The Community Services Section encompasses Crime Prevention, the School Resource Officer Program, the D.A.R.E. Program and all community based programs.
The Crime Prevention Unit offers a variety of educational resources and community programs as part of its Community Policing efforts. This website provides information about these programs and resources available. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Sgt Brad Habenicht.
Some of our most requested services are:
- Finger Printing (see Current Public Events / Services Offered link)
- Shredding Events (see Current Public Events / Services Offered link)
- Operation Med Drop / Medication Disposal (see Current Public Events / Services Offered link)
- Citizen Response to Active Shooter Emergency - C.R.A.S.E. (see Current Public Events / Services Offered link)
- Citizen's Police Academy (see CPA link)
- Teen - Citizen's Police Academy (see TCPA link)
- D.A.R.E. Camp (see Summer Youth Camp / D.A.R.E link)
- Safety Town (see Safety Town link)
- National Night Out (see NNO link)
- Community Watch Meetings, Tours of the PD, Public Speaking Events or to Request an Officer for Your Public Event (see Request an Officer)
- General crime prevention and education information can be found throughout the Community Services Section
Our School Resource Officers (SROs) are Huntersville Police Officers assigned to a specific school. Part of their responsibilities include, providing protection and crime prevention services for students, faculty and visitors at the school; enforcement of local, state and federal laws; serving as mentors and counselors to the student body; providing information upon request regarding ones legal rights. School resource officers also conduct educational presentations on youth-related issues.
Ours SROs work closely with school administrators in an effort to create a safer environment for everyone visiting, working or attending the school. Although SRO responsibilities are similar to regular police officers (the ability to make arrests, respond to calls for service, and document incidents); their main focus is to allow the schools to handle most minor incidents through a process called diversion. Allowing an officer to divert cases back to the school administration or other diversionary programs outside of the school, aids in the reduction of juvenile crime by diverting youth from the traditional juvenile justice system and providing an alternative to formal charges. This allows a child to learn from his or her mistakes without impeding their chances for college or a future career.
Our SRO’s are assigned to:
North Mecklenburg High School: email@example.com
Hopewell High School: firstname.lastname@example.org
JM Alexander Middle School: email@example.com
Bradley Middle School: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake Norman Charter Schools: email@example.com
Our D.A.R.E. Officers teach the national D.A.R.E. program in a ten session format. It focuses on drug and alcohol prevention as well as topics such as effective communication, active listening, how to stop bullying, good citizenship, helping others, and other positive choices.
The full time D.A.R.E. Officer currently teaches at the following CMS elementary schools: Barnette, Grand Oak, Torrance Creek, Long Creek and Huntersville and St Marks Catholic School. In addition, we have two part time D.A.R.E. officers who also serve as School Resource Officers. They teach the program at Blythe Elementary and Lake Norman Charter Elementary School.
In all, the program is offered to over eight hundred and thirty students. In addition to the academic program thought throughout the year, the D.A.R.E. and School Resource Officers coordinate various summer youth programs from June to August.
Our D.A.R.E. Officers are assigned to:
All schools not listed below: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barnette Elementary School: email@example.com
Lake Norman Charter School: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Huntersville Police Department has partnered with the Knox Company, to provide businesses, organizations and residents with the ability to have a quicker response from our officers. Installing a Knox Box allows officers to have easier accessibility to your facility/home.
If you decide to proceed with this program, we suggest the following two locks (3261 for commercial use, 1658 or 1659 for residential use)...
Safety for your child is our priority. The Huntersville Police Department has partnered with Project Child Safe to provide a firearm lock for those who need one. If you have a firearm, but do not have a safe to keep it in, please contact us and we will provide you with a lock.
Never play with guns, they are not toys and can be dangerous when not handled or used properly. Remember, there are no second chances once the projectile (bullet) leaves the weapon.
Safe Handling Rules
- Always treat the firearm as if it is loaded.
- Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
- Always keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
- Always keep the firearm unloaded until you are ready to use it.
- Never point the firearm at anyone.
- Never point the firearm at anything you don't intend to destroy.
- Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
- Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the gun you are using.
- Always use the proper ammunition.
- Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before loading and shooting.
- If your firearm fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, hold your shooting position for several seconds; then with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, carefully unload the weapon.
- Don't rely on the firearm's safety switch to keep it from firing.
- Be aware of your surroundings when handling firearms so you don't trip or lose your balance and accidentally point and/or fire the weapon at anyone or anything.
- Always keep your firearm locked/secured when not in use. Remember, you are responsible for your weapon.
- Continue to follow the Safe Handling Rules above.
- Know and follow the shooting range rules.
- Listen and do what the Range Master tells you to do.
- Never take your firearm out of its case until you are on the firing line or in a designated area, never behind the safety line.
- Always keep the barrel pointed down range.
- Always keep the firearm safety on until you are ready to shoot.
- Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
- Continue to follow the Safe Handling Rules above.
- When hunting in a group, pick one person to act as the Safety Officer for the hunt.
- Establish everyone's zone of fire and ensure each other knows where everyone is at all times.
- Always keep the firearm on safe until you intend to shoot.
- Never climb over anything with a loaded firearm in your hand.
- Never use a scope on a gun as binoculars.
- If you fall or trip, control your muzzle and ensure you check the firearm for damage and/or barrel obstructions.
- When in Doubt; Don't shoot.
Law Enforcement Magnet Program
The Huntersville Police Department has contracted with Law Enforcement Magnets, to solicit funds for our annual donation to the North Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers Program. Businesses or groups who choose to participate will receive an invoice from Law Enforcement Magnets. Payments should be mailed to: 2530 Scottsville Rd. Suite 6 Bowling Green, KY 42104. If you have any questions regarding this please contact Sgt Habenicht.