CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The creation of a joint training facility between the Cape Coral Police Department and the Cape Coral Fire Department could save the city $100,000 per year, according to CCPD.
Police and firefighters will meet with the Cape Coral City Council on Monday to discuss the proposal.
“Better training means better outcomes, regardless of the situation our officers encounter out on the street,” said Sgt. Dana Coston who adds CCPD views officer training as an investment.
The departments are proposing building a training center with a gun range, a burn tower, and a driving course.
Coston says without local training sites available, the department spent more than $104,000 in 2015 alone for travel, overtime, and special ammunition.
CCPD is also asking for $700,000 to purchase 120 additional body cameras. The City Council is expected to vote on the body cameras Monday night.