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Detective Michael McIlhargey received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. His background in the criminal justice field began in 1990 as a state probation officer with the Department of Corrections. In 1993, Michael graduated from the Basic Recruit Academy for Law Enforcement Officers in Fort Myers, Florida. He worked for the Cape Coral Police Department for 9 years before moving to Gainesville, Florida, where he was a police officer for 2 years. After resigning from the Gainesville Police Department, Michael worked for the Lee County Port Authority before returning to the Cape Coral Police Department in 2007. He has spent the majority of his 20-year law enforcement career working as a road patrolman, but did spend five years in the Youth Crime Intervention Unit (YCIU) concentrating on gathering gang intelligence and proactive enforcement.
Michael is currently a detective with the Cape Coral Police Department located in Cape Coral, Florida. He is the Team Leader of the Crisis Negotiation Team and was the founder of the Cape Coral "Midnight Basketball Program" for juveniles ages 12 - 17, which he ran for 5 years.
Michael recently published his tell-all book entitled The Badge Nearly Destroyed Me (available on Amazon.com) and is available to conduct seminars for police officers and their families around the country. He and his wife, Shannon, wish to reach out to other officers of the law and their loved ones to tell their story as a couple and to advise cops across the nation, "don’t wear the badge home."