(May 28, 2015)-  The Cape Coral Police Department has partnered with the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) to become a regional host training facility.

"The Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) was established in 1980 with a simple yet lasting philosophy: to provide cost effective, cutting edge training to the criminal justice community, thus enhancing the quality of service by law enforcement to their communities. For more than 30 years, this basic philosophy has guided IPTM as it has grown into the largest and most varied national law enforcement training institute in the country.  We are proud to be one of the many award winning Centers and Institutes at the University of North Florida (UNF) in beautiful Jacksonville, Florida.

We provide over 400 courses yearly to approximately 10,000 law enforcement professionals throughout the world. The IPTM instructional team are professionals who possess a blend of practical law enforcement skills, years of police training experience, and quality academic credentials who remain abreast of current trends and social demands of today’s society.  IPTM is committed to continually supporting the constantly evolving law enforcement community and providing a caring attitude for our students."- Cameron Pucci, Director, Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM).

The Cape Coral Police Department provides a great deal of training locally by in-house instructors, many of whom instruct on a state and national level.  The Cape Coral Police Department is already a FDLE training facility, hosting a variety of advanced training courses on a wide array of topics throughout the year.  These courses provide officers with valuable training opportunities to gain and improve skills in a variety of legal, tactical, practical, and managerial topics related to law enforcement.  And, due to Cape Coral's geographic location, these courses often attract Officers from agencies from all over Central and South Florida.  Adding IPTM courses to what is already offered at the Cape Coral Police Department broadens the catalog of course offering and expands the draw of the Cape Coral Police Department Training Unit statewide.

"By partnering with IPTM, the Cape Coral Police Department is able to now offer an incredible depth and breath of advanced and specialized training classes to Officers.  

Serving as a training facility affords a number of opportunities that benefit our Officers, the Department, and our community.  First, as a host training facility, the Cape Coral Police Department will now have access to training courses, materials, and instructors unique to IPTM, affording officers training opportunities they may not otherwise have had in the past.  

Second, the Cape Coral Police Department is able to reduce costs associated with travel when sending Officers to out-of-town training by offering IPTM training courses locally.  Other Southwest Florida agencies will benefit from this as well, helping agency budgets and saving taxpayer dollars.

Third, through collegial exchange, new ideas are shared and best practices are learned that can be adopted at the Cape Coral Police Department.  As part of our culture of continuous improvement, we look forward to learning from our fellow law enforcement professionals.

Finally, hosting IPTM courses at the Cape Coral Police Department provides opportunities to build rapport with investigators from other agencies.  This can help investigators later on in complex cases that span multiple jurisdictions across the state- a trend we often see in drug, theft, and fraud cases.

We are excited to be partnered with IPTM in bringing world-class, specialized and advanced training courses here to Cape Coral and the rest of Southwest Florida."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.

PHOTO:  IPTM logo. (Photo courtesy of IPTM)

PHOTO:  IPTM logo. (Photo courtesy of IPTM)

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