Congratulations to Officer Jonathan Barnes, who was chosen Huntersville Police Department Co-Worker of the Month for March.
Barnes has been with the department since April 2009. He was recognized for his excellent work in the Patrol Bureau and his diligence in handling an assault investigation. The victim was very pleased with the concern and personal attention Barnes displayed on the case.
The department applauds Barnes' diligence, devotion to duty and professionalism.
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In 2006, false alarms represented 13 percent of the call load for the Huntersville Police Department. Over the past several years, false alarms have averaged 12 percent to 15 percent of the department's calls.
False alarms divert police from crime prevention efforts and delay response to true emergency calls. To limit the number of false alarms in Huntersville, the town adopted an ordinance requiring police to track false alarms and to charge alarm users fees to recover the cost of false alarms.
Huntersville has begun a false alarm reduction program. According to the police department's website, the program sent letters to local residents in April, requesting verification of their service addresses. Residents also received a registration form. The town requires all alarm systems to be registered through the Huntersville false alarm reduction program.
Many local alarm providers are working with the town to help register customer alarms. The alarm user, however, is responsible for registering his or her system.
Alarm permits are $10 each and are valid for 12 months after the date they are registered. Registered alarm users are allowed two false-alarm responses. For the third through fifth false alarm, users will pay $50 per response. The fee increases to $100 for the sixth and seventh false alarms. The eighth and ninth will cost $250 per response, and the 10th and others will cost the user $500 per response.
If the user does not pay the alarm fines within 30 days of getting notice of the fine, police will not respond to an alarm at their premises until all fines are paid.
Registration forms are available by mail or online at www.huntersville.org/police_19.asp. If you have questions about the program, call 866-589-5666 weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.