The Mint Hill Police Department recently marked its tenth anniversary.On July 1, 2003, the department officially opened in rented space across from the Mint Hill town hall.Much has changed in the past 10 years.Last October, town hall employees moved to a new $6.2 million facility a short distance down Matthews-Mint Hill Road from the previous space. Now the old town hall building is being renovated to become a new police station that, when complete, will provide twice as much space for the department.The front facade of the cement building will have brick accents. The breezeway that divides the building in half will be enclosed.Inside, the floor plan is being revised.“They are reworking it to make it a more effective and efficient design for what our needs are. The flow is better, and we won’t have victims, witnesses and suspects all coming in the same door like we do now,” said Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford. Ledford said the new station also will be easier to secure with public parking in the front and a private lot in the back for police cars. Surveillance cameras will be in place in critical areas, and doors will have a dual locking process and will include electronic card readers for access. There also will be ample room for evidence storage, several interrogation rooms, and other needed space for the 34 sworn officers and 3 civilians who work for the department.Ledford said if all goes as planned, the renovations should be completed and officers will move into the $1.8 million station near the end of September.
Friday, Jul. 05, 2013
Mint Hill police mark 10 years
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