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Do The Right Thing

Do the right thing

Truly effective law enforcement in the 21st century must be based on strong ties between communities and their police departments.

Community policing begins with tapping our most precious resource – our youth. Unfortunately, many children lack positive role models and self-esteem and they are unable to direct themselves down a positive path in life.

A program adopted by the Punta Gorda Police Department in 1995, dubbed “Do the Right Thing,” is working to instill positive attitudes and self-esteem in local youth by publicly recognizing them for their achievements, whether their accomplishments involve academics, athletics, community service, conservation, or any other effort where a child is trying his or her best to “do the right thing”.

Every month, five local Charlotte County children are selected from a pool of nominees for their outstanding efforts. The children may attend any school in Charlotte County. The top winner is awarded a $50.00 certificate, a trophy, and various other prizes donated by local businesses. Four runners up each receive trophies, certificates and a "Do the Right Thing" T-shirt. Reinforcing the belief that every nominee is a winner, all students nominated for the award receive a certificate of recognition from the Chief of Police.


"Do the Right Thing"  Very Appreciative of Cash, Checks or Gift Cards.

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