The Town of Cary is divided into three districts.
In Cary, we believe that community safety is directly tied to how involved citizens are with helping keep it safe. GeoPolicing is the Town's approach to community safety that will enable patrol and school resource officers to become experts on the needs, issues, and concerns of the people within the specific areas they serve.
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.
The three Districts are listed below:
Generally made up of central and northern Cary including most of downtown, north to the airport:
- Commander: Captain Marcus Pearson , (919) 600-6017
- Office: Police headquarters located at 120 Wilkinson Ave., Cary, NC 27513
District 1 and other supporting units, including the Traffic Safety Team (TST) and the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) put into practice a predictive policing model that focuses on past crime trends within a specific area within the district. Areas may change quarterly, but the approach is the same for each. This new focus area approach was implemented with the assistance of both patrol and specialty teams and addresses specific crime trends within certain identified areas. The approach involves deploying resources into focus areas during specific days/times related to specific crimes and/or accidents.
Each team in the District continues to engage with community watch groups and HOAs (Home Owner Associations). This year, a special effort was made to bridge the communication gap between police and Hispanic communities. Several efforts were made within the District to reach out to Hispanic owned businesses by using Spanish speaking officers to build a relationship.
Generally made up of western Cary going from Preston Corners west into Chatham County:
- Commander: Captain Jerry McCormick, (919) 380-2132
- Office: Fire Station #8, 408 Mills Park Drive, Cary, NC 27519
District officers have established partnerships with the new retail businesses at Parkside Town Commons. A monthly recurring meeting with retail managers/owners has been set to review recent events and discuss issues and crime trends such as larceny, fraud, and other commercial/retail-related crime. The meeting serves as a way to introduce other divisions within the Police Department to area retailers.
District supervisors were added to retailers’ weekly email distribution lists. Sharing information on improved communication and advanced notice provides police with necessary information to aid in allocating resources to our parks during various games and events. Attending officers help prevent and deter crime, specifically larceny from motor vehicles.
Operation Hello Neighbor is utilized on an ongoing basis. The main objective of this operation is to educate residents on the importance of home safety and residential burglary prevention. Officers conduct patrols in neighborhoods in the evenings to locate homes with open garage doors. Homes found to have their garage left open overnight are sent a notice requesting owners be more vigilant securing their property at night. Follow-ups are conducted with those who are sent letters to determine if they received and read the notice. Operation Hello Neighbor not only reduces burglaries but also moves officers deeper into residential neighborhoods where they are more likely to locate suspicious persons and activity.
Generally made up of southern and eastern Cary going from Cary Elementary School south to the West Lake area:
- Commander: Captain Steve Wilkins, (919) 469-4088
- Office: Please note -- the Town of Cary Police Department District 3 Office has been relocated and is currently under construction at 6420 Tryon Road, Cary, N.C. 27518.
- During the interim, District 3 patrol personnel will work from the District 1 office location at Police Department headquarters.
District 3 and other units, including the Traffic Safety Team (TST) and the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) put into practice a predictive policing model that focuses on past crime trends within a specific area within the district. Areas may change, but the approach is the same for each. This new focus area approach was implemented with the assistance of both patrol and specialty teams and addresses specific crime trends within certain identified areas. The approach involves deploying resources into focus areas during specific days/times related to specific crimes and/or accidents.
Officers participate in community events, making face-to-face contact with more than 2,600 citizens . These were proactive, non-emergency opportunities for officers and citizens annually to interact and build relationships with each other. Events included such things as attending and establishing community watch groups, as well as attending annual HOA meetings. Participating officers shared crime stats and answered concerns of residents within those particular areas.
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.).
Asst. Chief Tracy Jernigan
Field Operations Bureau