Canine Officer Robert Owens and the newest member

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 8.41.15 PMCanine Officer Robert Owens and the newest member of the Mint Hill Police Department, Blitz, assisted with traffic control at last Saturday’s shred event sponsored by the Police Department and the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce. Owens and Blitz have just completed their first two weeks of active duty. Officer Owens picked up Blitz in March and the two attended an intensive five-week training course.

“We’ve been out and around Mint Hill,” says Officer Owens. “I like to keep Blitz out as much as possible. It helps to keep him social.”

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Shredding service convenient for citizens

By Michele Dotson

CINTAS Document Management employee Jose Sosa helps residents unload documents and shred them at the semi-annual shredding services provided by Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Mint Hill Police Department.

CINTAS Document Management employee Jose Sosa helps residents unload documents and shred them at the semi-annual shredding services provided by Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Mint Hill Police Department.

The Mint Hill Police Department and the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce hosted a document shredding event in the parking lot of Fifth Third Bank on Saturday, April 12. This semi-annual service is provided free of charge as a way to encourage citizens to destroy documents containing personal information that could be used by criminals intent on committing identity theft.

CINTAS Document Management was on site with two trucks to immediately shred the documents. The shredded paper will later be recycled into secondary paper products such as paper towels and tissue.

By 10:15 am Saturday, over 6,000 pounds of paper had already been shredded, and the line for dropping off paper was steady and stretched around the building. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Police to Host Operation Medicine Drop Rx Event

By Michele Dotson

Operation Medicine Drop rxDo you have medicines that you are no longer taking? How about over-the-counter medicines that have expired? If so, please make a point to bring these unused medications to Walgreens at 9202 Lawyers Road in Mint Hill on March 22 from 10 am-2 pm.

Here your medicine will be properly and safely disposed of.

Taking this precaution can help prevent accidental poisoning of pets and children. Continue reading

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Coffee With a Cop March 4 at Showmars

The Mint Hill Police Department and community members will come together March 4, in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event is from 8-9am at Showmars Restaurant located at 6850 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Mint Hill. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Mint Hill’s neighbor- hoods. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Police dogs selected, begin training March 3

blitz Blitz is one of two police dogs selected and purchased by the Mint Hill Police to join forces with Officers Gilman and Owens. The officers will pick up their K-9 partners, and begin 5 weeks of intensive training beginning March 3.

Blitz is described as “Super social and loves to work. He is a physical specimen in agility and athleticism.”

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Officer of the year named at first Mint Hill commissioners meeting of 2014

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Police Chief Tim Ledford congratulates the Police Officer of the Year, praising his professionalism and initiative.

Police Chief Tim Ledford congratulates the Police Officer of the Year, praising his professionalism and initiative.

Cpl. Billy Gilman was named Mint Hill Police Officer of the Year, for the second consecutive year, at the Thursday, January 9 commissioners meeting at Mint Hill Town Hall. Chief Tim Ledford presented Gilman with a pin and certificate at the brief ceremony.

Cpl. Gilman hails from Lowell, North Carolina and served two tours in Afghanistan.

“Cpl. Gilman was chosen for his professionalism, and initiative,” says Chief Ledford. “He relates well to the people in the community.” Continue reading

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