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

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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‘WE WANT TO HELP, THAT’S WHY WE DO THIS’ Officer works to develop relationship with community BY NATALIE STEWART HP ENTERPRISE Oct 31, 2016 HIGH POINT — At the dawn of a police officer's career, they place their hand on a Bible taking an oath to stand guard over the city as protectors enforcing the law. Police are often synonymous with making arrests and holding people accountable for breaking the law, but their day-to-day work encompasses much more. While officers affirm to protect, they also promise to serve. And often times, it doesn’t involve handcuffs or weapons, but rather compassion, empathy and something as simple as a smile and a wave. In June 2015, Officer Melina Antoniou-Davis was sworn in by then-police Chief Marty Sumner. Since then, she has been assigned to the police department’s Baker Team patrolling “beat 2” of the city, which encompasses a low-income area of the city from Business Interstate 85 to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and from S. Main Street to Brentwood Street. After a routine assembly with the rest of the patrol team on Wednesday, Antoniou-Davis started her shift at about 3 p.m. Sometimes, officers dart out of assembly to answer a call, but the day proved to be somewhat of a slower one. After assembly, Antoniou-Davis makes her way to the East Central neighborhood where a group of young kids are dribbling a basketball down the street. She stops her car and rolls down the window. “Hey, what are y’all doing,” she asks. “We’re going to the park,” one of the boys says, while pointing toward a nearby basketball court. She asks where one boy is by name. He’s still in school the boys say, but he’ll be at the park later. “All right, I’ll come by and see y’all later,” Antoniou-Davis says. “If y’all need anything I’ll be around.” She pulls around the corner from E. Commerce Avenue onto Thissell Street. “I like to stop and talk to them just to ask them how they’re doing and how their day is going,” Antoniou-Davis said. “The other day I stopped and sat on a bench with them and talked to them. Those kids have told me before that they live in the hood and no one can change that, and I said, ‘You can.’ I think it’s important that they know they can do well for themselves, and that where they start from doesn’t have to determine where they will go in life. I don’t want those kids to grow up and be involved in gangs. Who knows, maybe something I say will stick with them.” As she continues down Thissell Street, Antoniou-Davis waves at people walking down the street and sitting on their porches. “The people in that house right there, I wave to them every time I pass and they would never wave back to me,” she said. “One day I stopped and asked them, ‘Why can’t you wave back at me?’ They said, ‘We don’t like the police.’ Maybe they had a bad encounter with police before, or maybe they’ve seen a bad encounter with police that didn’t directly affect them. I just talked to them for a little while, and I think they realized that I hadn’t done anything to them. They just didn’t like me because of my job, and I think they realized that wasn’t fair. Now, they wave at me every time I pass.” Antoniou-Davis wasn’t the child who grew up wanting to be a police officer, nor did she come from a family with a law enforcement background. In fact, she wanted to be a physician’s assistant in the Army. “I’ve always known I wanted to do something that was physical but was also for my community,” she said. “I started studying biology and I did an internship at a hospital and I hated it. I knew that wasn’t what I was meant to do.” Around the same time she decided maybe being a physician’s assistant wasn’t for her, a Thomasville police officer who frequents a restaurant Antoniou-Davis’ parents own offered to take her along during one of his shifts. “I instantly fell in love with it,” she said. “It’s not anything like what people see on ‘Cops’ or other TV shows or in the movies.” Antoniou-Davis, a Thomasville native, then decided on High Point for a career in law enforcement. “I really picked High Point because of its size. It’s not too small, but it’s also not so big to where you don’t know everybody,” she said. “There’s that working relationship here and there’s a sense of family to it. We all know each other and it’s not like we will be on a call and not know who our backup is.” As she continues down the street, Antoniou-Davis still waves as she passes people. Half of them scowl and turn their heads, she offers a smile and waves anyway. After answering several calls — a disturbance in the street between and man and woman, a man parked along a desolate street for over an hour smoking marijuana in his car, a residential burglary alarm — Antoniou-Davis makes her way back down E. Commerce Avenue where a man sitting on his porch spots her and waves. She puts the car in