May is National Military Appreciation Month and the Cape Coral Police Department would like to raise awareness and encourage celebration to appreciate those who serve and those that have served in our US Military.

Throughout the month we will be highlighting some of our Department personnel who are currently, and those that have served, in the US military. There are currently 63 personnel sworn/civilian within the Police Department that have or are currently serving in the US military.

The first individual we will be highlighting is the highest ranking sworn officer in the Department with military service; Captain Phil Van Landschoot.

Captain Phil Van Landschoot started with the Cape Coral Police Department in January, 1998 and has worked in nearly every Bureau of the Department. He has been a supervisor in the Patrol Bureau, Professional Standards Bureau, and Investigative Services Bureau. He is currently the Patrol Bureau Commander which encompasses the largest portion of sworn officers in the Department.

Captain Van Landschoot was in the US Navy from 1991-1997 as an Electronics Technician - Navy and Coast Guard Combat Systems Trainer – Afloat Training Group Pacific – San Diego, CA. He was then enlisted US Navy Reserve from 2001-2005 as a Seabee Construction Electrician – Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 Detachment 13 – Gulfport, MS & Clearwater, FL. In total, Captain Van Landschoot had 6 years of active duty and 4 years post 9/11 as a Reservist working for the Cape Coral Police Department.

Ranking award - Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (NAM) is a decoration presented by the United States Department of the Navy to service members of the US Navy and Marine Corps who have performed commendably in routine duties or exceptional achievements, that have not been recognized by a higher award.  Awarded for 4 years of outstanding combat systems training for over one hundred US Navy and US Coast Guard ships.

Captain Van Landschoot also received multiple other service ribbons during his time in the US Navy.

“My active duty and reserve military service laid a foundation for 21 proud years of service to the citizens of Cape Coral and leadership for the men and women of the Cape Coral Police Department." ~ Captain Phil Van Landschoot, Cape Coral Police Department, Patrol Bureau Commander

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