Welcome to the official website of the Graham Police Department. The GPD Leadership team is committed to making Graham a community with safe streets, neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. Furthermore, GPD enhances the visitors experience through public safety resources.
All are seen as partners in maintaining the mission, vision, and goals of department. We appreciate you and encourage you to follow us on social media, stay current with press releases and communicate needs you encounter. Strong connections between our Department and the citizens we serve have always been very important to us. They are also the primary reason for the success of our Community Policing here in Graham thus far.
We want to continue to build on these efforts and encourage your participation as Graham continues to grow year after year. This website has been created as a tool to provide you with a variety of information on the inner workings of our Department, its outstanding personnel, and a number of community based programs to get you, your neighbors and family involved in loving Graham today, tomorrow, and into the future.
We hope you find this information useful in getting to know us better. Your input is always welcome, and thank you for your support of our team. I look forward to my continued leadership developing the command staff and officers to keep crime low and Graham a dynamic place to live!
Chief Prichard, serving Graham since 1995
DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of Graham Police Department is dedicated to the highest quality of law enforcement services delivered with compassion and professionalism. We are committed to provide our agency members a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and professional growth.
The vision is to be a leading, progressive, and unified agency of highly trained professionals who inspire excellence within law enforcement and partner with all to protect, serve and create a safe community.
We value all members of our organization and our community. We are committed to providing exceptional public service through these core values.
- Commitment – To our community and the organization
- Integrity – Doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason
- Respect – In our contacts with our community, fellow officers and neighboring agencies.
- Accountability – In our individual actions and as a whole organization.
- Teamwork – Working together to reach a common goal
- Leadership – In the development of our agency members and the education of our citizens.
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), arrived in Graham in early December (2019) to examine all aspects of the Graham Police Department, including its policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
Verification by the team that the Graham Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation, a highly prized recognition for law enforcement professional excellence.
The department complies with as many as 484 applicable standards to maintain accreditation. Reaccreditation is a four-year process, during which the agency must submit annual reports and submit to annual file review.
Annual ReportGPD Annual Report 2019
The Graham Police Department considers the Investigations of complaints regarding an employee’s actions or our policies to be one of our most important missions.
Our Internal Affairs (IA) Function is commanded by the Assistant Chief and includes supervisors who have received specific training in internal affairs investigative procedures investigate all complaints objectively and thoroughly. Through this function, we examine our practices closely and investigate allegations and circumstances that may not meet our expectations, or the expectations of our community. We provide a summary of those investigations to the public annually to show transparency and accountability.
Who May Register a Complaint?
A complaint may be made by any resident and can be made by telephone, in person or online. In the event an internal affairs investigator is not available to take a complaint, a complaint may be submitted to the desk officer or any member of the Police Department holding the rank of sergeant or above. All complaints will be forwarded to the Assistant Chief for processing.
You may file a complaint against a member of the GPD within 60 days of an incident using one of these four ways.
- Online using this GPD Complaint Form
- By mail: Filling out this printable GPD Complaint Form to
Graham Police Department
Attention: Assistant Chief
216 South Maple Street
Graham, NC 27253
- In person: by visiting from 8 am to 4:30pm Mondays through Fridays at the
~ (address above)
- By calling: from 8 am to 4:30 pm Mondays through Fridays at 336-570-6711
Once filed, a complaint is thoroughly investigated. A report is prepared which includes taped and / or signed statements from the complainant, the accused and all witnesses. The completed investigative report also includes a narrative summary of the events and a finding of facts as determined by the taped and / or signed statements of those involved. The finalized report will be reviewed by the employee’s chain of command. The chain of command will recommend case disposition, and disciplinary action if necessary to the Chief of Police. In all cases, the officer is notified of the disposition. A complainant will not be told the level of discipline that an employee receives due to the Personnel Privacy Act but will be notified that the investigation has concluded.
Meet the Command staff, the core administration of the Graham Police Department. The Chief of Police forms the head of administration. He is responsible for managing and directing the overall operations of the department. The Command staff is further comprised of the Assistant Chief, Lieutenant – Criminal Investigations, Lieutenant – Support Services, and the Lieutenant – Patrol Division.
Chief of Police
Chief Jeffery Prichard has been a police officer since 1992. He began his career as a Patrol Officer with the Town of Haw River, NC. In 1995, he joined the Graham Police Department as a Patrol Officer. During his career at GPD, Prichard served as a Vice Investigator, Patrol Corporal, Sergeant in the Community Oriented Policing Unit, Patrol Lieutenant, and Captain of Operations. In August 2007, he was selected as the Chief of Police for the City of Graham. Chief Prichard has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University. He completed the 16th Session of the Management Development Program at the NC Justice Academy and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 219th session, in Quantico,VA.
Assistant Chief Kristy Cole began her career with the Graham Police Department in January 1997. Assistant Chief Cole is currently responsible for day-to-day operations, planning, supervision, and review of all division activities and personnel. During her career at GPD, Cole served in the Patrol Division and Administrative Division. She also served as the Accreditation Manager for the organization. Assistant Chief Cole holds a BS in Criminal Justice Western Carolina University and a MS in Criminal Justice and Education from East Carolina University. She has completed the FBI LEEDA Leadership Trilogy and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 270th session, in Quantico, VA.