Community interaction and citizen feedback are the most crucial parts of our mission. We believe understanding multiple points of view helps build mutual respect and trust, and gives us a better perspective on the issues impacting different neighborhoods. We have developed and implemented a diversity of programs, events, and engagement opportunities so we can get to know more about you and your concerns! We encourage you to participate in as many events and programs as you can. View our calendar for dates and times.
Coffee with a Cop: The goal of “Coffee with a Cop” is to break down barriers and allow for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. This is a chance for you to ask questions, bring concerns, and simply get to know officers. The program aims to advance community policing by improving relationships between police officers and you, the community – one cup of coffee at a time!
National Night Out (NNO): The first Tuesday in August, neighborhoods throughout Greensboro participate in NNO by sending a strong message that they are united to fight crime. NNO is a nationwide event that promotes neighborhood spirit and local anti-crime programs; builds relationships between citizens and police; and lets criminals that we are working together. Traditionally, residents show their support for NNO by turning on their porch lights and celebrating with events like block parties, festivals, cookouts, and ice-cream socials!
Safer City Summit: The GPD & the City of Greensboro host this seminar addressing violent crime, with the goal of creating 5 working groups, comprised of community leaders and partners to identify actionable items within their respective domain that could help reduce violent crime. Topics include public safety, youth outreach, housing, employment, and legislative concerns. The 2017 summit was held January 31 from 6-8 pm at the Greensboro Coliseum’s Special Event Center. The groups will continue to meet throughout the year.
Walk and Talks: Walk and Talk originated from mutual concerns expressed by residents and officers during community meetings in December 2015. The concept is simple yet powerful. Residents from neighborhoods throughout the city volunteer to walk alongside Greensboro police to share safety messages, improve quality life, and build rapport on a monthly basis. Community members – just like you – suggested Walk and Talk events as a way to strengthen bonds within their communities and with the police who patrol them.
ANYTOWN: is a week-long summer program conducted at Blowing Rock Conference Center in the beautiful NC mountains. Not your “typical summer camp,” ANYTOWN provides rising Guilford County high school juniors and seniors with a unique opportunity to live and interact with a diverse group of students based on inclusivity, respect, and understanding. The group includes about 70 delegates, 13 peer counselors, 12 adult advisors and 3 directors. ANYTOWN staff is comprised of highly qualified community leaders and ANYTOWN graduates, committed to bringing the magic to new students every summer.
Badges for Baseball: This program is sponsored by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation whose mission is to help build character and teaches critical life lessons to disadvantaged young people living in America’s most distressed communities through baseball and softball themed programs. The GPD is proud to be a part of this program by providing baseball events to the kids of Greensboro.
Boy Scout Merit Badge Workshop: There are four Boy Scout merit badges that pertain to the police; safety, traffic safety, fingerprinting and crime prevention. In order to help as many scouts in the community, the Police Department hosts a workshop that is open to the first 50 to register. There are four different 2 hour workshops each covering one of the merit badge topics.
Christmas with Cops: For more than 20 years, the Greensboro Police Officers Association (GPOA) has taken children shopping for the winter season. GPOA takes 50 young people along with their police partners shopping at Target for winter clothes. The children who participate in “Christmas with Cops” are referred through Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Lifespan, an organization that teaches disabled youth how to live independently. GPOA is a non-profit comprised of 500 members dedicated to supporting GPD and the greater Greensboro community.
Community Classroom: The Community Classroom is a new educational series based on requests from residents. The first class in the series is a glimpse into the decision making training that police officers receive. The 2-hour class covers procedural justice and decision making, including whether or not to use force, and the type of force selected.
Cops and Bobbers: This program is similar to “Coffee with a Cop” in that the goal is to break down barriers and allow for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. This is a chance for you to connect with officers while fishing at Lake Higgins. We provide the tackle and the bait! No fishing license is required and it is a catch and release program.
In the Schools: The members of GPD spend a great deal of time in the schools, with such programs as Junior Achievement, Communities in Schools – Great Leaps Reading Program, Lunch Buddies, and Big Brother and Big Sister.
McGruff: Back in 1980, a dog in a rumpled trench coat said, “You don’t know me yet. But you will.” Since then, McGruff the Crime Dog has taught millions of people that the police can’t fight crime alone – crime prevention is everybody’s business and everyone can help “Take A Bite Out Of Crime.” McGruff has been a member of the GPD for over 30 years.
Operation PASS: This program, held in August, provides supplies and resources for school-aged kids and their parents. Prior to the event, donations are accepted in different locations around town as well as receiving business donations of school supplies.
Operation Yuletide: The GPD launched “Operation Yuletide”, an initiative to bring holiday cheer to 100 or more underserved youth and senior citizens in our city. In partnership with Christ Wesleyan Church, this program provides each family with a ham and nonperishable foods for a traditional holiday meal, along with several gifts consisting of new toys and clothing for each family member. The families are nominated by members of GPD and the food and gifts are delivered the week before Christmas.
Police Citizens’ Academy: The Greensboro Police Citizens’ Academy is held annually from March through August. It consists of 15 scheduled classroom discussions, two partnership sessions, ride-alongs with police officers, and hands-on demonstrations. We hope the program will enhance communication between residents and police, and create long-term partnerships that solve problems, reduce crime, and improve quality of life.
Safe Keepers: Safe Keepers is a series of safety programs conducted jointly by the GPD, Greensboro Fire Department, Guilford County Emergency Management and the Greensboro Libraries. They are all held at Library branches around town and cover topics such “Is Your Home Safe”, Water Safety, Senior Safety, and Holiday Safety. They are free and open to all ages of the community.
Safety Town: Safety Town is a two-hour a day, two-week program for children that teaches safety lessons on strangers, traffic, pedestrians, fire, bicycles, bus, poisons (including drugs), water and guns. This community service program has been sponsored by the GPD, the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club of Greensboro, and other local civic and business organizations for more than 30 years.
Speakers Bureau: The GPD is asked to speak at numerous different types of events and classes weekly, including educating children in schools on safety topics, exhibiting equipment at festivals, and giving presentations at various events. We also speak to businesses and their employees on safety topics that may concern them directly. If you are interested in having GPD speak to your group, see regulations and submit your form here!
Special Olympics: The Greensboro Police Department does several fund raisers throughout the year to raise money for the Special Olympics. Fundraisers include a Bowl-a-Thon, Tip a Cop, Cop on Top, and the Police Memorial Week 5K Run.