High Point Police Department

  • Agency: High Point Police Department
  • Address: 1009 Leonard Ave, High Point, 27260 NC
  • Chief: Jim Fealy (Chief of Police)
Phone: 336-887-7940
Fax: 336-887-7972
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High Point Police Department is located at 1009 Leonard Ave, High Point, 27260 NC. The Chief of Police of the department is Jim Fealy. The High Point Police Department phone number is 336-887-7940.

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WHY SHOULD YOU SIGN UP FOR NEXTDOOR.COM? For more than two years, the High Point Police Department’s Community Outreach Officers have been utilizing a social network to encourage neighborhoods to form a community and not only communicate with each other but with police as well. Whether it's your busy schedule, or families constantly moving in and out on your block, getting to know your neighbors can be difficult. But that's where the High Point Police Department’s "Nextdoor" program comes in. One of the reasons we like this platform is because neighborhoods already outlined, so a family living ten blocks away won't fall into the same network as those living close to you. Another feature Nextdoor provides public safety officials (Police and Fire) is the access to release pertinent information to communities that should know about it. As a police department, we can post alerts to the neighborhood(s). So, if there's a missing person, if maybe there is an incident going on inside the neighborhood, we can post that out to a specific neighborhood, a group of neighborhoods, or the entire city. More importantly, we want the system and the information on it driven by the residents in their respective communities. This is not a tool for us as police to monitor what’s going on in the neighborhoods and dictate conversations. This is a way for us to be part of those conversations of concern and provide guidance and extended service to the citizens we serve. Nextdoor is not a replacement for knowing your neighbors, or meeting your neighbors. It is not a replacement for calling 911 for serious incidents that require a police response. It is simply a social media platform to afford a community watch group for the members in those specific neighborhoods that due to a busy schedule and other life occurrences cannot always be present for weekly or monthly meetings. We currently have over 7,000 members registered so far, for more information about "Nextdoor" or how to sign up, you can visit www.nextdoor.com

VEHICLE THEFTS INCREASE WITH COOLER WEATHER,HOLIDAYS BY NATALIE STEWART ENTERPRISE STAFF HIGH POINT — As temperatures cool down and holiday sales heat up, police start seeing an increase in stolen vehicles and people stealing items out of cars. It’s reported on a weekly basis, and sometimes even more often — a vehicle broken into, money stolen, credit cards stolen, laptops and tablets stolen. In most instances, the vehicles were left unlocked, said High Point Police Lt. Curtis Cheeks. Last week, a woman reported $20 was taken from her purse, which she told police she left in her vehicle unlocked. In a separate report, a man told police a cellphone charger and a radar detector were taken from his vehicle. In another report, a man’s debit card was stolen from his unlocked car, and the suspect used it at a nearby ATM. “Is it illegal for someone to remove anything from your car even if it’s unlocked, absolutely,” Cheeks said. “But we want to decrease those opportunities, and you’re much less likely if there’s nothing of value in view and your vehicle is locked.” Typically around November and into the holidays, he said police start seeing more thefts from vehicles because residents are buying gifts and taking advantage of holiday sales. “Put valuables in your trunk and lock your vehicle,” he said. “Even items in plain sight in a locked vehicle presents an opportunity.” In some cases, there are several vehicles broken into in a particular neighborhood, apartment complex or parking lot. Cheeks said people will go from vehicle to vehicle pulling on door handles until they find one that’s unlocked. Even when a car is locked though, police say if something valuable is left in plain sight, a thief will break the vehicle window to get it. Cheeks suggest not leaving anything in plain sight, and locking your car even if there’s nothing left inside. If you have items of value, Cheeks said put them in your trunk and lock your car. The number of stolen vehicles also increases when the temperatures start cooling down. Cheeks said often the case is someone will leave their car running unattended and unlocked, and someone will steal it. “It presents that opportunity,” he said. “And we understand, people have to defrost their car this time of year, especially if they have kids. But if you can warm up your car and keep it locked, that’s what we recommend.” Cheeks said police suggest using a spare key to warm up your car, and then locking the car while it’s unattended. http://www.hpenews.com/news/vehicle-thefts-increase-with-cooler-weather-holidays/article_33e9fb3e-c17b-11e7-848c-8b7d8a0f8ffa.html nstewart@hpenews.com | 336-888-3601 | @NatalieLStewart

POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS TO WAIT TABLES FOR CHARITY By High Point Enterprise Staff HIGH POINT — Police and firefighters will ditch their badges for aprons on Saturday to raise money for two local charities. Firefighters and officers are waiting tables at PepperMill Cafe, 2600 S. Main St., from 6 a.m. to noon, Saturday. They’ll be working for tips, which will go toward the police department’s charity, N.C. Special Olympics, and the fire department’s charity, Pink Cares Piedmont. The cafe also is donating a portion of its sales to each charity. Throughout the event, there also will be pastry raffles and gift certificate raffles, which also will benefit both charities. http://www.hpenews.com/news/police-firefighters-to-wait-tables-for-charity/article_3554bd8a-c002-11e7-b9fa-8f3844dc34e2.html

