Homeland Security Information




The Shelby Police Department, like other police departments, Federal agencies and the nation as a whole had to adjust to the circumstances of September 11, 2001, and subsequent attacks on our great country.  As a result, we have entered into a new arena--dealing with terrorism at the local law enforcement level.  The police department maintains liaison with our state and Federal counterparts to ensure information is shared freely and in a timely manner.  As citizens and guests of our community, we ask that you report any unusual activity in our community to the police department.  The following are some suggested guidelines on ensuring information is transmitted in a beneficial and timely manner.


Describing Possible Incidents

When recording the essential details utilize the following guide:

  • Who did I observe?
  • What specifically did I see?
  • Where did I observe the suspicious behavior?
  • When did I observe the suspicious behavior?
  • Why do I think the behavior is suspicious?

 There are three elements in reporting a description to the police:

  • Accuracy (most important)
  • Speed
  • Completeness

Tips on Giving a Description

For a Person:

  • Sex
  • Race
  • Age (approximate)
  • Height (approximate; use 2 inch blocks)
  • Weight (approximate; use 10 lb. blocks)
  • Build (medium, heavyset, thin, etc.)
  • Hair (color, length, include facial hair)
  • Complexion (light, dark, ruddy, olive)
  • Eyes (color, glasses)
  • Peculiarities (scars, tattoos, missing limbs)
  • Clothing (from head to toe, style, defects)
  • Weapons (if any)
  • Method of escape (direction, vehicle, etc.)

 For a Vehicle:

  • Year, make and model
  • Body type (2 door, 4 door, van, SUV, etc.)
  • Passengers (number of people in vehicle)
  • License Plate (most important)
  • Damage or anything unusual (logos, etc.)

Community Support

We need you to:

  • Remain alert and aware of everyday activities in your neighborhood.
  • Encourage the involvement of family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Assume responsibility to observe and report activities that appear out of place or unusual.

Suspicious Activity

In the event you become aware of suspicious activity:

  • Do not take direct action;
  • Do not confront the individual; or
  • Do not reveal your suspicions.
  • Do record as many details as possible; and
  • Do notify the appropriate authorities as soon as possible.

How You Can Assist the Shelby Police Department in countering organized crime and terrorism?

The security of our community depends greatly on citizen involvement. No law enforcement agency can effectively protect life and property without the support and cooperation of the citizens it serves.  The Shelby Police Department needs your help to assist us in countering terrorism. We ask you to be our eyes and ears.

Become involved in a Community Watch Organization--Neighbors work together with police and other emergency personnel, observing and reporting incidents, conditions and crimes in their neighborhood.  For more information on joining ot creating a neighborhood watch in your neighborhood, email us by Clicking Here.

For more information on Homeland Security related issues, feel free to contact an officer with our agency at (704) 484-6845.



National Terrorism Advisory System Public Guide, 2011



US Department of Homeland Security

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

National Terrorism Advisory System

NC Emergency Management Homeland Security Branch