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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE PINEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS:

The hustle and bustle of holiday shopping provides a great opportunity for criminals to take advantage of distracted shoppers.  Be aware of your surroundings at all times and follow the tips below:

  • Lot Safety:  roll up your windows, keep valuables out of sight, lock your doors.  Be sure to park in well-lit areas and avoid parking near vans, campers, or vehicles with dark-tinted windows.  Always be alert when returning to your car.  Have your keys ready, get into your car quickly, and leave the parking lot immediately.  If you are shopping with small children who need assistance getting into their car seat, enter the vehicle in the rear with the children.  Lock the doors and strap the children in.  Look around to make sure nobody is lurking near your vehicle before exiting to get in the driver side.
  • Shopping:  Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; use debit or credit cards when possible.  Try to shop with friends and keep your purse close to your side or your wallet in your front pocket.  Report suspicious activity to a clerk or to Security and always stay alert - especially in crowded aisles, elevators, or escalators.  These are prime spots for pickpockets.

 

 

 

Shop with a Cop is a one-on-one experience designed to have uniformed officers spend a day of shopping and socializing with underprivileged students in Pineville during the Christmas season. The children are partnered with officers to shop for toys and clothing of their choice. This program is also developed to form a relationship between officers and the community, but most importantly the program allows underprivileged children to have a Christmas they otherwise might not enjoy.

Every child deserves to have a Christmas no matter what the situation may be. That’s why this year the Pineville Police Department, in partnership with Pineville Neighbors Place, is excited to continue our Christmas program, Shop with a Cop.  This program has been utilized in other communities around the Charlotte area.  For the past 3 years, we have received an overwhelming response from our businesses enabling us to help more than 250 people who truly needed it.

We will select children from the Pineville community by means of the Pineville Elementary School. With the help of teachers, community leaders, and other citizens we will identify children who would be good candidates for the program and send home applications to be filled out by parents. Once the applications are received we will select those children who best qualify. The total number of children selected will be decided based on the funds available.

With generous donations from local businesses we will provide the children with enough money to buy clothing and toys.  Each child will be given a specified amount of money (dependent on the total amount raised) to be used for clothing and gifts.  The Officer partnered with the child will ensure that the money is spent wisely.

We know that as a business owner you are often asked to help with charities and special events. We hope that you can see what a good cause this is and rest assured knowing 100% of your donation will go to the children of our community. We ask that you consider a donation to help a child have a great Christmas. 

 

***Corporate and Individual donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible***

Donation Levels:

Chief Level - $1,000 or more

Captain Level - $700 - $999

Lieutenant Level - $400 - $699

Sergeant Level - $200 - $399

Corporal Level - $100 - $199

Officer Level - $50 - $99

 

If meeting a donation level is not feasible, any donation that can be made is greatly appreciated.  Please mail your donation by October 15 so we can determine the number of children we can help.

 

Checks should be made payable to Pineville Neighbors Place   attn: SWAC  and mailed to: 

Pineville Neighbors Place

PO Box 986

Pineville, NC  28134

Pineville Neighbors Place is a 501c3 nonprofit.  Your gift will be tax deductible.

 

If you would like to speak with us, you can contact one of our Shop With a Cop Officers either by phone at (704) 889-2231 or email:

 

                                            Officer Kimel      hkimel@pinevillenc.gov

                                            Officer Malin     amalin@pinevillenc.gov

 

Or contact the Executive Director of Pineville Neighbors Place:

Jane Shutt     jane@pinevilleneighbors.org       704.972.8722

                                           

If you prefer to donate new toys in the original wrapping, you may call us for a pickup or drop off the toys at:

Pineville Neighbors Place

10725 Industrial Drive

Pineville, NC  28134

Monday-Thursday, 9am-12noon

 

Donated toys will be used for a special Christmas shopping experience for families at Sterling Elementary.

 

 

DISPOSE OF UNNEEDED MEDICATIONS


Safe and timely disposal of unneeded prescription medications, especially 
opioids, has never been more important than it is today.


In addition to keeping these substances out of our water supply, safe disposal of unneeded medication helps to keep drugs out of the hands of people who might abuse them. 

Abuse of certain prescription medications, which has led many people into addiction and heroin use, has become a deadly epidemic across the United States. This opioid epidemic is the focus of a major initiative by Attorney General Josh Stein.

Even non-opioid drugs present dangers if kept in a household when they are no longer needed.  They can be ingested accidentally by children or visitors, mistaken for a use they are not intended, etc.  Bring any and all prescription medicine that you no longer need to the Police Department for safe destruction.

The Pineville Police Department has installed a permanent medicine drop box in the lobby of our Department.  There is access to this area 24/7.  Please feel free to bring in your medications and deposit them in the box.  It is a completely anonymous process and will not take you any time at all.

 

 

 

The FBI Charlotte Division, CMPD, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and the Chiefs of Pineville, Cornelius, Huntersville, Matthews, and Mint Hill have joined forces to educate students to Think Before You Post, in an effort to eliminate the posting of hoax threats to institutions.  Law enforcement officers spend countless hours investigating threats to determine their credibility.  Schools lose precious learning time responding to these threats.  And most importantly, a young person can ruin their future by making a hoax school threat.

What Should you Do to Help?


  • Don't ever post or send any hoax threats....period!
  • If you are a target of an online threat, alert your local law enforcement immediately.
  • If you see a threat of violence posted on social media, immediately contact local law enforcement or your local FBI office.
  • Notify authorities, but don't share or forward the threat until law enforcement has had a chance to investigate - this can spread misinformation and cause panic.
  • If you are a parent or family member, know that some young people post these threats online as a cry for attention or as a way to get revenge or exert control.  Talk to your child about the proper outlet for their stress or other emotions, and explain the importance of responsible social media use and the consequences of posting hoax threats.

 

 

 704-889-TIPS

 

The Pineville Police Department has set up a dedicated phone line that will allow community members  to report criminal activity anonymously.  These tips can be related to any kind of criminal activity, not just drug complaints.  You will not be required to provide your name or telephone number when reporting suspicious or criminal activity.  

 

 

KEEP YOUR VEHICLE LOCKED

 


According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), a motor vehicle is broken into ever 45 seconds in the United States.  40 to 50% of these thefts are caused by owner error (leaving a car unlocked).  Whenever you vacate your car, whether it is to run into a store, drop by a friend's house, or park it at home for the night be sure to lock your car.

 

 

 

 

The Pineville town-wide speed limit is 35 mph, unless otherwise noted.  The speed limit is 20 mph on Main Street.  The Pineville Police Department will be strictly enforcing these limits.  Be sure to observe the posted limits if you do not wish to receive a ticket.

 

 



Dial 911 for
Emergencies

Pineville Police
427 Main Street
Pineville, NC 28134

Non-Emergency:
(704)-889-2231

Anonymous Tip Line:

704-889 TIPS (704-889-8477)