Published: Feb 16, 2011 7:35 PM EST
Updated: Feb 16, 2011 4:35 PM EST

CAPE CORAL- Cape Coral Police have launched the Community Engagement Program, new crime fighting initiative on Wednesday.

The Cape Coral Police Department launched a new website, a Twitter and Facebook page, as well as a youtube channel.

By using social media, the Department anticipates building a stronger relationship with Cape residents and, ultimately, a more trustful one.

The second aspect of the community engagement program is a diverse panel of residents who will work with the police department, to meet the needs of the people.

Those interested in becoming a part of the community engagement panel have to apply. Applications can be found online at

The Police Deparment is working with Florida Golf Coast University to help select a well-rounded group of residents.

80 people will be selected to participate in a Community Engagement Forum scheduled for Sat, March 5th at 8:30 am - 1:00 pm at Tarpon Pointe in Cape Coral.