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“We are fully committed to establishing positive relationships with the people we serve.”

- Chief Jerry Stokes

Community Policing is a philosophy and an organizational strategy that operates on the premise that both the police and their community must work together to identify, prioritize, and solve contemporary problems.

The Community Policing philosophy succeeds by establishing police officers on decentralized permanent beats, where they are charged with the responsibility, and enjoy the freedom and autonomy to operate as community-based problem solvers who work directly with the neighborhood residents. Their assignment is to help make neighborhoods better and safer places in which to live and work.

Community Engagement efforts include:

Foot Patrols | Youth Crime Prevention | Speakers Bureau and McGruff | Salisbury Neighborhood Action Group | Neighborhood Ice Cream Express | Ride-A-Longs

Foot Patrols

SPD Officers meeting residents during a neighborhood foot patrol

In an effort to reduce crime and improve citizen satisfaction with police services, the SPD expanded its use of foot patrols in 2017 in neighborhoods throughout the city. As part of the foot patrol program, SPD will implement Stratified Policing, which is an evidence-based policing strategy designed to reduce crime through geographic ownership of neighborhoods and problem solving.

The use of foot patrols is an example of the department’s commitment to evidence-based policing, citing a recent study by researchers at Temple University. The study found that foot patrols reduced short-term crime and improved relationships with the community through officer visibility and citizen engagement. The program goals include a minimum of one neighborhood walking revolution within a 12-hour work shift and the documentation of citizen contacts.

Officers at all levels of the agency participate in this initiative.

Youth Crime Prevention

According to the National Crime Prevention Council: Youth should be involved in planning and carrying out strategies to prevent violence in their communities. They contribute a valuable perspective on the problem as they build skills that will help them make positive contributions to their neighborhoods.

Youth who participate in projects to prevent crime and violence can play many roles: they join task forces of planning coalitions, volunteer in community-based prevention projects, mediate conflicts in schools and the community, perform in prevention-focused programs for younger children, counsel peers, and organize neighborhood anti-drug and anti-crime events. Many successful programs involve at-risk and other teens.

The Salisbury Police Department Youth Crime Prevention Office works closely with the police administrative staff and community leaders to coordinate multiple programs and activities throughout the year for Salisbury youth. One of the main programs presented throughout the school year is the G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program taught in 4th grade and 6th grade classrooms. During summer months the Salisbury Police Department Youth Crime Prevention Officer coordinates two summer camps that include a team of officer.

The Salisbury Police Cadet experience is part of an ongoing, educational program for young males and females 13 to 17 years of age. Cadets entering the program before age 17, will be permitted to remain in the program until 21. Youth interested in membership within the Police Cadet program must complete an application, pass a background check, attend four consecutive meetings, and be able to meet the requirements in the application. Meetings are held at the SPD the second and fourth Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. To obtain an application contact the Youth Crime Prevention Officer at (704) 638-4463.

SPD Officer speaking with high school students

Speakers Bureau and McGruff the Crime Dog

McGruff the Crime Dog meeting little kid and parent

Salisbury Police Department officers and staff members welcome an opportunity to speak with your organization or group at local meetings, social functions and neighborhood watch gatherings about crime and safety in our community..

McGruff the Crime Dog

Back in 1980, a dog in a rumpled trench coat said, "You don't know me yet. But you will." Since then, McGruff the Crime Dog has taught millions of people that the police can't fight crime alone - crime prevention is everybody's business and everyone can help "Take A Bite Out Of Crime."

Through television commercials, comic books, live appearances, and more, McGruff has encouraged Americans to take common sense steps to reduce crime.

Over the years McGruff has made his way across the country to spread crime prevention messages. Nationwide law enforcement agencies have more than 4,000 McGruff costumes that they use to bring McGruff to their communities. Some popular occasions for a McGruff visit are:

  • School assemblies
  • Health and safety fairs
  • National Night Out celebrations
  • Crime Prevention Month and Halloween events
  • Community events related to public safety

To request a speaker or McGruff the Crime Dog fill out our online request form. Requests will be fulfilled as scheduling and availability allows.

Salisbury Neighborhood Action Group

The Salisbury Police Department hosts a monthly Salisbury Neighborhood Action Group (SNAG) meeting. At these meetings, citizens will hear monthly updates concerning drug investigations, criminal investigations, and code enforcement issues.

The meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month. Citizens also have the opportunity to voice concerns regarding specific activities in their neighborhoods.

These monthly SNAG meetings are open to the public! You are welcome and encouraged to attend. The meetings are held at:

Salisbury Police Department
130 E. Liberty St.
Salisbury, NC 28144

Meetings are from 10:00 am to 11:00 a.m.

SNAG meetings are held at the Salisbury Police Department building

Neighborhood Ice Cream Express

Salisbury Police Department's Ice Cream Truck

The Salisbury Police Department Neighborhood Ice Cream Express is a community engagement tool in which assigned officers visit various Salisbury neighborhoods and special events to distribute ice cream and other tasty treats at no charge.

N.I.C.E., purchased by the City as a former ice cream truck, was designed and restored in-house. The truck’s main objective is to increase and encourage positive police-youth interactions and positive police-citizen interactions.

*** Attention: The Salisbury Police Department has temporarily suspended their departmental rider program. For the time being, we are focusing our efforts on our new recruits to ensure they are our primary focus for the field training officers. We will make an announcement when this suspension has been lifted. ***

The Salisbury Police Department’s ride-along program's purpose is to provide citizens with an opportunity to learn about the department’s goals and missions and the many services we offer. Participation allows citizens to experience firsthand the decision-making processes our officers utilize in addressing the various crime and quality-of-life issues affecting our community. The end result is a more unified partnership between the police department and the public.

This program is designed for participants over 18 years of age, but is available to students at least 16 years of age with parental consent. Prior to riding, citizens will be asked to sign a liability waiver indicating that you agree to all terms and conditions as listed. Failure to abide by the requirements will terminate your riding privileges.

If you are interested in the Ride-A-Long program, contact Lt. Joe Miller at jmill@salisburync.gov.

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Authorization to Release InformationDownloadIn order to process applications, certain information must be made available to the Chief of Police of the City of Salisbury.
Internship ApplicationDownloadThe Salisbury Police Department’s Intern Program is a highly competitive process. Prospective applicants must have high moral character and a dedication to community oriented policing. Prospective applicants must be currently enrolled in college and follo
Personal History StatementDownloadThe applicant for a CERTIFIED position should complete this form prior to beginning his/her background investigation.
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