park, gets out and walks over. “Hey, Mr. Washington, how are you,” she asks. “She’s a real police officer here for the community, and that’s really what it’s all about,” Jonathan Washington says as he puts his hand on Antoniou-Davis’ shoulder. “Every time she comes by she’s smiling and waving and she’ll stop and say hello. I think that’s really the key, and when I know people like her are on duty on these streets I’m fine. I know everything is going to be all right.” For Antoniou-Davis, she said it’s as simple as asking someone how they’re doing, or just offering a friendly smile and waving as she passes them along the streets. “I think it shows them a different side of police, and I like getting to know them and having a relationship with them and building trust,” she said. “They’re why I’m here. I want them to know that I’m here for them. I think it’s important that they know if they need anything they can come to the police. We want to help, that’s why we do this.” nstewart@hpenews.com | 336-888-3601 | @NatalieLStewart http://www.hpenews.com/news/officer-works-to-develop-relationship-with-community/article_49ab8756-9f73-11e6-a22c-076c93e34887.html

POLICE SERVE HUNDREDS OF OUTSTANDING WARRSNTS DURING ROUNDUP BY NATALIE STEWART HP ENTERPRISE Mar 5, 2018 HIGH POINT — Police served hundreds of outstanding warrants last week during its annual roundup. Monday through Thursday of last week, police sought to decrease the number of outstanding warrants, most of which were non-custody warrants for unpaid fines and orders to show cause. The police department had about 830 outstanding non-custody warrants, and asked anyone with an outstanding warrant to stop by the police department to get a copy of the papers and a court date. High Point Police Lt. Curtis Cheeks III said prior to the project, police had tried to serve the warrants. However, they were unable to locate the people or had an invalid address or phone number. Cheeks said police served a total of 346 warrants during the four-day project. Of the warrants served, 189 were orders to show cause, 81 were orders for arrest, 61 were warrants for arrest and 15 were criminal summons. On average, police serve about 350 warrants per month. Cheeks said the total amount of fines in the warrants served were $73,108. Although the project ended Thursday, police are still asking anyone who has an outstanding warrant to go by the police department, 1009 Leonard Ave., to get it served. Cheeks said just because the warrant project is over, the remainder of the outstanding warrants aren’t going away. “For the warrants unserved, they will not go away unless they are recalled by the court system,” Cheeks said. “So, even at the conclusion, we still advise people to get those papers taken care of.” nstewart@hpenews.com | 336-888-3601 | @NatalieLStewart http://www.hpenews.com/news/police-serve-hundreds-of-outstanding-warrants-during-roundup/article_80658656-1ff7-11e8-a9d7-bfdb94972cdd.html

7TH ANNUAL HIGH POINT POLICE DEPARTMENT FALLEN OFFICER MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT WHEN: MAY 4, 2018 AT 8:00 AM WHERE: OAK HOLLOW GOLF COURSE *** SEE FLYERS FOR MORE INFORMATION *** Police Memorial Week is a special time for all Law Enforcement Officers across the nation. It is very imperative that we never forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving their community, especially officers from the High Point Police Department. Commemoration of our Fallen Officers is important not only to the law enforcement community but also to the community we serve. Any and all civilians who support and assist law enforcement officers and agencies are a vital part of our mission and experience the same heartache when an officer is lost in the line of duty. -Lt. Curtis Cheeks III, PIO / Community Engagement

POLCE SEEK TO CLEAR OUTSTANDING NON-CUSTODY WARRANTS By Natalie Stewart - High Point Enterprise HIGH POINT — Through the police department’s annual roundup project, officers are hoping to clear out hundreds of outstanding warrants. High Point Police Lt. Curtis Cheeks III said the goal of the project is to decrease the number of outstanding warrants. On average, he said police serve about 350 warrants per month. The warrants project includes people who are wanted on non-custody warrants, i.e., no handcuffs or jail cells are involved, Cheeks said. The project is set to run Monday through Thursday. The majority of the 830 warrants are orders to show cause, which means a judge wants a person to appear in court. Typically, orders to show cause have to do with unpaid fines. About three dozen of the outstanding warrants are for criminal summons. Criminal summons are a statement of a crime or infraction in which the person will get a court date. Police are asking people who have outstanding warrants to go by the department to clear it out. “Basically, they’ll get a copy of the paper and a court date,” Cheeks said. “There are no handcuffs involved, but it’s our duty and responsibility to serve those