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Hillsborough Police hosting youth basketball camp

The Hillsborough Police Department is now signing up participants for its 2010 Basketball Camp.

The camp for youths ages 10 to 18 years old will be 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 26-30, in the gymnasium at C.W. Stanford Middle School, 308 Orange High School Road in Hillsborough.

A registration fee of $5 will go toward a pizza party on the last day of camp.

To sign up, visit the Community Policing Substation, 501 Rainey Ave., to fill out the necessary paperwork. The camp will be limited to 60 participants.

For more information, contact Cpl. Tereasa King at 732-2441, ext. 26.    

Hillsborough police seek help with suspect IDs

Hillsborough police are investigating 10 motor vehicle break-ins at apartment complexes in the southern part of town.

The incidents occurred between March 19 and April 21 at Ashford Lakes Apartment Homes on Churton Street and Coachwood Apartments on Cheshire Drive. The property theft exceeds $4,000 in value, with damages of more than $8,000. The incidents have also led to credit card fraud in Hillsborough, Durham and Raleigh. Police have surveillance footage of two suspects and their vehicle. They request the public’s help in identifying the suspects.



One suspect is a white man about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 155 to 180 pounds. He has a tattoo on the right side of his neck. The second suspect is a white woman about 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 140 to 160 pounds. She has light/medium color hair. The suspects’ vehicle is a gold minivan, possibly a Plymouth or Chrysler.

If you have any information, please contact Detective Chip White at 732-9381 ext. 37. For an immediate police response, call 911.

At UNC, a shooter drill

On Wednesday, UNC-Chapel Hill will conduct a drill on the outskirts of campus so police can practice what to do in the event that a gunman is loose on campus.

Naturally, the university is trying to let the community know. Again - this is JUST A DRILL.

Linda Convissor, the university's local relations director, wrote a letter explaining the event. 

Here it is.

On Wednesday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the University will hold a drill to simulate a real emergency on campus.  The emergency drill will take place at the Outdoor Education Center off Country Club Road.  Our Department of Public Safety is coordinating the exercise, which will include local law enforcement and response agencies.  Officers will be stationed around the perimeter and will block access to the drill site.

During the drill, actors will portray gunmen, hostages and victims to simulate a response to a shooter on campus. Part of this exercise is to remind everyone on campus what to do in a real emergency. Students, faculty and staff will be asked to spend five minutes responding as if the situation was real:  stay, or go, inside.  Close windows and doors.  Stay until further notice.

There should be little direct impact on the community.  You may hear the sirens and see emergency vehicles driving to and from the Outdoor Education Center.  During the drill, residents will have full access to Country Club and Laurel Hill Roads.  No impact on traffic or Chapel Hill Transit service is expected.

Remember that is the go-to source for information on a campus emergency.  Director of Public Safety Jeff McCracken discusses the emergency drill in a video on the AlertCarolina site (link is on upper right corner).  Please note that the text messages he describes are for University students, faculty and staff.

Emergency planning is an important element of our efforts to enhance campus safety.  We are committed to conducting regular exercises and updating our plans so that we will always be ready.  All of the UNC campuses are participating in these full-scale drills.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where bad things happen.  It’s our job to be ready for all scenarios and this training is an important part of that readiness.

If you are a contact person for your neighborhood or community group, please share this information with them and others who may be interested.


Carrboro Police warn of car break-ins

The Carrboro Police Department has issued a warning that vehicle break-ins are on the rise.

Police are reminding drivers to always roll up windows and lock doors,
hide valuables from plain sight, park in a well-lit area after dark and
be alert. 

Between Friday and Sunday, there were at least seven vehicle
break-ins, according to the Police Department's weekend bulletin. The
first was reported Friday on Lloyd Street. On Saturday, police reported
a car on Morningside Drive and another on Blueridge Road had smashed
windows, although the owners did not report any items missing. On
Sunday, four vehicles on Brewer Lane had smashed windows. Police
reported items were missing from at least one car, including a CD
player and a stereo amplifier.

