In May of 2018, I was very fortunate to take over as the Public Affairs Officer for the Cape Coral Police Department. At the time, I was taking over for Lieutenant Dana Coston who had assisted in the creation of Public Affairs Office with now Deputy Chief Anthony Sizemore in 2011. I had very large shoes to fill and did my best to uphold the exceptional professionalism that both exuded with the Department’s constant transparency. I learned a lot from them both as I became acclimated to the Public Affairs Office which was a much busier position then I could have imagined.
I had the honor of working closely with Master Corporal Phil Mullen, a veteran officer with over a decade of experience and one of our most highly decorated officers, before he was moved temporarily to the position of Desk Officer. Being a one-man-show in the Public Affairs Office taught me some time management and prioritization skills very quickly. We are happy to report that Master Corporal Mullen is now back in the Public Affairs Office and is eager to continue on with the Department’s Vision, Mission and Value Statements.
I want to thank everyone for the extraordinary positive comments received over the last year in the Public Affairs Office. I have met so many people, either online or in person, that have shown support for the Department and its community bond. We consistently want to foster trust and a sense of ownership by our citizens so that the Department will continue to meet the service needs of our growing community with a value-driven, client-focused style of policing that improves the quality of life in Cape Coral. The goal is to reinforce, in the minds of the citizens of Cape Coral, that this is “Their Police Department.” I hope that I was able to assist in achieving this goal.
I’ve also had the opportunity to work side-by-side with Master Sergeant Patrick O'Grady, a 24-year veteran of this wonderful Department, for nearly 15-years where we worked together in the Patrol and Special Operations Bureaus. Over the last two and a half weeks, I have been transitioning out of my former role and at the same time, assisting Master Sergeant O'Grady as he transitions into his new role in Public Affairs.
The Public Affairs Office is in good hands who continue to believe in the core principles of openness and transparency on which our Public Affairs Office was founded. This office works with the community to fulfill our Mission Statement; "To ensure the safety and well-being of our community through a partnership with our citizens.” It takes an entire community working together to address crime and safety. Our Agency strives to develop and maintain positive relationships with our stakeholders and community.
Today is my last day in the Public Affairs Office, Friday, June 28th and I start my new role as a Watch Commander in the Patrol Bureau tomorrow, Saturday, June 29th. I will share my knowledge and experience with the sergeants and officers but also keep learning. I will continue to do everything I can to make this the best place to live and raise a family.
Thank you for allowing me the honor to share the wonderful things our police volunteers, civilians, law enforcement officers, Command Staff, and Chief of Police do on a daily basis.
We Are Cape Coral!
About the author:
Lieutenant Allan Kolak is a 23-year law enforcement veteran, assigned to the Patrol Bureau as the Watch Commander of Platoon 3 overseeing three sergeants and 24 officers.
Lieutenant Kolak has previously served as a Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, DUI Officer, and Traffic Homicide Investigator. He has also served as a supervisor in the Patrol Bureau over district officers and Field Training Officers. Lieutenant Kolak has served in the Professional Standards Bureau supervising the Personnel Unit, Accreditation, Internal Affairs, Training Unit and in the Special Operations Bureau as a supervisor in charge of the DUI Unit, Drug Recognition Experts (DRE), Traffic Homicide Investigators, and the K-9 unit. He is an instructor for the Cape Coral Police Department in several different topic areas and holds several certifications such as Drug Recognition Expert Instructor. Lieutenant Kolak is the State of Florida Region 2 DRE Coordinator.
Lieutenant Kolak holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California Coast University. He currently is a member of MADD Southwest Florida and is on the advisory board. He is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is the former Public Affairs Officer for the Cape Coral Police Department and oversaw the Public Affairs Office, Community Outreach Program, Planning and Research Unit, and Victim Assistance Unit. He served as the Department's webmaster and Social Media Manager, testing and evaluating platforms and technologies for use in the Cape Coral Police Department Social Media Program.