papers.” Cheeks said police have tried to serve the warrants. However, they haven't been able to locate the people or have an invalid address or phone number. Anyone who has an outstanding warrant can go by the police department at 1009 Leonard Ave. or call 336-887-7977 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. to make an appointment or ask questions. Cheeks said if someone is unable to go to the police department, an officer will bring the papers to them. “It’s better to go ahead and get this taken care of,” Cheeks said. “They don’t go away.” For a complete list of outstanding warrants, see Sunday's print edition of The High Point Enterprise. http://www.hpenews.com/news/police-seek-to-clear-outstanding-non-custody-warrants/article_327edde8-18e5-11e8-a9b0-efe84e76d3f6.html

POLICE SEEK HELP IN SOLVING HIT-AND-RUN CASES By Natalie Stewart - High Point Enterprise Feb 19, 2018 HIGH POINT — Police average about five hit-and-run crashes per day, and they’re hoping information from the public will help solve some of the cases. Officer Jeffrey Crouse, who’s been assigned to the department’s Traffic Unit since 2010, has heard about every excuse for why someone left the scene of a crash. The most common excuse he gets though, is a fairly minor one. “I didn’t have a license,” he said. “Most of the time people leave for something very simple like that.” Had the person stayed at the scene, they likely would have gotten a ticket for driving without a license. Now, they’re ticketed for driving without a license and a hit-and-run. Then there are the hit-and-runs that happen in parking lots where someone hits an unoccupied vehicle. The person looks around and assumes no one saw. Then they leave. However, Crouse said, if you hit a vehicle in a parking lot, you’re almost guaranteed it was caught on surveillance video. “If you hit a car in the parking lot, you should call the police no matter how minor it is,” he said. “We’ll locate the owner of that vehicle. I hear a lot, ‘Well, I looked at it and I didn’t see anything wrong with it.’ If you hit a car, you need to call the police and let us determine if there’s any damage or not.” For drivers who are the victim of a hit-and-run, the most important piece of information for police is a license plate number. “People don’t expect the other vehicle to leave,” Crouse said. “So, they don’t get a tag number. Or the other vehicle leaves so quickly they can’t get the tag, and we understand that.” If someone does hit your vehicle and leave, call police immediately, he said. “A lot of times they’ll go home and call their insurance company and then they’ll call us to file a report,” Crouse said. “Now, it’s two, three, four days into it. There could have been physical evidence at the scene or surveillance evidence. Some places have security cameras that just keep overlapping. So, when we go out there later, it’s gone. There was video, but now it’s recorded over. The sooner someone calls the better.” If you have information about a hit-and-run call Crimestoppers of High Point at 336-889-4000. All calls are anonymous. Crimestoppers pays up to $5,000 for successful tips. Anyone with information also can call Crouse at 336-887-7833. nstewart@hpenews.com | 336-888-3601 | @NatalieLStewart http://www.hpenews.com/news/police-seek-help-in-solving-hit-and-run-cases/article_924b2a10-1589-11e8-b432-bbb72cebc6a3.html


NEW POLICE DEPLOYMENT PLAN FACTORS IN TRENDS OF SERVICE CALLS By Natalie Stewart - High Point Enterprise Feb 11, 2018 HIGH POINT — As the city continues to grow, the police department is changing the way officers patrol the city in hopes of having better coverage to answer calls. Much of the police department’s focus is driven by calls for service. Where are officers being called to most? Why are officers being called there? How long is it taking officers to get to a call? The latter is one of the most important questions, because when police are needed, every second counts. The new deployment plan is taking every second into consideration while ensuring officers can get to a call as quickly as possible. The only difference residents may notice, said Lt. Curtis Cheeks III, is quicker response times. Cheeks added that there were no problems with response times prior to the change, but the change is a proactive way to address trends in the city over the past several years. ‘AHEAD OF THE CURVE’ The police department divides the city into beats with patrol officers assigned to specific areas. The previous deployment plan was adopted in 2003, when about 90,500 people lived in the city. “The city obviously has changed and grown in the past 14 years,” Cheeks said. “There are more businesses in the northern part of the city than there were in 2003, we have more neighborhoods, High Point University has grown and expanded. The city has changed. Just like anything else, you have to re-evaluate what you’re doing, why you’re doing it and look at if it’s the most productive way to operate. We’re want to stay ahead of