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Community Services works to make Cary safe through emphasis on crime prevention. Every officer in the department is involved in this important function. Topics of presentations to the community include the Community Watch program, SafeKids, bank safety, bicycle safety, business crime prevention, home security, drug education and seat belt use.

Call the Community Services office If you would like to schedule a presentation for your neighborhood, school or civic group. Please call at least two weeks in advance to schedule a presentation or tour of the police department.

Crime Prevention Assessments:
The Police Department offers crime prevention assessments to Town of Cary residents and businesses at no cost. These assessments provide crime prevention tips and recommendations on how to remedy possible security vulnerabilities. If interested, contact our Community Services Officer at (919) 469-4324 and a Crime Prevention Specialist will visit your home or business to conduct this assessment.

Safety Tips and Information

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Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
Operation Medicine Drop

Child Passenger Safety Seats:
The Cary Police Department offers free child safety seat inspections at the Police Service Center in Cary Fire Station 9, 875 S.E. Maynard Road, Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Citizens Police Academy

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The Town of Cary Police Department is assembling its  40th graduating class of the Citizens Police Academy and may  be looking for you. Residents of Cary 18 years or older are  invited to register now through February 15 for the Citizens  Police Academy, a 12-week course on the various aspects of  policing. Topics include criminal and constitutional law, patrol, youth services, DWI detection and domestic violence; participates round out their experience with trips to a local firing range and an officer ride-along. Classes are Tuesday starting February 28-May 16, and completion is a prerequisite for joining the Police Department’s 170-member strong Citizens Assisting Police (CAP) Team. Applications are available in person at the Town of Cary Police Department, 121 Wilkinson Ave. or by email to wyatt.crabtree@townofcary.org or call (919) 380-4218. And for more events in Cary, check out the calendar

In an effort to bring new and innovative programs to the citizens of Cary, the Cary Police Department implemented the first Citizens Police Academy in Wake County. The Citizens Police Academy offers members of the community a unique opportunity to become familiar with the operations of the department. During this 12-week course, which meets one evening a week, citizens will talk with representatives of each unit and division in the department, including patrol operations, communications, traffic operations, criminal investigations, youth services, animal control and records. The recruitment and selection process for new officers, accreditation, and crime prevention topics will also be addressed.

In addition to classroom instruction, participants will have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer and to observe a live fire exercise with the department’s Emergency Response Team (ERT). A member of the traffic team will explain how officers evaluate people suspected of driving while impaired.

The Citizens Police Academy is not intended to turn class members into certified police officers or reserve officers. Class members will have no police powers. The Citizens Police Academy is open to all residents of the town of Cary. Applicants for the class will undergo a criminal history check. For more information or an application, contact the academy coordinator Sergeant Wyatt Crabtree at (919) 380-4218 or e-mail wyatt.crabtree@townofcary.org.

Citizens Assisting Police

Citizens Assisting Police, or CAP Team members, serve the Cary Police Department without pay in a variety of functions, freeing sworn officers for other duties. They do not carry weapons and cannot make arrests. CAP Team members help provide security at public events and assist the Police Department with fingerprinting, child safety seat installation, clerical duties, service center staffing, Community Watch programs and other duties. Before becoming CAP Team members, a volunteer must successfully complete Cary's Citizens Police Academy and receive training in such responsibilities as report writing.

Cary Police formalized the CAP program in summer 2000 after Citizen Police Academy graduates asked for a way to continue volunteering with the department. By the summer of 2002, the CAP program had 31 volunteers. Cary's CAP program is one of three programs in North Carolina that are recognized by Volunteers in Police Service, a national initiative begun in 2002. The national program is part of the USA Freedom Corps, which President Bush announced the creation of in his 2002 State of the Union Address. For more information on Citizens Assisting Police, contact Sgt. Wyatt Crabtree at (919) 380-4218 or e-mail wyatt.crabtree@townofcary.org.

Community Watch

Community Watch is a program that was developed to allow communities to band together to unite against crime. Participants act as the "eyes and ears" of the police and report suspicious activity when they see it.

In 1997, the department established the Cary Community Watch Association to keep all Community Watch groups in contact with one another. The association consists of members who are involved in leadership of a current community watch, getting ready to begin a community watch, or who just want information on keeping Cary a safe community. For information on how to start a Community Watch program in your neighborhood, call the Community Services Unit at (919) 469-4324.

Public Safety Day

In the name of safety and community unity, the Town of Cary Police Department fills the streets of downtown Cary with a free celebration in mid-May. Events vary from year to year but typically include activities like K9 demonstrations, meet and greets with emergency responders, touch the truck/car for kids, and strength and agility competitions. This is the Police Department’s main safety festival, and citizens can request to host similar events within their neighborhood during National Night Out in August.

National Night Out

National Night Out is a crime and drug abuse prevention event held each August and sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. The event brings citizens and Cary police together to strengthen neighborhood spirit and foster partnerships for safer communities.

Contact 

Sergeant Robin Edwards
120 Wilkinson Ave.
PO Box 8005
Cary, NC 27512-8005
(919) 469-4324
(919) 460-4904 Fax
robin.edwards@townofcary.org