Cape PD hosts open house on Saturday

Posted at 10:44 PM, Feb 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-13 06:51:03-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla-- On Saturday, residents were able to get a rare opportunity and see first hand the daily operations that take placed at the Cape Coral Police Department. 

“So we are thrilled that people are actually wanting to come out and meet us and ask questions,” said Deputy Chief Lisa Barns.

Hundreds showed up to learn more about the technology the police use, the process from when a resident calls 911 to how an officer responds and also more about the K-9's.

“I learned that it’s hard to be a police officer, but that it’s good to save people’s lives so it’s like a helpful job,” said one Cape Coral child. 

The department is currently pushing neighborhood crime watch and said this open house served as a way to raise awareness. 

"Maybe a week from now or a year from now they have an encounter with a police officer and can say I've been there and met one of the officers,” said Cape Coral Police Chief David Newlan. 

Many of the residents who showed up to Saturday's open house said they feel safer after seeing how the department operates. 

“One thing that brought us to Cape Coral in the first place is the low crime rate and it's very reassuring as a tax payer that we are getting our money's worth let's put it that way,” said resident Wayne Snyder.