Do the Right Thing

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"Do The Right Thing" Image of three Males standing behind each other hands on shoulders - Last Individual Police Officer.

Do the Right Thing of Charlotte County

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, Lieutenant Justin Davoult at 941-575-5525 or  


Lieutenant Justin Davoult

Lieutenant Justin Davoult
Executive Direction
Do the Right Thing of Charlotte County, Inc.



This program is made possible through the generosity of these sponsors:

Chief's Platinum Sponsors
Blanchard House Museum
Charlotte County Community Youth Foundation, Inc.
Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center
Charlotte Harbor Parrot Head Club
Suncoast Credit Union

Captain's Gold Sponsors
American Legion #110
Gulfcoast Engraving
Knights of Columbus #12456
PGI Civic Association
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce
Webb, Lorah & McMillan, PLLC

Lieutenant's Silver Sponsors
Beef'O'Brady's Punta Gorda
Buffalo Bill Backers of Charlotte County
Deep Creek Civic Association
Peace River Riders Bicycle Club
Simply Sweet
Time Realty Services, Inc.

Kids Bronze Sponsors
First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda
Richard Copeland
Fishermen's Village
Help One Person Everyday, Inc.
Lynne Matthews
Walter & Sandra Pitts
Port Charlotte VFW Post 5690
John & Nancy Prafke
River Forest Village Women's Club
Kathleen Stanton
John Steciw