the curve.” Capt. Joe Beasley along with a committee of other officers and department staff started analyzing the deployment plan in 2016. “The biggest two things they looked at were calls for service and the population in those designated areas,” Cheeks said. “We don’t want any beat to be so big that it affects response time, and we don’t want any beat to be so populated it affects response times.” Under the old deployment plan, there were nine beats with two officers assigned to each. The exception was beat nine, which is downtown, where one officer was assigned. “There aren’t a lot of residential areas downtown, and a lot of the businesses are showrooms,” Cheeks said. “They handled downtown calls, and then basically they were a rover. They would go wherever they were needed throughout the city.” Under the previous deployment plan, beat seven averaged the highest number of calls over a two-year period with about 14,200. Beat seven is from Interstate 40 south to Eastchester Drive and from the city’s western city limit east to Oak Hollow Lake. Beats one and two also saw a higher number of calls. Beat one was from Brentwood Street to the city’s eastern city limit and from Jamestown south to Archdale. Beat two is the core city, from E. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to Interstate 85 Business and from Centennial Street to Brentwood Street. Beat one averaged 12,700 calls over a two-year period while beat two averaged 13,800 calls. THE NEW PLAN At the beginning of the year, the department rolled out the new deployment plan. The city now is divided into six beats, and each beat has two zones. “An officer is assigned to each zone,” Cheeks said. “Then, there’s a third officer in each beat now, too. The third officer is the designated floater.” The floating car in each beat responds as backup to the zone officers. If the zone officers are on calls, the floating car will take calls. The calls also are more evenly distributed between beats. “By design, we want there to always be an officer close to where they’re needed so they can get there quickly,” Cheeks said. “The goal is to make sure our coverage matches the calls for service.” Last year, police averaged about 10 minutes responding to calls. Since the change in the deployment plan, police have averaged 8 minutes and 21 seconds to calls. Both plans have the same amount of officers on the streets. Throughout the day, there are 23 officers on the street, including a captain, three lieutenants and a K-9 Unit. During the times police experience the most calls for service — 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. — the number of officers on the streets doubles as two patrol team shifts overlap. http://www.hpenews.com/news/new-police-deployment-plan-factors-in-trends-of-service-calls/article_ef25fdde-0de9-11e8-bee6-83a7201c6c84.html nstewart@hpenews.com | 336-888-3601 | @NatalieLStewart

POLICE TRACK GUN CRIMES Hundreds of firearms seized in 2017 BY NATALIE STEWART ENTERPRISE STAFF HIGH POINT — Police seized hundreds of guns last year, and the majority of them were being used by someone committing a crime. High Point Police Lt. Curtis Cheeks III said police most often come across guns during traffic stops and while responding to people’s homes. Police took 291 guns last year. Of those, 50 were taken from someone who was in possession of a gun while committing a crime, and 48 guns were taken off convicted felons. State law forbids convicted felons of possessing firearms, and it’s a felony if they’re caught with one. Twenty-eight guns were taken for being illegally concealed, 23 guns were seized as being found, 12 were taken following an assault, 12 were taken after they were found on a person in possession of drugs and 13 were reported stolen. Of the guns seized last year, 11 were used in connection with a homicide. Every time an officer takes a gun, it’s logged into the police department’s property room for safekeeping. Detective Dennis Szentmariay, who is duly sworn with High Point police and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, does a trace on each gun the department seizes. During the trace, Szentmariay works to determine where the come came from, every person who has had possession of the gun and whether it’s been used in a crime like shootings, homicides or shots fired calls. The majority of the people whom police have seized guns from are under 30 — 150 were seized from people in that age bracket. Thirteen of the guns were seized from a person under 17. State law requires a person to be 18 to get a pistol purchase permit. “That’s at least one gun off an underage person a month,” Cheeks said. “Then if you look at the year we had (last year) with shootings, a lot of them are below 30, which has an adverse effect on the age of our victims.” Last year, 21 people were killed in High Point. Fifteen of those people were killed with guns. Most of them were in their 20s and early 30s. The youngest people killed by guns last year were 16 and 18. Police