Community Involvement

Community Watch Program
The foundation for creating and maintaining neighborhood crime prevention groups (Community Watch) is based on the assumption that a group of people in the neighborhood can come together to establish informal control and can thereby increase the quality of life and reduce the crime rate in the neighborhood. Neighborhood crime prevention is based on the objective of removing opportunities for people to commit crime rather than attempting to change an offender or motivation. If you are interested in establishing a community watch program within your community, contact Lt. Monique Holt or Officer Purnell Sowell.

Police Athletic League
PAL is a youth crime prevention program that utilizes educational, athletic, and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between police officers and youth.   It is based on the conviction that young people, if they are reached early enough, can develop strong positive attitudes towards police officers in their journey through life toward the goal of maturity and good citizenship.  The PAL Program brings youth under the supervision and positive influence of a law enforcement agency. The program expands public awareness about the role of a police officer and the reinforcement of the responsible values and attitudes instilled in young people by their parents.

Studies have shown that if a young person respects a police officer on the ballfield, gym, or classroom, they will likely come to respect the laws that police officers enforce.  Such respect is beneficial to the youth, the police officer, the neighborhood, and the business community as a whole.

For more information, contact: Sgt. Patrick Harris at 704-282-4700 or

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