The Community Services Unit works to make Chapel Hill safer through emphasis on crime prevention. Every officer in the department is involved in this important function.
Accidental Alarm Program
To improve public safety and manage Town safety resources wisely, the Accidental Alarm Program and its associated ordinance set civil penalties for excessive accidental alarms (four or more within a permit year) and failure to obtain permits.
Latinos are the fastest growing minority in North Carolina. The Town of Chapel Hill and surrounding areas have seen a steady grow in this segment of the population. In an effort to reach out to the growing Latino/Hispanic population in the town, the Chapel Hill Police Department has established a "Hispanic/Latino Community Liaison Officer".
Hispanic/Latino Liaison Program Goals:
To establish positive relations with the Hispanic/Latino community in order that persons will call the police when needed and help reduce crime and victimization. To build relationships with civic and religious groups, businesses, service providers and members of the Hispanic/Latino community.
To encourage Spanish speaking residents to report criminal activity and to assist them in filing police reports as needed. To assist with answering questions about Police matters and Town Services available to residents.
To actively recruit qualified Hispanic/Latino candidates for employment with the Chapel Hill Police Department.
To assist Patrol, Criminal Investigations Division, and other Specialized Units with investigations and any other details as needed. To respond to incidents of a critical or emergency nature involving Spanish speaking subjects. To coordinate between crime victims and police as needed.
To provide education in Spanish on different Crime Prevention topics as well as DWI laws and education in traffic safety and to increase awareness of NC state laws in general.
Community Safety Partnership
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, call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760.
Community Police Academy
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, and Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019
The Chapel Hill Police Department will host its Community Police Academy beginning Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. We will accept applications through Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. The Community Police Academy is an action-packed two-day event providing community members with an “inside look” at how the police department functions. The Academy is designed to increase understanding and awareness of the role of the Chapel Hill Police Department and the day-to-day life of a police officer through computer simulated “hands-on” activities and engaging discussions.
Participants will experience:
Exercises simulating real police scenarios (computer simulations)
Officer Equipment demonstrations
Use of Force discussions
Social/Mental Health Issues
Citizen Complaints/Internal Affairs
Police Canine (K9) Program demonstrations
Special Emergency Response Capabilities
The Community Police Academy is open to anyone 16 years of age or older.