Kannapolis Police Department

  • Agency: Kannapolis Police Department
  • Address: 401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, 28081 NC
  • Chief: James "Woody" Chavis (Chief of Police)

Kannapolis Police Department is located at 401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, 28081 NC. The Chief of Police of the department is James "Woody" Chavis. The Kannapolis Police Department phone number is 704-920-4000.

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Kannapolis City Schools - Fortunately, SRO Corey Kluttz and Detective Lamar Harper didn't need a đźš‘đźš‘ at one of the AL Brown proms. #kpdhasnomoves

2018 Memorial Service Awards Roger Dale Carter Memorial Service Award This award is presented to the police officer that possesses an exceptional reputation for personal honesty and integrity that is beyond reproach. They have a positive and direct influence on others by living their life in a manner that reflects well on themselves and their profession. Roger Dale Carter was employed by the Kannapolis Police Department on June 21, 1989. An armed assailant gunned him down on December 31, 1993. The assailant then left the scene and turned the weapon on himself, taking his own life. Roger was the first Kannapolis Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty. Officer Jennifer Mackey is the 2018 recipient of this annual service award. She began her employment with the Kannapolis Police Department in January of 2009. She was initially assigned to the Patrol Division where she remained until 2012. She was then transferred to the Community Services Unit where she still serves as the Department’s DARE Officer. In addition to her normal duties, she currently serves as a member of the department’s Honor Guard Team. For the past several years, she has played a vital role in the success of the “COPS Target Kids” and “TOYS for TOTS” programs provided by the department during the Christmas Holiday season. She has an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the NC Criminal Justice Education Training Standards Commission. She is a graduate of Barton College and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Criminal Psychology. Her positive outlook and “can do” attitude are some of the first attributes you will recognize in speaking with her. This year’s recipient of the Roger Dale Carter Memorial Service Award embodies the principles that this award is meant to represent. She has established high standards of personal conduct and her moral and ethical behavior has gained her the respect of her peers and the community she serves. Norma C. Howard Memorial Service Award The Norma C. Howard Memorial Service Award is presented annually to the civilian police department employee that possesses distinct integrity and honor. The recipients of this award conducts both their personal and professional lives in a manner that is consistent with our agency values and code of ethics. Lauren Barnes is the 2018 recipient of this annual service award. She started her tenure with the agency in 2012 initially in our Communications Center and later transferred to our records Division. She is and regularly has been extremely committed to her work, always with an enthusiastic attitude and approaches every task with an upbeat confidence. Along with her work ethic, she is extremely family oriented and provides all with affection. Lauren displays a high moral standard in all aspects of her life and is always courteous to assist when needed. She has been a devoted employee to the city and we as an agency could not have asked for a better asset or friend. Life Saving Award During the summer of 2017, Sergeant Hinson discovered another City of Kannapolis employee was in need of a kidney transplant. Jason began the testing process and discovered that he was able to donate a kidney but was not a match. However, Jason remained medical partners with the employee and they were paired with another set of partners on the other side of the country in a kidney exchange program. In September of 2017, Jason underwent surgery to donate a kidney to someone he had never met thousands of miles away. While a kidney arrived for the employee in North Carolina on a plane, Jason’s kidney was flown back thousands of miles and utilized for a transplant in the unknown recipient. The procedure was a success. This selfless act of kindness, compassion, and love for his fellow man exemplifies the highest ideals of law enforcement. Jason’s actions went above and beyond the call of duty and as a result had a direct effect on saving and improving the quality of life for others. Commendation Officer Miller was recognized for exemplary service in the performance of his duty during his response to an emergency medical call which occurred on May 5, 2018. The Kannapolis Police Department received an emergency 911 call about an unresponsive infant. Telecommunications personnel advised that CPR was underway. Officer Miller quickly responded to the scene, where he located the father of the child who was attempting CPR. Officer Miller evaluated the situation and immediately recognized he was dealing with a medical emergency. He assumed responsibility for the CPR from the father and made his way out of the residence with the child. He continued these lifesaving efforts until he was relieved by Kannapolis Fire Department personnel. In evaluating the actions of Officer Miller his supervisor praised the level of professionalism he maintained during this incident and his complete lack of hesitation. Officers train and prepare for responses to armed adversaries and other dangerous situations daily. However, no level of training can fully prepare an officer for what Officer Miller confronted on this date. His attention to duty and his actions on this occasion reflect the highest ideals of law enforcement.

Thank you for the First Responders Meal from the First Presbyterian Church, Kannapolis. During the event, the children were giving thank you cards they made to the officers.