THE SCENE TELLS THE STORY Math, models are tools of trade for crash investigators BY NATALIE STEWART ENTERPRISE STAFF HIGH POINT — Tires squeal across the pavement. Then comes the loud boom of an airbag deploying and metal crunching. Glass shatters and sprays across the roadway. Then sirens wail, and crash investigators start piecing together what happened. By the end of the investigation, police know the details of each moment leading up to the impact. They know at which instant the the driver in each vehicle should have seen the other. They know the speed the vehicle was going before the crash, the moment the driver reacted and the speed at impact. ‘THE SCENE ALWAYS TELLS A STORY’ Jeffrey Crouse and Pete Abernethy both have been assigned to the High Point Police Department’s Traffic Unit since 2010. They’ve both investigated countless crashes, and typically work in tandem like a well-oiled machine. The Traffic Unit is typically called to a crash when it’s fatal or someone has critical injuries. The first thing both Abernethy and Crouse do is walk through the scene. “I don’t want a bunch of different opinions coming at me at first because I don’t want that to taint what I see,” Abernethy said. “The scene always tells a story. We want to stand back and take everything in.” Crash investigators operate in the same manner as homicide detectives, Abernethy said. And sometimes, murder charges are filed in fatal crashes. Investigators first collect and document “short-lived” evidence — blood marks, tissue deposited on the road and any other biological matter, skid marks, gouge marks from where the metal of the vehicle was forced down into the road. “(The scene) tells you which car left which marks,” Crouse said. “It tells you which direction the cars were going before they hit and the direction they went after they hit.” Typically, Crouse said investigators can figure out what happened simply by looking at the scene. Then they start talking to witnesses. As veteran investigators, Crouse said one thing they’ve learned early on is witnesses are sometimes wrong. Many times, witnesses don’t actually see the moment before impact or even the impact, but they hear the screeching tires and crushing metal and turn to look. From that point witnesses start developing in their minds what they believe happened. “If a crash happens and you turn around and see something occurring that’s already started, then naturally your brain is going to complete the scenario for you,” Abernethy said. “I really, truly don’t think people intentionally try to throw us off. Your brain wants a complete story, so it fills in the parts you missed.” Crouse said witnesses are still imperative to the investigation. ‘THE DRIVER IS THE WILD CARD’ There are three elements to every crash — the car, the road and the driver, Abernethy said. “The science part of the crash is the reconstruction,” he said. “The art form is human behavior and what people do in crashes. The car isn’t going to lie to you, and the road isn’t going to lie to you. The driver is the wild card. It’s the only element that has the ability to lie.” That’s where the crux of the investigation comes in, because police are taxed with determining who’s at fault. There could be an equipment failure or a roadway issue that leads to a crash; however, Abernethy said that’s rare. The vast majority of the time, human error caused the impact. And traffic investigators don’t call crashes accidents, because if there’s impact, a law was violated, Crouse said. Each piece of evidence left on the road is critical, and it’s precise point on the earth is measured and documented. Investigators also document each reflector in the road, the roads edges, curb lines and each mark. Thousands of points are documented, and entered into forensic software, where a scale diagram is built. “We can lay this huge scene out and use that to put scale-size cars on it,” Abernethy said. “Then we recreate how these cars came together and why.” Police also can create animated videos to use in court, which puts a jury in the car where they can see what the drivers saw before and during impact, Abernethy said. ‘HOW FAST WERE THEY GOING?’ The No. 1 question asked in every crash, Crouse said, is “How fast were they going?” For that, there is no software program that reveals a vehicle's speed, or a simple way of finding the answer. To find it, the investigators take out their pencils and notepads and do “a whole bunch of math by hand,” Crouse said. That’s after getting all the pieces to plug into the equation. “We figure out at what point they hit and where they came to a final stop,” Crouse said. “You get the distance and then you figure out the drag factor.” The drag factor is the friction between a vehicle and the road, and it changes for the same roadway throughout the day. The temperature at the time of the crash also plays a role. Also the weight of the vehicles. “Then we take out a notebook,” Crouse said. “One problem could take 10 pages, and that’s just to get a variable to plug into another formula that takes another 10 pages.” To complete the investigation, it sometimes takes three to five weeks. “We take everything, every little piece of evidence and information we can get,” Crouse said. “No matter how minor.” There are times where investigators spent 32 hours straight working to piece together what happened in a crash, but for both Abernethy and Crouse, it’s worth every minute. The traffic unit recently investigated a hit-and-run where a woman was critically injured, and Crouse said he didn’t think they’d ever find the car that drove away and left the woman lying in the road. But they found it, and they were able to tell the woman’s son the driver was being charged. “To hear that young man say, ‘I just want to come down there and give them all a hug,’” Crouse said. “That’s worth more than any paycheck. That’s rewarding.” http://www.hpenews.com/news/math-models-are-tools-of-trade-for-crash-investigators/article_5b8f74e4-bb53-11e7-9322-f3716d2cd5cd.html nstewart@hpenews.com | 336-888-3601 | @NatalieLStewart

