Crime Prevention

In 2000 Sheriff Carey A. Winders developed the Community Oriented Prevention Education Program (C.O.P.E.).

Since its creation, over 7,500 students have graduated from this program.

The C.O.P.E. program was designed as a dynamic process, it can and has changed to meet the needs of the students and community as needed. This program is taught in 11 of the schools in Wayne County. Our C.O.P.E. Instructor is Sergeant Marion Lee Walton.

Program Goals

Sheriff Pierce realizes the many temptations and bad influences that can cause our children to make wrong decisions in life. This program is designed to teach our children respect, and warns them about the dangers of drugs, violence, peer pressure, and gang activity.

Our motto is "Together We Can".

 Community Services Cooperation (Crime Watch)

Sergeant Walton also provides our citizens with other Community Services, which is designed to increase awareness and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. This is accomplished by giving talks to local groups, such as Churches, Civic Groups, and other Organizations.

This Division is also responsible for establishing Community Crime Watches and Home Crime Prevention Surveys. During Home Crime Prevention Surveys, the Deputy will give the resident suggestions on how to improve security and protection for their home. To have your home surveyed, please call 919-731-1489.

Does my neighborhood have a Community Crime Watch?  To learn more about the existing Crime Watch Organizations, please call (919)731-1489.  Sergeant Walton will gladly assist you in making contact with existing Crime Watch areas or in starting your own Neighborhood Crime Watch if one is not already in place.


"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." ~ Theodore Roosevelt