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Community Policing

The Fayetteville Police Department strongly embraces the philosophy of community policing in all its daily operations and functions. Community Policing is based upon a partnership between the police and the community whereby the police and the community share responsibility for identifying, reducing, eliminating and preventing problems that impact community safety and order. By working together, the police and the community can reduce the fear and incidence of crime and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods citywide. In this effort, the community and police work as partners to identify and prioritize problems of crime and disorder and share the responsibility for the development and implementation of proactive problem-solving strategies to address identified issues. The strategies used prove success because they mobilize the efforts and resources of the police, the community and local government.

Community Watch Groups Portal 

The Community Watch Groups Portal provides a range of information about each type of group across Fayetteville. 

Business Watch

This program unites businesses within close proximity of each other so they may alert others of suspicious activity/persons, or crime trends in the area. Business Watch has had great success in combating crime through communication between local business owners. To learn how to begin a Business Watch in your, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit.

Citizens on Patrol

Citizens on Patrol (COP) is a nation-wide program that enlists the help of eligible citizens to be the "eyes and ears" for our officers.  The volunteers patrol the city in specially marked vehicles reporting suspicious activity, checking on the elderly and homes while the owners are away.  The volunteers do not have law enforcement authority and are not confrontational.  They provide additional visibility in our city's neighborhoods and business districts.

Citizens Police Academy

The Citizen’s Police Academy is based on the words of Sir Robert Peele, the founder of modern policing, that “the police are the public and the public are the police.” If our community is to make progress in reducing crime and disorder we must have, in addition to committed and well-trained police officers, committed and well trained citizens.  The CPA meets for three hours, one night per week, for ten weeks. During the academy the citizens receive presentations and demonstrations from all areas of the department. The citizens learn what we are doing on their behalf and more importantly, why we are doing it. At the Fayetteville Police Department, we believe that we cannot merely respond to disorder after it has occurred. We must understand the underlying issues present in each problem area that give rise to the disorder. Most of these factors are outside the control of the police department. Therefore, a growing number of informed citizens must be aware of their role as stakeholders. As people who have a stake in the outcome of the problem, and what they can do to assist.

Citizens Volunteer Program 

The Citizens Volunteer Program functions in support of community related activities as well as supporting daily operations of the Fayetteville Police Department.  Citizens Volunteers can assist the Police Department in various administrative and community policing capacities.  Citizen volunteers are a great asset to the Police Department helping build ties within our community and getting our citizens to help make a great department even better.  Volunteers assist us regularly in areas such as clerical work, departmental events, crime prevention events, training, Police Activity League and many more. Personnel are not issued uniforms or firearms and do not have arrest authority.  Citizens who volunteer are subject to background checks prior to being accepted and are not compensated for the services they perform.

Coffee with a Cop

In an effort to increase community relations, the Fayetteville Police Department hosts Coffee with a Cop.  Citizens are offered the opportunity to see Police Officers in a different light and officers say it gives them a chance to get to know the people they serve and protect.  Coffee with a Cop enables the department to build trust and promote partnerships with the public. Join your neighbors and Police Officers for coffee and conversation! No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood!  

Community Care

The goal of the Community Care Program is to increase the safety and well-being of participating citizens. Through 911 communications, an outbound call is placed to subscribers at a prearranged time to check on their safety.  Subscribers must enter a code to indicate that they are okay and do not need police assistance. After three (3) unsuccessful attempts to reach the subscriber, law enforcement personnel are dispatched to the subscriber’s home to verify the safety and well-being of the subscriber.  To meet the criteria for the program, citizens must be 60 years of age or older or disabled and live alone in the Fayetteville city limits.

Community Watch Program

The Community Watch Program is a citizens' organization devoted to preventing crime and vandalism within a neighborhood. It is through coordination and cooperation with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit that members learn non-intervention ways to deter crime. Community Watch members are to stay alert to unusual activity and contact the authorities. Community Watch is neighbors working with neighbors and the police to prevent crime.  The Community Watch program is based on the concept of people looking out for one another. It sends a message to potential criminals that someone is watching every move they make.

A Community Watch is:

  • A partnership between law enforcement and the community to reduce crime
  • A method of two-way communication for the police and citizens
  • A concerted effort to report suspicious activity by calling 911
  • A way to reestablish ownership of your community 
  • A method to increase communication in your community
  • Continual training on crime prevention techniques
  • Education of crime trends in your area and around the City of Fayetteville
  • A safe method to express crime concerns
  • A forum for training and support

Neighborhood Watch, Block Watch, Town Watch, Apartment Watch, Crime Watch – no matter what it’s called, is one of the most effective and least costly answers to crime. Watch groups are a foundation of community crime prevention; they can be a stepping stone to community revitalization.

