Three Cape Coral Police Sergeants graduated last Friday from the prestigious Florida Leadership Academy. The graduates are: Sergeant Steve Barnes of the Investigative Services Bureau’s Major Crimes Unit, Sergeant Mark Morreal of the Investigative Service Bureau’s Financial Crimes Unit and Sergeant Frank Antos of the Patrol Division’s 4th Platoon.

The Florida Leadership Academy (FLA) was created to meet the need for formal training at the entry level of supervision.

The Florida Leadership Academy prepares first-line supervisors in criminal justice organizations to exemplify the character and integrity expected of criminal justice professionals. The program examines the various components necessary to be an effective leader.

Participants in the Florida Leadership Academy learn skills necessary to support the needs of their agency and needs within the community. The Florida Leadership Academy exposes its participants to ethical dilemmas common in criminal justice and provides tools in exercising good judgment as a supervisor. Each unit of curriculum provides further insight towards proactive problem solving, effective communication and related leadership skills. The Florida Leadership Academy met one week a month for a total of four consecutive sessions.

Part of being a Nationally Accredited Agency is recognizing the need to develop human resources. This is also in keeping with the philosophy of the Cape Coral Police Department to continuously develop personnel to lead the agency and keep Cape Coral one of the safest cities in Florida.

The Cape Coral Police Department is very proud of Sergeants Barnes, Morreal and Antos.