Leland police stepping up fight against elderly heat cases

LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- The dangers of heat can especially impact the elderly community. The Leland Police Department is expanding their efforts to keep at risk residents safe through these hot summer months.

It's called the "Are You OK?" program. It has already been in place for a few years, but with help from volunteers, police department staff will now contact those on a call list to check how they are handling the heat three times a week instead of only calling on Fridays.

“Some of the elderly people may not have family members that can check up on them so we're able to do that to make sure that they are OK,” says Leland Police Chief Mike James. “That they don't need any medical attention or anything like the air conditioners or the heaters in the winter time.”

James says those interested in signing up for the program can call the Leland Police Department to be added to the list of residents called.

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Don't be fooled people Leland is trying to get out of the hole they have dug for themselves. This program has been around for the past seven years. They just stopped it because the officers didn't want to call the old people any more. Can't they seem to come up with something original like really caring for people and just simply doing the job they are sworn to do? Chief Osey Sanders came up with this when he was Chief. Come on Chief James do something like finding real Police Officers that care and demand integrity from themselves first and then respect the citizens that they SERVE the rest of the time.

"Deer" Dumb Dumb, (Old Guy) Yup it's me again! Yes this has been in effect for some time, yes the "old regime" (Timillicky) never cared enough to see it through. Now that Leland has a "REAL" Chief and Officers that care is is being reimplemented. lLland residence take pride in your new Chief and Mayor. They are doing outstanding!!! Say's who!? Say's Kblue!!!

Kblue, I guess Old Guy is really getting old, seems he can't read. I tell you what I am impressed with the new cheif and mayor and sure wish Belville would merge with them.

Listen...we have all heard this story already. They said they were stepping up the program, they never claimed it was new. Give it a rest. We all know about the trouble they have had within the dept. they are trying to move on, how about you give it a try too.