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 Community Services Officer Ann Cooper


Community Services Officer, Ann Cooper, is a 19 year veteran of the Law Enforcement profession, beginning her career with the Salisbury Police Department in August, 1993 as a Patrol Officer.
During her tenure at the Salisbury Police Department, Officer Cooper has served as a Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer and a Field Training Officer and currently serves in the following capacities:
  • Community Services Officer
  • G.R.E.A.T. (Gang, Resistance, Education and Training) Officer
  • D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer
  • Crime Stoppers Coordinator
  • Community Watch Program Coordinator
  • Cadet Advisor 
Cooper currently holds the Intermediate Law Enforcement certification through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission and is eligible for the Advanced Certificate. 
Officer Cooper resides in Eastern Rowan County with her husband, Lennie. She is a graduate of Lexington Senior High School and of Davidson County Community College and holds an Associated Degree in Criminal Justice. 
In addition, Cooper has served on the North Carolina D.A.R.E. Officers Association Board and on the North Carolina Crime Stoppers Association Board.
​The Community Services Officer works with City Code Enforcement, assisting with minimum housing inspections, and assisting with community programs.  Key duties are to assure that all citizens live in a healthy environment by enforcing city and state housing codes and property codes. The Community Services Officer is also a part of a City Nuisance Abatement team, which includes Minimum Housing Inspectors from the Fire Department and the Code Enforcement Officer from the Public Works Department.  
In addition also conducts programs in our surrounding communities and schools. These programs consist of drug education, crime prevention and child safety.

Community (Neighborhood) Watch is a program that combines the efforts of the Police Department and residents to enhance neighborhood security, heighten the community’s power of observation and to encourage mutual assistance among neighbors.

The main objective of Community Watch is to reduce the incidence of crime by:
  • Increasing citizen awareness of burglary and other residential crimes
  • Training citizens to better secure their property (Security Surveys and Operation Identification)
  • Encouraging neighbors to report suspicious persons
    and activities
  • Improve communication between residents and the
    Salisbury Police Department
The Salisbury Police Department will help you bring Community Watch to your area. Representatives will attend meetings, provide crime statistics for your neighborhood and present valuable crime prevention information to you and your neighbors. Additionally, we will add you to our e-mail distribution list. This list will provide you with “alerts” detailing important crime prevention information for you and your neighbors.


All About McGruff the Crime Dog®

Back in 1980, a dog in a rumpled trench coat said, "You don't know me yet. But you will." Since then, McGruff the Crime Dog has taught millions of people that the police can't fight crime alone - crime prevention is everybody's business and everyone can help "Take A Bite Out Of Crime."

Through television commercials, comic books, live appearances, and more, McGruff has encouraged Americans to take
common sense steps to reduce crime. Some of his favorite messages are:
  • To lock doors, leave the lights on when away from home, and let neighbors know when you go on vacation
  • Do things that build a sense of neighborhood and create communities that don't produce crime and where people look out for each other and kids feel safe
  • Get involved, to join Neighborhood Watch, and to clean up streets and parks
  • For children and teens to protect themselves from substance abuse, bullies, and gang violence

These messages are catching on. In 2004, violent and property crimes remained at their lowest levels since 1973. Criminal victimization is down and most people know McGruff the Crime Dog, including 76 percent of children ages 9 to 11.

McGruff Visits

Over the years McGruff has made his way across the country to spread crime prevention messages. In the past few years, he’s marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, thrown out the first pitch at baseball games, shaken hands with senators on the steps of the Capitol building and rung NASDAQ’s closing bell.

But McGruff doesn’t just do big time events – he makes local appearances too. Nationwide law enforcement agencies have more than 4,000 McGruff costumes that they use to bring McGruff to their communities. Some popular occasions for a McGruff visit are:
  • School assemblies
  • Health and safety fairs
  • National Night Out celebrations
  • Crime Prevention Month and Halloween events
  • Community events related to public safety

If you’d like to schedule a visit from McGruff for your next event, please call our Community Services Officer.

 Contact Information

​Community Services Officer
Ann Cooper
(704) 638-4463