(August 15, 2016)-  The Cape Coral Police Department is taking action to help Baton Rouge Police affected by recent devastating flooding.

Record rainfall in the region has led to catastrophic flooding that has left a large number of the Baton Rouge Police force displaced and without many of the basic necessities.

Not only are Baton Rouge officers still grieving from the senseless killing of their fellow officers a few weeks ago…they are now dealing with historic, devastating flooding in their region.

Many of the officers and communications personnel of the Baton Rouge PD reside in the neighboring towns of Denham Springs and Walker, Louisiana. These two towns are, in the words of one Baton Rouge officer we spoke to, “destroyed.” Water rose so fast that many of the officers have nothing left.

Starting today, the Cape Coral Police Department is taking up a collection within its own ranks for items of necessity to donate.  Things like:

  • Undershirts (new in the package) various sizes (men & women)
  • Underwear (new in the package) various sizes (men & women)
  • Deodorant
  • Socks (new and in package)  various sizes (men & women)
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Baby formula (non-perishable)

Should members of the public wish to join us in lending a hand to the men and women of the Baton Rouge Police Department, we will place collection a collection bin in the lobby of the Cape Coral Police Department today, running through Friday.  Items will then be inspected, sorted, and shipped on Saturday.

"Like us after a hurricane or tropical storm, they are working around the clock disregarding the comforts of their own families and loved ones. They are going to be in need of the essentials to continue working to protect their community: socks, underwear, t-shirts, detergent, soap, stuff for their kids, etc.," said Captain Tony Sizemore, Cape Coral Police Department Patrol Bureau.

"Weeks ago we said that we stood with Baton Rouge and we meant it.  This agency is going to do more than post a picture on Facebook.  Given the outpouring of support we have seen in recent weeks, I suspect we won't be alone" said Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.

UPDATE:  The Chester Street Resource Center has been added as a collection site for donations.  It is located at 4816 Chester St., Cape Coral, FL.  The Cape Coral Police Department has also partnered with Sip and Send for packing and shipping.  Sip and Send will also serve as a collection site for donations.  Sip and Send is located at 2135 Santa Barbara Blvd. S.

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