have charged 29 people in connection with last year’s killings. The average age of the suspects is 26. The youngest person charged with murder last year was 14. Cheeks said police already have taken 43 guns off the street in January. Ten of the guns seized were taken by the department’s Narcotics Unit during a search warrant. ‘WE ALL HAVE TO TAKE OWNERSHIP’ Last year, Cheeks said countless guns were reported stolen from unlocked vehicles across the city. “For months, one of the things we harped on is something as simple as locking your vehicle,” Cheeks said. “We have to recognize as a community that part of the problem with the violence is the availability of firearms and what they’re being used for, and I’m not talking about our community members who lawfully and responsibly own a firearm. We all need to take some ownership. If I own 16 guns, I need to know where they are and keep them safe and secure. I need to be accountable and responsible as a gun owner.” Another problem, Cheeks said, is retaliation among feuding people or groups. Sometimes, known gangs. There could be several back-and-forth shootings between people where no one is struck before police are called. “A lot of times they won’t tell us, they’ll arm themselves instead,” Cheeks said. “We know our offenders are mobile and they’re armed with guns. Our concentrated efforts are to target those specific people who are involved in that type of activity. In some cases, our victim today may be our offender tomorrow.” Cheeks said police work daily to get guns off the streets and away from people who are likely to use them to commit a crime or retaliate against another person or group. “One of the worst things we have to do is death notifications,” Cheeks said. “Last year, we spent a lot of time doing just that. On the flip side, we also have to deal with the parents and loved ones of the offenders. We have to explain what the charges are, and that they’re probably not going to get a bond, or it’s going to be significant. We need people to wrap their mind around the fact that these guns are accessible and we have way too many of our young adults and youth involved and intertwined with guns.” ‘TRAINED FOR THE WORST’ When Cheeks started as a patrol officer with the department about 15 years ago, he said it could be years before a patrol officer came across a rifle. However, it’s becoming more and more common. A few weeks ago, Cheeks said an officer pulled a car over and the passenger ran while the driver stayed. Police found a loaded gun under the driver’s seat of the car. Cheeks said before the passenger ran, he grabbed an AR-15 and two loaded magazines. A police K-9 found the man hiding in the woods. Cheeks said the man still had the gun and magazines on him when police arrested him. “That’s the difference in how things have evolved,” he said. “Years ago, when we would stop a car and the person had a gun, they might jump and run. They would leave the gun in the car because they wanted to separate themselves from something they weren’t supposed to have. Lately, we’ve had a lot of instances where people are jumping and running and they’re taking guns with them.” The increase in guns on the street impacts how officers train, Cheeks said. “We’ve always trained for the worst-case scenarios,” he said. “We looked at it as good training, but that hasn’t happened here a lot. Now, that training resonates because it’s happened far more that it did before.” Cheeks said the department’s training coordinator, Officer Travis Reams, looks at what officers are encountering on the streets. From there, he may incorporate more training in specific areas to ensure officers are equipped to handle every situation. “We have a responsibility to this community,” Cheeks said. “If someone is armed with a gun and they’re doing something criminal in nature, people are going to call an officer. They expect us to find a resolution and keep them safe because that’s what we’ve said we’ll do. We also have an obligation to our officers and their families. At the end of their shifts, we want them to go home.” If you know someone involved in criminal activity or who may be illegally possessing a gun, call Crimestoppers of High Point at 336-889-4000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword ‘CASHTIPS.’ All calls and texts are anonymous. Crimestoppers pays up to $5,000 for successful tips. “That could be the difference,” Cheeks said. “We want people to keep that in mind. It’s a vested effort by police and the community.” nstewart@hpenews.com | 336-888-3601 | @NatalieLStewart http://www.hpenews.com/news/hundreds-of-firearms-seized-in/article_08ca8bbe-0d23-11e8-85ad-df0ffabc9834.html

