eyes for the Fort Myers Police Department as it sifts through 155 unsolved homicides.

John Davis, WGCU

Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs took over the job of police chief position in August. Since then, he's pushed for more community engagement and equipped all of his officers with body cameras.

He's also seen the public release of a scathing audit that described a department crippled by a loss of personnel, allegations of corruption, and an understaffed police force failing to address "emerging threats" like growing gang violence.

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