Cape Coral Police’s “Shop With a Cop” Applications for 2018 Now Open

A long-running tradition at the Cape Coral Police Department is a program we have dubbed “Shop With A Cop”.

Shop with a Cop provides children whose families are having financial difficulties an opportunity to engage in a positive interaction with our Cape Coral Police Officers during the holidays. 

The Cape Coral Police Department’s 16th annual “Shop With a Cop” event will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

This year’s event will be a joint effort between the FOP and the Cape Coral Police Department’s “Do The Right Thing” program sponsors.  The event allows officers to spend positive one-on-one time with Cape Coral’s children whose families are having financial issues, focused on everyone having a great time!

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 police escorts, and then taken to the store. There, with the help of their police officer, the students select gifts for each family member as well as something special for themselves.

After shopping, the students and officers head back to the police department where gifts are wrapped and the children enjoy a free lunch, before they’re taken back home with their presents.

The “Do the Right Thing” program reinforces the idea of sharing and giving while promoting the idea that law enforcement role models are crucial to the development of our youth. The positive one-on-one experience each student receives 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”. 

To nominate a child, parents should pick up a nomination form at the Cape Coral Police Department lobby or visit our website at

To qualify:

  • Child must be available on Saturday, December 15th 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 Friday, October 19th 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 Monday, October 29th. 

For more information and where to complete the application please visit