Sheriff Carmine Marceno penned the “Safe Students – Safe Schools” initiative within days of taking the helm at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. “Student safety is more than a priority,” remarked Sheriff Marceno. “Student safety is something that I insist on. It’s just not an option.” Unique in that the initiative begins as each student leaves home in the morning and continues until returning home at day’s end, the Florida Sheriff’s Association took notice of this valiant aspiration on the part of the sheriff and shared a local news article in a recent FSA publication. In addition to ensuring that all schools in unincorporated Lee County have, at the very least, one School Resource Officer and include surveillance technologies to maintain full-time visual access, Sheriff Marceno expressed concerns regarding the hours prior to the first bell and after dismissal. Marceno’s focus ambitiously includes the walk to and from the bus stop, safety measures while awaiting the arrival of the bus and strict traffic enforcement when buses are loading and unloading students. His “zero-tolerance” policy, concerning vehicles passing stopped school buses and speeding in school crosswalks and school zones, is enforced daily by moving resources wherever needed. Members of the local media have set up cameras alongside the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit to document this strict enforcement and have participated in ride-alongs inside of unmarked LCSO vehicles while they follow closely, but safely, behind county school buses. Additionally, Marceno has generated Public Safety Announcements regarding a recent rise in school safety threats. A stern, but fair, video was produced and broadcast in schools countywide. The sheriff’s measures have been met with overwhelming approval. Parents, guardians and relatives have posted their appreciation on Lee County Sheriff’s Office social media platforms and have, on many occasions, stopped him to express thanks.