Monday, August 30, 2010

Crime Prevention Unit Completes Two Important Training Classes

This week, officers of the Leland Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit completed two training classes that will directly impact the Leland community.  One was the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and the other is Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).

Officer Michael Landen, Leland's Crime Prevention Officer, attended the Governor's Crime Commission (GCC) CPTED class in Shelby, NC.  This class teaches officers how to recognize techniques in reducing crime and victims of crime with the utilization of better lighting, security and landscaping techniques, to name a few.  Often overlooked, correcting simple problems such as overgrowth, neglect of facilities and making a business or home less appealing to criminals is often the only steps needed to prevent common crimes of opportunity, such as breaking and entering and robberies. 

Officer's Spence and Pierce (pictured with Chief Jayne) attended CIT, hosted by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office and through the Southeastern Center for Mental Health in Wilmington.  Participants learned the importance of identifying individuals who may be suffering from mental illness during a police response and better ways of assisting them in their situations.  "It is easy to become jaded in this career field and forget our primary responsibility is to help people," one officer said at the graduation on Friday.  "This class reminded us that we often focus on the crime and often forget about the individuals.  Sometimes there are better options then arrest, especially if someone is suffering from a mental illness."  This was reiterated by a mother whose daughter was helped by a CIT officer years ago.  "Thier understanding of her situation and patience they demonstrated in getting the help she needed was the first step in her being able to deal with her mental condition even today."

Chief Jayne has advocated both of these programs as part of his commitment to Leland in creating a cooperative relationship between the police and citizens as well as addressing its ever changing needs and expectations of the police department.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

As the hurricane season intensifies, it is a good idea to be prepared for any pending emergencies.  Here are some ideas provided by the Wilmington Star News to help you ride out any possible storms:


At least 7 gallons of water per person
Battery-operated television or radio
Spare batteries
Manual can opener
Flashlights and waterproof matches
Toilet paper
Baby supplies
Cash (ATMs may not work after the storm)
Change for pay phones
Rain gear/sunscreen/hat
Bleach or water purification tablets
Soap and detergent
Charcoal/lighter fluid or camping stove
Disposable plates, glasses and utensils
Ice chest and ice
Valuable papers, or copies, in a waterproof bag
Prescription and other necessary medicines
Blankets, tarp and masking tape
Three day's worth of clothing, sleeping bags
First aid kit, scissors, tweezers, bug spray


Baby food and baby formula
Canned meats (Spam, chicken, ham)
Canned fish (tuna, sardines)
Canned meals: spaghetti, soup, stew, chili
Canned fruits and vegetables
Cereal, crackers and cookies
Coffee, tea, sodas, juice
Granola bars and nuts
Peanut butter and jelly

When the storm approaches

Listen for weather updates
Check gas, oil in vehicle
Check your emergency evacuation supplies
Board up or put storm shutters on windows
Clear your yard of loose objects, bicycles, lawn furniture, trash cans, etc.
Leave swimming pools filled. Super chlorinate the water, cover pump, filtration systems and intakes.

If you can stay home

Obtain, mark clean containers for storing water.
Obtain a week's supply of nonperishable foods. Check your disaster supplies kit.
Stay inside away from windows.

If you must evacuate

Turn off water and electricity at the main valve, breakers or fuses.
Turn off propane gas tanks that serve individual appliances like a stove or grill. Do not turn off natural gas unless local officials advise to do so.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Leland/County Experience Vehicle Break Ins

It's becoming a broken record - thieves break into unlocked vehicles, stealing cellphones, small electronic devices and other items left in the cars.  Additionally, two cars were stolen in the area where, in one case, keys to the vehicle had been left in the glove box.

This marks at least the third incident in Leland over the past year where cars have been broken into, targetted solely because their owners left them unlocked and items plainly visible inside.

"We have posted warnings and used all the resources we can possibly think of to alert the public to lock their car doors and remove items such as computers, cellphones and cash so they will not be a target of these types of crimes", said Lt Charles Bost who is in charge of the Crime Prevention Unit.  "I'm sure most people have taken the proper measures to ensure they are not victims of these types of crimes by locking their car doors and removing their valuables.  However, when we receive these reports and, especially, several of them at once, its clear we have not convinced everyone." 

