MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Joe Cacioppo, 43
Joe Cacioppo couldn’t sleep.
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Why did you get into law enforcement?
They asked us at the academy, ‘Why do you want to be a police officer?’ And it may sound naive, but I just said because I genuinely want to help people. I was a church boy, but that’s the truth. I wanted to help.
What do you do when you’re not on a case?
I take people out to the range and teach them how to shoot. In New Jersey, nobody has guns except the cops and the bad guys. Here, in Florida, anyone can have a gun. You have no idea how many people get their guns at a gun show and don’t even know how to hold a gun. Teaching people how to defend themselves properly is a big thing for me.
Why do you think you can help solve these cold cases?
When you talk to people about things that happened many years ago, they’re not as afraid to talk. Time has passed. They’re less worried about someone coming after them.
What do you do when you’re not working?
When I’m not working, I try to be home and be a dad.