Chief Anthony Sizemore announced this week that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA), will be conducting a virtual assessment of the Cape Coral Police Department and Public Safety Communications Center.
The assessment will take place on Monday, July 26 through July 28, 2021. The assessment team will examine all aspects of the Cape Coral Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
Verification by the assessment team that the Cape Coral Police Department has maintained the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to comply with accreditation’s best practices and demonstrate commitment to professional excellence.
As part of the virtual assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments during a call-in session and public hearing.
The call-in session and public hearing provide a venue for members of the public to interact with the assessors, ask questions about the accreditation process, or comment on the Department’s compliance with accreditation standards.
Anyone wishing to offer comments to the Assessment Team can call:
203-245-6503 or 203-410-7630 Tuesday, July 27, 2021, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A Public Hearing will be conducted virtually via Zoom.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to (10) minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.
Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Cape Coral Police Department’s ability to meet standards for accreditation is requested to write to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suites 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155. Inquiries regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., can be forwarded to the Commission at the same address. Information about CALEA can be obtained at the CALEA website www.calea.org or by calling 1-703-352-4225.
The Cape Coral Police Department had to demonstrate continued compliance with 665 standards combined (Law Enforcement and Communications) to maintain accredited status. The Cape Coral Police Department is thoroughly committed to constant and consistent service improvements to citizens and visitors. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement and Public Safety Communications Accreditation programs, standards, systems, and processes offers a unique opportunity to obtain the professional perspective from external assessors with proven management experience and track records in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Communications practice. The Commission’s perspective is an important part of the Department’s continuous improvement process.
The assessors are:
Team Leader, Captain Joseph Race from the Madison Police Department, retired Commander;
Ms. Pamela Kunz from the DeKalb County Police Department;
Deputy Chief John McQueeney from Oneida Indian Nation Police.
All are professional law enforcement and public safety communications practitioners.
Assessors review written materials, interview individuals, review practices and observe areas where compliance can be witnessed. After a comprehensive review of accreditation standards, assessors report back to the CALEA Commission, who decides whether full re-accredited status is granted to the Police Department and the Communications Center. Once granted, re-accredited status is for four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards.
“This criminal’s actions are outrageous,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “The violence toward this defenseless dog will not be tolerated. Residents and their families, including pets, will be safe here… and my team will see to it.”
Detectives with North District Criminal Investigations Division and the Animal Cruelty Task Force responded to McDaniel Drive in North Fort Myers in reference to a canine being shot in the snout.
Detectives learned that Anthony Hallmon (DOB 05-18-1987) entered a home uninvited and fired a projectile at a canine that is accused of biting him.
The canine is a brown and white male Pitbull named Safari who was found with a small hole in his snout. He was taken to Domestic Animal Services where he is being treated for his injuries. Thankfully, Safari is expected to survive and make a full recovery.
Hallmon was later taken into custody, and while doing so, detectives found Fentanyl in his possession.
Detectives ultimately charged Anthony Hallmon with Animal Cruelty, Burglary with Assault, and Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription.
This has been a difficult year, to say the very least, and many of us are struggling to make ends meet.
Reduced incomes and lost jobs have forced many to reduce expenses and to eliminate that which is unneeded. A car or truck is, for all intents and purposes, something that we must find a way to keep.
And, scammers know this…
When one sees an opportunity to lower their car payment, perhaps avoiding repossession, one might eagerly respond to such an offer.
Sadly, a number of these “offers” are fraudulent. Using social media, text messaging and robo-calls, scammers are indicating that there is relief for those unable to afford their auto payment.
The scammers indicate that they have special working relationships with most banks. They post fake testimonials from grateful and satisfied customers. Many claim to be able to dramatically reduce your monthly payment and offer you a money-back guarantee if not fully satisfied.
You will likely be asked to pay an “application fee” or an “enrollment fee.” Regardless of the name, this is the method in which the scammer(s) steal your money.
