Naples Officer Honored at National Nonprofit’s National Awards Ceremony
Keep America Beautiful presented police Cpl. Robert Capizzi of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office with a 2015 Keep America Beautiful Law Enforcement Award at its National Awards ceremony, which took place during the recent Keep America Beautiful National Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Keep America Beautiful’s Law Enforcement Award recognizes law enforcement professionals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service in their approaches to enforcement of environmental laws and regulations. Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards recognize the passion and dedication of Keep America Beautiful’s affiliates from across the nation as well as partner organizations and individuals who share Keep America Beautiful’s vision of a country where every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live.
Cpl. Capizzi of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in Naples, Florida, has been serving the Golden Gate Community for more than 18 years. In 2003, when he first started working with Keep Collier Beautiful, Cpl. Capizzi spearheaded the first community team and partnership established in the county, named the Golden Gate Task Force and comprised of government and civic agencies, local organizations, and residents.
The Task Force focuses efforts on Golden Gate’s blighted neighborhoods, homes and properties through land, canal, and alleyway cleanups, graffiti abatement, and the prevention of litter. It educates and instills ownership of the community, which has increased community involvement and significantly increased property values. The initiative has gained national recognition and Cpl. Capizzi has played an important role in transforming the quality of life in the Golden Gate area, having organized and participated in over 50 cleanup events.
“Cpl. Robert Capizzi is an exemplary law enforcement official, having provided leadership, innovation and inspiration in his community,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “His proactive approach to community problem-solving has spread to other communities throughout Collier County.”
Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful consists of a national network of more than 600 statewide and community-based affiliates whose programs, initiatives and efforts, supported by millions of volunteers, help transform public spaces into beautiful places.