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Your Salisbury Police Department is a full-service, internationally accredited Police Department.

The Salisbury Police Department received its most recent re-accreditation status in the spring of 2017, for its thirteenth consecutive term. This is an accomplishment that the men and women of the department are very proud of, as it puts them among other highly-ranked agencies. An accredited police organization must meet very high and proven standards, which help the agency to operate efficiently as well as in a structured and professional manner.

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ADMINISTRATION


This division consists of a Chief of Police, Deputy Chief of Police and three Captains. The administrative team is responsible for the day- to-day crime prevention strategies, fiscal responsibility, and overall administrative functions.


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CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS


This division is comprised of the following four sub-divisions: General Investigations, Vice/Narcotic Unit, the Crime Lab and Evidence.


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OPERATIONS


The operations division is comprised of Patrol, Parking Enforcement, Youth Crime Prevention Officer, Community Resource Officers and the School Resource Officers.


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Contact Us

Address:
130 E. Liberty St.
Salisbury, NC 28144

Emergencies: 911

Non-Emergencies: (704) 638-5333

File a Commendation

The Salisbury Police Department has a division directly responsible for tracking Officer conduct, both good and bad. The Professional Compliance Division (Internal Affairs) is comprised of two persons, Captain Brian Stallings, Administrative Commander, and Cpl. Russell DeSantis, Professional Compliance Manager. This division is responsible for taking commendation and complaint reports, investigating allegations of misconduct, managing employee policy compliance and records keeping.

To file a commendation:

  • Call (704) 638-5333
    1. Request a supervisor or someone from Professional Compliance (Internal Affairs)
    2. Provide your commendation
  • Visit the City's online Service Nomination Form
    1. Fill out the nomination form and submit.

Once a commendation is received a Blue Team (Police Department Internal Conduct Tracking Software) entry is completed and the report is forwarded to the employee’s supervisor.

Anyone can contact Professional Compliance (Internal Affairs) directly. Professional compliance has a direct phone number, (704) 638-5344, and email address, internalaffairs@salisburync.gov.

File a Complaint

The Salisbury Police Department has a division directly responsible for tracking Officer conduct, both good and bad. The Professional Compliance Division (Internal Affairs) is comprised of two persons, Captain Brian Stallings, Administrative Commander, and Cpl. Russell DeSantis, Professional Compliance Manager. This division is responsible for taking commendation and complaint reports, investigating allegations of misconduct, managing employee policy compliance and records keeping.

To file a complaint:

  • Call (704) 638-5333
    1. Request a supervisor or someone from Professional Compliance (Internal Affairs)
    2. Provide your complaint

To file a professional standards complaint:

Once a commendation is received a Blue Team (Police Department Internal Conduct Tracking Software) entry is completed and the report is forwarded to professional compliance for review and investigation assignment.

Anyone can contact Professional Compliance (Internal Affairs) directly. Professional compliance has a direct phone number, (704) 638-5344, and email address, internalaffairs@salisburync.gov.


DOJ Diagnostic Analysis for SPD

Rental Property Registration

Chief's Advisory Board Application

Tips

Do you have information about a crime or wanted person? Call Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245 or visit the CrimeStoppers website. Caller identity is not required and your information will remain confidential. You could receive a monetary reward if the information is confirmed and an unsolved case is cleared.

Tips may also be sent via Facebook private message and via the Nixle app by texting 888777 with the words: TIP MYSALISBURY (your information) or visit the Nixle website for more detailed options.

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Your Neighborhood Officers

Map of which neighborhoods police officers have as part of their routine daily route

Rumor Control

If you hear rumors in the Salisbury community, check on the City's rumor page to see what the actual facts are.

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Recruitment

The Salisbury Police Department is in search of dedicated civilian and sworn personnel to serve the citizens of Salisbury. Learn more about career opportunities within the Salisbury Police Department.

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Internships

Police interns will have the opportunity to work and learn alongside officers from both the Patrol and Investigations Divisions.

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Special Event Permits

The planning division is tasked with the review and approval of permits that are asking to close certain public-owned property for public events.

