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.
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.
This process is free and convenient.
For more information, visit townofchapelhill.org/alarms.
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.
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.
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
- Arrest procedures
- Use of Force discussions
- Social/Mental Health Issues
- Citizen Complaints/Internal Affairs
- Police Canine (K9) Program demonstrations
- Special Emergency Response Capabilities
- …and more
The Community Police Academy is open to anyone 16 years of age or older.
Anyone wishing to attend the Community Police Academy must complete an application by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZP6CVCR.
*Successful completion of the Community Police Academy does not certify participants as police officers or give them police powers.
Applicants will be notified via email or postal mail of their acceptance into the academy.Thank you for your interest in the Chapel Hill Police Department and our Community Police Academy.
Nov. 14 Topics
- Parking Services
- Officer's Equipment
- Typical Officer's Qualifications & Training
- Safety and Domestic Response
- Crime Stats
- Burglary Response
- Use of Force by Officers
- Social Issues & Police Work
- De-escalating Critical Incidents
- Instruction and Response
- Investigations & Forensic Evidence
- Tour of HQ
- Magistrate's Office
Nov. 16 Topics
- Who Let the Dogs Out? (K9 Demonstration)
- Crisis: Dealing with Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence & Mental Health Issues
- Fair & Impartial Policing
- Traffic Stop Demonstration
- Citizen Input
- The Special Emergency Response Team
What is Party Registration?
The Party Registration Program is designed to allow students in single-family-housing neighborhoods and apartments in Chapel Hill to regulate their parties before law enforcement intervention.
- Registration is FREE
- Take responsibility before the cops arrive
- Limit the chance of the cops stopping by
- Reduce the chance of receiving a citation
Learn more at offcampus.unc.edu
A UNC-Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill Police initiative.