19 Dec 2012

Do the Right Thing

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The Fort Myers Police Department's “Do the Right Thing” (DTRT) program has served as a community policing initiative for years. The concept is simple; rewarding our City’s youth for doing the right thing.

The goal of the program is to recognize good kids for their accomplishments and reinforce their positive behavior to show them they can be role models for other youth. It also helps foster relationships between the police department, school system and local businesses and can enhance the relationship between underprivileged youth and officers.

DTRT children are honored at monthly ceremonies with their families and school representatives at the City of Fort Myers Council Chambers. The ceremony is broadcasted live on the City’s government access television channel. Winners are recognized by the Police Chief and they receive a personalized award certificate along with a backpack full of prizes donated by area businesses. Winners are chosen for everything from bringing up a grade in school, to volunteering for a good cause, turning in lost money, to saving a life. Winners also attend the Annual Do the Right Thing Picnic that is held in conjunction with five other area law enforcement agencies. The event is hosted by the Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Punta Gorda Police Departments along with the Lee and Collier County Sheriff's Offices. The event is attended by more than 800 people.

Business sponsors make the program successful. If you would like to nominate a child or make a donation, please contact Officer Athena Mitchell at or 239-321-7700.

Do the Right Thing: Nomination Form

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Contact Fort Myers Police

Office: (239) 321-7700
Emergency: 911

Address: 2210 Widman Way, Fort Myers, FL 33901

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