CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT

Public Affairs Office

1100 Cultural Park Blvd

Cape Coral, FL 33990

239-574-0642

Date: October 3, 2011

Subject: Cape Coral Police Meet with Schools as Part of Community Engagement Program

As part of the Cape Coral Police Department's Community Engagement Program, members of the Patrol Bureau's 2nd Platoon met with school children last week.

As part of their duties while on patrol, the officers make a point to stop by elementary and middle schools as well as some daycares within their zones. The officers meet with the school's administration and let them put a face to the officers that work in the area that the schools are located. This also gives the officers a chance to familiarize themselves with the layout of the schools, entry and exit points, etc. in the event that there is an emergency on campus and officers need to respond.

The officers also take time to meet the students in a variety of ways. Officers have read to the younger students, an in the case of last week, officers spoke with Oasis Middle School students about the dangers of texting and driving.

"Police Officers interacting with school children in a positive manner can have a lasting impact. You can establish a strong relationship between citizens and their police department for a lifetime."- Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.