Short-staffed for two years, Navassa PD still getting help from sheriff

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Submitted: Mon, 12/30/2013 - 10:28pm
Updated: Tue, 12/31/2013 - 1:53pm

NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — The Navassa Police Department is understaffed with two officers on leave. To help keep the town safe Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies have been providing back-up.

Today the two agencies met to make sure there is enough coverage.

The chief of the four-man department says those officers have been out on medical leave since the beginning of 2012.

“Navassa is still getting their police services,” Chief Preston Howell said. “They’re still getting there calls answered. Everything is still being done like we were at full staff.”

Daily operations have gone smoothly thanks to Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies, who have been providing mutual aid for nearly two years.

“If the sheriff didn’t help me, I would have difficulties,” Chief Howell said.

The sheriff’s office says since deputies started helping with coverage, they have responded to more than 1,000 calls in Navassa.

“It’s not an overburden to where we can’t perform our duties,” BCSO Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said. “It does add some extra time and effort, but we can handle it.”

To get the police department back up to staff Chief Howell says the town is in the process of hiring more man power.

“I have four auxiliary officers who we are going to hire,” he said. “Their paperwork is in Raleigh at Training and Standards, and as soon as I get their paperwork back, we can swear them in.”

In the meantime, the Sheriff’s Office says it will continue to assist the department for as long as needed.

The Navassa Police Department serves almost 2,000 people over an area of close to 14 square miles.


  • JP says:

    Seems as if you know a lot about Navassa. Are you a part of the change or a problem? Do you care to help or just criticize? As far as demographics you can’t judge everyone by that. But then again you’re sitting behind a computer judging others. :-)

  • guesty says:

    I have the ability to read and remember. And google can be your friend. And there you are, sitting behind your computer judging me.

  • JP says:

    Funny how this all stemmed from a person from Wilmington who moved to Navassa. Demographics you say?

  • guesty says:

    Where in the story does it say the person was from Wilmington? They were at a party in Wilmington and got in a fight so one shot up the house of the other. Don’t add in facts just to make it fit your case.

  • JP says:

    I’m sure we’d all agree on hearing you explain your research dear. Or atleast supply the links to the information you seem to have dug up.

  • lonetraveler says:

    14 Squire miles reguires its own police force? Really? Totally assinine. Brunswick county should provide protection for this area anyway. Why on earth is there a separate entity anyway? This is totally ridiculous and a waste of money.

  • jesse says:

    bet you don’t even live in Navassa!! next we will hear how you did it up north.

  • guest6969696969 says:

    History, Culture & demographics, look/research into that & you’ll begin to understand. Your own comments.

  • Guest2020 says:

    It’s a 14 mile radius with about 2000 people living there. The BCSO has responded to more than 1000 calls. What’s going on in that little town?

  • guesty says:

    The previous chief was weak on crime and let the gang bangers run free. The current chief is taking a stand against crime and is getting help from the sheriff’s office. With only him and 1 other officer, they both can’t work 12 hour days 7 days a week.

    Remember, Navassa is where a previous chief was arrested for dui in 2008 after wrecking a patrol car while drunk, the mayor investigated for forgery in 2007, arrested in 2010 for dui and an officer was arrested in 2010 for one count of statutory rape, one count of first degree sexual offense, two counts of first degree sexual exploitation of a minor, and four counts of indecent liberties with a child.

    So for quite some time the foxes were in charge of watching the hen houses out there. But that has changed.

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