On Thursday night, houses in Snee Farm and Stoney Creek were rummaged through.  As of twelve noon on Friday, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department, who has jurisidiciton of part of the two housing areas not incorporated in Leland, had taken reports of five car B&E's and one stolen vehicle.  Leland was investigating two motor vehicle break-ins and one stolen vehicle.

"We realize that we are not the only community that has this problem but it sometimes feels like an exercise in futility.  We have advised Neighborhood Watch Programs and HOA's about reminding their residents to lock their car doors and remove items from them but we still get reports like the ones we are working on now," said Lt Bost.  "The only way these types of crimes can be reduced or elminated is if the community works with the police in making their vehicles and homes less accessible to criminals."

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Citizen Police Academy Graduate Inspired To Become Police Officer

Chris Winder had heard about the problems with residential breaking and enterings in his neighborhood.  His Neighborhood Watch Program had kept him informed through his "iNeighbor's" emails but he wanted to do more.  Then he heard about the Leland Police Department's Citizen Police Academy that was starting up soon.  He decided that maybe, through this program, he could learn more about what he could do to help out in his community, as well as what the police did.  And he figured, one night a week was not much time to contribute to this program.

He applied and was accepted into the class but did not realize at that time how "eye-opening" the experience would be.  "I was in corporate retail operations for 10 years, supervising 5 store managers and making good money but I wasn't happy.  I didn't enjoy going to work and the stress wasn't made up by the pay, so I quit.  I really didn't know what I wanted to do.  I knew I did want to become more involved in helping out in my community and that led me to the Citizen Police Academy."  Chris added, "what impressed me was the officers that came in to teach the classes - classes in narcotics, traffic, and investigations.  I also was struck by how much they seemed to enjoy their job even though they had so much to know and do."  That is when Chris realized that he might want to be a police officer.  He entered the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Program at Brunswick Community College this spring, the first step in police certification in North Carolina.  

Since the classes are at night, Chris decided to volunteer with the Leland Police Department during the day, helping with general tasks like fleet maintenance or anything else they might need a hand in doing.  He also takes time to study his material for BLET, asking officers and staff questions that come up in his classes.  "I'm thoroughly enjoying myself - and know this is the right choice for me.  Police work is tough, demanding, and stressful and things don't always go they way you might want them to but, at the end of the day, I know they enjoy doing what they do.  I saw it with the instructor's; I hear it when the officers talk about calls they go on.  They genuinely enjoy being police officers.  Wanting to come to work each day and enjoying your job - that's what everybody wants."

Friday, June 25, 2010

Leland Introduces its Crime Prevention Unit

In a effort to better address the needs and concerns of the community, as well as integrate the concepts of Chief Jayne's Community Problem Oriented Policing, the Leland Police Department reorganized its Community Resource Officer into a Crime Prevention Unit.

This reorganization is more then just a name change.  Previously, the Community Resource Officer (CRO) Program tried to focus on too many areas with little guidance or direction.  What the Crime Prevention Unit will do is focus back on what the goals of Community Policing have been over the past 30 years - working with communities to prevent crime and address "quality of life issues".  It also expands the program to include, not only a Crime Prevention Officer (CPO), but now the bike unit, which is comprised of Officers Joe Pierce and Josh Spence.  They will be a critical resource that allows the public greater access to police officer not tethered to their patrol cars responding call to call.  Rebecca Edwards, the Animal Control Officer (ACO), will also fall under the Crime Prevention Unit (CPU).

Under the supervision of Lt Charles Bost, the Support Services Division Commander, the programs that the CPU will focus on will be revitalizing the Neighborhood Watch Programs, reorganizing the Business Watch Program, and introduce Community Educational Presentations that will include Financial Identification Fraud and Computer Safety, to name a few.  The CPU will also deal with issues that may not directly involve violations of laws but fall under what are general known as "nuisance" calls, such as barking dogs and loud noise complaints.  Several of these have already been addressed by Officer Michael Landen (CPO) and ACO Edwards.  The final piece of the CPU will be communication with the citizens of Leland through personal contact and employing technologies such as Facebook and Twitter.

The CPU has already began working on these issues.  On June 19th, they participated in Wal-Mart's Safety Month program with a display of programs offered by the department and information on personal and home safety and security.  They have also been visible at the Movies in the Park and the Farmer's Market and have several other projects and programs in the works.

