The Cape Coral Police Department released their annual professional standards report — and a lot of numbers seemed to have gone down.
The total number of internal investigations went down from 9 in 2016 to 7 in 2017. These include allegations of criminal misconduct, excessive force, violates of the law, things like that.
In 2017 there were 69 reported instances of use of force — down from 2016.
2017 was also the first year all first responders have worn a Body-Worn Camera.
“Body cameras are a great thing for us because we can document crimes,” Corporal Phil Mullen said. “Now we just go to the tape — we look at the footage on the body camera and determine if there is a violation right there on the spot.”
Of the over 158,000 contacts with the public, only 8 complaints were received. Five of them were for unprofessionalism.