Community Presentations & Crime Prevention Assessments
The Community Services Team works to make Cary safe through emphasis on crime prevention. While every officer in the department is involved in this important function, the Community Services Team organizes larger public events and informational presentations. 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.
The Police Department also offers crime prevention assessments to Town of Cary residents and businesses at no cost. These assessments use the concept of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) to provide crime prevention tips and recommendations on how to remedy possible security vulnerabilities.
If you are interested in scheduling a community presentation or crime prevention assessment, please follow the "Request an Officer" link on this page.
Safety Tips and Information
NEW! Swap Spot: Our Internet Safe Exchange Zone
Cyber Security Tips and Resources
Summertime Crime Prevention & Safety
Gang Awareness and Prevention
Firearms within the Town of Cary
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
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 is open to all residents of the Town of Cary, and offers members of the community a unique opportunity to become familiar with the operations of the department. Applicants for the 12-week course undergo a criminal history check and meet once a week during the evenings. Class topics include various aspects of policing, such as: Criminal and Constitutional Law, DWI detection, domestic violence, criminal investigations, recruitment, accreditation, and crime prevention. In addition to classroom instruction, participants also have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer, attend a K9 Team demonstration, and observe a live fire exercise with the department’s Emergency Response Team (ERT). Graduates of the Citizens Police Academy are eligible to to join the department's Citizens Assisting Police (CAP) Team.
*Please note that the Citizens Police Academy is not intended to turn class members into certified police officers or reserve officers, and class members have no police powers.
Citizens Assisting Police (CAP) Team
In the summer of 2000, the Cary Police Department formalized the CAP Team program after Citizen Police Academy graduates asked for a way to continue volunteering with the department. By 2017, the CAP Team has grown from 31 volunteers to approximately 170 members, and is one of three programs in North Carolina recognized by Volunteers in Police Service, a national initiative begun in 2002 as part of the USA Freedom Corps. CAP Team members provide a valuable service to the community by donating thousands of volunteer hours per year; providing assistance at public events, child safety seat installations, performing clerical duties and service center staffing, and promoting Community Watch programs. For more information on the Citizens Police Academy or the CAP Team, please contact academy coordinator Cpl. Donna Monkovich-Pell at (919) 469-4324.
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 a 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.