The City of Salisbury's municipal code was recently updated to reflect changes to the Special Event ordinance. Below are the related documents.

Special Event Permit Guide Municipal Code Ch. 22 - Streets and Sidewalks, Special Events

Taxi Permits

The Salisbury Police Department is tasked with the review and approval of permits for taxi operators and taxi franchises operating with the City of Salisbury limits. Taxi operators must renew their permit every year.

 TitleDescription
Taxicab Franchise ApplicationThe following are required in order to complete a franchise application: 1. Completed Taxi Cab Franchise Application Part A. 2. Completed Taxi Cab Franchise Application Part B. 3. A Notarized Authorization to Release Information Affidavit.
Taxicab Franchise Information ReleaseA notarized release information affidavit is required as part of the franchise application process.
Taxicab Franchise NotarizationA notarized authorization of the release information affidavit is required as part of the franchise application process.
Taxicab Operator ApplicationThe following are required in order to complete an operator application: 1. Completed Taxi Cab Operators Application. 2. The results of a physical examination by a licensed physician. 3. A letter from the Taxi Cab Service for which you will be operating
Taxicab Operator RenewalTaxicab Operators must renew their permit with the City of Salisbury every year.

Community Engagement

SPD Officers meeting residents during neighborhood foot patrol

Foot Patrols

To reduce crime and improve citizen satisfaction, the SPD expanded its use of foot patrols in 2017.

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SPD Officer speaking with high school kids

Youth Crime Prevention

Works closely with community leaders to coordinate multiple programs and activities throughout the year for Salisbury youth.

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McGruff the Crime Dog meeting a young girl and her mother

Speakers Bureau and McGruff

Citizens can request an SPD officer to speak at an event, and/or to have McGruff the Crime Dog at an event.

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SNAG meetings are held at the Salisbury Police Department building

Salisbury Neighborhood Action Group

Citizens hear monthly updates concerning drug investigations, criminal investigations, and code enforcement.

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The Salisbury Police Department's ice cream truck

Neighborhood Ice Cream Express

The NICE truck’s main objective is to increase and encourage positive police-youth interactions and positive police-citizen interactions.

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Latest News

Salisbury Public Safety Nails “hair-raising” challenge in Support of Rowan County United Way

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In a change from their personal grooming policies, Salisbury fire and police departments will allow male personnel to grow facial hair to promote awareness and support of the United Way of Rowan County during the “Public Safety No-Shave” campaign. Female personnel are permitted to wear more elaborate fingernail designs. The initiative is similar to other organizations that permit “dress down days.”
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P2C: Police to Citizen

Submit an Incident Report


Submit a reports for offenses such as vandalism, threats, larcenty, stolen property, lost property, harrasing phone calls and littering.

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Accident Report Search


Look through SPD crash records by name, driver's license or insurance policy.

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Event Search


Look through SPD records for accidents, arrests and incidents.

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Most Wanted List


Check to see who is on the Salisbury Police Department's Most Wanted list.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When should you call 911?

Residents should call 911 when they need a police officer to respond to their location to provide assistance in emergency situations, crimes in progress, or to report crimes and disorder. If you are thinking about calling 911 or wonder if you should call 911, please call 911.

What should you do if you see a crime occurring?

Call 911 immediately.
Be observant and make mental or physical notes, including asking yourself:
  • Are there any weapons involved?
  • What is the address?
  • Are there any physical characteristics such as height, weight, race, beard or scars?
  • Can you give any clothing description?
  • How many people are involved?
  • Are the persons involved on foot or in a vehicle?

Do I have to give my name when I call 911?

If you wish to remain anonymous or keep information confidential when calling 911, please stress this information to the operator.

Why did it take so long for the police to come when I called?

All calls for police officers are handled on a priority basis. Calls requiring a police officer to make a report on a previous crime will have less precedence than crimes in progress where life and property are in serious danger. Due to high call loads during certain times of the week and day, you might be slightly inconvenienced until a police officer becomes available to take your call.

