The Community Services Unit provides education on crime prevention, child safety, and in the case of children, helping them to understand the importance of making the right decisions in life. This is accomplished through presentations conducted for civic organizations, schools, and churches. We participate in community events and partner with local business to educate citizens on, among other things, the importance of not driving after consuming alcohol or drugs.
A Neighborhood or Community Watch is a crime prevention program that involves citizens working together with each other and law enforcement to reduce crime and victimization in their communities. To start a community watch in your neighborhood:
- Contact Sergeant Jamie Beach by phone(704-920-4038) or email.
- Sergeant Beach will be able to guide you to the correct Sector Commander to start the watch group.
- Poll your neighbors to determine their interest in starting a community watch group and advise them of an upcoming meeting.
- Schedule a meeting at a church, home, community building or other location that would be convenient for all neighbors to attend. Typically, the turnout is better when the location is close to the neighborhood.
- Set a date and distribute flyers or make phone calls to inform neighbors of the upcoming meeting, time and location of the meeting.
For more information, please visit Home — National Crime Prevention Council to download a brochure on Crime Prevention and Gang Awareness programs.
eCommerce Safe Zone Parking
The Kannapolis Police Department has two eCommerce safe zone parking spaces located on the north end of our parking lot at 401 Laureate Way. The parking spaces are clearly marked with signs and are provided for people making transactions with others they’ve met on popular Internet sites such as Craigslist, eBay and Backpage. The spaces are under 24-hour video surveillance. eCommerce transactions also can take place in the department lobby which also is under constant surveillance.
Citizens Police Academy
Due to COVID restrictions the Citizens Police Academy will not be held in 2021. We expect the academy to return in Spring 2022.
The Kannapolis Police Department Citizens Academy is designed to foster closer and meaningful relationships between the police department and the citizens we serve. Our goal is to have class participants become ambassadors not only for our department but for the law enforcement profession as a whole. In general citizens can only formulate their opinion of the police department by what they see on the news, or what they hear from others. The academy gives participants a transparent insight into all aspects of our police operations. We want them to experience a very comprehensive view that most people will never have the opportunity to see. The ten week program meets on Thursday evenings and is held twice a year in the spring and fall.
For more information or to apply please click here.
All classes are held from 5:45 pm until 9:00 pm on Thursday evenings at the Kannapolis Police Department except as noted.
Week 1: Department Orientation and Police Ethics and Internal Affairs
Week 2: Patrol Operations
Week 3: Use of Force
Week 4: SRT / K-9
Week 5: Traffic Enforcement
Week 6: Traffic Enforcement & DWI Checkpoints
Week 8: Firearms & Driving (Class will be held on Saturday, April 8 from 8am - 5pm)
Week 9 Crime Scene
Week 10: Comm. Serv. & 911
Graduation will be scheduled for a Monday night Kannapolis City Council meeting following the completion of the class. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 weeks to complete the program.
North Carolina law requires that firearms be located in a safe place and locked within one’s home.
Project ChildSafe® is the nation’s largest firearm safety education program. The program reminds gun owners to properly secure firearms in the home, practice safe firearms storage options in the home, and to make sure that firearms in the home are not casually accessible to anyone, especially a child. The program provides safety kits that include a cable-style gun locking device, lock installment instructions, and a safety booklet.
Visit Project ChildSafe®® for more information. To receive a gun safety kit free of charge, contact Sergeant Jamie Beach by phone (704-920-4038) or email.
Operation Medicine Drop
Protect Kids * Prevent Overdoses * Save our Waterways
Rather than place unwanted, expired medications down the drain or in the garbage, there is a safer alternative. Citizens can drop off any medications in the drop box located in the lobby of the Kannapolis Police Department, 401 Laureate Way.
Please note, the medicine drop box is for pills only. Do not drop off liquids, vitamins, needles, or nasal sprays.
ReportIt lets you securely store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so that your items may be more easily identified in the event of theft or loss. Visit ReportIt for more information.
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Thousands of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home. Visit Nextdoor for more information.
State and Local Campaigns
Project Safe Cabarrus
Project SAFE Cabarrus is a collaborative effort on behalf of Federal and State law enforcement agencies designed to improve the quality of life for all residents of Cabarrus County by supporting a comprehensive strategy to address illegal gun, gang and violent crime throughout the county.
Project SAFE Cabarrus provides law enforcement agencies the ability to identify the small number of people who are causing the most problems in our community. The program is designed to help repeat offenders make life changing choices by telling them to put down their guns and take offers of help from community resources or face the consequences of law enforcement. This law enforcement initiative helps us look for ways to rid the community of repeat offenders through either rehabilitation or stiff sentencing.
Violent offenders need to take notice of the collaborative effort involved in Project SAFE Cabarrus. We are presenting a united front to stop violence in our community by working as a team with community leaders, religious leaders, local businesses, community service organizations, members of our judicial system as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
Visit Project SAFE Cabarrus for more information.
D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T.
D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.
For further information about the Kannapolis Police Department’s involvement in the D.A.R.E. Program, contact Officer Robert Carson by phone (704-920-4047) or email
. You can also visit the D.A.R.E. website
for more information.
The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school based program and has 4 components: Elementary School, Middle School, Families, and Summer curriculum. The program is instructed by law enforcement officers in the classroom environment. Prevention is the primary objective of the program, with efforts to combat delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.
For more information on the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum and the Kannapolis Police Department’s involvement in the G.R.E.A.T. Program, contact Sergeant Jamie Beach by phone (704-920-4038) or email
or Officer Robert Carson by phone (704-920-4047) or email
or visit the G.R.E.A.T. website
North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program
Booze It & Lose It
The “Booze It & Lose It” campaign zeros in on drunken drivers with innovative and extensive anti-driving while impaired (DWI) enforcement and education. Sobriety checkpoints are continually set up in all North Carolina counties as part of the state’s highly effective anti-drunk driving campaign.
Click It or Ticket It
In North Carolina, it is the law to buckle up no matter where you sit.