Educating Kids about Gun Violence

The Educating Kids about Gun Violence (EKG) program is part of the Fayetteville Police Department’s Operation Ceasefire Initiative and represents a unique partnership between law enforcement and the schools. The program is taught by Fayetteville Police Department officers to youth in the Cumberland County School system. It is designed to teach kids about gun and gang violence and prepare them for healthy decision-making. The program exposes participants to scenarios of individuals who could have made better decisions along the way in order to prevent negative consequences. 
EKG also works to prevent youth gun violence by educating students about the legal, medical, and emotional consequences of youth gun possession and related gun violence, as well as encouraging young people to consider options and choices available to them in situations involving guns.  The program focuses on middle school and high school students.  Funding for the EKG program is provided by The State of North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission and the US Department of Justice.

Juvenile Restitution Program

The Fayetteville/Cumberland Juvenile Restitution Program (FCCJRP) is a sentencing alternative referred directly from the court.  It offers a positive work experience under adult supervision through the community service component. The FCCJRP strives to accomplish the goal of accountability and responsibility for its clients by seeking worksites throughout the city and county.  Clients can work community service hours and earn restitution monies to reimburse their victims.

National Night Out

The Fayetteville Police Department joins other communities around the country to celebrate National Night Out against crime.  National Night Out is an annual community building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer and better place to live.  The event is also held to increase awareness about police programs in our community; programs such as drug prevention, town watch, neighborhood watch and other anti-crime efforts. 

Police Activities League (PAL)

The Fayetteville Police Department PAL Program is a non-profit organization which consists of police officers, civic leaders, non-profit agencies, educators and citizens of the Fayetteville community to provide programs for our youth.  The program provides meaningful activities in the areas of sports, academics, education and recreation.  PAL also promotes and encourages the development of sportsmanship, friendship, citizenship and good will.  Scholastic opportunities foster and encourage faith in American principles and traditions. The program is designed to reach “at risk” kids ages 5 to 18.  At risk kids are not bad kids or kids that have been in trouble, they are kids who are based on many situations or circumstances, are at risk of going down the wrong path and ending up involved in gangs, drug activity, acts of violence or other criminal activity.

The main objective of the PAL program is to utilize positive role models, such as police officers, educators and community volunteers. The Fayetteville Police Department is constantly striving to expand the programs which enhance the youth’s knowledge and broaden their experiences through the program’s services.  Our ultimate goal is to instill in the youth of the community great health habits, sportsmanship and high moral and civic standards. The video below was filmed, edited, and produced by our 2018 PAL Summer Camp attendees. 


Police Explorers Program

The Fayetteville Police Explorers Program is designed to give those interested in law enforcement an opportunity to explore the profession while giving back to the community. Police Explorers are not sworn officers but may be assigned to law enforcement community service functions and participate in scenario-based training, classroom education, and Ride-Alongs (For Explorers 18 and over). Explorers will learn leadership skills, discipline, courage, teamwork, and integrity required in the Law Enforcement Field.

9-1-1 Kids on Patrol

This program educates and encourages youth ages 4 – 7, to learn the proper use of 9-1-1. Usually presented to the older preschoolers through elementary school age, the 9-1-1 Program demonstrates when and how to make an emergency call. Presenting an important message that transcends all ages, the 9-1-1 Training Specialist reviews different scenarios with the young audience to see if they can determine when to call 9-1-1. The 911 Training Specialist works closely with the Cumberland County School System, Headstart facilities and Child Care Centers to inform young children on the proper time and manner for calling 911.  

Ride Along Program

The Ridge Along program enables citizens to accompany a patrol officer and observe firsthand the duties of an officer. Citizens must be at least 18 years old, or have an interest in law enforcement, to be eligible to participate in the program. 

The process to Schedule a Ride Along:

  • Visit the Fayetteville Police Department located at 467 Hay Street, between the hours of 7:00 am to 7:00 pm - Monday thru Friday.
  • At that time, you will be required to provide a valid driver's license (any state, as long as it is valid) and fill out the Ride Along Request Form.
  • After a background check is completed, the Internal Affairs Unit will approve or disapprove the request, depending on the findings (no convicted felons will be authorized to participate in the program).
  • Once approved, you will be contacted to schedule your Ride Along.
  • Applicants are authorized to participate in the Program once, every six (6) months.