Matthews Police Department

  • Agency: Matthews Police Department
  • Address: 1201 Crews Rd, Matthews, 28105 NC
  • Chief: Rob Hunter (Chief of Police)
Phone: 704-847-5555
Fax: 704-845-5824

Matthews Police Department is located at 1201 Crews Rd, Matthews, 28105 NC. The Chief of Police of the department is Rob Hunter. The Matthews Police Department phone number is 704-847-5555.

Matthews Police Department News

Winter Weather Driving - Please follow the link below for tips to prepare for, and to drive in during winter weather. As always, please try to stay home if possible, but if not, please take the necessary precautions before leaving. Also, plan for an extended travel time so you don't feel rushed and can pay attention to your surroundings. https://www.ncdot.gov/travel/safetytips/

Traffic Alert Update - All travel lanes on I-485 inner loop between Hwy. 74 & E. John St. are now back open.

Traffic Alert - I-485 inner loop is down to one lane between Hwy. 74 & John St. due to a vehicle crash. Please avoid this area if possible as there will be extended delays until the scene is cleared. Alternate route is Hwy. 51.

Thank You Mt. Moriah Baptist Church for inviting us to be a part of your Martin Luther King Walk. Town of Matthews, NC

Thank You to Girl Scout Troop #2219 for inviting Animal Control Officer Jeremy Schnabel & his dog Echo to their meeting. They are working to earn their Pet / Veterinarian badges which teaches them how to properly care for animals.

We are pleased to announce our 2017 Employees of the Year. These awards are nominated and voted on by all of the Matthews Police Department staff in three different employee categories of: Sworn, Civilian and Citizen Volunteer. Corporal Lance Paugh (Patrol Division) won this year’s Sworn employee of the year for his exceptional work ethic, exhibits a great attitude and always seems willing to help whenever possible. He assists with our weekly car seat clinic, picks up extra shifts and helps with events. In addition to being a SRT member, he took on organization of the department's Honor Guard Unit which has been utilized several times this year and has represented us well at several functions displaying an impressive level of professionalism. Tracey Combel (IT Specialist) won this year’s Civilian employee of the year for being extremely responsive to the needs of everyone in the department. He is always so attentive to such a critical area of our department and does it with such a great attitude. Tracey is always looking at ways to make us more technologically efficient as well as make everyone’s jobs easier. Mike Pfeilschifter (Citizen Volunteer) won this year’s Citizen Volunteer of the year for demonstrating a commitment to helping the program grow and provide valuable support to the Matthews Police Department. He has been actively involved for several years with our Safe Kids Car Seat program insuring that each installation is properly documented. Additionally, Mike volunteers at many of the Matthews events and also bikes the greenway regularly. Mike always has a friendly greeting and approaches every opportunity with a 'can do' attitude. Pictured from left to right is: Tracey Combel, Mike Pfeilschifter, Cpl. Lance Paugh and Chief Clark Pennington.

Holiday Scams - Even though there's only a few shopping days left until Christmas, you still need to be on the look out for scams. Please follow the link below and educate yourself as much as possible with some useful tips. http://ncdoj.gov/dontgettaken

Matthews Gives Back - Christmas Project We wanted to thank everyone listed below for another very successful year of helping families in our area that are in need. We were able to provide items for 35 families which included 95 kids. This is a town wide initiative with much help from all Matthews town employees, but we have to give a special thanks to Officer Don Warren for his continued commitment to coordinating all aspects of this program along with the Matthews Police Explorers. Town of Matthews, NC Matthews Fire & EMS Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resource Department Matthews Public Works Matthews Police Explorers Crestdale Middle School Covenant Day School Family Dollar Dollar General Harris Teeter Matthews Rotary Club The Great Citizens of the Matthews Area

Fraud Suspect - Please help us to identify the suspect in these photos. She was last seen at the Target located at 1900 Matthews Township Pkwy. on Wednesday Dec. 13th at approximately 6:44 p.m. If you have any information regarding this case, or know her identity, please call our Criminal Investigations Division at: 704.847.5555.