The full statement is after the jump:


Watch your speed

As if last week's kidnapping and bank robbery didn't draw enough police attention in eastern Wake County, why, I say, why are there so many patrol cars guarding the highway lately?

The first thing that comes to mind is the weather is nice and warm, and hey, it's summer time. People are getting out and doing things (both legal and illegal) and trying to get to their destination in record time.

But still a curiosity in my book is the joint effort between local towns' police officers on 64/264 between Wendell Boulevard and Highway 96 (Arendell Ave.).

It's got my attention because lately as you head toward Wendell from the Knightdale side of things there is a Zebulon K-9 unit monitoring the road, and then when you get past Lizard Lick (into the Zebulon jurisdiction) there are Wendell cops doing the same — more or less a role reversal. 

I thought that was weird enough, and still don't know if they're looking for someone in particular, drugs, or what, but then I saw the true conundrum — a Durham Five-O in Wendell. WOW. I know. Tell me about it. What could possibly be going on here?

One half of me wants to call the local police departments and put an end to my measureless curiosity, but the other half of me doesn't want to spoil the endless possibilities that stem from such ignorance. 

It's almost like the kind of thing that would become the perfect rumor in a small town. Maybe they're searching for aliens. If anyone knows the truth, or thinks they do, I'd love to hear about it.




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Lopez honored by Latino officers group

Police Chief Jose L. Lopez has received the 2008 NLPOA Law Enforcement Leadership Award from the National Latino Peace Officers Association.

“I am very proud and honored to receive this award. I hope it inspires other younger officers to pursue a leadership career,” Lopez said in a statement. “Coming into the law enforcement profession nearly 30 years ago, there was not a lot of Latino representation in policing, never mind in management. I didn’t have anyone to mentor me and many said it was impossible for a Latino to rise to the level of chief.”

Lopez became Durham’s police chief in September 2007 after serving more than 23 years with the Hartford, Conn., Police Department where he retired as assistant chief. In Hartford, Lopez was the first Latino officer to reach every rank from sergeant to assistant chief and the first Latino officer to manage several different divisions and units. 

Police respond to review-board talks

The local police union is vocally opposing the potential creation of a Civilian Review Board to investigate complaints against the Chapel Hill Police Department. The union says supporters are "small pool of representatives ... not reflective of the majority of the community" and that the board's work would amount to "Monday-morning quarterbacking."

"The board will reflect, discuss and decide in the light of day over several hours, days, weeks or even months with no training or knowledge of the intricacies of police work, the decisions an officer must make in split seconds and often at night based on extensive training and experience," said Chapel Hill Police Officer Mike Mineer, President of the Chapel Hill Area Police Protective League, I.U.P.A. Local #105.

The union suggests that, instead, a Civilian Police Academy could help the public better understand police work, "creating common ground of understanding instead of simply creating an adversarial group to put pressure on police departments based on uninformed opinions."

“We serve the community daily in a respectable and professional manner," Mineer said. "We serve a diverse community and take pride in being able to deal with diversity through our education, training, experience and, most importantly, our interaction with the community. Furthermore, our Chief and our Department take pride in the quality of officers employed and strive to provide us with the appropriate training, policies and procedures to equip us with the right attitude and skills to perform to the standard the community expects.”

The International Union of Police Associations has also pledged its full support for the officers and the department.

“The danger here is that faced with oversight from a board with no law enforcement experience or training and coming from a limited agenda of their own is demoralizing to the officers who face danger on any given shift,” said International president Sam A. Cabral. “If officers have to be looking over their shoulder constantly worried about the uninformed judging of their actions, they will have no choice but to proceed more cautiously in all situations. This places them in danger by making them hesitate to act quickly. That hesitation can result in injury or death to them or the citizens they are trying to protect.”

Cabral further stated that officers are already subjected to departmental investigations, investigations by municipal or district attorneys, and even civil lawsuits.

“The redundancy of a group of untrained civilians second-guessing their actions only adds a further burden on officers, and not only fails to protect the safety of the citizens, but interferes with the officers’ ability to carry out their sworn duty to protect the public,” he said.

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