UPDATE: Lanes have re-opened, traffic is beginning to flow. Traffic alert: Northbound I-85 North of the Kannapolis exit (exit 63)is closed due to a hazardous material incident. A wrecked tractor trailer has ruptured a fuel tank. Hazmat crews are responding. Expect delays in the area.

The Kannapolis Fire Department is currently on scene of a fully involved outbuilding fire off of Charlie Walker Road. In addition to the outbuilding, an adjacent home and vehicle sustained minor damage from the heat. However, no injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Thanks to all of the great support for the Kannapolis Firefighter Assistance Foundation's annual BBQ fundraiser at Jiggy with the Piggy BBQ Challenge. Tonight was a sell out but there will be plenty more on Saturday!

House moving occurring through Kannapolis until 11:30 a.m. Primarily affecting Cannon Boulevard and Lane Street, expect temporary delays.

The Kannapolis Police Department would like to congratulate Officer Joseph Galyan for his recent designation as a Master Police Officer (MPO). This is a very rigorous and advanced step in the department’s career development path. There are many requirements needed to obtain the MPO status, only some of which are: at least 6 years service, intermediate police certificate, many hours of specialized and advanced training, active field training officer status, and above standard rating on annual employee evaluations. Officer Galyan is assigned to patrol squad A where he serves as a K9 officer.with his partner, Banner He has been with the department since July of 2011. He and his wife Trisha have 1 daughter(Stella) and currently live in Mt. Pleasant.

On April 14, 2018 between the hours of 03:00 – 06:30 am, there were several businesses in Kannapolis that were burglarized. The businesses included Park Road Soda Shop - 800 Rodgers Lake Road, NAPA - 1715 N. Cannon Blvd., Towel City Re-tread - 1601 N. Ridge Ave. and Gio’s Tires - 1404 S. Main Street. The male suspect in these crimes is of an unknown race, wearing white shoes, blue jeans, light blue hoodie with a distinct set of gloves. The vehicle is described as a four door Honda, light greyish-green in color. Other businesses throughout Rowan and Cabarrus Counties were burglarized during the same time frame. NAPA - 1018 S. Main St., China Grove, Kar-Mar Tire - 5935 Old Salisbury-Concord Rd, BK Tire and Auto Repair - 2289 S. US 29 Hwy, China Grove and the Shell Gas Station - 2020 Kannapolis Hwy, Concord. On April 15, 2018 between the hours of 04:30 – 06:00 am, there were eight vehicles broken into near the Cloverleaf Parkway area, Kannapolis. Surveillance video also shows the vehicle is the same Honda with the same suspect wearing dark colored jeans and a black hoodie. The suspect is using some type of bar or tire iron to bust out the car windows and the front doors of businesses. The suspect is using a smash and grab method and is only in the the vehicles and business for seconds. The Kannapolis Police Department requests anyone with information regarding this incident or the suspect’s location to call 704-920-4000 or Crime Stoppers at 704-932-7463 (CRIME). A reward is available for anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) in this case. The public can also post or direct message the agency on our social media pages, @kannapolis911 on Twitter or Kannapolis911 on Facebook. For additional information or questions, you can contact Sergeant Chris L. Fisher at 704.920.4059 / cfisher@kannapolisnc.gov. Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office, City of Concord Public Safety - Fire, Police, Communications, Emergency MgtRowan County Sheriff's Office

Kannapolis Police Department Awarded National Accreditation The Kannapolis Police Department has once again been awarded national accreditation. This is the seventh consecutive time the agency has achieved the accreditation honor. Deputy Police Chief Terry Clanton, along with Accreditation Manager Lori Parker accepted the award at a recently held conference of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). “We are extremely proud to have maintained our accredited status over the years,” said Chief Woody Chavis. “Maintaining this elite status shows that we consistently serve our community with professionalism, dignity, and respect. Our mission is to insure that the citizens of Kannapolis have a safe place to call home.” Police accreditation is a voluntary process. By going through it, a police department invites an independent outside review to ensure the department has the most up-to-date policies, procedures, and training. This ensures that a department uses the best practices for law enforcement to deliver exceptional services to its residents, businesses, and visitors. Each law enforcement agency seeking accreditation is provided with a manual containing over 480 individual standards addressing all facets of law enforcement management, operations, and support functions. Accredited agencies must maintain compliance with all applicable mandatory standards and at least 80% of other than mandatory standards. The Kannapolis Police Department was found to be in compliance with all mandatory standards and 96% of the other than mandatory standards. CALEA conducted an on-site assessment in December 2017, when two representatives spent four days in Kannapolis. They reviewed files, interacted with employees, spoke to citizens, and rode-along with officers on patrol. Accreditation strengthens an agency’s accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities. Being accredited can limit an agency’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally recognized standards for law enforcement have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.