BSL police chief: ‘I want to face problems head on’
BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department has dealt with a number of issues in recent years. Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley spoke with locals Thursday night about the biggest issues facing the department and how the department is continuing to rebuild trust.
Sexual harassment allegations, terminations, assault charges and lawsuits were once associated with the police department over the years.
Those who attended the forum asked about a number of topics including transparency. Shirley says it’s important to him and his officers that the public knows what is going on in the department. He says this isn’t the same police department it once was.
“To have these meetings with the public I think it’s just an opportunity for me to share information but also for the public to address concerns with us directly,” Shirley said.
Shirley says drug abuse, which is to leading to more crimes like breaking and entering, top his list of the crimes officers deal with constantly.
When asked what the department needs, Shirley said manpower. They currently have 12 officers. Because Boiling Spring Lakes is the largest city as far as land goes in Brunswick County he says it can be difficult covering so much area.
Shirley also told us with money from a new grant their officers will soon have body cameras.