DEER VEHICLE CRASHES INCREASE IN THE FALL By Natalie Stewart - High Point Enterprise HIGH POINT — Oh, deer. Guilford County had the third most animal-related crashes last year, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. There were 549 animal-related crashes in the county last year, with a peak in the number of crashes happening in November. There were a total of 17,901 across the state. A good rule of thumb is once the autumn leaves start falling, the presence of deer increases, and that includes along roadways. High Point Police Lt. Jay Yandle, with the department’s Traffic Unit, said there were 87 animal-related crashes last year in High Point. There have been 54 this year, with eight of those crashes happening this month, he said. Deer are on roadways more during the fall and into early winter because of hunting and mating seasons, according to the DOT. They also travel at dawn and dusk, when it’s harder to see them, and the chance of colliding with a deer increases Nov. 5 with the end of daylight saving time. Most crashes involving deer happen between 5 p.m. and midnight when deer are more likely to be moving around and it’s more difficult for drivers to see them. “Any roadways where there are wooded areas are prone to deer,” said High Point Police Lt. Curtis Cheeks III. “Keep in mind we are in the city. So you cannot hunt, and as High Point continues to grow and develop, and some wooded areas are cleared to make way for new development, that can lead to an increase of deer in and around roadways.” The DOT suggests the following tips to avoid deer collisions: • Slow down in posted deer crossing areas and heavily wooded areas, especially during the late afternoon and evening hours. • Most deer-vehicle crashes happen near bridges or overpasses, railroad tracks, streams and ditches. • Drive with your high-beam lights on when possible and watch for eyes reflecting in the headlights. • Deer often travel in groups. If you see one deer cross the road in front of you there may be others following. • Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away. • Increase distance between your vehicle and other vehicles, especially at night. If a vehicle ahead of you collides with a deer, you also could become involved in the crash. • Don’t swerve to avoid hitting a deer. It could cause you to lose control of your vehicle and flip or veer into oncoming traffic or over correct and run off the road causing a more serious crash. • Don’t rely on devices like deer whistles or reflectors to deter deer. They haven’t been proven to reduce deer-vehicle crashes. • If your vehicle hits a deer, don’t touch the animal. A frightened and wounded deer could hurt you or further injure itself. Move your vehicle off the roadway if possible and call 911. http://www.hpenews.com/news/deer-vehicle-crashes-increase-in-the-fall/article_efd2e104-bb3f-11e7-a4b4-4bf35a5f45e1.html

TIPS FOR A SAFE HALLOWEEN Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids, but a worrisome one for parents. Concerns about children's safety, whether they are out in the neighborhood or back home with bags of treats, is always a concern for parents. But not to worry! To make Halloween a good time for all involved, follow these safety tips on our flyer.

