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143 Park Avenue
PO Box 47
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Ph: (828) 295-5212 Fax: (828) 295-5213
Mr. Eric Brown, Chief of Police
The Blowing Rock Police Department is committed to developing and maintaining positive relationships within the community through dedicated service, professionalism, teamwork and a proactive stance against crime. Together with our community we will sustain our low crime rate and foster a sense of safety and well being.
Description and Responsibilities
The primary functions of the Police Department are the preservation of public peace and order, the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders, and other responses to requests for assistance. The department operates 24 hours per day. Although it is most visible through the use of uniformed patrol officers, other employees are assigned specific tasks as needed. Examples are a police investigator, local ABC enforcement officer, parking enforcement officer, etc. The department also conducts a DARE program for the fifth graders at Blowing Rock School.
Based on a recently approved Interlocal Agreement, effective July 1, 2012, the Police Department Telecommunications Division will be consolidated with the Watauga County Telecommunications Center.
Staffing and Schedules
The department is currently staffed by 12 full-time employees. The authorized full-time positions include the Police Chief, a Captain, a Patrol Lieutenant, a Patrol Sergeant, an Investigator, six (6) Patrol Officers among the sworn positions; and an Administrative Assistant position. The department also includes numerous part-time positions- three (3) Reserve Officers, and a Parking Enforcement Attendant. The Police Chief and Captain typically work a standard 40-hour workweek (5 days per week, 8 hours per day). Sworn Officers typically work 12-hour shifts and average 42 hours per workweek.
The following chart depicts the organization of the Police Department:
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