Do the Right Thing

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Truly effective law enforcement in the 21st century must be based on strong ties between communities and their police departments. Community policing begins with tapping our most precious resource – our youth. Unfortunately, many children lack positive role models and self-esteem and they are unable to direct themselves down a positive path in life.

A program adopted by the Punta Gorda Police Department in 1995, dubbed “Do the Right Thing,” is working to instill positive attitudes and self-esteem in local youth by publicly recognizing them for their achievements, whether their accomplishments involve academics, athletics, community service, conservation, or any other effort where a child is trying his or her best to “do the right thing”.

Every month, five local Charlotte County children are selected from a pool of nominees for their outstanding efforts. The children may attend any school or be home-schooled in Charlotte County. All five students receive trophies, certificates gifts from local businesses, a certificate of recognition from the Chief of Police, and a "Do the Right Thing" T-shirt. 

"Do the Right Thing" was started by the Miami Police Department and is now enjoying full success with programs all over the United States, England and Germany. The "Do the Right Thing" program has earned accolades from numerous organizations. The program has touched the lives of thousands of students, with the potential of reaching thousands more in the coming years.

Corporate sponsors (and we hope you will become one), combined with donations from local businesses, are used to fund the program. “Do the Right Thing" is funded solely through donations from corporate sponsors and community members. All donations to the "Do the Right Thing" program, both monetary and in-kind, are tax deductible.

Principals, teachers, parents, business leaders and community members are encouraged to nominate children for the "Do the Right Thing" award. Nominations may be submitted through our site by filling out the form here.

For additional information on the program, or to become a corporate sponsor, please contact the Executive Director  Tony Pribble at 941-639-4111 or



2017-2018 Ceremonies will be held in Punta Gorda Council Chambers at City Hall. The dates are September 7th , October 5th, November 2nd, December 7th, January 11th, February 1st , March 1st, April 12th, and May 10th. 

Community Sponsors

Chief's Platinum Sponsors

American Legion Post 110
Charlotte County Historical Center
Charlotte Harbor Parrotheads
Knights of Columbus
Opus Restaurant
River City Grill
The Klein Family

Captains's Gold Sponsors

Bayfront Health Center
Deep Creek Civic Association
Kingfisher Fleet
PGI Civic Association

Lieutenant's Silver Sponsors

Beef O'Brady's Punta Gorda
Bills Backers of Charlotte County
Blanchard House Museum
Charlotte State Bank & Trust
Congregational United Church
Don Gasgarth Charlotte County Ford
Downtown Gators
Escape Zone
Gulfcoast Engraving
Panther Hollow Dental Lodge
Phil's 41
Publix Supermarkets
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce
Webb, Lorah & Company, PL

Kids Bronze Sponsors

Ashley, Brown & Co.
Burnt Store Grille
Charlotte County RV
County Commissioner William Truex
Fish Cove Adventure Golf
Gerow and Associates
Golden Corral
Jacks On Marion
Jerry Wilson Motorcars
Nolan Family Insurance
Peace River Riders Club
PGI Neighborhood Marine Watch
Port Charlotte Bowlerama
Punta Gorda Herald
Punta Gorda Kiwanis
Rhett and Sue Butler
Rich Copeland
Steve and Lee Fabian
The Vehicle Clinic
Wilson Realty
WM. F. McDonough Plumbing