UNDERCOVER DETECTIVE NAMED OFFICER OF THE YEAR By Natalie Stewart-High Point Enterprise HIGH POINT — Detective R. Watts typically does behind-the-scenes undercover work, but Wednesday, much to his surprise, he was in the spotlight. Most of the officers in the Vice Unit knew Watts was about to take centerstage during the Crimestoppers of High Point’s annual meeting, but true to form, they all kept it a secret. It wasn’t until Crimestoppers Coordinator Amy Southards said the person being awarded is currently the police department’s Alcoholic Beverage Control detective that Watts knew she was talking about him. “When she started talking about an ABC detective, I thought, ‘Well, I’m the only ABC guy here,” Watts said. “They got me pretty good.” Watts has long dedicated his life to serving others. He spent several years in the Army, from which he retired as a staff sergeant. He joined the High Point Police Department in February 2003 where he’s continued selflessly serving and protecting others. Crimestoppers has been presenting its officer of the year award since 2009, and typically, it takes Southards months to settle on the recipient. But this year, it was an easy choice, she said. “It was incredibly evident who the officer of the year should be,” she said. Watts’ resume is long — patrol officer, vice detective, criminal investigator instructor, Hazmat and explosive instructor, narcotics instructor, hostage negotiator, EMT. The list goes on, but there’s a lot more to Watts than what’s on paper. Southards dubbed him one of the police department’s “top five storytellers,” a talented impressionist who can flawlessly imitate his comrades and who is incredibly passionate about his job. “There has not been one thing I have asked him to do to help me out that has not been done,” Southards said. “He has gone out of his way to make Crimestoppers successful.” Part of Crimestoppers’ mission is to help the police department in decreasing violent crimes in the city. Watts has played an integral role behind-the-scenes to help bring in information about violent crimes, Southards said. “He has done a lot of work, which often goes unnoticed,” she said. “What is deterred, we don’t know about because we can’t know what we prevented from happening. (Watts) is very proactive in speaking to informants, getting the word on the street and getting it to the Violent Crimes Units. He’s a huge asset to this department and to Crimestoppers.” Watts can’t be photographed because occasionally he does undercover work, but as he walked to the front of the room to get his award a broad smile spread across his face and the room roared with applause. “It’s humbling,” Watts said. “I’m not going to lie, it makes me pretty happy.” Awards or not, though, Watts said he’d still put his all into anything he does. “Honestly, I’m going 100 mph no matter what I’m doing,” he said. “If I’m put at being a school crossing guard, I’m going 100 mph. Any job you got me in, I’m going all in, and I’m going after it with everything. I don’t hold back.” The Crimestoppers board also on Wednesday recognized Tom Blount, former editor of The High Point Enterprise, who retired after 26 years of service on the organization’s board. nstewart@hpenews.com | 336-888-3601 | @NatalieLStewart

Operation Medicine Drop Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, the Riverkeepers of North Carolina, NC State Bureau of Investigation, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina and the High Point Police Department working together to encourage the public to safely dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medication. By providing safe and secure ways for people to get rid of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications, Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting our waters. Since 2010, Operation Medicine Drop has collected nearly 89.2 million pills at more than 2000 events. On Friday; October 27, 2017, Walgreens located at 2758 S Main St will be collecting from 2pm to 4pm. On Saturday; October 28, 2017, Deep River Drug located at 2401 Hickswood Rd will be collecting from 9am to 1pm.

CITY SEES LEVEL VIOLENT CRIME RATE By Natalie Stewart - Enterprise Staff HIGH POINT — Violent crimes in the city this year have sparked community-led anti-violence meetings, prayer vigils and marches. From the violence came groups who posted signs along Green Drive pleading with the community to cease fire. On a High Point Enterprise story posted on social media about a woman being shot, a woman writes, “It’s out of hand for sure.” On another story about a shooting, a man writes, “High Point is now experiencing big city problems.” On another story, a woman writes, “We are back to the name ‘Little Chicago.’” Are assumptions about a rise in crime correct? “If we go out in the public now and ask, ‘What do you think about violent crime this year compared to last year?’ everyone is going to say, ‘It’s off the hook,’ and ‘We’re out of control,’” Police Chief Ken Shultz said. But the number of violent crimes has been virtually the same over the past six years. Thomas Dearden, an assistant professor of criminal justice at High Point University, said the perception that violent crime is dramatically increasing “is not accurate.” “There’s very little difference,” Dearden said. “If I were to run a statistical test, there’s no way (the change) is going to be significant. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t changed, it means the change is so small we can’t measure it.” As violent crime has remained about the same from year to year, the city’s population has increased by about 4,000 residents since 2012, according to the Census Bureau. “Mathematically, you should see a slight increase (in crime),” Dearden said. “But violent crime overall, really hasn’t increased.” The number of violent crime in the city has ebbed and flowed from year to year, showing no consistent pattern of an increase or decrease. There were 29 fewer violent crimes in 2013 than there were in 2012, and in 2014 there were 24 fewer violent crimes than in 2013. There were 68 more violent crimes in 2015, and 56 more in 2016. This year, there have been two fewer violent crimes than during the same time period last year. “We compare ourselves against ourselves constantly,” Shultz said. “That’s what we think is the best benchmark. We’re always looking at previous years and trends to see where we are and where we stand.” ‘STATISTICALLY WEIRD’ Homicides, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults and assaults with guns are classified as violent crimes. This year, homicides are driving the city’s violent crime rate. Fifteen people have been killed in High Point this year, compared to five during the same time period last year. “The homicides this year are very abnormal,” Dearden said. “We can’t say this is the trend we’re going to see year after year, or that it’s going to trend up. It’s just statistically weird.” Police have attributed the increase in homicides this year to the illegal drug market and back-and-forth shootings between feuding gangs. Violent crime has slowed in the city over the past six months. There were a total of seven homicides in the first three months of the year. From April to September, there have been a total of eight. “We’re identifying the right people and we’re starting to see that pay off,” Shultz said. “I’m confident we’re working on the right people and getting them where they need to be.” Police have arrested 23 people in connection with 10 of this year’s killings. Five homicides are unsolved. There were 38 more assaults with guns this year than last year from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 — 146 this year compared to 108 last year. Assaults with guns include shootings where a person is struck, shooting at a house or vehicle and pointing a gun at someone. There was one more robbery this year than last year, and 10 more armed robberies. There were 10 fewer rapes and three fewer aggravated assaults. Aggravated assault is when the victim requires medical attention beyond first aid. “The total violent crime with the increase in homicides, it’s still the same,” Dearden said. “So, these other things are going down. It seems like homicides are isolated, because not everything is going up. It’s just a strange year for homicides. Everything else is the same or trending down, but really, there’s no significance in any of the numbers.” http://www.hpenews.com/news/city-sees-level-violent-crime-rate/article_57b6d44a-b5e8-11e7-a204-47d23ebad3b2.html Violent crimes over the past six years from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 2017: 460 2016: 462 2015: 406 2014: 338 2013: 362 2012: 391 nstewart@hpenews.com | 336-888-3601 | @NatalieLStewart

RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OLD, UNWANTED MEDICATIONS By Natalie Stewart (High Point Enterprise) Oct 9, 2017 HIGH POINT — Have old or unwanted medications? There are a few places in the city that accept them, no questions asked. Disposing of medications could be dangerous if not done properly, and keeping them on a shelf or in a cabinet could pose some risk. That’s why authorities ask that people with old or unwanted medications put them one of the three dropoffs in the city. “There are a few things we worry about,” said High Point Police Lt. Curtis Cheeks III. “Simply throwing them in the trash can lead to problems with someone, maybe a child, getting into the medication. We’ve had instances where children have gotten ahold of pills simply because they were in the house.” Cheeks said there also have been instances where young people have taken prescription pills and brought them to parties where they’re put into a bowl and people just grab some and take them. “That’s extremely dangerous,” he said. “If you look at prescriptions, nearly every one of them has some kind of side effect or warning. Any time we have our youth handling prescriptions, it’s a real safety concern.” Flushing them down the toilet also could cause environmental problems because they could potentially go into the water system, Cheeks said. Many prescription medications are controlled substances. “As we’re seeing now with the opioid epidemic, a lot this stuff is prone to abuse and addiction if it’s not controlled,” he said. “If someone is done with their medication, of if a family member dies and has medication, it’s better to dispose of those properly than to let them sit.” Data released by the state earlier this year ranked Guilford County fourth for the highest number of opioid-related deaths with 47 reported in 2015. One way to combat the opioid problem is by properly disposing of the leftover medication after it’s no longer needed, Cheeks said. The High Point Police Department, 1009 Leonard Ave., has two drop-off boxes in its lobby where residents can dispose of unwanted medications, whether it's prescription or over-the-counter. Since 2014, police have destroyed more than 4,600 pounds of old and unwanted medications. Cheeks said the medications are destroyed by burning. There also is a medicine drop-off at Walgreens at 2019 N. Main St. Both drop-offs are accessible 24/7. Twice annually, law enforcement across the country also partners with the Drug Enforcement Administration for Drug Takeback Day. In April, 26,420 pounds were collected across the state as part of the drug takeback. There are two drop-off events coming up later this month as part of the initiative. From 2-4 p.m., Oct. 27, there will be a drop-off point at Walgreens at 2758 S. Main St. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 28 there will be a drop-off point at Deep River Drug, 2401 Hickswood Road. http://www.hpenews.com/news/residents-encouraged-to-properly-dispose-old-unwanted-medications/article_689f1d32-aad3-11e7-9cdc-df67760113f0.html nstewart@hpenews.com | 336-888-3601 | @NatalieLStewart

JOIN US SATURDAY OCTOBER 21, 2017 FROM 10AM - 2PM FOR COMMUNITY DAY Donut Challenge 11:00am Tactical / K9 Demo 11:30am Halloween Costume Contest 12:30pm Cops vs Kids in Kickball 1:00pm This years format will feature carnival type games and other interactive activities. Our community partners will also be present to join in on the fun and educate the public. Hope to see you Saturday!

Each year the High Point Enterprise includes an insert in the newspaper prior to the High Point Police Department's annual Community Day.

