ONLY ON 3: Leland mayor proposes unifying police forces in northern Brunswick Co.

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Submitted: Mon, 04/23/2012 - 8:52pm
Updated: Wed, 04/25/2012 - 9:40pm

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Some changes could be coming to communities in North Brunswick. One elected leader has suggested combining police department.

Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman says combining police forces would help all of northern Brunswick County.

Bozeman says now is the time to combine police forces in Leland, Belville, Navassa and Northwest creating a North Brunswick Police Force. She says it’s all about neighbors helping neighbors.

“They have to come into our town. We’re constantly going through their town to the other part of our town, and I just think it makes sense,” Bozeman said.

Despite recent controversies, Bozeman says changes to Leland’s Police Department offer a unique opportunity to unite forces while big decisions are being made so everyone can have a say.

“At this time, with a new chief coming on board pretty soon that would give them an opportunity to have some say so in that,” Bozeman said.

The logistics still need to be worked out, like who would be in charge, and if anyone who is currently employed by any of the departments would lose their jobs. Bozeman says first she needs the other towns to get on board.

“We need to talk,” Bozeman said. “We need to have a big joint meeting of all the boards and get everyone’s feelings on it, because everyone should have their say so.”

Bozeman says the change would not only help the towns administratively, but the communities the police departments protect and serve.

We tried to talk to leaders from Belville, Northwest and Navassa.

Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis says because of the coverage of the Leland Police Department he would have to speak with the rest of his town council before making any type of statement.

Northwest Mayor James Knox says the town council was not interested in the merger, but they may bring it up again at their meeting tomorrow.

Commissioners from Belville say Mayor Jack Batson wrote off the idea of a united police force without consulting the board because of the Leland controversy.

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15 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Leland mayor proposes unifying police forces in northern Brunswick Co."

2015 years 8 months ago

Several authorities over one officer. Several opposite jurisdictions serving each other ? A Navassa cop making a Leland arrest, and vice versa. A budgetary nightmare. who’s in charge ? Who takes responsibility when someone blunders ? This is the ingredent to a huge mess.

Leland Police is finally on the right track. This is the last thing anyone needs.

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 8 months ago

If this happens, maybe Kfool will become a real law enforcement officer. Says who? Says Kfool doesn’t have a damn clue!!!

Polly II
2015 years 8 months ago

Please get your own people straight first and then work on the rest of the other gangs. By the time this gets going you will not be a part of the solution. Tell the truth about what you have done and then the people just might trust what you say.

2015 years 8 months ago

Is she crazy? Leland PD is finally getting their act together so the mayor wants to saddle them with Navassa’s mess? That is a political ‘flaming bag of poo’.

Smartie Pants
2015 years 8 months ago

Why go back in time? The woman is looking to mend the fences with what previous mayers have done. We are tryin to be a town so that we can have our doctors and all come here so we don’t have to go into Wilmington.
Keep up the good work Ms Brenda and just know we know you and most people that put this stuff on here does not even live here, they are just mean old loseres with nothing else to do. We all want to work together just like you. You are just not scared to speak up about what people talk all the time that needs to happen, cause you listen.

Guest 4545
2015 years 8 months ago

Why don’t these small towns contract with BCSO to take over law enforcement in these locations. The BCSO could absorb the “good guys” and dump the dead wood.

2015 years 8 months ago

Who is going to report to who? You have 3 separate towns. Are all towns going to have the same local laws and codes? Is the police chief going to answer to 3 separate town councils and mayors. How much is each town going to pay from the tax base to support the police? Will each pay there fair share? Will a smaller town be guaranteed patrol? Horry County, SC has a County police force on top of the Sherrifs office. Maybe Brunswick county should look into a county police force. That would leave the sherrif dept to handle specifs such as serving warrants, and hunting down criminals, while a county Police force could patrol the county and help town police.

2015 years 8 months ago

… instead of reacting politically to protect little centers of power, this would be an obvious and overwhelming “yes” vote.
These jurisdictions are so close, the officers on the street already operate as one. If Navassa needs backup.. Leland or Northwest respond and vice versa. If anybody in Belville needs a response before the Sheriff’s Office can respond, Leland goes. If you ask elected official in Belville what they think about a merger… I’m sure they would be against it, because they would have to pay their share… right now, their “municipality” gets police service for free (sort of least they don’t pay for a police department, and still get the benefits when needed). A bona-fide merger, would accomplish efficiency of administration… retention of employees, no need for background investigators by each department. Efficiency of communication.. Don’t you suppose that most of the same folks are committing crimes in Northwest, Navassa, and Leland… I mean for goodness sakes.. they are all almost in walking distance of each other! In short, the citizens would win, the taxpayers would win, the criminals would lose… and oh.. I suppose some of the politicians would lose.

2015 years 8 months ago

Because when any branch of a bureaucracy gets bigger, it costs less money.

2015 years 8 months ago

Guest042232012 has to be Bozeman! What other crazy idea could she come up with to take the heat off of her and her friends at the police department. Oh yes, she has attended many cook outs with them at their houses. When you MERGE, it only gets BIGGER! Tax payers only win when all of GOVERNMENT gets smaller. Just ask our friends across the river how much money and tax dollars have been saved when the MERGED the WATER departments and created CAPE FEAR UTILITIES! WOW!

Get some
2015 years 8 months ago

Leland failed at running their department, the other two towns seem to have issues as well. How do they miss the clear answer, replace all with the sheriffs department. Pay the cost to the county have your own division in each town. Better run, better qualified, eliminate overhead. Sometimes if you run a town like it was a business you get a better product for all. Brenda is comical, who could suggest such a thing after the last 18 months in Leland pd. oh yea and the class action suits coming down the road for all

This is like some old boss hog episode of dukes of hazard. How does a reporter not snicker when she speaks like this?

2015 years 8 months ago

It looked like a swat team intervention at Walmart yesterday …Leland police everywhere.Hope they get it resolved soon before all the criminals start wreaking total havoc on the community.

2015 years 8 months ago

a police force covering multiple cities in the same county. this is a called a sheriff’s dept. in the U.S. Brunswick Co. already has a Sheriff’s dept. Bozeman is a lawyer so I’m sure she’s researched some legal precedent (law is nothing but precedent) for multiple towns in the same county having a police force and a sheriff’s dept., but it seems redundant.

Justin America
2015 years 8 months ago

What do you mean, “go back in time?”. What woman is looking to mend what fences? What is a “mayer”? Is it similar to the word Mayor that was printed in the article you just “read”? And you are correct I does not even live there thank God.

2015 years 8 months ago

This is a great ideal, but you really need to think it out. Who would the Chief report to? You have three town councils that will want to control everything and this will not work. You would have better luck trying to combine the three towns into one.

Good Luck….