Behind The Lines: A Look Back At 2021

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MINT HILL, NC – As we near the end of the year, the Mint Hill Police Department wishes to extend its appreciation for the support of the community and share areas the department wishes to improve upon for the year 2022. The COVID pandemic has certainly changed society, but the department was still able to successfully complete its annual Citizens’ Academy spanning over nine weeks of instruction and hands-on exercises designed to give community members a behind-the-scenes look into the operations of the agency.  The department strives to enhance these interactions; therefore, it will be implementing two academies for the year 2022.

September 9th the department received recognition and a plaque for its onsite inspection of operations and best practice policies from the North Carolina League of Municipalities for a Law Enforcement Risk Review. This review aligns with the 21st Century Policing Report designed to be a catalyst for policing reform all across the nation, and within the report were six pillars required for a credible, trustworthy, and transparent agency which align with the department’s mission and values. Chief Hatley and staff have made it clear the department will not stop there though as the year 2022 brings hope for inspiration and cultivation of employees, advancement with technology, and the continuation of building relationships with the community.

And finally, as we prepare for our new year’s resolutions, we encourage everyone to consider following our social media platforms found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and NextDoor. Citizens can also provide anonymous tips and follow crime reporting on CityProtect/MHPD. Please continue to follow as engagement with community and getting more information out to the public is at the forefront of the agency’s goals in 2022. Coming soon is a 2021 recap of the department’s crime prevention efforts and internal changes as well as a spring Citizens’ Academy and Youth Leadership Academy currently in planning stages.

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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her five-year-old daughter Hannah and her two-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011. Email: