Police dept. seeks evaluation

The Cornelius Police Department has volunteered to be evaluated for its policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. Passing the evaluation will give the department international accreditation, a highly prized recognition of professional excellence in public safety.

A team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. arrived Saturday to conduct the assessment. On the team are public safety professionals from organizations similar to the Cornelius department and from outside North Carolina.

The team will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other locations to make sure the department complies with 464 international best-practice standards for law enforcement. A copy of the standards can be seen at the police department.

The CALEA accreditation manager for the Cornelius Police Department is Capt. Jeff Ramsey.

As part of the assessment, residents may speak at a public information session 5-6:30 p.m. Monday at Town Hall. Comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the police department's ability to comply with CALEA standards.

If you can't come to the meeting but want to comment, call 704-439-2099 between 1 and 4 p.m. Monday or send a letter to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

Fall lacrosse and flag football

Registration has begun for fall sports programs in Cornelius and Huntersville. Register online at or in person at Cornelius Town Hall or the Huntersville Parks and Recreation office.

Lacrosse: Registration for beginners' clinics ends Sept. 9. Registration for league play ends Sept. 13.

The beginners' clinics are for boys and girls age 5-17 who are new to the sport. Costs are $25 for town residents and $35 for others.

The fall league, for players with playing experience, is for ages 5-14. It will consist of games only; full protective gear is required. Costs are $45 for kindergartners and first-graders and $65 for other divisions. Non-residents pay an additional $10.

Volunteer lacrosse coaches still are needed.

Another sport available, NFL Youth Flag Football, is for boys and girls age 4-14. Registration ends Aug. 29, and practices and games begin in September. Costs are $35 for the 4- and 5-year-old instructional division and $55 for all other divisions. Non-residents pay an additional $10.

For more information on either sport, contact the Cornelius PARC Department at 704-892-6031, ext. 160; or; or the Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department, 704-766-2220 or

National Night Out

America's Night Out Against Crime promotes community safety and crime prevention. Support this event from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday by going to the gazebo at Jetton Village for free kids' activities, food and even stuff for your pets.

Sponsors are the Cornelius Police Department, the PARC Department and Newport Properties. To volunteer, call Officer Vickie Williams at 704-892-1363.

Thank you

Last weekend my family planned to move our son back from N.C. State University. We reserved the van more than a month ago and even called and confirmed the reservation. Even so, the rental place never got the message, had no van available for us and couldn't find one.

But John and Buck at U-Haul Storage Lake Norman here in Cornelius, found a trailer and quickly got us on the road. The customer service was outstanding. Buck even gave my son job advice, since they are both engineers.

I have learned that doing business with people in Cornelius means you get great service with the hometown touch.