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The Ties That Blind
1st Books Library  More Info
Where Are the Champions: A Simple Approach to Effective Criminal Justice and Social Reform
Arnold A. Gibbs  More Info

About the Cape Coral Police Department

The Cape Coral Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency that has experienced tremendous growth in the last several years.  As of 2006, they were authorized to hire 40 an additional police officers and 27 civilian personnel.  The Cape Coral Police Department is organized into large divisions which answer to the chief of police: Administrative Services Division; Field Services Division; and, Support Services Division.  The Cape Coral Police Department also has a number of other units such as Special Operations Bureau, Investigations Services Bureau, Communications Bureau and Records Bureau.


The Administrative Services Division of the Cape Coral Police Department includes the Professional Standards Unit, Personnel and Training, and a Grant Writer.  The Field Services Division handles the uniformed patrol functions and is currently organized into three geographic districts.  The Special Operations Bureau of the Cape Coral Police Department includes the Traffic Unit and the Marine Unit.


Like some major law enforcement agencies, the Cape Coral Police Department is experimenting with the use of data and crime analysis as a means of managing and direct police operations.  According to the Cape Coral Police Department, “COPSTAR is the Cape Coral Police Department’s (CCPD) version of the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) successful and renowned CompStat (Computerized Statistics) program. CompStat was developed by NYPD as a strategy that employs a results-oriented approach by its managers to reduce crime and better serve its constituents.


As a means to increase the flow of information between its executive staff and the commanders of operational units, NYPD began conducting weekly Crime Control Strategy Meetings. The meetings serve as a forum in which command level personnel communicate the problems they face to the agency’s top executives and share their successful crime reduction tactics with other commanders. From these meetings, NYPD administrators developed principles for reducing crime and strategies for actually carrying out the reduction of crime.”




Chief Arnold A. Gibbs was born in the Bahamas and raised in Miami.  Chief Gibbs has a BA from Barry University as well as a Master’s in Management from St. Thomas University.  Chief Arnold Gibbs is a decorated US Army veteran, having served three years including a one-year tour in Vietnam.  At the age of 22, he joined the Miami Police Department.  During his law enforcement career with the Miami Police Department he earned the Miami Police Department Medal of Honor and rose to the rank of assistant chief.  In 1994, he retired from the Miami Police Department and became the Chief of Police for the Cape Coral Police Department (Florida).  He retired from the Cape Coral Police Department after ten years of service.  Chief Arnold Gibbs is the author of The Ties That Blind and Where Are the Champions: A Simple Approach to Effective Criminal Justice and Social Reform.


According to the book description of The Ties That Blind, it “is quite appropriate to the time in consideration of the present growth of interest in religious and spiritual matters.  Additionally, much of the story’s prophetic content is extremely relevant to the events of September 11, 2001, although the book was completed prior to that date.The author skillfully depicts the realities of racial prejudice; much of the violence being recounted from his experience, while driving home the point that love always conquers hate.  It is a true inspiration to people of faith, criminal justice practitioners, and those who fight for racial equality and brotherly love.”


According to a reader of The Ties That Blind, “Arnold's portrayal of the pains of prejudice inflicted on the innocent broke my heart, but with each turn of the page he showed how love, honor and loyalty to one's beliefs can overcome even the most deeply imbedded hatred. A truly inspiring story you won't want to put down!”


Another reader said, “This was one of the most interesting and saddening depictions of race and prejudice in America. Nowhere has the truth been portrayed in a more realistic and sobering fashion. Arnold Gibbs captures the essence of the era, and reveals the truth about the hurt and pain of injustice. I would highly recommend this to student of justice, and American History.”

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