Keeping Clayton safe is a team effort.
The Clayton Police Department Community Action team was formed to be the direct link from the police department to the community we serve. We have two dedicated officers who provide dozens of services to the residents of the Town of Clayton:
- Community Watch Programs
- Tours of the Clayton Law Enforcement Center
- Drug Presentations
- Safe Driving Presentations
- Fraud Presentations
- Bicycle Rodeos for neighborhoods and civic groups
- Work to provide public service announcements
- Security Presentations
- Provide crime prevention information and presentations
- Plan and implement informative presentations based of the communities concerns or request
- McGruff the Crime Dog
- Park patrols
- Greenway patrols
- Residential Patrols
- Planning and implementing security and traffic control tactics for special events within the town of Clayton
- Responding to community concerns by developing plans of actions and implementing these plans
- Work with school officials to provide officers for safety related events such as S.A.V.E. week
- Provide officers to answer questions and vehicles to display at public events
- Monitor the Clayton Crime Stoppers tip line
What sort of crime prevention presentations or educational programs does the Community Action Team provide?
As mentioned above the Community Action Team provides a variety of presentations and educations programs. These presentations and programs are develop in response to residents requests or concerns. We continue to develop new presentation as this unit continues to learn about the concerns of the residents of Clayton. Since the implementation of the Community Action Team we have conducted presentations on a variety of topics (listed below); however we are not limited to these topics. If a group within the community has a specific concern the Community Action Team will research the concern and provide some type of informational presentation based off the research. Below are some of the current programs/presentations which that the Team has been requested to provide to the community:
- Bicycle Rodeo – discuss with youth the safety concerns of riding a bicycle and provide cone courses for them to practice which promotes safe riding skills
- Fraud Presentations
- Safe Driving
- Elderly Scam
- Holiday Safety
- Security for businesses and religious organizations (Q&A setting)
- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
- Stranger Danger
- Motorcycle Safety
- Child Restraint Systems
- Dangers of Drugs
- Domestic Abuse
- Community Watch
What does someone need to do to take advantage of these programs?
Contact the Clayton Police Department’s Special Operations Unit office at 919-550-0826 and talk to and officer reference to your concern or request. This office is not always staffed during normal business hours so please leave a message and a Community Action Team member will contact you back.
What is a community watch?
A community watch is a crime prevention program that enlists active participation of residents in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime, solve community problems, and improve the quality of life throughout an area. Through a community watch program participants will learns strategies to:
- Recognize and report crimes and suspicious activities
- Protect yourself, your family, and your property
- Protect your neighbor’s family and property
- Identify crime and disorder problems in your area and work with Clayton Police Department personnel to resolve these problems
Community watch operates to educate participants in the principles of deterrence, delay, and detection. The program is designed for residents to work with the Clayton Police Department instead of relying on law enforcement to solve all their problems alone. Community watches across the nation have shown to be effective in decreasing crime while giving the community a greater sense of involvement. Community watch programs work by:
- Residents within the community working with the Clayton Police Department to reduce crime and improve the overall quality of life in the area
- Residents within the community taking on leadership roles and accepting responsibility for their community
- Residents within the community meeting to discuss their concerns, and developing a plan of action to address those concerns
- Residents within the community joining together in a cooperative effort to create a sense of community and put the neighbor back into neighborhood
We currently have active community watches in the following neighborhoods:
- Glen Laurel
- Glen Haven
If a community within the town limits of Clayton is interested in developing a community watch program they need to contact the Clayton Police Department’s Special Operations Unit office at 919-550-0826 and talk to and officer. This office is not always staffed during normal business hours so please leave a message and a Community Action Team member will contact you back.
New Peddler Ordinance to Thwart Non-Legitimate Door-to-Door Sales
Starting in February 2015, anyone selling or peddling products door-to-door must obtain a $50 permit. Not only that, they must provide valid IDs and go through a criminal background check. No one with any felony convictions, sex offenses, drug or fraud charges in the last 10 years will be allowed to get a permit. And even if someone is approved for a permit, it's only good for 30 days and must be renewed for another $25.
The picture to the right is the ID issued by the Town of Clayton Police Department. If the person at your door does not display an ID like this one - they do not have the required permit to sell in the Town of Clayton. The police have also begun to add the expiration date to this ID badge so be sure to check for that.
You may also request to see the actual permit. The sales person is required to have it with them. Some people have reported that sales people are displaying letters that claim to exempt them from our permit process. The Town of Clayton Police Department nor the Town issue any such type of exemption letters.
NO ONE can solicit at homes before 9:00 AM or after 8:00 PM.
If someone knocks on your door selling something, you can ask to see their identification badge and permit issued by the Clayton Police Department. If they refuse to show their badge or become aggressive, threatening or intimidating, close your door and call 911. Keep any printed info the salesperson may have given you and write down a description of the person, their vehicle or where they were headed.
Wondering if your girl scout or boy scout now will need to get a permit to sell their cookies or popcorn? They don't. Town Council made an exception for anyone operating for educational, religious, charitable or non-profit purposes.
You can check out the ordinance by clicking here. If you have questions or want to report a solicitor, call out Police Department anytime at 919-553-4611.