Community Oriented Policing

Community Services

The Community Services Section is staffed, primarily, by the community services coordinator (CSC). All employees of the Southern Pines Police Department are members of this section and share responsibility for carrying out the department’s community oriented policing philosophy.

The CSC is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the department’s full range of community/police orientated programs. Along with other members, the CSC develops specific programs for delivery to the community on topics of public safety.

Contact the CSC by telephone at 910-692-2732 for information on programs, events, or to schedule a presentation for your neighborhood, community, school, or business group.

Community Oriented Policing

The Southern Pines Police Department utilizes the philosophy, tools and strategies of community oriented policing. In a democratic society, law enforcement is a vital and integral element of the public and community. By following the philosophy of community oriented policing, we strive to create an atmosphere of positive interaction between the public and the police and a mutual understanding of the role of both in matters of public safety.

  • We focus the resources of law enforcement to achieve a positive impact by attempting to solve community problems.
  • We create partnerships with community groups, neighborhoods and other facets of government as we strive to establish a climate in which officers can perform their duties with the acceptance, understanding and approval of the public.


The aim of community oriented policing is to create police / public partnerships which will empower the community to work directly with the police department to:

  • Address quality of life issues in the community
  • Generate police / community relationships to aid in solving crime
  • Improve community satisfaction with the Southern Pines Police Department
  • Prevent or deter crime
  • Promote a public awareness that is based upon the factual incidents of crime