Get Involved

  1. Durham Community Trail Watch (DCTW)

    The Durham Community Trail Watch is a network of volunteers that patrol the Hike & Bike trails in Durham at their leisure. The group was originally formed to help make the American Tobacco Trail a safer and more enjoyable place to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. The group has since expanded its patrol territory to include all Hike & Bike trails in Durham County. DCTW continues to promote safe, clean and enjoyable trails through Durham Parks and Recreation’s Adopt-a-Trail program, its own Education Stations and monthly Full Moon Fever Bike Rides. Please visit the DCTW Facebook page,, to find out more about the group’s activities. Would you like to become a member of this program? Please fill out an application. DCTW requires that all of volunteers pass a background check. Once the application is approved, applicants will be contacted and provided more information about how DCTW patrols the Hike & Bike trails in Durham. .

  2. Blue Benevolence

    Read about, and perhaps give to, this special revenue fund that supports DPD’s mental health outreach, Police Explorers, Victim Services, Citizens Police Academy, Honor Guard, Motor Unit, and K9 Unit. Donations can also be given to DPD’s Police Athletic League.

  3. Citizens Observer Patrol

    The Citizen Observer Patrol (COP) program is a volunteer group sponsored by the Durham Police Department that uses a simple approach to safeguarding neighborhoods through residents' involvement.

  4. Citizens Police Academy

    The Citizens Police Academy is the premiere program for any Durham resident wanting to know more about the operations of the Durham Police Department.

  5. Community Resources

    Learn about the numerous community programs provided by the Durham Police Department.

  6. Durham Businesses Against Crime

    The mission of Durham Businesses Against Crime (DBAC) is to make Durham a safer community for its businesses and their patrons.

  7. National Night Out

    Find information about the Nation Night Out Community Partnership program.

  8. Partners Against Crime

    The Partners Against Crime (PAC) program promotes collaboration among police officers, Durham residents, and city and county government officials to find sustainable solutions to community crime problems and quality of life issues.

  9. Police Athletic League

    Learn more information about the Police Athletic League.

  10. Project Safe Neighborhoods

    Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is Durham's comprehensive, strategic response to the gun violence in our community.

  11. Recruiting Unit Outreach to Community (PDF)

    View a letter from the Chief of Police.