PHOTO:  Officer John Kuhn goes over the shopping list with his "partner" at the 2012 Shop With A Cop.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Officer John Kuhn goes over the shopping list with his "partner" at the 2012 Shop With A Cop.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)



Public Affairs Office

1100 Cultural Park Boulevard

Cape Coral, FL 33990

(239) 242-3341

Cape Coral Police Department Announces 2013 “Shop With a Cop."

(October 28, 2013)-  Shop with a Cop annually provides children whose families are having financial issues, positive interaction with Cape Coral Police Officers.

December 23, 2013 will mark the Cape Coral Police Department’s 11th annual “Shop with a Cop."

The event, sponsored by the Cape Coral Police Department's "Do The Right Thing" program, allows officers to spend some positive one-on-one time with Cape Coral children whose families are having financial issues.

Each year, the department chooses approximately 40 students to participate in the program. Students who are chosen to participate receive a Wal-Mart gift card. Students are picked up by their police escorts and taken to breakfast at Perkins.  Then, the officer takes the child to the store. There, with the help of their police officer escorts, the students select gifts for each family member as well as something special for themselves.

After shopping, the students and officers head to the Police Department headquarters, wrap the presents and enjoy a catered lunch before being taken back home with their presents in tow.

The “Do the Right Thing” program reinforces the idea of sharing and giving and promotes the idea that role models of all ages are crucial to the development of our youth. The positive one-on-one experience each student will get from “Shop with a Cop” is one that is never forgotten.

The Cape Coral Police Department is now accepting applications for this year’s “Shop with a Cop”. The event will take place Monday, December 23.

To nominate a child,  pick up a nomination form at the Cape Coral Police Department lobby or visit our website at

To qualify:

  • Child must be available on Monday, December 23 to shop. 
  • Child must be in grade Kindergarten through 12th grade. 
  • Child and family must live in Cape Coral. 
  • Child must be eligible for “free lunch” at his or her school. 

Application, liability release, and photo release, must be received no later than Monday, November 18th at:

Cape Coral Police Department
1100 Cultural Park Blvd
Cape Coral, FL  33990
Attn: Shop with a Cop

The application may be mailed or dropped off.