(March 21, 2017) - The Cape Coral Police Department's Law Enforcement Trust Fund made its 2017 donations on Monday in front of the newly restored statue at police headquarters.

Throughout the year, the Department’s Investigative Bureau works in collaboration with state agencies in investigating and apprehending persons for illegal activity in which there are cases where property is seized. Once the Department receives a final judgment, granting forfeiture of said property, the Department may chose to retain the property for Department use or to sell the property at a public auction and retain the funds obtained from the sale.  

Pursuant to Florida Statute 932.7055, Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act, the Police Department must expend or donate no less than 15% of such proceeds for the support or operation of any drug treatment, drug abuse education, drug prevention, crime prevention, safe neighborhood, and/or school resource officer program. This program furthers the Department’s mission, to ensure the safety and well-being of our community through a partnership with our citizens. 

For Fiscal Year 2017 the 15% allocation distributed was $9,551.13. This number fluctuates year to year based on the amount of seizures the Department is involved in.

Chief Newlan presented checks to those that received this forfeiture money. The donations were as follows:

  • Coalition for a Drug-Free SWFL - $1,000
  • Lee County Homeless Coalition - $750
  • Lifeline Family Center - $1,575
  • Northwest Regional Library - $2,250
  • Project Lifesaver - $2,000
  • CCPD Candlelight Ceremony - $300
  • CCPD Water Safety Day - $800
  • CCPD Bicycle Safety Program - $776.13
 2017 Law Enforcement Trust Fund Donation presentation (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

2017 Law Enforcement Trust Fund Donation presentation (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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