Cape Police Chief holds Community Face-to-Face event

Initiative part of community policing program

Cape Coral Police Chief Dave Newlan spent the afternoon going door to door of local businesses introducing himself. This is all part of the Community Policing Program called Community Face to Face. The purpose is to build relationships between citizens and police, exchange information, and just start conversations.

Different locations throughout the city are visited monthly. One month, Chief Lewis and and a small group of officers go to residential neighborhoods, the next month he visits local businesses. 

Chief Newlan started his route at the TJ Maxx on Del Prado where store manager Al Griffith was shot and killed two years ago. Four In Your Corner asked the Chief if they were any closer to finding Griffith's killer.

"It's still under investigation," he said. "We still follow-up on leads and that will continue."

As Chief Newlan ended his route, Four In Your Corner asked what the biggest issue the Cape is facing. Chief Newlan says car burglaries are on the rise. He says the Cape could be ranked the number one safest city in Florida if people just remember to lock their cars. 

Meanwhile, Chief Newlan says the Community Face-to-Face event is one of the best ways to keep building trust and rapport with the officers and help keep crime low in the Cape. 

"It just makes that support much better and it makes the community feel a little more comfortable with us," Newlan said. 

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