Residents of Leland are encouraged to contact the Crime Prevention Unit with their concerns and questions at (910) 332-5002 or by email at   Also, you can visit the Leland Police Department's web-page and follow the links to the CPU's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Cameras help ease Wilmington traffic

trafficsignal300.jpgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Waiting for a traffic light to turn green can be frustrating. The City of Wilmington is out to make your commute much easier.
In a joint project with the state Department of Transportation, the city has installed 30 cameras at major intersections in Wilmington. Engineers can operate the cameras in a control room to manage traffic flow on overcrowded roads. The new system will allow better timing and coordination of traffic signals.
"For example, during the construction of Independence Blvd., we've used the cameras to notice that lanes were shut down in real time, made adjustments to the traffic signals to try to reallocate that green and reduce delay for the motorists," city traffic engineer Don Bennett said. "We've seen motor vehicle accidents where multiple lanes are blocked, and we will either retime that individual signal, or if we notice people are detouring around the incident to other signals, we can make adjustments to those."
The project has been in the works for the past seven years and cost $8 million. 
To view a map of the available cameras, please go to the following link:

This link as also been added under this pages LINK as "Live Wilmington Traffic Cameras" and on the Leland PD Website page.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

LPD's "Prescription Drug Drop Box" Holds Pounds of Discarded Drugs

Over 18 months ago, the Leland Police Department initiated a program to collect prescription drugs that had either expired or were no longer being taken. The genesis behind this program was to remove unwanted prescription drugs from general circulation, drugs that have begun, over the past years, to be abused and used by individuals who were not intended to have them.  This includes children in schools that take them from medicine cabinets to trade or sell, a problem that has grown over the past few years and has now become a greater problem then other traditionally abused and sold drugs, such as marijuana.  Use of prescription drugs has also increased in severity with older drug users who have moved from selling cocaine and heroin to also include prescription drugs, such as hydrocodone and Zanex.  Their desire to obtain these drugs have led to increases in break-ins into houses to steal them, as well as stealing them from pharmacies by prescription fraud or strong arm robberies.  Voluntary turn-in of unwanted prescription drugs can help prevent these abuses and crimes. 

On Wednesday, April 28th, the Leland Police Department held a press conference to display the contents of the it's “Prescription Drug Drop Box” that has collected pounds and pounds of narcotics.  Dropping them off at the police department is safer and more environmentally responsible then flushing them down the toilet or pouring them down the drain.  These drugs will be destroyed with the assistance of federal agencies so that they can not return to circulation and potentially be abused.

If you have prescription drugs that have expired or you no longer wish to have in your house, please bring them to the Leland Police Department and place them in the Prescription Drug Drop Box for destruction.

For further information concerning prescription drug abuse, go to

Commonly abused drugs:

Painkillers are drugs commonly prescribed for pain and are only legally available by prescription.
Painkiller abuse can be dangerous, even deadly, with too high a dose or when taken with other drugs, like alcohol. Short-term effects of painkiller abuse may include lack of energy, inability to concentrate, nausea and vomiting, and apathy. Significant doses of painkillers can cause breathing problems. When abused, painkillers can be addictive.
Brand names include: Vicodin, Tylenol with Codeine, OxyContin, and Percocet.

Depressants, or downers, are prescribed to treat a variety of health conditions including anxiety and panic attacks, tension, severe stress reactions, and sleep disorders. Also referred to as sedatives and tranquilizers, depressants can slow normal brain function.
Health risks related to depressant abuse include loss of coordination, respiratory depression, dizziness due to lowered blood pressure, slurred speech, poor concentration, feelings of confusion, and in extreme cases, coma and possible death.
Brand names include: Klonopin, Nembutal, Soma, Ambien, Valium, and Xanax.

Stimulants, or uppers, are most commonly prescribed for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but they are also used to treat a variety of conditions such as asthma, respiratory problems, obesity, and sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. When taken in higher doses, these drugs can produce euphoric effects and counteract sluggish feelings.
Health risks related to stimulant abuse include increased heart and respiratory rates, excessive sweating, vomiting, tremors, anxiety, hostility and aggression, and in severe abuse, suicidal/homicidal tendencies, convulsions, and cardiovascular collapse.
Brand names include: Concerta, Dexedrine, and Ritalin.