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In January of 2014, the Carrboro Police Department had its first Coffee with a Cop event at Johnny's Gone Fishing in Carrboro. Coffee with a Cop is a national program implemented by law enforcement agencies across all 50 states.  The idea behind the program is to bring officers and the citizens they serve together in a neutral environment to encourage open and free dialogue. There are no scripts, no speeches, no pre-arranged questions: just coffee and conversation. The events are advertised on our website, major social media applications and at the businesses themselves. We hold at least one per month. Feel free to drop in for a chat and a cup of coffee on us!

Throughout their careers, police officers will interact with countless members of the diverse communities they serve. Each interaction is unique and can be rewarding as well as challenging. The Orange/Person/Chatham Mental Health organization (known as OPC) created a curriculum for officers designed to enhance knowledge and understanding of mental illness. The program also sought to make officers aware of the resources available in the surrounding areas to assist citizens who may be having a mental health crisis.

The Carrboro Police Department has committed to supporting the Crisis Intervention Team program. Every platoon on the patrol division has officers who are CIT certified.

In 2013 the Carrboro Police Department teamed up with Watch For Me NC, a program funded by the University of North Carolina's Traffic Safety Research Center, to promote greater safety for pedestrians and bicycles in the Town of Carrboro. North Carolina has a rate of motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists that is on par with numbers from California, despite having a significantly smaller population. Watch For Me NC has designed programs and initiatives not only to educate drivers of motor vehicles on safer driving practices but also to encourage safer practices among bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Coalition for Alcohol and Drug Free Teens partnered with the Alcohol Beverage Control board, the Alcohol Law Enforcement agency, other community organizations and local law enforcement agencies with the goal of reducing use of alcohol and drugs by teenagers. Officers from local agencies, including the Carrboro Police Department, Chapel Hill Police Department, UNC Department of Public Safety and Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency make up the Alcohol Law Enforcement Response Team, or ALERT. ALERT team members conduct a number of enforcement actions with the goal of reducing access, opportunity and motivation for teens to use alcohol underage or use controlled substances illegally. ALERT members participate in compliance checks, driving while impaired saturation patrols and plain clothes operations.

The goal of the Governor's Highway Safety Program is to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities in the state of North Carolina with targeted enforcement campaigns. Officers with the Carrboro Police Department participate in a number of these enforcement campaigns such as Booze It and Lose It, Click It or Ticket and Operation Firecracker to name a few. During these campaigns, officers are encouraged to increase enforcement activity. At times additional officers are brought in to conduct speed saturation patrols and driving while impaired patrols.

The Carrboro Police Department has partnered with numerous local law enforcement agencies to offer a safe way to dispose of unwanted or unused medications. Prescription pills should never be thrown away or flushed down the drain; they need to be properly disposed of to prevent contamination of local water sources.

There is a "no questions asked" pill drop box located in the front lobby of the police department. Simply bring your unwanted medication in, drop it in the box and leave. The medication is processed and taken to the SBI for safe disposal.
Neighborhood forums
Citizen's Police Academy

As part of the Carrboro Police Department's continued commitment to provide quality services and professional policing, we have begun a program of having regular Neighborhood Forums.  If you live in a community or neighborhood in Carrboro and wish to have a meeting with the Police Department, please let us know.  We can address specific issues that you have, answer questions, provide information on current department activities and receive comments, complaints or concerns.  If you wish to have us come to your neighborhood, CONTACT US today!

CrimeStoppers Inc. operates in and around the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and UNC area to help identify, prevent, solve and reduce crime.  Every call is treated with absolute anonymity so that nobody will know the identity of the caller; callers are assigned a unique number and are referred to only by this number.  You will not be asked your name, your call will not be traced or recorded and you do not have to give a statement or go to court.  Click on the link below to see the CrimeStoppers Inc. website.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppers

In October of 2015 the Carrboro Police Department conducted it's first Citizen's Police Academy.  Over a nine-hour day citizens attended classroom training, demonstrations of police equipment, hands-on activities and participated in police training exercises in order to learn more about the Carrboro Police Department and law enforcement in general.  The Citizen's Police Academy will be held bi-annually.  For more information and to apply, click HERE.

You must meet the following requirements to participate in the program:
  • Be 18 years old as of the start date of the Academy.
  • Be a Carrboro resident, Town employee, own a business in the Town, be an employee of a business in the town or attend school in the Town limits.
  • Have no felony or violent misdemeanor arrests and pass a background check.
  • Must be able to sit through several lecture-style classroom sessions, stand for long periods of time and walk short distances across uneven terrain.