HIGH POINT POLICE TO HOST COMMUNITY CARNIVAL BY NATALIE STEWART ENTERPRISE STAFF October 17,2017 HIGH POINT — Police are hoping to draw an even bigger crowd to its annual community day by transforming the event into a carnival. High Point Police Lt. Curtis Cheeks III said in the past, community day typically consisted of informational tables with officers from various units talking about what their particular units do to keep the city safe. This year, the event is getting an overhaul in a big way, Cheeks said. “Instead of each team or unit having a table with information, they’ll have a game station,” he said. “We want kids and even adults to come and get that interaction through a different platform.” The goal is to make a lasting impression while forming relationships with the very people the department swore to protect and serve each day. “The bulk of our audience is kids,” Cheeks said. “When a child gets home, they’re not going to remember that housing authority officers patrol nine properties in the city. What they will remember is this officer was at this game station and he was fun to be around. That’s more important.” Police hope the interactions through community day will make officers more approachable, and show residents that the officers also are a part of the community. “When we leave here, we’re not driving to some foreign place,” Cheeks said. “We live here, too. Our kids go to the same schools, we go to the same grocery stores and we enjoy the same things everyone else enjoys. The nature of our jobs, sometimes people forget that. This is an opportunity to interact with the community and show that.” As in previous years, the department’s tactical team and a K-9 Unit will do demonstrations, and the well-known Crimestoppers prize wheel also will make its return to the event. Throughout the event, there also will be free food, ice cream and popcorn. “It’s a very relaxed, fun day,” Cheeks said. “If someone has a question, we want them to feel comfortable walking up to an officer and asking that question. If a kid wants to take a picture with an officer, we want them to feel comfortable walking up and taking a picture.” Cheeks said the department hopes the relationships formed during community day will carry beyond long after the event has concluded. “I think things like this make us more approachable when we’re on the streets,” he said. “People will see the officers in a normal setting that’s not a high-stress situation. I think it helps a lot in making us more personable to people.” For older kids, the Guilford County DWI Task Force will have its DWI simulator on hand to show the effects alcohol and drugs have on a person’s ability to drive. “It’s a lot more interactive and impactful than simply handing out fliers that say, ‘Don’t drink and drive,’” Cheeks said. “They can get behind the wheel and it simulates drunk driving.” For history buffs, the department’s conference room will be transformed into a quasi-museum packed full with the police department’s history. Cheeks said those who plan to attend the event are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes if they want to snag the title of best costume. http://www.hpenews.com/news/police-to-host-community-carnival/article_556c46b6-b377-11e7-9591-ffbc92d83c57.html nstewart@hpenews.com | 336-888-3601 | @NatalieLStewart

COMMUNITY DAY IS THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017 FROM 11AM - 2PM COME JOIN US!!!! As part of the High Point Police Departments ongoing community engagement efforts and in partnership with the United Way of Greater High Point, the Salvation Army of High Point, Cone Health of High Point and other key local agencies and groups we will be hosting our annual Community Day event on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students, employees and the general public are invited to attend a fun-filled event as we roll out a new interactive format. That’s right this year Community Day will be in a carnival format with patrol teams and specialized units and volunteers running a game/activity station as we both educate and entertain the community. The free event, will take place at the High Point Police Department located at 1009 Leonard Avenue, and will include activities for people of all ages including a DWI simulator to simulate driving under the influence, a seat belt simulator to show the importance of child restraint a cop’s vs kids kickball game, bounce house, Halloween costume contest and free flu shots. Participants will also have the opportunity to view live demonstrations from the High Point Police Departments Tactical Team and, K-9 Team as well as the various specialty vehicles of the department. Partnering agencies will be set up inside and outside of the department and along with helping facilitate the fun will help educate and inform the attending public on their respective roles in our community. http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/local/good-morning-show/high-point-police-department-hosts-free-community-day-saturday/483927010

