(November 1, 2016)- Applications for the Cape Coral Police Department's 2016 "Shop With A Cop" event are now open.

A tradition in the Cape Coral Police Department is a program dubbed “Shop With A Cop”. The event is sponsored by the Cape Coral Police Department's "Do The Right Thing" program, which allows officers to spend some positive one-on-one time with Cape Coral’s children whose families are having financial issues. December 23, 2016 will mark the Cape Coral Police Department’s 14th annual “Shop With a Cop” event. 

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 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 Friday, December 23.

To nominate a child, parents should pick up a nomination form at the Cape Coral Police Department lobby or print the form from the below link.

To qualify:

  • Child must be available on Friday, December 23rd to shop. 
  • Child must be in grade Kindergarten through 12th grade. 
  • Child and family must live in Cape Coral. 

Application, liability release and photo release must be received no later than Tuesday, November 15th 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)

If your application is chosen you will be notified by phone no later than Wednesday, November 23rd

Shop With A Cop Flyer

2016 Shop With A Cop Application Packet


CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341