(November 4, 2015)-  A tradition in the Cape Coral Police Department is a program dubbed "Shop With A Cop." 

Shop With a Cop provides children whose families are having financial issues, positive interaction with Cape Coral Police Officers during the holidays.

December 21, 2015 will mark the Cape Coral Police Department’s 13th 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 35-40 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 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 free lunch before being taken back home with their presents.

The "Do the Right Thing" program reinforces the ideas 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 21.

To nominate a child, parents should pick up a nomination form at the Cape Coral Police Department lobby or download a copy at our website at capecops.com/shop-with-a-cop.

Click link to download: 2015 Shop With a Cop Application

To qualify:

  • Child must be available on Monday, December 21st to shop. 
  • Child must be in 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 Tuesday, November 17th at:

Cape Coral Police Department
1100 Cultural Park Blvd
Cape Coral, FL33990
Attn: Shop with a Cop
(The application may be mailed or dropped off at the Cape Coral Police Department)

If your application is chosen you will be notified by phone no later than Wednesday, November 25th. 

PHOTO:  December 21, 2015 will mark the Cape Coral Police Department’s 13th annual “Shop With a Cop.".  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  December 21, 2015 will mark the Cape Coral Police Department’s 13th annual “Shop With a Cop.".  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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