HIGH POINT POLICE 2017 YEAR IN REVIEW REPORT A Message from Chief Ken Shultz: "Contained within this report you will find critical statistics that are useful in understanding the impact of crime in High Point throughout 2017. We utilize this data to analyze historic trends, to evaluate our own effectiveness and to determine future focus. The increases in homicides and firearm violence is obviously our most troubling issues and will continue to receive our highest prioritization. Even though our investigations show that these crimes are rarely if ever random, the truth is that they do impact all our citizens. Our research into best practices continues to indicate that the Focused Deterrence strategies we have embraced for 20 years now, remains the most effective tactic found worldwide. Our relationships with community members, organizations such as High Point Community Against Violence and our other professional partners remain strong and will continue to serve a vital role as we work to hold perpetrators accountable and reduce violence. Other areas of continued focus will include traffic enforcement efforts as we work to combat an increase in crashes and fatalities and we will continue our focus on narcotics in response to the ever-growing heroin/opioid epidemic that is sweeping our country and impacting our City. The officers of our police department remain committed to serving the citizens of High Point. While they signed up to specifically enforce laws and protect the innocent members of our city, they routinely exceed that calling, much to the betterment of all. I am proud of them and assure you of our commitment to making High Point the safest and most livable city." https://www.highpointnc.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/9539

POLICE: CALL WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING SUSPICIOUS BY NATALIE STEWART ENTERPRISE HIGH POINT — No one knows a neighborhood better than the people who live there. When something is out of place, or seems suspicious, police rely on residents in the neighborhood to call in it for police to check it out. Oftentimes, those calls are what start an investigation. A call to 911 Saturday night started an investigation that led to one man being charged with human trafficking for allegedly transporting a 19-year-old woman to a house for sex. Another man was charged with conspiring to commit prostitution and the homeowner was charged with soliciting prostitution. A suspicious car pulling in and out of driveways along Piedmont Crossing Drive prompted the man to call police. “I watched him go to three or four different driveways where the houses are either unoccupied or the cars are in the garage,” the man tells a dispatcher. “Each time they pull up to a house nobody gets out. Nobody comes out of the house. Nothing, there’s no movement. It’s kind of sketchy.” The man said in the year and a half he’s lived in the neighborhood, he’s never seen the car. Last year, police got more than 6,000 calls about suspicious activity, people and vehicles. Police had a total of 119,700 calls last year. “It’s the call that starts investigations the most,” said High Point Police Lt. Curtis Cheeks III. “The things that don’t look right to you are the same things that pique our attention. Those calls, a lot of times, will get an investigation going.” And that investigation could stop something from happening, or it could solve a case police have been working on. Cheeks said there have been instances where he’s seen someone in a parking lot in the early hours of the morning. He’ll stop and ask the person why they are there and what they are doing. There’s nothing to arrest or charge the person on, but he makes note of his contact with them. “A week or two later, a detective will say, ‘Hey, that field sheet you did just cleared up X, Y and Z,’” Cheeks said. “It’s the same vehicle that was described, the detectives have footage of them, etc. The same goes for neighborhoods. If something doesn’t look right or doesn’t make sense, call.” In some cases, a call about a suspicious person leads to officers discovering vehicles broken into or finding drugs. Last summer, someone called police to report a suspicious vehicle parked at the end of a dead end road. Officers discovered the unoccupied Honda Pilot was reported stolen in Greensboro. On another call about a suspicious vehicle, police found two people in a stolen car. On another call about a suspicious vehicle, officers found a man who had a warrant for his arrest. They also found cocaine in the vehicle, according to a police report. In another incident, police found meth. Officers found the window broken out of a business while responding to a call about a suspicious person. “That person in the car you see that maybe doesn’t belong, or you can’t identify a reason for them being there,” Cheeks said. “Those are the times we get called. For all intents and purposes, we’re paid to be nosey. We’ll go out and figure out what they’re doing, why they are there. It gives us a starting point.” A lot of times, people are in a neighborhood for a legitimate reason, Cheeks said. And a simple conversation clears that up. “When an officer makes contact with someone, they’ll tell them why they are making contact with them,” he said. “Our reason is to try to figure out what’s