Chris Blue

Chapel Hill Expands Duties of Police Chief

Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue will now also serve as the Executive Director for Community Safety for the town. The extension of duties was announced by town manager Roger Stancil earlier this week. “We look forward to the opportunity to think about community safety in a different way, bringing a renewed level of energy and focus to the ongoing Community Safety Partnership,” Stancil said. Blue will now be working with other department heads to understand how the divisions relate to his new role, according to a release. “Our ongoing goal is to refine our organizational structure to focus...

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Chief: Immigration Status Not Important to Chapel Hill Police

North Carolina operates under a law that prohibits any county or municipality from restricting local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal immigration officials. And while that technically prohibits sanctuary cities in the state, most law enforcements choose what to prioritize in their respective towns. Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said immigration status hasn’t been and won’t be a priority for CHPD. “It’s still not something that’s important to us,” he said. “That’s not consistent with the role of local law enforcement in our view.” But multiple proposals have been filed with varying penalties against local governments and...

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Traffic Data Shows Link Between Race and Police Searches

North Carolina was the first state in the country to require traffic stop records. Any time a car was pulled over, the officer filled out a report. Now with 13 years worth of data, the trends hold answers to questions about racial profiling in policing. UNC political scientist Frank Baumgartner has been studying the data for years, and said there’s an undeniable link between people of color and car searches. “The striking numbers are that if you’re a young Hispanic or a young African American male, in the situation that you get pulled over, you’re much more likely to be...

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Chapel Hill Police Chief Collaborates with Law Enforcement Nationwide

Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue collaborated with law enforcement leaders from across the country last week at a White House Conference Series. This series consisted of discussing the key elements of the President’s 21st Century Policing Document and exchanging ideas that are working well within the represented communities. “Much more of a check in on, now that the report has been out for 16 months or so, what are people doing that seems to be working well in our communities and how can we learn from each other,” Blue said. As far as Chapel Hill’s use of the...

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Chapel Hill Police Prepare for Final Four Celebrations

Excitement is building around the state of North Carolina, and especially in Chapel Hill, as fans are awaiting the tip off of Syracuse and North Carolina in the Final Four in Houston on Saturday night. While the game is going on in Texas, many revelers – from Chapel Hill and beyond – will set up a satellite watch party on Franklin Street to cheer on the Tar Heels. That large crowd means a big job is in store for the Chapel Hill Police Department. “When we talk about planning for a Final Four weekend, we equate it to working...

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