Cary is joining communities across the nation in taking four specific actions:
- We will REVIEW our police department’s use of force policies.
- We will ENGAGE a diverse segment of our community in our review.
- We will REPORT the findings of our review to the community and ask for feedback.
- We will institute REFORMS as needed.
Read about a related Cary initiative, the Human Relations, Inclusion, and Diversity Task Force, which was approved by Town Council on June 11, 2020.
Fall 2020: In creating a framework to guide this effort, an internal work team meets weekly to review current police department programs and services; reflect on the 21st Century Policing Framework; and the content of the Town's use of force polices and police standards. Following analysis --which is expected to last well into the winter-- the team will engage with a variety of internal stakeholders and ask to provide input on use of force polices and current police programs and services.
The internal work team consists of employees from several departments and is complemented by Inga Kennedy of Planners for Environmental Quality to assist with the external communications efforts associated with the Pledge. Kennedy and her team specialize in effective outreach with minority communities.
Cary Police Department
The nationally accredited Cary Police Department partners with the community to protect life and property via geographic policing districts to help ensure Cary remains one of the nation’s safest cities. Services includes Police Records, Traffic Safety and School Resource Officer teams as well as a Criminal/Juvenile Investigations Division. operates the Emergency Communications Center (911); provides Animal Control services; leads Project PHOENIX (Promoting Healthy Occupancy through Education, Networking and Information exchange).