going on. We got called there for a reason and we’re trying to figure out what’s going on. Generally, if someone has a legitimate reason for being in a neighborhood, then they have no problem talking to us.” Cheeks said a neighborhood calling police when they see suspicious activity also works as a deterrent. “It sets the tone for that neighborhood,” he said. “It lets a person know somebody is going to call on me if I come scout a place out here. It’s your neighborhood. The things people in the neighborhood allow to happen sets the tone for what goes on in that neighborhood.” No one knows a neighborhood better than the people who live in it, Cheeks said. And that’s the best deterrent for crime. “Even if you’re not on a first-name basis with your neighbors,” Cheeks said. “You know what cars you always see in your neighborhood, who you typically see or that house over there is vacant. Same for an apartment complex, you know who generally belongs there.” http://www.hpenews.com/news/police-call-when-you-see-something-suspicious/article_7e4af442-0c5f-11e8-8a0d-5b04fd8bf2b6.html nstewart@hpenews.com | 336-888-3601 | @NatalieLStewart

At Risk Job Preparedness Class The High Point Police Department and High Point Community Against Violence have partnered in an effort to produce a reduction in violence related to the At-Risk Population for Gang Involvement. Individuals that are involved, likely to become involved, or previously involved in Gang Activity have been identified and are selected to participate. This effort was made possible by a Grant received from the NC Governor’s Crime Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, 2016 Bryne Justice Assistance Grant. The selected individuals will be offered the resources of High Point Community Against Violence and HPCAV will connect them with community resources that are available, but added, HPCAV will provide direct resources to help the selected offenders with job preparedness (hands-on training in the HPCAV facility), life skills training, and personal counsel in regard to all the matters in their lives in order to help them sort through the details that can assist them in making positive decisions for their future. The job preparedness training will be conducted at the HPCAV facility located at 792 N. Main Street, High Point, N.C. that will include basic carpentry/building skills (including all materials), job search and interview training, social communication skills, and personal finance management. The job preparedness program will be taught by a licensed building contractor and others who have expertise in the area of working with the criminal justice system. The class is three weeks, six hours per day program (24 hours per week). A certificate of achievement construction describing the training, clothing, and tools necessary to start a career in construction will be awarded to each participant who completes the entire session of training. There have been 9 classes since 2015 and three more are to be scheduled before August 2018. Pictured are the supplies provided to the program participants to assist with job placement at the conclusion of the program.

High Point Police Looking For Woman Stealing From Elderly Alma McCarty - WFMY News 2 HIGH POINT, NC -- High Point Police say a woman has been preying on elderly grocery shoppers. Police say the woman has stolen from at least three women, stealing their wallets from their purses as they shop. The thefts all happened at the Harris Teeter on Skeet Club Road on December 28, 2017, January 9, 2018, and January 24, 2018. From car, to cart, you might get a false sense of security, once inside the grocery store. That's what Bonnie Hackney says happened to her just a few weeks ago. “I went to pay for my groceries, and my wallet was not in my purse. So, I immediately called my husband, and I said did I drop my wallet on the floor? He said no and he had to come over and pay for the groceries,” she said. When it happened, her purse had been in the front of the cart, open. Then, she realized her wallet had been stolen, and the thief was already using her cards. “They bought four gift cards at Harris Teeter right there, within five minutes,” she explained, “And then had got on to Walgreens on Main Street and used a credit card. Some of the things didn't go through but they tried, but it amounted to an attempt of about $4,000.” She's not the only one. Police have at least two other similar reports in High Point, and surveillance pictures to go along with them. They say it's happening more frequently, and it's easy to do with lots of distractions and strangers milling about in grocery stores. Investigators believe the suspect has traveled outside of High Point too, and that she is linked to a dark colored sedan. They've staged undercover operations in various grocery stores - but still don't have anyone in custody. http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/crime/high-point-police-looking-for-woman-stealing-from-elderly/512657579