The Winston-Salem Police Department will hold a series of community meetings over the next three weeks to present its new patrol plan, introduce citizens to the police officers who oversee patrol officers in their neighborhood, and answer questions from citizens about the plan.
Present at each meeting will be Police Chief Scott Cunningham and the police captain who oversees that patrol district. City Council members who represent the neighborhoods in each patrol district have also been invited.
The plan divides the city into 24 patrol "beats" organized into three patrol districts that are covered by three shifts of officers. Previously, the city was divided into 18 beats covered by five overlapping shifts of officers. The change decreases the average size of each beat. Under the new plan, officers work the same shift for a year. Before, officers rotated shifts every week. The plan took effect Jan. 5.
Cunningham instituted the new plan to reduce crime, improve response time by reducing patrol areas, and make it easier for citizens to know the officers who patrol their neighborhood.
Meetings will be held by patrol zone within each patrol district. Citizens are welcome to attend the meeting for their zone, or any other meeting. All meetings will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
District 1 - North and West area of Winston-Salem
- Tuesday, Jan. 27 (Zone 1) in the Deacon Room at Joel Coliseum, 2825 University Pkwy.
- Thursday, Jan. 29 (Zone 2) in the Deacon Room at Joel Coliseum, 2825 University Pkwy.
District 2 - East area of Winston-Salem, North and South
- Tuesday, Feb. 3 (Zone 1) at Sedge Garden Recreation Center, 401 Robbins Rd
- Thursday, Feb. 5 (Zone 2) at Sprague Street Recreation Center, 1350 E. Sprague St.
District 3 - South and West area of Winston-Salem
- Tuesday, Feb. 10 (Zone 1) at First Alliance Church, 1601 Pope Rd.
- Thursday, Feb. 12 (Zone 2) at South Fork Recreation Center, 4403 Country Club Rd.
A detailed map is posted online that shows patrol zones and districts. Citizens may also call City Link at 727-8000 to determine their patrol zone and district.
Police Department web site