Camp C.A.R.E. (Choices.Accountability.Respect.Excellence) is a free weeklong summer camp for up to 50 students, ages 9-12 years old. This camp offers athletic activities and enrichment classes on peer pressure, anti-bullying, and alcohol & drug prevention. The program provides an important opportunity for police officers to interact with local youth in a positive and encouraging environment. The activities at Camp C.A.R.E. expose students to everyday situations that allow them to practice making the right choices in difficult circumstances.
D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Offered to elementary school students, this program educates children and young adults about the dangers of drugs, gangs and violence and teaches them to make healthy life choices.
SHOP WITH A COP
The Shop with a Cop program uses charitable donations to provide a cheerful Christmas to underprivileged children within the community. Individual officers are partnered with children, and each child is given money to spend on a special shopping trip. After shopping, the children enjoy a pizza party with the officers. The Rolesville Police Department thanks its sponsors, who have generously contributed to this effort.
COFFEE WITH A COP
Join your neighbors and the Rolesville Police Department for coffee and conversation. No agendas or speeches – just a chance to ask questions, voice your concerns, and get to know the officers in your community. The mission of “Coffee with a Cop” is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve and to build community policing one cup at a time. The “Coffee with a Cop” event takes place quarterly throughout the year.
The Bike Rodeo is a program offered to elementary school children to encourage safe bicycle riding. Police officers set up bicycle riding courses for the kids and offer a safety inspection of participant’s bikes. Free food and prizes are given to all participants, as well as a certificate of completion. This event is usually held on a Saturday in May.
TELEPHONE REASSURANCE PROGRAM
This service is available to Town residents at no cost, and it is open to anyone who lives alone, age 65 years of age or older, or any adult with a physical disability. The Telephone Reassurance program provides a friendly and familiar voice to people who live alone and feel isolated from the community because of their homebound status. The program operates Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A trained representative calls between the hours listed above to assure safety and provide a sense of caring. If there is not an answer, an emergency contact person must verify the well-being of the individual.
INTERNET EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Potential users of websites such as Craigslist and other online services can use the side parking lot of the Rolesville Police Department (204 Southtown Circle), as a safe place to exchange internet purchases. While a large number of internet transactions occur without issues, the Rolesville Police Department wants to reduce the risk of fraudulent activity by providing a safe zone. The zone is clearly marked by signs and is video recorded 24 hours a day.
MEDICINE DISPOSAL PROGRAM
To facilitate the disposal of expired or unwanted medications, the department provides a medication drop box in the lobby of the Rolesville Police Department (204 Southtown Circle). Accepted items include over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, and medication samples. Unacceptable items include liquid medications, ointments, inhalers, aerosols, vitamins, illicit drugs and items with a needle.
BICYCLE SAFETY HELMET PROGRAM
From April through September each year, the department promotes a positive “Bicycle Helmet Safety Citation”, which is offered to youth “caught” wearing a safety helmet while bike riding in the Rolesville community. According to NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children ages 4 through 14. The injury and death rate statistics of juveniles, while operating bicycles on the streets, is alarming. The Rolesville Police Department partners with McDonald’s of Rolesville to sponsor the program by providing officers with ice cream cone gift cards to give the youth that are spotted wearing a bike helmet while riding in the community.
DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER PROGRAM
Impairment Goggles are an internationally popular hands-on prevention tool used to educate people of all ages about the consequences alcohol misuse and abuse. The goggles use a special lens technology that allows the wearer to experience a realistic simulation of impairment. Participants experience how alcohol impairs a person’s balance, vision, reaction time, and judgment. Simple activities with the goggles, such as walking a line “heel-to-toe”, standing on one leg, reaching out to grab a set of car keys, or tossing a ball, become effective teaching moments as the participant experiences how susceptible they are to potentially dangerous consequences.
Participants perform simple sobriety tests without the goggles to establish a sober baseline. The exercise is then repeated while wearing the goggles. Participants typically struggle to maintain their balance, equilibrium, reaction time, targeting and will exhibit behaviors similar to an individual under the influence of alcohol. Participants gain an understanding of the impact of alcohol on their ability to function. The experience can be used to support lessons about impaired driving, high risk or binge drinking, underage drinking or any initiative dealing with the misuse and abuse of alcohol.
OPERATION PORCH LIGHT
Flip on your light to put crime in sight. All auto break-ins usually have one thing in common: there is something left in the car worth stealing. Most larcenies from cars are “crimes of opportunity” that could be prevented by taking some preventative steps. The Rolesville Police department recommends that residents turn on exterior porch and driveway lights, lock ALL of your vehicle’s doors, and avoid leaving valuables in your vehicle.