Kids Our Primary Source (KOPS)

About the Program
KOPS was created by Officer Dan Losapio in 2009. KOPS is for kids ages 11-13 (middle school) and participation is free of charge.

The program, similar to the Police Explorer program, is designed for middle school children ages 11-13. KOPS provides youth with an up-close look at law enforcement. The goal is to build positive relationships between police and the city’s youth and assist participants in becoming mature, responsible, peer leaders.

Program Features
Highlights include:
  • Casual gatherings such as barbeques and skating parties
  • Hands-on equipment displays
  • K-9 demonstrations
  • Live police scenarios
  • SWAT demonstrations
  • Team building activities
They also assist police with community events such as the Cops and Joggers 5K, the Edison Festival of Light Children’s Parade and other fun events that promote camaraderie. Participants receive T-shirts, hats and name badges.

  • 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • 1st Thursday of every month September through May
  • At Youth Relations Center (1803 Golfview Avenue)
The Fort Myers Police Department is accepting applications for the KOPS program. Fill out a KOPS Application (PDF) and a Waiver Form (PDF) to apply.

For More Information
For more information about KOPS contact Officer Athena Mitchell by email or by phone at 239-321-7700