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Message from the Chief of Police
I present to you the 2018 Concord Police Department Annual Report. Another year has come and gone and there is much to report in the following pages. If there was a central theme to my focus in 2018 (aside from the standard public safety concerns of crime, traffic safety, community engagement, etc.), it was the health and wellbeing of those who dedicate their lives to serving and protecting Concord. Employee health and wellbeing is always of top concern to me, and in 2018 I took deliberate steps to focus on those areas. The department had a Police Chaplain program for several years, however the program was not as active or engaging as officers would like. Coworkers participated in a survey where they overwhelmingly supported a new approach and demonstrated a desire for a â€œministry of presenceâ€?, where chaplains would spend time developing relationships with employees in advance of a personal or professional crisis. Chaplain Lonnie Clouse, of First Responders 1st (FR1), began his chaplaincy in February and has dedicated many hours attending roll calls, ride-alongs, and various special events. He is truly active in the lives of coworkers and has even presided over a couple wedding ceremonies. In October, Chaplain Mike Cowan joined FR1 in support of CPD and has also been actively involved in our program. Master Police Officer Joshua Shaver serves as a volunteer program coordinator where he connects coworkers with chaplain services and regularly reports to me on the number of hours our chaplains spend interacting with staff. Coworkers also completed a survey to gauge their satisfaction with our existing annual physical fitness assessment and to also provide input on new ideas and ways we can enhance physical fitness programming within the department. Efforts are underway to implement changes in 2019 and beyond. City Council and city management supported facility improvements to our headquarters building in 2018. We took unused office space and converted it to a cardio fitness facility. The creation of a dedicated cardio facility provided much needed space in our original strength training room, which allowed for an upgrade to that equipment as well. With these facility enhancements department coworkers have 24/7 access to state of the art equipment. Moving forward, I plan to provide coworkers with literature and training that focuses on their health and wellbeing. Policing is a difficult profession that can wear down even the strongest of personalities over a 25-30 year career. In order for our law enforcement professionals to be at their best to serve the public, we must ensure that their physical, mental, and spiritual needs are met now and into the future.
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City of Concord NC - Police Department Annual Report