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CCPD Volunteer Unit seeking applicants

By Staff | Jul 6, 2017

The Cape Coral Police Department’s Volunteer Unit is hoping to acquire some new faces.

The unit is taking applications for its next academy class, set for Sept. 11-15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The vacancies are primarily going to be with the (volunteer) patrol unit,” Jerry Monroe, volunteer coordinator for the CCPD’s Volunteer Unit, said. “We’d like to see a total of about 20 come in.”

Applicants must be over 21, a Lee County resident and have a valid Florida driver’s license.

Prior law enforcement experience is not required to apply.

“We have people who worked for other people, people who ran their own business,” he said.

“It just takes a lot of good common sense,” Monroe added.

Applications are available at the CCPD or online at: www.capecops.com/.

The deadline to turn in applications is July 21.

“They, basically, want to be willing to give back to their community and keep it a safe community – be willing to help wherever they can,” he said. “They just have to be willing to give their time.”

The patrol division assists with the enforcement of non-moving violations, such as handicap parking, parking in a fire lane, median parking, parking on a sidewalk and parking in front of a fire hydrant.

They conduct vacation house checks, direct traffic at accidents and make deliveries to the court system in Cape Coral and Fort Myers. They also work special events, like Red, White and Boom and more.

“They have to be willing to donate a minimum of 16 hours a month,” Monroe said.

He noted that many volunteers offer to work 40 to 150 hours per month.

“There’s three units within the patrol unit itself,” he added.

There is a morning, an afternoon and an evening patrol shift for schedule flexibility.

Interviews will be set up once all of the applications have been reviewed.

“We bring them in for an in-person interview and explain the job,” Monroe said. “It’s to see if the person has a good idea of what they’re getting involved in.”

Applicants also undergo a background check and get fingerprinted.

The weeklong academy will involve classroom work, speakers and more.

“We go over all the basics and what’s expected of us,” he said. “We bring in some guest speakers from the department and they cover specific things – they actually do get a day out with the traffic unit.”

After completing the academy, new volunteers are assigned a road trainer and undergo a probationary period. At the end, a certifier will run them through everything to make sure they are prepared to go.

“It’s to make sure everybody’s nice and comfortable,” Monroe said.

For more information, contact 239-242-3346 or ccpdvol@capecoral.net.

The Cape Coral Police Department is at 1100 Cultural Park Blvd.