How can I get a copy of a police report?

In person: Come to the front desk of the police station located at 130 East Liberty Street and ask for a copy of a report.

By mail: Send a letter to the above address (company requests should be on letterhead) requesting the report.

Online: Our Police to Citizen (P2C) site has a feature that allows citizens to get copies of a police report.

How do I become a police officer?

Applicants must pass a written exam, medical exam, psychological exam, physical ability exam, drug screening, background and character investigation, must be a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years old, have a valid driver’s license without restrictions and not have been convicted of a felony.


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How long do I have to wait before I report someone missing?

There is no wait time required to report that someone is missing. There are several ways you can report someone missing depending upon the circumstances. For example, if you become separated from a child in a crowd, you can notify a police officer or call 911. In non-emergency situations, you can call 911 or come to the Police Department at 130 East Liberty Street. It is always helpful if you can provide a recent picture of the missing person and a description of what the individual was wearing when last seen.

How do I check on a case handled by detectives?

Call the detective assigned to your case. If you are unable to reach that person after several attempts and he or she does not return your call, ask to speak to the Investigative Division Commander.

Does the Salisbury Police Department provide house checks while we are away on vacation?

Yes. The Salisbury Police Department provides both physical and visual checks. To complete a vacation check request, you can contact your local community resource officer at (704) 638-5333.

What if an organization claiming to be the Police calls asking for a donation?

The Salisbury Police Department NEVER solicits money over the phone. If you get a call claiming to raise money for the Salisbury Police Department, report the call to the Salisbury Police Department. All calls will be kept confidential.

I am being stopped by a Salisbury police officer on a traffic stop. What should I do?

Getting pulled over by a police officer can be intimidating, frustrating and even dangerous for the motorist and the police officer. However, remembering some simple steps will help make your traffic stop as safe and as pleasant as possible:

  • Respond to the blue lights, and signal your intentions. The safest thing to do is to pull as far to the right as possible – using turn indicators to let the officer and other motorists know what you plan to do. If the roadway is clear and the officer does not pass you, assume that your vehicle is the one being pulled over. Drive slowly on the right until you find a suitable and safe place to stop. Drive defensively. Choose a safe location to pull off the road where you will not impede the normal flow of traffic. You can also pull off the roadway onto the shoulder if the ground is firm. The officer will understand if you drive slowly looking for a suitable location.
  • Be aware that the violation may have occurred 1 or 2 miles before the traffic stop. This delay is due to the fact that most departments have developed strict procedures for officers to follow to ensure your safety and theirs. They are required to give the location, vehicle and occupant description, and license plate to the dispatcher. The officer is also trying to locate the safest place to initiate the stop.
  • Remain in the vehicle unless the officer instructs otherwise. Distracted motorists have been known to leave the roadway and strike vehicles or individuals at a traffic stop, causing injury or even death.
  • Listen to the officer and comply with instructions. Drivers often assume they are being stopped for a routine traffic matter, but the officer may be stopping you because your vehicle is similar to one just seen leaving the scene of a crime. Additionally, many people have warrants out for their arrest, are mentally unbalanced or simply do not like police officers. Many officers have experienced verbal and physical confrontations as a result of traffic stops. Consequently, the officer may initially be acting under the assumption that you are a safety threat. Control over the situation can be accomplished by keeping yourself and your passengers in the vehicle with your hands visible.

If it is a case of mistaken identity, you will be on your way as soon as it is cleared up. If it is a traffic stop, the officer will request your driver's license, registration and insurance card. The officer may allow you to explain your actions; if so, you should speak calmly. If the officer saw you commit the violation, your statement is not necessary.

If your complaint is about the validity of the citation, then it must be handled through the courts. If the contact was unprofessional, please place a complaint to the Police Department directly. The Salisbury Police Department has procedures for lodging complaints against officers. Customer service is important to the Salisbury Police Department and the organization should be made aware of any issue with an officer.

If you comply with the rationale behind an officer's actions by following these steps, a traffic stop does not have to be an unpleasant experience.

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