What is Community Policing? In the technical realm, Community Policing is defined as, “Collaborative partnerships between the law enforcement agency and the individuals and organizations they serve to develop solutions to problems and increase trust.” Community policing, recognizes that police rarely can solve public safety problems alone. Another bedrock of Community policing is that it encourages both the police department and the community to work together to be proactive in working together in developing solutions to the immediate underlying conditions contributing to public safety challenges that face them both. How do they achieve this? Through an array of avenues developed by them both – be it community watch groups, events, open communication, new initiatives, awareness campaigns, involvement and other avenues tailored to the needs of the community. Community policing does not replace the mission of the department; it enhances it. It is the goal of the Spring Lake Police Department to foster relationships with the community. This page highlights just a few of the programs, initiatives and active partnerships the Spring Lake Police Department currently has in place. As we continue to grow and expand, these will as well. A CONNECTED COMMUNITY IS A SAFER COMMUNITY!
The Neighborhood Improvement Team is a unit dedicated to improving Spring Lake by: increased neighborhood presence community involvement addressing known concerns citizen and business engagement ….and more. We are here to serve you. The NIT is a specialized Unit of the Spring Lake Police Department dedicated to improving Spring Lake by increasing community involvement, working tip line follow-ups, acting on resident and business concerns and being a visible part of the community. You can assist the NIT by being the eyes and ears of your neighborhood. If you see or hear something, report it. You can call the anonymous tip line at (910) 436-2500 or CrimeStoppers. You may also stop by the Police Station or Police Annex. Remember, in any emergency situation, always call 911. For more information on the NIT, contact Sergeant Brandyn Lyles at 910-436-7167 or via email at email@example.com
The Spring Lake Police Department strives to do its part to support the community how and when it can. That is why it is excited about the “Spring Lake Police Department Community Closet.” They recognize there are times when the smallest item can make the biggest impact. The SLPD Community Closet is just getting started but we know with contributions from the community, will continue to grow and thrive. They are limited (due to space) but they are so excited about what they have to offer and the ability to help the community. So far, the SLPD’s community Closet has coats, scarves, socks, personal hygiene products, stuffed animals and a few other small items. The SLPD’s Community closet would not be possible without the generous support of the community. We would like to take a moment and thank: Spring Lake Ministerial Alliance, Cruciform Church of Christ, Pastor Alan Smith (who has donated 122 coats this winter) and Janine Schlienz & Ava Bagosian (who have donated scarves & socks.) Because of these individuals and organizations, the SLPD’s Community Closet has been able to “get started” and we look forward to seeing the positive impact it has here in Spring Lake. If you would like more information on the Spring Lake Police Department’s Community Closet or how you can contribute, please call the point of contact for the Community Closet, Ms. Debora Hudson, Executive Assistant, Spring Lake Police Department, at (910) 436-0350.
Police reports can be picked up Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the main Police Department located at 300 Ruth Street. There is no charge for this. Tickets can be paid at the Cumberland County Courthouse. Waivers may be made in person before the clerk or magistrate in the county where the case is pending or online.
If you are going out of town or need your property checked on, a patrol officer can make a scheduled check of the property (residential or commercial.) These checks must be scheduled in advance. Please call or stop in the Police Department to learn more.
Community policing involves community involvement. If you would like a member of the Spring Lake Police Department to visit or speak at an event you are hosting or to tour the Police Department, please contact the Executive Assistant to the Police Chief to make your request. Please be sure to include the name of your organization, a contact person, the date of your request, the purpose of your request, the number in attendance and other specifics. While the SLPD tries to accommodate most requests, it is dependent on staffing and the needs of the department and ongoing needs of the community.
To request a ride-a-long with a patrol officer, certain criteria must be met. To learn more and submit your request, contact the Patrol Lt. at (910) 436-0350. Age restrictions do apply.
The Spring Lake Police Department often receives calls for services outside of its purview. Accordingly, the following services are NOT offered by the Spring Lake Police Department. 1. Animal Control: The Town of Spring Lake has an Interlocal Agreement with Cumberland County which sufficiently covers the needs of the Town as they relate to animal control. As part of this agreement, the Town’s Animal Control Ordinance was repealed and Cumberland County’s Animal Control Ordinance was adopted. The adopted ordinance has become part of the Spring Lake Code of Ordinances and should appear as part of the ordinances available online. Cumberland County Animal Control: (910) 321-6852 2.) Gun Permits: Currently, the Spring Lake Police Department does not offer fingerprinting services or issue gun permits. Both of these services are offered through the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department. 3.) Fingerprinting Services: Harnett County Sheriffs Department offers these services. Links to these services can be found on the Harnett County Sheriff's page under the "Area numbers and links" section.
**Note: The reporting of a false crime is illegal in the state of North Carolina under statute 14-225:False reports to Law Enforcement Agencies or Officers. Please note that it is a misdemeanor to make any false, misleading or unfounded report that is intended to interfere with, hinder or obstruct a law enforcement officer from doing their duties. Violators can and will be prosecuted. The Spring Lake Police Department has a toll free tip line for any one with information pertaining to a crime or incident that has occurred within the Town of Spring Lake. You can call, free of charge, and leave information you feel is relevant. Callers have the option to remain anonymous. All information provided will be processed and valid leads will be followed-up on by the appropriate member(s) of the Department. 910-436-2500 *This line is NOT for emergencies. If you are in need of immediate assistance or need to communicate an emergency situation, call 911.
The SLPD works with Cumberland County Crimestoppers who partners with the Fayetteville Police Department, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the Hope Mills Police Department. Citizens are asked to call Crimestoppers at 483-TIPS (8477) or toll free 866-542-TIPS (8477) if they have information regarding criminal activity. This number is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is designated for Crimestoppers information only. All calls are kept in complete confidence. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by downloading the FREE P3 Tips App on your mobile device or online electronically. If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you may receive a cash reward, as determined by a citizen board, of as much as $1000. The amount of the reward varies, depending upon factors such as the information given, the nature of the crime committed and the value of any property or narcotics seized. Also, Crimestoppers pays cash rewards for any information that results in the arrest of fugitives from justice or anyone committing a felony or serious misdemeanor. We post information regarding crimes and most wanted on our facebook page regularly. You can find it by clicking the above link.
As a member of the Spring Lake Police Department, we are committed to providing quality police service to the residents who live in the Town of Spring Lake. We strive to improve the quality of life for our citizens by enforcing laws, maintaining order and protecting life and liberty, with respect to all, in a highly professional manner. We look for these qualities in our applicants and expect it from all we hire. We continually seek qualified men and women to help us continue our tradition of providing the Town of Spring Lake with the best possible law enforcement service. To join our force, a Police Officer must: possess a minimum of a High school diploma or GED equivalent AND be at least 21 years of age or older at the time of hire AND possess a Valid NC driver license with acceptable driving record AND No felony convictions and/or disqualifying misdemeanors AND Have successfully completed NC Basic Law Enforcement Training prior to hire date All candidates must successfully complete a physical exam to include a drug and alcohol screen, criminal background check, driving record check and additional requirements are required as a condition of employment. The nature of police work involves the enforcement of laws and ordinances, the prevention and investigation of crimes, the ability to exercise independent discretion and at times, involves the protection of life and property. A police officer must possess integrity, intelligence and stand up to rigorous personal, ethical, moral and physical challenges. We often have several different opportunities available for those who qualify. The Spring Lake Police Department and the Town of Spring Lake seeks diversity in the workplace. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Town of Spring Lake • 300 Ruth Street • Spring Lake, NC 28390
Town Hall: (910) 436 – 0241 • Water Department: (910) 703 – 8912
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