Uniform Patrol comprises three patrol districts that provide police services to the Town of Cary. The primary mission of each district is protection of life and property, and the prevention of crime. Uniform officers are responsible for patrolling nearly 55 miles and providing effective law enforcement services to nearly 140,000 residents and visitors.
In 2009, a Department re-organization occurred reinforcing the focus of available resources and personnel to the citizens of Cary. To achieve more balanced and uniformed coverage, the Town of Cary changed from two patrol districts to three, with each district having three or four patrol sectors. This change has allowed for more efficient use of agency supervisory resources.
Officers continue to focus their attention on their assigned geographical areas. This has resulted in officers becoming more familiar with their district and sectors, and their population and crime trends. Additional benefits include increased officer availability during peak times and an increase in the volume of in-service training. The districts are commanded by Capt. John Szymeczek, District1; Capt. Jerry McCormick, District 2; and Capt. Steve Wilkins, District 3.
Officers are assigned to a specific sector within a district. The assignments are made for the long term to strengthen each officer's commitment to his or her area of the community. Field supervisors spend time interacting with their team and providing guidance with daily operations. Officers are encouraged to implement problem-solving techniques in cooperation with co-workers and with citizens.
The department has been using Community Based District Offices for several years. Three district offices are currently in operation throughout the Town. Please visit the Geo Policing page for details.
Patrol Shifts: The department's three patrol districts comprise five platoons, which operate on a rotating schedule. The shifts are as follows: Tuesday through Friday, 10 hours; Saturday through Monday, 12.5 hours. Officers on the Saturday through Monday schedule also work eight hours every other Tuesday.
Permanent Sector Assignments: Because officers work in the same sector of town each day for the same time frame, they have the opportunity to become more familiar with activity in their area. This helps facilitate enhanced communication between members of the Department and citizens. As officers become familiar with issues affecting their sector, they are able to take a more proactive approach toward problem solving. This is part of the Department's commitment to community policing.
Deployment of Personnel: Having three districts with a shift overlap allows the department the ability to deploy patrol officers more efficiently and helps reduce response times to calls for service.
Supervision: A district captain, five sergeants and five corporals supervise each district. This arrangement ensures that supervisors are in the field throughout the shift keeping the district captain available for administrative tasks.
Team Commanders: In addition to the supervision within each district, there are five Team Commanders at the rank of Lieutenant serving as the on-duty Watch Commander and providing daily operational oversight for the entire shift. They oversee the logistics and notifications concerning larger scale events which take place in all three districts, as well as providing supervision for all three districts working on their shift. They work shifts that mirror each of the five patrol teams.
Training: The schedule has an eight-hour block for mandatory training every month. Officers are required to receive in-service training on a variety of topics (i.e. firearms, driver training, defensive tactics, legal updates, etc.).