The Community Oriented Prevention Education Program (C.O.P.E.) was launched by Sheriff Carey A. Winders in July of 2000. This new Division is the uniformed branch of Investigations and institutes all of the previous Community Services including Community Crime Watch, School Resource Officers, Crime Prevention and our newest section - Crime Analysis. Their motto is "Together We Can". This new Division is led by Captain Ray Smith.
purpose of this new Division is to improve Community Services as a whole. Community
Education and Crime Prevention will be boosted to new levels, increasing Community
Awareness and increasing the quality of life in your neighborhood. An example of this is
that School Resource Officers will, during summer months and other times that school is
not in session, be patrolling neighborhoods in their assigned school districts. These
Officers will be spending time with the youth and promoting Crime Prevention with the
residents. This will also benefit Neighborhood Watches as several Deputies will be
assigned to specific neighborhoods.
Prevention Section includes 6 full-time School Resource Officers and a Crime Trend
Analyst. These Officers will be available to speak to local Community Groups upon request.
We are also offering free home security surveys. Upon your request, a Crime Prevention
Officer will come to your home and offer advice on how to better protect your home against
burglars. To have your home surveyed, request a Deputy to speak at a function or to
schedule a tour of the Sheriff's Office and Detention Center, please call (919)580-4066.
Crime Trend Analyst will examine trends in all areas of Wayne County. Custom computer
software has been written and donated to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. This new
program will assist the analyst in graphically plotting trends and patterns in crime
rates. Studies are currently being performed on crime types, location, time and date of
occurrences and victim types just to name a few. The results of these ongoing studies will
be forwarded to the Patrolling Shifts and Investigators to indicate areas that need