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Local 5K events to benefit organizations

By Leah Schmalz

Two upcoming 5K races will raise money to support unique causes. The Soles2Remember 5K run and walk this Saturday benefits the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund, and the Mint Hill Madness 5K on May 23 benefits the Mint Hill Lions Club.

The third annual Soles2Remember is sponsored by the Mint Hill Police Department and a variety of local businesses. The purpose of the funds raised through the race is “to help in commemorating the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers and to provide information that will help promote law enforcement safety.” The race coincides with National Police Week, which is May 10 through 16.  […]

By |May 15th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Mint Hill Madness|0 Comments

Police volunteer program helps department, saves money

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Although Mint Hill is considered one of the safest neighborhoods not only in the county, but the entire state, Chief Tim Ledford says that any extra help for his department goes a long way.

To that end, in 2011 the Mint Hill Volunteer Police Service was created, sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

For the last four years a handful of Mint Hill residents have taken out of their personal time to provide back up and support to the Mint Hill Police Department.

“[These] volunteers provide expertise and time to enhance our daily tasks,” said Ledford.

“The Mint Hill Volunteer ladies and gentlemen patrol neighborhoods and do paperwork,” said David Marcinko, a member of the MHPD Volunteer Service.

Volunteers are equipped with radio scanners so they are able to keep abreast with what maybe be going on in their town.

“If we see anything going on in our neighborhood we can radio for an officer,” said Marcinko.

“They receive vehicle training in vehicle operations, data entry, traffic control, presentations and webpage management,” said Ledford.

Assignments range from becoming a false alarm co-ordinator to fleet services coordinator and help with crime prevention.

Volunteers, after receiving training, will engage in neighborhood patrol, working security at town events and assisting school resource officers.

The department also has a vehicle assigned for use by the MHPD Volunteer Service when needed.

MHPD Volunteers do not carry firearms or weapons of any kind. They also do not conduct routine traffic stops are criminal  investigations, nor do they make citizen’s arrests.

“A lot of time time neigh- borhood disputes and drug activity have been [curbed] by the presence of our po- lice vehicle,” Marcinko revealed.

According to Marcinko last year the MHPD Volunteer Service saved the police department more than $20,000 through their volunteer efforts.

Currently there are nine local residents on the MHPD Volunteer Service roster, but more are desired.

“We’d like to see at least four more,” Marcinko said. The MHPD Volunteer Service is open to any adult that lives in Mint Hill. In addition to training, each applicant must pass a background check and screening. Interested residents should contact the MHPD volunteer coordinator Robin Imirie at 704-545-1085 or


By |April 19th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Mint Hill Police to host Coffee with a Cop March 3

Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues
On March 3, 2015, officers from MINT HILL POLICE DEPARTMENT and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.
All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 9:00 am on Mar h 3, […]

By |February 17th, 2015|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Credit card fraud in Mint Hill

The Mint Hill Police Department is requesting assistance in identifying an individual wanted for questioning in a credit card fraud case. The vehicle shown is the vehicle the subject was driving in during the incident. This picture was from video surveillance at 4300 Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road. Detective Lezette is handling the investigation.

Contact the Mint Hill […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Around Town|1 Comment