Programs and Events
High School Citizens Police Academy/CSI
The Southern Pines Police Department conducts a Citizens Police Academy for High School students along with their Parent / Mentor. This is a great opportunity for High School students to meet the Police Officers, Telecommunicators and Support Staff who serve and protect our community. Classes generally are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Southern Pines Police Department, 450 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Southern Pines.
Child Identification Kits
The Southern Pines Police Department offers Child Identification Kits to children ages 3-12. The kit allows for collection of information, prints, photographs and a DNA specimen. These items will help law enforcement personnel identify your child if he or she should become lost or reported missing.
Child Identification Tags
All too often, children get lost or separated from their guardian, or a situation occurs where a contact is needed in case of emergency. Since children rarely carry ID cards or any form of identification and often have no place to carry emergency contact information, it can be difficult for emergency services or other responsible adults to contact a guardian in a time of need.
The Southern Pines Police Department will provide – free of charge – two shoe lace ID tags for children up to 12 years of age. The purpose of the tag is to provide identification of your child and emergency contact information that can be securely carried in a way that will not impact the child’s normal routine. The tag is designed to be tied securely onto a shoe lace and contains a picture of the child as well as information on whom to contact in case of an emergency. NO PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHILD IS CONTAINED ON THE CARD. It is an easy way for parents and guardians to have peace of mind that, if their child has lost their way or becomes separated during a group or family outing, a person they designate can be contacted.
Child ID tags are made during community festivals and events. Simply bring the child to the event, fill out the Kids Corner Child ID Tag Form(PDF) and present it to the police officer or staff member coordinating the event. A digital picture of the child will be taken and your designated contact information will be printed on a plastic card. Two small cards will be printed, which can be tied to a shoelace or other appropriate location. Please note: Once the card has been printed, the information will be deleted. The Southern Pines Police Department does not maintain a database of any information obtained through this project.
Fatal Vision Goggles
Fatal Vision® is a specially designed and manufactured pair of goggles that simulate the visual impairment caused by alcohol or other drugs. Viewing through the goggles is rather clear, but confusing to the mind. The wearer experiences a loss of equilibrium, which is one of the effects of intoxication. Both the wearer and those observing are convinced that such impairment makes activities with known risks, such a driving vehicles, very dangerous.
The impact is lasting. The principle underlying the Fatal Vision® Program is to demonstrate how quickly impairment can turn fun into devastating consequences. (SOURCE: Innocorp)
This program allows participants to experience the feeling of having a blood alcohol concentration of .17% through the use of specially fitted goggles. Officers also demonstrate field sobriety tests to participants and talk about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Law Enforcement Explorers
The Southern Pines Police Department sponsors a Law Enforcement Explorer Post in conjunction with Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. The program is designed to educate the youth of the community about law enforcement and the criminal justice system and to encourage Explorers to develop the skills and desire necessary to serve in a public safety capacity.
The program is open to persons aged fifteen (15) to twenty (20). The selection process includes an interview by the Post Advisor, a review of qualifications and a background investigation.
Contact the Post Advisor by email or by telephone at (910) 692-2732 for more information. To apply, complete Law Enforcement Explorer Application (PDF) and mail or bring it to the police department. Applications are also available at the police department.
Law Enforcement Intern Program
The Southern Pines Police Department sponsors university, college and high school interns in conjunction with area educational institutions. This program is designed to educate college, university and high school students about law enforcement and the criminal justice system and to encourage them to develop the skills and desire necessary to serve in a public safety capacity. Candidates for participation as an Intern must:
• Be a student enrolled in an accredited college, university or high school
• Have a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
• As a college or university student, be a junior or senior; as a high school student, be a senior
• Submit to a background investigation, including a fingerprint-based criminal history check
• Submit to a drug screening test
• Sign a Release/Confidentiality form (if under 18 years of age, the candidates’ parent or legal guardian must also sign)
• Be a United States Citizen (Foreign nationals may be considered provided the student is in the USA on a valid student Visa and is in compliance with all applicable laws)
Contact the Community Services Coordinator by email or telephone at (910) 692-2732 for more information.
By taking a good look at your property with a focus on crime prevention, the police department can assist property owners with suggestions to make your property less of a target. An officer will be assigned to visit the property to review all aspects of the location and to provide input for physical security or, if a business, policy improvements that the property owner or manager may wish to put into place.
Vial of Life
The Vial of Life is a program that is designed to provide Emergency Service Personnel with time saving medical information. Participants in this program fill out a form containing critical medical and contact information that can be used in the case of an emergency. The information is placed in containers that resemble medication bottles. The container is then placed in a standard place in the participant’s home and vehicle. Usually, the refrigerator and glove box are the places that emergency responders will look for the Vial of Life. Stickers are provided to alert emergency responders of the Vial of Life location.
• Remember to take your Vial of Life along in case of evacuation during a disaster.
• Remember to update your information sheet when medical or contact information changes.
Southern Pines Police Officers are available to conduct presentations on the following subjects:
• Business Crime Prevention: Burglary, Robbery, Shoplifting, and Employee Theft
• Financial Crimes, Worthless Checks, Counterfeit Bills, and Credit Card Fraud
• Convenience Store Security for Store Owners and Managers
• Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention
• Workplace Violence Protection
• Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
• Protecting Yourself and Your Home
• Neighborhood Watch and Community Mobilization
• Gang Awareness for Communities
• Avoiding Identity Theft
• Self Defense for Women
• Protecting Our Schools
• Firearm Safety
Each presentation is approximately one hour in length. Additionally, we can tailor a public safety presentation to the needs of your organization.
The Southern Pines Police Department hosts or participates in the following events:
Badge & Blaze
Badge and Blaze Fun Day is an opportunity for boys and girls ages 8-14 to play in a softball or basketball game with members of the Police Department and the Fire Department. Contact the Community Services Coordinator by email or call (910) 692-2732 to sign up or for more information.
National Night Out
National Night Out is a night dedicated to cooperation and crime prevention for both residents and Police.
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. (SOURCE: NNO).
The 2010 National Night Out was held on August 3 at the new Southern Pines Police Department building.
Remembrance of September 11, 2001
The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) from Pinecrest High School holds a remembrance service each September 11. In 2010 they chose to honor public safety through the Southern Pines Police Department and the Southern Pines Fire/Rescue Department with a flag-folding and presentation ceremony. They did so in dress formation in the courtyard of Pinecrest High School. In the photo, Sergeant Robert Shaver, Master Officer Jason Perry and K-9 “Rico,” and Fire Chief Hampton Williams accept the flag from the JROTC student commander as other JROTC students salute the flag.
For more information on these topics, to schedule a presentation or to join in the effort to promote public safety, contact the Community Services Coordinator by email or by phone at (910) 692-2732.
Operation Medicine Drop
Operation Medicine Drop Disposes of Unused, Expired Medication. Events are publicized.
A Candelight Vigil "Take Back the Night"
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Friend to Friend is hosting a Candelight Vigil and it is sponsored by the Moore County DA's office and the Southern Pines Police Department.