Matthews Announces New Chief of Police Clark A. Pennington Matthews, NC – The Town of Matthews today announced Clark A. Pennington has been named Chief of the Matthews Police Department. Pennington has over 25 years of law enforcement experience, including nearly 20 years with the Frederick Police Department in Frederick, Maryland of which he served over 10 years as a Commander. “Clark's credentials and experience were just what we were looking for in our next chief,” said Hazen Blodgett, Matthews Town Manager. “We are excited to welcome Clark to Matthews and are looking forward to the great leadership he'll bring to the department." Pennington’s career includes assignments as the commander of the Patrol Division, overseeing 82 patrol officers; the Criminal Investigations Division; the Special Operations Division; the Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiations Team Commander; and assignment as the Deputy Chief of Police. Most recently Pennington served as the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) consisting of approximately 50 detectives and six civilians. His duties included overseeing all long-term criminal investigations for the Frederick Police Department. The CID includes the Violent Crimes and Special Investigations Unit, Crime Scene Unit, Victim Services Unit, Drug Enforcement Unit, Street Crimes Unit, K9 Unit, Crash Teams, and Special Response Team (SWAT). Pennington has also served as the Public Information Officer for the Frederick Police Department since 2008. “Being chosen as the new chief of police for the Matthews Police Department is the high point of my career,” Pennington said. “I am honored by the confidence the town leadership has placed in me. I plan to continue the standards recognized in professional law enforcement organizations and lead this agency based on trust and transparency – the Matthews Police Department will be a department that partners with its community to provide a safe environment for all of our residents and visitors.” Pennington began his career in public service in 1992 when he joined the United States Army. Following his military service, Pennington joined the Frederick Police Department in 1998. During his police service, Pennington graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland with a degree in Criminal Justice and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Pennington is an adjunct Criminal Justice Professor at Hood College,Frederick Community College, and Mount Saint Mary’s University. Chief Pennington begins his work in Matthews on January 2, 2018.

Gun Safety - Please keep in mind that during the holidays you have more loved ones than usual visiting, as well as possibly staying in your home for an extended period of time. This makes securing your firearm(s) that much more crucial so they don't get into the wrong curious hands. Please follow the link below for more information on how to secure your firearms. http://www.ncdoi.com/OSFM/SafeKids/Firearm%20Safety%20for%20Parents%20and%20Caregivers.aspx?sec=firearm Safe Kids Charlotte Mecklenburg

The Matthews Police Department Explorers were hard at work today wrapping gifts for our Matthews Gives Back - Christmas Project. The Explorers have made this an annual part of their program, for several years now even buying some of the needed items with their own money. We are extremely proud of these young cadets and their willingness to not only help to give back to the community, but to represent our agency in such a selfless way.

Thank You to Polo Club of Matthews for bringing by some treats today for our staff.

Traffic Alert Update - Sam Newell Rd. near Crestdale Middle School is now back open after repairs have been completed from this morning’s vehicle crash. Although it will take some time for normal traffic flow to return, there should not be any lasting impact on today’s school or afternoon traffic.

Traffic Alert - Sam Newell Rd. is closed in both directions at Crestdale Middle School due to a single vehicle crash into a utility pole. @dukeenergy is enroute to the scene now. There is currently no estimated time for the road to be reopened.

Traffic Alert - Please avoid the area of the 4200 block of Morningwood Dr. due to Matthews Fire & EMS working to contain a structure fire. Morningwood is completely blocked in this area, so please use an alternate route Town of Matthews, NC https://www.google.com/maps/place/4200+Morningwood+Dr,+Matthews,+NC+28105/@35.0851282,-80.7064734,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88542436d02e7517:0x7bb7895d6c0187d!8m2!3d35.0851238!4d-80.7042847

Watch for ME - All town of Matthews departments are partnering to promote bicycle / pedestrian safety and awareness through the Watch for Me NC campaign tomorrow on Matthews Station St. near town hall between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm. We will be under the blue Matthews police tent on the right as you are walking down Matthews Station St. towards town hall. Please stop by and see what we have to say about upcoming safety projects as well as answer any questions you may have. Town of Matthews, NC Matthews Fire & EMS Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resource Department http://www.watchformenc.org/

Thank You to Girl Scout Troop 1819 for coming by to learn about our agency.

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member and try to park as close to lighting as you can. Make sure you have enough gas in your car to do all your planned shopping and be able to return home so you do not have to stop while you have all your Christmas gifts in the car. Have your keys ready and in your hand before you leave any building headed to your car. If you have to leave items in the car while doing more shopping, please practice the "Hide, Lock, Take" method. Hide all items out of plain view of the car windows. Put the items in the trunk, under the seats or cover them with something as best you can. Lock all your car doors, this includes rolling up all windows completely. Take your keys with you always. Dress casually and comfortably. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry. Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse, make sure you always know exactly where they are at all times, and keep them fastened or zipped up until you need to get into them. Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert of your surroundings whether you are inside or outside of a building. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible. Check your purchase alert settings on your account to more easily monitor your transactions during the shopping season. This is one of the easier times of the year for criminals to access your card without your knowledge due to the more frequent than usual activity. Notify the credit card company immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused. Keep your cash in your front pocket if you must carry it.

Come out and join us this morning at Coffee with a Cop with any questions or concerns you may have from 9:00 am until 10:00 am. Today we are inside the Matthews Target at their Starbucks.