Police stay focused on shoplifting BY NATALIE STEWART ENTERPRISE STAFF Oct 1, 2017 HIGH POINT — Police have a simple message for shoplifters — stop stealing. High Point police respond to shoplifting calls every day, and every time a person is arrested and charged they’re given two fliers. One flier details how suspected shoplifters could be charged with a felony if they continue stealing. Another shows 10 people who are facing lengthy incarcerations for repeatedly shoplifting. At the top of both, in bold, red letters are the words “STOP STEALING!” The majority of the shoplifting cases police see are people stealing items and then reselling them. Some take the items to pawn shops. And some, who are called “boosters,” steal items and take them to a person referred to as a “fence.” Boosters steal high-dollar items and sell them to fences. Fences turn around and sell the items on the black market for half the price of the retail cost. High Point Police Detective Ian Stanick investigates all non-residential larcenies that happen north of Lexington Avenue. That includes Home Depot, Lowe’s, Belk and Wal-Mart on N. Main Street. “A lot of what I see is drills, lawn equipment and power equipment,” he said. As the number of overdoses in the city have increased this year, so have the number of shopliftings. There have been a reported 1,022 shopliftings this year — 118 more than during the same time last year. Police believe much of the shoplifting is related to drugs. “A lot of the ones we see, too, are drug-related,” Stanick said. “The vast majority are related to some type of substance abuse, and it’s either to sell something to get money for drugs or sometimes trading it for drugs.” The department’s Property Crimes Unit has been honing in on larcenies for years. In early 2014, the department started cracking down through its larceny initiative and targeting anyone caught stealing. Before the initiative, when a person was charged with larceny they would get a citation and were released. Now, everyone charged is brought to the police department, fingerprinted, photographed and taken before a magistrate, where they’re given a bond. The General Assembly also gave authorities more options when it enabled police to charge habitual offenders with felony larceny. However, it could take years before a person is eligible to be charged with felony habitual larceny, even if they’ve been charged with larceny a dozen times before. “It has to be four convictions for larceny on four separate dates,” Stanick said. “So, if we charge someone with 12 different larcenies, but they get convicted on all of the charges on the same date, it’s one conviction.” When someone is eligible for a felony habitual larceny charge, it’s flagged in the police department’s computer system, which officers check each time someone is arrested for stealing. Police do have other options for elevated charges, though, for people who continuously steal. A flier given to everyone arrested for shoplifting it states a “special project” has been ordered to focus on shoplifters. If someone steals more than $200 worth of items and runs out of a fire exit or changes price tags on items, a person can be charged with felony larceny from a merchant. Another felony charge shoplifters could face is felony breaking and entering and felony larceny after breaking and entering. Stankick said police will charge a shoplifter with felony breaking and entering if they return to a store where they have been banned and steal or try to steal. “We had one guy who got addicted to heroin and started shoplifting from Wal-Mart,” Stanick said. “The first larceny was in December, and through April he’d been arrested about a dozen times. Every time he was banned from going back to Wal-Mart. After several times, we told him, if you get caught again stealing at Wal-Mart you’re getting charged with felony breaking and entering. He’s been caught again several times since and we’ve charged him with that.” Shoplifters also can be charged with felony organized retail theft if they steal a total of $1,500 worth of property in a 90-day time frame. They also could be charged with felony defeating an anti-theft device if the device is removed from the property in the store, or even by walking out of the door with an item that has an anti-theft device on it. Police are getting more creative with catching shoplifters, too. Recently, detectives started using an app which links police and loss prevention officers from around the region. In the app, they can post photos of people shoplifting if they need help identifying them. “When I first started using it, I had a case where I had absolutely nothing to go on other than a picture,” Stanick said. “I put it on there and someone from Lowes Foods said, ‘Oh, that’s so-and-so, he lives in Winston-Salem.’ It helps a lot, because a lot of times someone will know who it is, but we try to use it as a last resort.” Police also can check pawn shops by using software. If they know a suspect’s name, they can plug it in and see if they’ve pawned the stolen items. They also can plug in the items to see if they were pawned if they don’t know the person’s identity. “We had one woman who took four Milwaukee Drills from Home Depot,” Stanick said. “We put in four Milwaukee drills and a woman popped up who had pawned them in Greensboro. We knew right away those were the stolen drills. The woman pawning them was wearing the exact same clothes and it was an hour after the drills were stolen.” Although shoplifting is slightly up for the year, overall larcenies, which includes larceny from a vehicle, larceny from buildings and larceny of automobile accessories, are down. There have been 2,267 larcenies overall this year — 81 more than last year from Jan. 1 to Sept. 25. There were a total of 3,039 total larcenies last year. http://www.hpenews.com/news/police-stay-focused-on-shoplifting/article_ff0a8912-a788-11e7-8779-dfadd669ea04.html nstewart@hpenews.com | 336-888-3601 | @NatalieLStewart

LOCAL POLICE TO BEEF UP CRIME LAB By Pat Kimbrough (High Point Enterprise) Oct 8, 2017 HIGH POINT — High Point Police Department officials plan to add personnel to help keep up with increases in crime. The High Point City Council has approved a request from police to hire two additional crime scene technicians. Officials said this will allow the department to fill a critical manpower shortage in the unit that gathers and maintains crime-scene evidence involving DNA, fingerprints, hair, fiber and ballistics. Police Maj. Larry Casterline said increasing the unit’s number of technicians from six to eight will give police full-time coverage by the crime lab and allow more focus on firearms and DNA evidence. “This is where we want to spend more time, because this is going to solve cases for us,” he said. “Often in these homicides, there are no witnesses, so guns and DNA become really key. It takes quite a bit of time to process that type of evidence.” Shootings are up 38 percent this year in the city, and Casterline said the additional personnel will allow the crime lab to try to solve more cases by entering evidence into a national database of ballistic images of bullets and shell casings from guns linked to crimes across the nation. A gun used in one of the city’s homicides this year was recently linked to six other shootings through a ballistics match of the shell casings, he said. From September 2016 through August 2017, lab technicians responded to 2,255 crime-scene calls, including 18 homicides that were among 622 violent incidents, according to police. The increase in calls, as well as the time crime lab personnel have to devote to courtroom testimony when cases are prosecuted, required more than $22,000 in overtime pay to the crime lab during this period. The initial cost of two new technicians and one new crime lab vehicle will be $170,496. The city budgeted $700,000 this year for eight police officer positions, and City Manager Greg Demko said he will likely recommend adding eight more officers annually until crime drops. KEEP A CHECK HERE FOR THE JOB POSTING: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/highpointnc http://www.hpenews.com/news/local-police-to-beef-up-crime-lab/article_96c1f454-ac55-11e7-85dd-a304ac34f9b1.html

