Lieutenant Sushil along with Officers Kleis, Lugg, Polly, Reams and Reith participated in a multi-agency Flex-Op with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. The operation focused on safe driving, speed enforcement, resource protection and drug interdiction in the Panther Zones located on State Road 29 and along I-75. Collier County Sheriff’s Office provided units from multiple districts, along with support from their K-9 and Aviation teams. The operation was a huge success with a total of 11 citations issued, 59 written warnings and 3 physical arrests being made.
Officers Araujo and Barringer attended a United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla meeting. The two officers were guest speakers for the meeting and discussed topics about boating safety. They also answered questions about proper safety equipment and the fines that come along with boating safety laws. Other topics that were brought up were safety requirements for paddle boarders and new U.S. Coast Guard approved S.O.S. lights.
Officers Araujo, Barringer, Eaton and Tidwell represented the FWC at the Naples Boat Show near downtown Naples. The Officers spoke to many curious civilians about the agency and what it is like being a FWC Officer. They answered many questions regarding the recent black bear hunt, panther populations in Collier County, the Python Challenge currently underway in south Florida and the latest saltwater fishing regulations.
Lieutenant Mahoney and bear biologist Hannah Bates met with managers of the Eagle Creek community to discuss recent bear activity in the area. During the meeting FWC staff discussed bear behavior, eliminating attractants, hazing techniques and delivered “Living with Bears” brochures for concerned residents. FWC staff received positive feedback at the conclusion of the meeting and were praised for taking the time to educate all parties involved