Employees from across Orange County contribute their eyes and ears to better deter criminal activity and identify potential public safety hazards in a cooperative venture named the “Community Safety Partnership.”
The partnership involves local law enforcement, public works and sanitation workers, and employees from other divisions such as water services, landscaping, and others.
Many public workers routinely report concerns that they see as potential hazards to the public and are helpful to residents. This program formalizes what many public employees already are doing. Those employees who are out and about in the community in official vehicles and conducting their work and business are encouraged to notify law enforcement via radio or cell phone if they come upon anything of a suspicious nature, an accident, or perhaps a citizen in trouble or need. The partners do not physically intervene in situations but call 911 to report activity. Their vehicles are marked with the “Community Safety Partnership” insignia.
Members of the Community Safety Partnership are trained to report motor vehicle accidents, reckless/impaired drivers, crimes in progress, audible alarms, overcrowding of bars or restaurants, blocked or obstructed fire hydrants, damage to firefighting equipment, parking in fire lanes, illegal burning, environmental issues, other hazardous conditions and water main breaks.
The Chapel Hill Police Department, Chapel Hill Fire Department, Carrboro Police Department, Carrboro Fire Department, OWASA and Orange County Emergency Management Services are providing training for participants from partnering entities. The Chapel Hill Police Department serves as the lead training entity for the Community Services Partnership.
For more information, contact Officer Geercken or Officer Pardo at (919) 932-2929.