The Naples/Collier County area recently earned the top spot in the most recent U.S. News and World Report ranking of safest places to live.
But Collier County residents already knew that. Residents know how important public safety is to the health, general welfare, and quality of life in a community. Collier County’s 2021 crime rate is the lowest on record since 1971. Collier continues to have the lowest crime rate of any metropolitan county in Florida.
“Service to others before self is our guiding philosophy at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said. “As we remain vigilant in keeping Collier County a safe place and a great place, we are dedicated to providing services of the highest quality to the residents and visitors of Collier County.”
Not only are we recognized as the safest place to live in the U.S., but the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s comprehensive school safety initiatives have also been recognized as the best in the nation!
Over the summer Sheriff Rambosk traveled to Orlando to accept the School Safety Advocacy Council’s Award of Excellence recognizing CCSO’s Threat Management Program at the 2022 National School Safety Conference and Exposition, the largest school safety conference in the nation. Sheriff Rambosk accepted the award on behalf of the terrific team of CCSO deputies who are dedicated to keeping Collier schools safe through unique initiatives that identify, prevent, intervene, and investigate potential threats.
The day after the award, U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart met with Sheriff Rambosk at CCSO Headquarters. The congressman praised the agency’s Threat Management Program, calling it a model for school safety that should be replicated across the nation.
The goal of the program is to identify students who are exhibiting concerning behaviors and connect them with services before those behaviors escalate to threats.
“I believe our program is an investment in community safety,” Sheriff Rambosk said. “You have to make the investment and your community has to commit to that investment. We have great partners here in Collier County.”
The challenge ahead is to stay number one in safety.
Sheriff Rambosk is committed to ensuring deputies have the equipment, training, support, and leadership necessary to carry out their sworn duties. And that support includes hiring and retaining the most knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced members possible and providing compensation that can help see deputies through the economic crisis of today and the near future.
This summer the Collier County Board of Commissioners approved Sheriff Rambosk’s request for deputy pay adjustments. The Sheriff wanted to recognize deputies for putting their lives on the line every day.
“This will help to ensure we hire and retain the most knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced law enforcement professionals and that they have the ability to live in the community they so bravely serve,’’ Sheriff Rambosk said.
It’s important, he said, that local law enforcement has the salaries needed to maintain a strong force so that Naples/Collier can continue to be number one in safety.
CCSO can’t do it alone. The agency’s ability to deliver exceptional services relies on the many alliances it has formed throughout Collier County, with community groups, neighborhood associations, civic associations, businesses, schools, government, and public safety agencies. Because crime prevention is truly a community effort, CCSO is committed to these partnerships and working collaboratively with the communities we serve.
“Everybody has a stake in keeping Collier County safe,’’ Sheriff Rambosk said. “When law enforcement works hand-in-hand with its citizens, the result is a safer community.”