MARKET SECURITY PLAN "CONSTANTLY UNER REVIEW" By Natalie Stewart (High Point Enterprise) Oct 09, 2017 HIGH POINT — As several thousand people are expected to converge on downtown High Point for the fall High Point Market this week, the High Point Police Department is prepared for what it hopes never happens. High Point police are constantly poring through their safety and response plans for the market, concerts and other events surrounding the trade show, said High Point Police Lt. Curtis Cheeks III. Police also look over their plans for reacting to tragic events, like the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 where a gunman shot from a hotel room into a crowded concert below, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500. “We plan for the worst when we’re hosting an event that large and have that many people in a concentrated area,” Cheeks said while flipping through the 50-page safety plan. “We’ve had protocols in place and safety measure in place for years. Obviously, when anything like the events in Las Vegas happen, we do look at our plans to make sure there isn’t a better way we can be doing things. We’re confident in the plans we have in place and in our ability to deal with a large-scale event.” The fall event is set to officially kick off Saturday and runs through the following Wednesday. The event covers about 180 buildings with 11.5 million square feet of showroom space, bringing about 75,000 people from around the world to High Point. The police department’s safety and response plans cover each person's assignment throughout the event, i.e., who is responsible for doing what and which agencies are responsible for particular tasks. “It covers everything, and we take every piece very seriously,” Cheeks said. “Everyone knows what everyone else is responsible for, who is where, where we would set up a command center. Everything is covered in the plans, and that includes not just violent events, but other things as well, like if there’s a fire.” Also detailed in the department’s safety and response plan is what outside agencies, like the Greensboro Police Department and the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, will be tasked with doing if they’re called in for mutual aid. Throughout the furniture market, Cheeks said there are numerous uniformed officers and “officers who aren’t visible” throughout the area who are constantly moving around. The department’s tactical team also is deployed throughout the event, along with police K-9 units from High Point, Greensboro and the sheriff’s office. “The show in numbers is a big deterrent, and our response is rapid,” Cheeks said. “You can’t walk around Market without seeing numerous police officers, and that’s by design. We focus on making sure we have as many officers moving around and being seen outside and throughout the buildings. Like we saw in Las Vegas, the response is paramount. Any loss of life is too many, and our obligation is to respond to the threat and save lives. Market is important for the city, and it’s our responsibility to keep the people who are in our city safe.” Cheeks said great planning goes into even the smallest details, like parking. “People a lot of times think officers are being difficult because we won’t let them park in certain areas, but there’s a safety element there,” he said. “There’s a reason for everything that’s in place, and every issue is handled by our officers from parking enforcement to suspicious persons or packages. Anything that occurs in the Market district is our responsibility.” After both the spring and fall trade shows, the police department and city officials, the fire department and High Point Market Authority go through the plan again and talk about any issues that may have come up during the event. “We fine tune and troubleshoot,” Cheeks said. “We look at if anything needs to be tweaked or if anything should have been done differently. This way, we try to make sure we always have the best plan in place. It’s constantly under review.” http://www.hpenews.com/news/market-security-plan-constantly-under-review/article_0e09079c-aad4-11e7-aa57-bf3b97f56edd.html nstewart@hpenews.com | 336-888-3601 | @NatalieLStewart

DRIVING SAFETY TIPS TO AVOID ACCIDENTS On an annual basis, the High Point Police Department responds to approximately 5,000 traffic accidents a year. Driving safely should always be your highest concern. We’re more distracted than ever, so it’s critical to know the basics of safe driving and practice them when you’re on the road. See the attached flyer for some driving tips that will hopefully keep you safe and help us reduce the number of traffic accidents:

COMMUNITY DAY 2017 The High Point Police Departments annual Community Day will be held October 21, 2017, from 10am to 2pm rain or shine. Come join us this year as we roll out a new format, we will be hosting a kid-friendly carnival type atmosphere with game booths and interactive activities. *** Free Flu Shots to the first 150 People *** See flyer for more information.

Take a look and see where the Pink Cruiser will be during Oct, we will update it as more locations are scheduled. Want to request a stop at your business or school contact Community Outreach Officer Boyd at 336-887-7824 or Officer Tennant at 336-887-7807 #HPPD #pinkpolicecar