The members of the Matthews Police Department welcome the opportunity to hear from you. Please let us know what's going on in your neighborhood, what more we can do to make our community safer, or how we can change this site in order to make it more helpful to you. If you cannot locate the information you need, or would like to provide comments or feedback to members of our department, please use the Contact Us section. Thank you for your interest in our department.
The Matthews Police Department is staffed by approximately 85 full and part-time employees. Generally serving in one of four service divisions - Administration, Criminal Investigations, Patrol, and Support Services - our staff is committed to providing the highest level of service possible to our citizens. While our employee's work shifts vary from 8 to 12 hours, many still volunteer to assist organizations like Safe Kids, our Police Explorer' Post and the Lunch Buddies Program at our local elementary schools.
The shared Mission of our staff is simple, but critical - "The members of the Matthews Police Department strive to promote a safe community by preventing crimes and reducing the fear of crime by our citizens, while treating all individuals fairly and with respect. Our members will demonstrate knowledge, courage and integrity while building partnerships necessary to enhance the safety of our community."
We recognize, however, that the members of our department alone cannot keep our community safe - this requires the support and assistance of all members of our community. Through Neighborhood Watch and Business Safety programs, our goal is to establish partnerships throughout our community. We challenge you to get involved! Get to know your neighbors; establish a Neighborhood Watch program, and seek out information about what is going on in your neighborhood and your community.
One great tool in that regard is a tremendous (and free) service available to anyone through Citizen Observer. This service provides e-mail and/or text messaging alerts of crimes occurring, traffic hazards, and general safety information. It is simple to sign up - just click on the link and follow the instructions.
EVERY DAY: School is in session!
|With the end of Daylight Savings Time, many of our kids are getting onto and off of the school bus in the dark. With our kids waiting on buses or walking near our schools, we ask all motorists to drive slowly and remain attentive ! Our officers are out in force to make certain that you are! Click on the school bus image to review the N.C. laws regarding the what you must do when approaching a stopped school bus >>>
EVERY WEEK: Child Safety Seat Clinic
The Matthews Police Department offers free safety seat installation and inspections every Wednesday from 8:00 am to 11:30 am. No appointments are needed and please allow at least 20 minutes per seat. It is recommended that you bring your child with you, though that is not required. When certified officers are available, they will provide this service at our station at any time. Call our department to determine if someone will be available to assist you at other times.
For more information on child safety, or for an updated events calendar, check out the site of our partner - Safe Kids: Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Citizen Police Academy - Registration Now Open !
Ever wonder - what happens after the citation? the arrest?
- why you may see several officers on a traffic stop?
- what it takes to even become & remain a member of your police department?
Now is your opportunity. We are currently accepting applications for our next Citizens Police Academy class. The class will meet once per week for eight weeks, beginning January 23. The only requirements are that you (1) live or work within the Town of Matthews, (2) you're available to attend most if not all classes, and (3) that you are ready to know the answers to the questions above (and many more!) Just complete, print & return the application (click on the application icon) no later than December 18th. For Questions - contact our Community Resource Officer at (704) 841-6754 or CommunitySafety@MatthewsPolice.Org.