FORT MYERS, FL (Oct. 25, 2018) – On October 24, 2018 at City Hall in Fort Myers, City Councilman Johnny W. Streets Jr. (Mayor Pro Tem), City Manager Saeed Kazemi, Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs, Fort Myers Police Captain Jay Rodriguez, Captain William Newhouse and other City staff welcomed 25 members of the Dominican Republic’s National Police. Local community representative and program director, Leonardo Garcia, President, CEO, and Founder of the Hispanic American Business Alliance (HABA), coordinated the program and delivered his remarks to the audience as well.
The event included a “Meet & Greet” followed by a presentation of the Key to the City, along with several special recognitions and remarks from City officials and police officials from the Dominican Republic.
Lic. Edward Sanchez Gonzalez, General de la Policia Nacional, expressed his gratitude and presented the City with a handcrafted plaque in appreciation of the City’s hospitality. The presentation was a culmination of a week-long training and demonstration program for the Dominican police who experienced many aspects of Southwest Florida law enforcement including SWAT, marine, aviation, motorcycle patrol and more. This is the second year of the program, and the first year it has taken place in Fort Myers.
Since 2014, the City of Santiago Dominican Republic has been partnering with the City of Fort Myers as “Sister Cities” for the purpose of sharing knowledge and best practice ideas.