The Cape Coral Police Department received recognition and a decal presentation from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA). Chief David Newlan accepted the framed decal and spoke about his personal experience with a family member that suffered from Alzheimer’s and why the Department was proud to receive such training. The Cape Coral Police Department was the first law enforcement entity in Lee County to complete training to become Dementia Caring.

Every sworn officer in the Department attended the training that occurred as part of the in-service training to gain a better understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD); how to provide a welcoming, respectful, and hospitable environment for those living with dementia; and how to connect with local resources to assist those living with dementia, along with their families and care partners.

The Department has proudly displayed the DCCI decals for public display in patrol cars and within the headquarters to illustrate personnel as Dementia Caring. With this decal, families and individuals affected by dementia will be able to easily identify community entities that are trained on inclusive and interactive techniques sensitive to those living with dementia.

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