News by Kat Canant, Administrative Assistant with the Lake Lure Police Department
Police Department Implements Wearing of Body-Cams
Late last year, the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Council awarded the Lake Lure Police Department a grant just over $25,000 to outfit each officer with a Body Worn Camera. The grant was jointly written by Administrative Assistant Kat Canant and then Financial Assistant Julie Scherer.
Body Worn Cameras are a key tool to record occurrences while on scene at an incident and during traffic stops. In fact, most law enforcement departments in the State of North Carolina are now equipped with both body worn cameras and in-car cameras.
An assortment of cameras and software were tested and studied by the police department and after several weeks, the officers decided on the LE4 Body Worn Camera by VieVu.
"Our entire department was involved in the decision to wear body worn cameras (BWC)," stated Chief Sean Humphries.
"While there is some nationwide controversy over their use, the important thing is that we want to protect the public and ourselves," he said. "We researched not only the BWC at other departments, but additionally put into place policies and procedures regarding the use of the BWC here in Lake Lure."
An article from the U.S. Department of Justice lays out reasons for thorough research and use of the cameras, stating. "If police departments deploy body-worn cameras without well-designed policies, practices, and training of officers to back up the initiative, departments will inevitably find themselves caught in difficult public battles that will undermine public trust in the police rather than increasing community support for the police."
This statement was important to the department as the relationship between the community of Lake Lure and the Police Department is a finely tuned one. The community is behind the police for implementing the use of the cameras. Chief Humphries remarked, "It's the structure of support within the community that has generated a positive feeling for our department. It has increased the public trust and created a safe atmosphere for our officers."
Today, the department is fully equipped with Body Worn Cameras in addition to their In-Car Cameras which they began using in the mid 1990's. And, due to the newly purchased camera port, videos can be downloaded in seconds, freeing the officer to secure the data and return to patrolling.
Officers Setting the Mark in Lake Lure
It's a well known fact that continued education as a law enforcement officer is a must. Laws change, criteria for investigations change and new instruments have come along to assist in those investigations. Lake Lure Police Department encourages an officer's continued education and while some classes are required, there are some officers who choose to work at obtaining extensive education, which in addition earns them desired certificates.
Officer Chris Shuford continues to set the mark with these desired certificates. In the latter months of 2016, Officer Shuford completed his Criminal Investigation Certificate Program by completing 500 hours of education.
February of 2017 Officer Shuford obtained both his Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate and the Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Certificate.
And if that weren't enough to say "Great Job!", Officer Shuford continued on and was presented in March, by Lake Lure Police Chief Sean Humphries, his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate.
All certificates, highly sought after by law enforcement officers. Officer Shuford's education is a dynamic plus to the Town of Lake Lure. Congratulations and Great Job Officer Shuford!
Having Emergency Access to your Property
Many residents and communities in Lake Lure have gates that must be accessed by a security code in order for emergency vehicles and first responders to enter.
The Lake Lure Police Department maintains a list of access codes that is securely kept and issued to our Lake Lure Fire Department and our own Officers.
It is important that if you have an access gate, that you either share your access code with us to be maintained on this list. Many residents have a separate emergency code that they share with us. As well, anytime you change the access code, it is necessary that you notify our office so that we can continue to maintain an up to date list.
We surely don't want an emergency to occur and be held up at a gate or have it be necessary for us to make entry by means of self-entry to an access gate by one of our vehicles.
To check and make sure the police department has your entry gate code, please call our Administrative Assistant Kat Canant at 828-625-4911 between the hours of 8am - 5pm, or come by our office located at 2950 Memorial Highway, in Lake Lure. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why using the Community's Medicine Drop Box Matters
When was the last time you looked in your medicine cabinet? Have you looked at expiration dates on medications or checked medications that you just don't need any longer? Now's a good time to do so.
Since the introduction of the Medicine Drop Box in the Lake Lure Police Department in August of 2015, there have been 51,801 units dropped into the box located inside the department's lobby.
A unit equals either 1 pill/capsule/tablet or one nose spray or one bottle of liquid medication for example.
Residents from Polk, Rutherford and Henderson counties have all taken advantage of the convenience of the Lake Lure location. "It's the closest drop box for me," stated a Polk County resident when she dropped off her late husband's unused medications, "it's important that I know they're going to be disposed of properly."
Several years ago the Associated Press conducted a five month investigation and discovered that small quantities of drugs, including antibiotics, sex hormones, and anti-seizure compounds have all be found in public drinking water supplied to over 40 million Americans across the US.
While the concentrations are so small they have to be measured in parts per billion or trillions, it's more important to recognize the contamination by the public, thinking they're safely ridding their home of drugs while flushing them down a commode. It's something to think about.
While treatment plants remove most remnants of unwanted pollutants in our water supply, it is proven that a small amount can make it through.
It is drop sites, like the one at Lake Lure Police Department, that make it easy for the public to dispose of medications properly. No questions, no inspections, just drop them in the large metal box. For those that want to remove the pharmacies labels with names of patients and the drug name, most labels are easy to remove. The police department removes the medication and either the label itself or blackens out all information of any person before disposing of the container. It's a respected privacy they take seriously.
So as spring is just around the corner it's a great time to go through any medications in your household to check for expired or unused medications that can safely be disposed of dropping them at the drop site located at the Lake Lure Police Department, 2950 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, NC 28746. The office hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm, generally closed for lunch from 12 to 1pm. If you have questions regarding this great service to the public, call the police department at 828-625-4911.
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Students from Lake Lure Classical Academy Learn Valuable Lessons from Local Police Officers
The Lake Lure Police Department recently shared some valuable lessons with the 7th-through 9th grade classes from Lake Lure Classical Academy as officers shared a re-enactment of sorts in how consuming alcoholic beverages can distort your judgment and vision.
The LLPD partnered with the Rutherford Cooperative Extension Office's 4-H Health Rocks Program to host the event.
The courses took the students through a series of attempting to move and drive through a course while wearing goggles that represented an alcoholic consumption of alcohol equivalent to a blood alcohol level ranging from .17 to .20.
As an example this would be calculated for a 70 pound male that consumed three beers in a three hour time or five beers in a seven hour time frame.
The students also attempted to navigate on a course driving a golf cart while wearing the goggles. The course had several cones, which the students were told represented pedestrians.
"We picked up a lot of cones," stated Corporal Aaron Collins.
While there was chuckling and laughter at the attempts, the lesson was taken by the students as a very serious lesson about the effects of alcohol.The Lake Lure Police Department offers this presentation a a free service to area groups. Contact the police department for more information.
Project Childsafe - Free Gun Locks for our Citizens
The Lake Lure Police Department wants you to be safe with the firearms you own. All too often we read about deaths involving firearms that were not stored properly and did not have locking mechanisms in place for safety.
To help our citizens, the Lake Lure Police Department, in conjunction with Project Childsafe, is offering a free Cable-Style Gun Lock that may be used on auto-loading pistols, revolvers, shotguns and bolt action rifles.
Along with your lock, Project Childsafe also offers a gun safety booklet.
To obtain a lock you may come by the Lake Lure Police Department during our office hours of 8am - 5pm. We are generally closed from 12pm to 1pm, but would be more than happy to meet you during those times if you call (828) 625-4911 to make an appointment.