Eric Edwards writes:

"Hi, I was wondering how one would be able to get into the Cape Coral Police Academy. Specifically requisites, exams, or anything of the sort would help greatly. Thanks!"

Thanks for the question Eric!  The Cape Coral Police Department does not have its own Police Academy.  Rather, applicants either go to or have already attended a regional accredited law enforcement training academy.  Locally, many people attend the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy located at 4312 Michigan Avenue, fort Myers, FL.  Admission requirements to such academies are on their respective web sites but most include a high school diploma or equivalent, and a background check. 

Currently, the Cape Coral Police Department is hiring police officers.  To apply, go to the city's website (not the polcie department) at www.capecoral.net and click the "Apply" link on the left hand side of the page.  The job description from the city website is below.  Currently we are not REQUIRING that an applicant already be Florida Certified, but it is a plus.  

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$19.49 - $30.19 Hourly    $1,559.20 - $2,415.20 Biweekly    $3,378.27 - $5,232.93 Monthly    $40,539.20 - $62,795.20 Annually

ISSUE DATE

01/23/12

CLOSING DATE

Continuous

THE POSITION

Under the general supervision of a Sergeant, performs a wide variety of police and law enforcement activities. Provides a multiplicity of police protection and other services necessary to enforce the laws and ordinances o the City and safeguards the lives, property, and constitutional rights of its citizens. Duties include an element of personal danger, i.e., exposure to life-threatening circumstances, apprehending criminals, and transporting prisoners. Incumbent may be assigned to a specific division of the Police Department such as Patrol, Investigation, Administration or Support, wherein position will perform primary duties proportionate to the division’s designated function. Incumbents perform duties in accordance with Florida State Statutes and established departmental policies, procedures, and guidelines. The incumbent must be able to act without close supervision and must be able to exercise independent judgement. Work is reviewed through observation, conferences and review of written reports for results obtained and adherence to established policies and procedures. Performs related work as required.

Individual(s) assigned to this classification must report to work per their assigned schedule.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conducts routine preventive patrol in designed residential and business areas, and initiates contacts with both business operators and residents to establish open communications, gather and dispense information, and establish the presence of law enforcement within the community.
  • Responds to calls for police service and takes action upon observing a circumstance or situation requiring police attention such as; the detection and/or prevention of criminal activity, the enforcement of traffic violations, the investigation of traffic crashes, the collection of intelligence, in addition to providing general assistance to the public.
  • Is responsible for apprehending and arresting suspects in accordance with state and local laws; the preparation and execution of necessary search warrants; transporting of suspects to jail; and testifying and presenting evidence in court.
  • Provides information and/or assistance to the public, victims, witnesses, and relatives concerning available services in the community and services provided by other city, county and state agencies when applicable.
  • Responds to domestic disputes and mediates potentially violent or lethal situations involving a wide variety of participants, including family members, neighbors, landlords and tenants, rival youth gangs, etc. in an effort to diffuse the situation and establish a peaceful dialogue between the involved parties.
  • Performs significant report and record duties such as initial crime reports, felony reports, statements arrest reports, warrant forms, vehicle inventory and search reports, property and disposition forms, and misdemeanor investigation reports.
  • May act as the first responder in rescue and first aid services to victims of vehicle crashes, natural disasters, and other emergency situations.

ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • For specific functional area such as investigations, primary function includes follow up investigative activities, i.e., reviewing initial investigation and case file, interviewing witnesses, developing resources, gathering and processing evidence, completing documentation.
  • For specific functional area such as patrol, primary function including providing for the safety and convenient flow of traffic and pedestrians, reporting unsafe conditions, investigating impaired drivers and maintaining civil obedience at group gatherings.
  • Attends vocational classes, seminars, and related training opportunities to maintain/achieve various certifications and to maintain state law enforcement certification. In addition to, maintaining current knowledge of statutes, court decisions, and related law enforcement developments.
  • Maintains vehicle and assigned equipment according to established departmental policy and procedures. 
  • Performs other assignment as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Full Time Police Officer – Have an Associate's Degree or sixty (60) college credits from an accredited college or university.  Meets any additional current state training requirements to obtain State of Florida Police Officer Certification; periodic in-service training to maintain certification and weaponry qualification.

ADDITIONAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Has thorough knowledge of federal laws, state statutes, and local ordinances.
  • Has considerable knowledge of crime prevention techniques.
  • Has considerable knowledge of principles and techniques employed in criminal investigations.
  • Has considerable knowledge of principles and techniques employed in accident investigations.
  • Has considerable knowledge of First Responders medical care and CPR.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationship with the general public, other public agencies, the media, City Officials, etc. 
  • Ability to prepare clear, comprehensive oral and written reports.
  • Ability to assist in lifting and/or moving heavy objects or persons in the course of rescue or law enforcement activities, and physical restraints of persons in the course of law enforcement activities. 
  • Is skilled in the care and safe operation of a variety of firearms, impact weapons, chemical agents and irritants.
  • Is skilled in the operation of motorized vehicles under adverse conditions.
  • Is able to analyze situations quickly and objectively.
  • Is able to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Freedom from substance abuse, mental disorders, etc. which may interfere with performance of essential job functions as described herein.
  • Ability to think clearly and maintain composure under emergency situations.
  • Is able to work effectively under stressful conditions.
  • Is able to learn the geography of the City and surrounding areas.
  • Is able to exercise discretion.
  • Physical Requirements: Tasks involve frequent walking, standing; some lifting and carrying objects of light to heavy weight (5-100+pounds). Physical agility and fitness for performing duties that require potential exertion, i.e., subduing subjects, climbing fences.
  • Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, or composite characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of evidence, crime and accident scenes, and documentation.
  • Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability to convey or exchange information. Includes giving and receiving instructions, assignments and/or directions. Requires the ability to convey a sense authority.
  • Language Ability: Requires the ability to read and interrupt government, legal, and policy and procedures. 
  • Intelligence: Requires the ability to draw valid conclusions in task processing and prioritization. Requires the ability to apply principles of rational and influence systems. 
  • Verbal Aptitude: Must communicate efficiently and effectively in Standard English. Must speak with poise, confidence, and voice control.
  • Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide; calculate decimals and percentages.
  • Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to judge length, width, depth, shapes, and visually read various information.
  • Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes accurately.
  • Manual Dexterity: Must possess excellent levels of eye/hand/foot coordination. 
  • Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate between colors or shades of color. 
  • Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people from a variety of governmental agencies, city departments and residents/visitors in the community in both giving and receiving instructions. Must be able to perform essential functions when confronted with potentially violent persons. 
  • Physical Communication: Requires the ability to speak and hear: (talking: expressing or exchanging information by means of spoken words; hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear). 
  • Environmental Requirements: Tasks maybe performed in adverse weather conditions, e.g., dirt, cold, rain, fumes and high winds.