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A Message from the Chief of Police
“The Police are the Public; the Public are the Police” – Sir Robert Peel,
recognized as the founder of modern policing.
On behalf of everyone at the Town of Davidson Police Department, I want to thank you for taking a moment to visit our home page. As the Davidson Police Chief, I invite you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have.
The mission of the police department is to be responsive to needs of its community members. Our officers have earned the public’s trust by respecting the community, valuing the sanctity of life, and providing unbiased policing. The priority of the men and women of the Davidson Police Department is providing a safe and secure environment for the residents, students, business owners and visitors.
Each day, the members of the Davidson Police are preventing crime through their presence in the community. The officers work constantly to engage the public in problem solving and exercise discretion in their enforcement efforts. As a result, the officers receive strong public support in the performance of their duties.
From the most recently hired police officer to the most senior officer or civilian employee, each is dedicated to excellence in policing and respecting community principles. As the Chief of Police, I understand winning public approval requires hard work and continuous engagement. To make certain we maintain a positive reputation in the community, we seek out officers who represent and understand the public they serve, ensure impartiality in the enforcement of law, and empower the officers to use their intellectual skills and apply discretion to resolve calls for service.
As the Davidson Police Chief, I will ensure my availability to the community, listen to conversations regarding public safety concerns, and create an environment of cooperation with the residents on law enforcement matters. The Davidson police force strives to be the best of their profession by maintaining high ethical standards, continuing professional development throughout an officer’s career, and providing incentives for formal education. I appreciate that you took the time to visit the department’s web page. The Town of Davidson enjoys an outstanding reputation as a great place to live, work, and visit, and we are proud of the police department’s contribution to making the community safe.
Kim Davidson, Police Chief (Admin)
The Davidson Police Department consists of two divisions: Administration/Investigation and Patrol Operations.
The Town of Davidson has experienced significant growth over the past several years, and the department is growing to meet those needs. Within these police pages, you can get an idea for the different types of work the department does on any given day. Using the links on the left side menu, you can find information about department assignments, events, and even inquire about a ride-a-long!
We operate according to two main objectives:
- We treat all people equally, with courtesy and respect.
- We work in partnership with the community to prevent crime and enhance public safety.
Information about the 9-1-1 System
The 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for the Town of Davidson is the CharMeck911/Communications Division of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD). All 9-1-1 calls from Davidson are routed to CMPD Communications where highly trained telecommunicators answer the calls and determine if police, fire, or medical assistance is needed. Listen carefully and fully answer their questions to insure that the correct emergency services (police, fire, or EMS) are sent to you.
All CMPD telecommunicators are trained as 9-1-1 call-takers and police dispatchers and experienced in handling emergencies of all kinds. They rotate between roles every week in order to maintain their skills and proficiency in each role. For 9-1-1 calls requesting police assistance, CMPD call-takers gather information from the caller and pass the information electronically to the CMPD North Division radio dispatcher who then dispatches Davidson police in response to the call. Callers requesting fire or medical assistance are transferred to Medic who dispatches fire and/or medical assistance as needed.
Over 75% of all 9-1-1 calls received in North Carolina are wireless calls. Cell phone towers may route a 9-1-1 call to another emergency communications center (PSAP) depending on the physical location. While uncommon, all PSAPs are capable of determining the correct PSAP a caller needs and routing the call quickly to the appropriate center.
Voice over IP (VoIP) phone systems are also available from Internet and cable providers, but 9-1-1 calls can be misdirected by the provider equipment. If you have a VoIP phone service, you should provide your internet or cable provider with your current address in order to insure that your 9-1-1 call will be routed to CharMeck911. This information is vital for the current 9-1-1 systems using ANI/ALI (Automatic Number Identification/Automatic Location Identification) to identify the phone number and location of the caller. We also recommend that you clearly state to the 9-1-1 call-taker that you are calling for an emergency in the Town of Davidson.