You may be told to stop paying your monthly car payment while your application is processed. That, too, sounds quite appealing. Unfortunately, these missed payment will likely result in the repossession of your vehicle.
Should you be struggling to afford your monthly auto payment, contact your lender directly. Your lender is the only entity authorized to change, reduce and/or alter your payment. There are no exceptions!
Lenders have the ability to change your due date, to offer a payment plan, to refinance and/or to offer extensions. Call the number printed on your billing statement, have your account number handy and ask to speak with a loan representative/officer.
Community donations equate to 128,000 PB&J sandwiches for children, families and seniors in need
Community Cooperative’s pantries are now filled with over 4 tons of peanut butter and jelly supplies thanks to community support of the nonprofit’s 2021 Peanut Butter & Jelly Food Drive.
Peanut butter and jelly are some of the most frequently requested items at mobile food pantries because it is kid-friendly, shelf-stable and protein-rich. To help keep its shelves stocked all summer long, Community Cooperative launched its annual Peanut Butter & Jelly Food Drive in March to rally the support of families, businesses and the community in collecting PB&J supplies.
A total of 8,131.5 pounds of PB&J donations were dropped off at Community Cooperative’s weigh-in on April 21, which equates to 128,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the community. Today, supplies are already landing in the hands of local children, families and seniors in need, distributed through Community Cooperative’s mobile food pantry.
“Our community helped spread the love in a big way through generous support of this year’s PB&J drive, and we are incredibly thankful for the many individuals, businesses, community groups and even entire neighborhoods that made it possible,” said Tracey Galloway, CEO of Community Cooperative.
“These donations can now directly impact our neighbors in need, providing important sustenance to those who rely on these pantry staples.”
Thousands of jars of peanut, almond and alternative nut butters, jellies and jams came in from individuals and families as well as over a dozen business and community teams that organized their own collection drives.
Top collection teams by community sector included real estate photographers Real Tours with 2,745.5 pounds collected, the Pelican Preserve community in Fort Myers with 961 pounds, and the Island Coast High School with 436 pounds.
This year’s Peanut Butter & Jelly Food Drive also honors Community Cooperative’s late founder Sam Galloway Jr., who began the Soup Kitchen 37 years ago by handing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches after church in downtown Fort Myers to people who needed food.
For more information on Community Cooperative’s efforts or to learn more about upcoming food pantries, visit CommunityCooperative.com.
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee will host an afternoon of fun and networking with virtual BINGO at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Guests from across the region are invited to play for a chance to win special prizes, and all proceeds will benefit the Women in Business Scholarship Fund, supporting scholarships for area students.
Registration is $15 for members and nonmembers and includes one BINGO card to play in each of three games. Additional cards are $5 per game. Registration is available at https://bit.ly/WIBBingo. Sponsorships are also available for $150 each and will provide opportunity to lead two 10-minute networking breakout sessions.
“We wanted to find a way for the Women in Business attendees to feel like they’re together again and have some fun,” said Chamber President and CEO Colleen DePasquale. “Breakout rooms are a great way for guests who haven’t seen each other since our last in-person event to connect again and a great way for sponsors to get virtual face time with attendees. Our Chamber members have been very supportive by providing the prizes for the event.”
Women in Business scholarships are awarded annually to nontraditional students from Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida SouthWestern State College and Hodges University. The Women in Business Scholarship Fund depends on fundraising at each event, primarily through raffle ticket sales. Without those events, fundraising has slowed.
“We want to be able to give back to the community, and connect personally at the same time,” said Women in Business Chair Kelly Talamo. “This event is a fun escape from daily Zoom meetings and will help us get back on track with fundraising. It’s a win-win for all.”
Three games of BINGO will be played during the approximately two-hour event. The third game will have multiple chances to win. BINGO cards are limited, so guests are encouraged to register early.
To make a donation or for more information, contact the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce at 239-332-2930 or email email@example.com.