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Lt. J. Williams (252)672-4323 or
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New Bern Noble Knights Chess Club 
2024 Spring Session Begins January 22!

The New Bern Noble Knights Chess Club is returning  January 22 for a new session.   This is a program to teach our youth how to play chess.  This 12-week program is held on Mondays from 5:30pm-7pm at West New Bern Recreation Center (1225 Pinetree Drive).

New Bern Noble Knights is a community-policing program designed to build and maintain strong relationships with middle school aged youth. Through coaching, mentoring and team building, police department staff and volunteers will teach students the basics of chess and help them develop advanced skills. There is no cost to participate and no prior chess knowledge or experience is required. Parents are welcome to participate. The 12-week session wraps up on April 15th. Kids and parents who are interested should complete an application and return it to the New Bern Police Department, 601 George Street, between
8am and 5pm Monday through Friday (except holidays) or bring it with you to a program session. For questions, contact Sgt. T. Fisher via email or by phone at (252)672-4135.

Chess Club Brochure
Chess Club Application
Chess Club Code of Conduct
Chess Club Code of Ethics
Chess Club Instructional Materials & Resources

Project Positive Focus

Project Positive Focus (PPF) was implemented in May 2005, when a group of community leaders, parents, citizens and members of the department met regarding “gang-related activities.” Officers walked away from that meeting with the thought of providing a structured program for teens ages 13-18. Teens meet once a month year round and participate in numerous prevention and educational programs including:


ECU Football Games, ECU Basketball, Bowling, trips to Kings Dominion, Adopt-A-Highway projects, Leadership Development courses, SAT Prep/Study Skills classes, College Tours, Budgeting lessons, Bingo Night, Computer Skills (Basics) classes, Interview Skills teaching, Peer Pressure & Bullying Programs, Social Needs assessment, a Team Building Obstacle Course and social outings are just some of the programs and events included in Project Positive Focus. 

You can register by visiting the New Bern Police Department between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or you can complete the Project Positive Focus Registration Form and return it to the New Bern Police Department at 601 George St., New Bern, NC 28560.  Registration forms are accepted year round.  If you have questions, please contact the New Bern Police Department at (252)672-4100.