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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 rimirie@police.minthill.com

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

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

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

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.” […]

By |January 14th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Monthly citizens meetings prove helpful for Mint Hill police

By Michele Dotson   Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

About 10 Mint Hill residents assembled at the Mint Hill Bojangles’ located at 9075 Lawyers Road on December 3, 2013. Chief Ledford says that the weather and the proximity to Christmas had an effect on the December turnout.

Although the crowd was smaller, they still had lots to talk about.

“We had a great discussion,” says Ledford. “Mostly, citizens were curious about police presence in their neighborhoods.” […]

By |January 14th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|3 Comments

Mint Hill Police hosts Coffee with a Cop

The Mint Hill Police Department and community members will come together September 9 in an informal, neutral space to discuss community is-sues, build relationships, and drink coffee.All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 7 am at Nova Bakery and Coffee, 3665 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 neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situa- tions are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. […]

By |September 9th, 2013|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments