Huntersville police renegotiating CMPD patrol areas

Huntersville police are fed up with what they say are slow response time from CMPD.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- CMPD is responsible for policing Huntersville zones that are “unincorporated”, which means they're outside city limits.

That contract dates back to 1996, but the Huntersville police chief says response times are too slow and says the community deserves better.

"They stay in Charlotte until a crime occurs in the extra territorial jurisdiction, and they respond only when there's a call for service in the extra territorial jurisdiction,” says Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill. “And as soon as they finish that investigation, they leave and go back into Charlotte. That's not what the agreement was for."

Spruill says CMPD isn't living up to their end of the deal. Huntersville residents pay three million dollars to get CMPD protection in certain areas near the town.

It's all part of a contract between Huntersville Police and CMPD, giving the department the extra help it needs. It’s assistance Huntersville didn't need as much when the area was smaller. Fast forward to 2017 and the town has grown, which means larger areas for police to cover.

"You have a bustling community, a lot of development, and you have the need for active, ongoing, visible police patrols in that area,” says Chief Spruill. “This is not what's happening today."  

County commissioners unanimously agreed at Monday night’s meeting to support terminating the contract with CMPD. They’ll reevaluate the contract and decide whether to keep or end it.

The county manager has 12 days to decide, otherwise it will be extended 24 more months.

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