PUBLIC SAFETY


1/15/2018 6:56pm

Jason Bellavance has been a Chapel Hill Police Officer for 15 years.

A day in the life of a Chapel Hill police officer

In my 20 years as a law abiding citizen, I’ve only had two experiences with the police. When I was seven, I misdialed 911 and almost gave myself a heart attack waiting for the police to track me down and show up at my door. The other was during my freshman year when my bike was stolen from the bike rack near my dorm. 


11/19/2017 9:23pm

Officer Pete McEwen works night shifts at the Chapel Hill Police Department. 

Midnight lunches and Chapel Hill's third shift

When Jessica Toney texts her boyfriend during her "lunch break," he's often going to sleep.  Toney, a UNC senior who works midnight shifts in a lab at the UNC Medical Center every other weekend, has her routine down to a science. After a full day of classes, she eats a large bowl of pasta and takes a nap for five hours before heading into work.   “I'm suddenly left alone in the world,” she said. “Everyone's asleep or getting back from their parties and I'm still going strong at work — sometimes I just post to my Snapchat story just to feel like I'm not alone, even though I know none of them will see it until the morning.”