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Suburban Saga: Holly Springs Police Need More Expansion Than Budget Can Bear

Posted May 17, 2007
Updated May 18, 2007

— Budget season has most cities and towns in the triangle feeling a crunch. In Holly Springs, more growth means more needs for the police department.

Holly Springs has more than tripled in size in a decade.

“This area has really just exploded in growth from what we've seen since we've moved in,” said resident Jeremy Jones.

On average, three families move into Holly Springs everyday, and the growth is starting to take it's toll on police.

The department’s call volume is going up about 15 percent a year, Chief John herring reports.

“That's largely because of growth,” Herring said. “The more people that live here, the more calls we're going to get.”

For the fiscal year that starts July 1, Herring is asking for 17 new positions: six officers, two investigators, two school resource officers, an animal control officer, and six telecommunication positions.

“It does sound like a lot at face value,” Herring said. He added, however, “We didn't request anything that we don't need.”

The money in town coffers doesn’t grow as fast as the need for services, however.

“It's tough for any town manager to find the money for all the needs that we've got,” Herring concedes, and Town Manager Carl Dean agrees.

“With that growth we're also dealing with streets, sidewalks, parks and recreation, fire department,” Dean said.

Dean said his recommendation will be to give the police department about a third of what it asked for. Herring says he'll have to make due with what he gets as growing pains put a strain on everyone.


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  • srtwife May 18, 2007

    This is written to those who hold the purse strings on the funding for the Holly Springs Police Dept. The Chief has great insight and knows what this city needs. For those who live in HS, it is imperative that we demand our police department have whatever necessary in order to keep us all safe. Police officers do not only respond to criminal activity but they also provide assistance to the fire dept. & ems, among a multitude of other things. If you had an emergency with your child, or you thought your home was being broken into, wouldn't you want to have that comfort of knowing that there were enough 911 telecommunicators and police offers on duty who could answer your call for help? I guarantee that you wouldn't care what kind of car got them there either. It is dangerous (on many levels) to endure the absence or lack of law enforcement. For those of you who think public safety is over funded- I hope and pray that nothing major ever happens in this city- you'll eat your words.

  • allthebest May 18, 2007

    As a resident of Holly Springs and as a former executive with a law enforcement agency about 25 times the size of Holly Springs P.D. I am pleased that our Mayor, City Manager and Police Chief are involved in a serious effort to properly fund the police department. From my personal observations the Mayor is a strong supporter of the police department and the Chief is an enlightened leader who is out in the community working with his officers. There is no doubt that growth brings with it significant challenges for the police. Postings to this article mention numerous "brush fire" issues that the police must deal with. Law Enforcement budgeting must not only deal with the brush fires, it must also look into the crystal ball and identify future needs based on real data,experience and fiscal reality.From what I read and observe Holly springs leaders have their arms wrapped around the salient issues and are applying time tested methods to deal with difficult govt. issues.

  • And justice for all May 18, 2007

    FEET7873 The vehicles the police get are at a reduced rate around 20 to 24k, what goes into the car can run 15-20k or more. So the price of that 'Dodge Durangos' was a great deal and were probably bought under a state contract just like every other dept in NC buys them for. The departments do watch thier budgets because they want more for the money just like you do!

  • DruDare May 18, 2007

    "Remember a community that decides to make the police an enemy should be ready to make friends with the criminals!"

    great quote - can I use it?? that is so true!! we need to support our police, not always be second guessing and slamming them.

  • Burgundywrap May 18, 2007

    One of the problems in Holly Springs (I lived there) is that the police are responsible for a lot of silly things. One of these is parking. Most current Holly Springs neighborhoods do not have homeowners associations. Hence, when parking becomes an issue, the police get called to the scene. I know this as it happened to me personnally. I was told by the Holly Springs Police Department that parking is a "huge problem" for them.

  • And justice for all May 18, 2007

    With all this growth and NICE subdivisions, your not bringing in the criminal element to live but you do gain a few thousand new victims! Outsiders love to travel to these areas from places like Durham,Johnson Co and Raleigh because they prey on smaller under staffed departments. Remember a community that decides to make the police an enemy should be ready to make friends with the criminals!

  • DruDare May 18, 2007

    holly springs has a really well run police department. personally, i think it is the best in wake county! if they say they need more officers then they do. and i think they have the town's support. chief herring definitely knows what he is doing. my family wouldn't live anywhere else in the triangle.

    and it is crazy to equate crime with upper middle class, by the way. sunset lake subdivision just had a big series of car break ins, didn't it??

  • jlr31933 May 18, 2007

    As a former resident of Holly Springs and SURVIVOR of 6 break ins in Arbor Creek, I can tell you why the police dept needs more policemen and cruisers (of any kind), it is because HS has turned into a drug capital and a haven for criminals. Holly Springs is the new ghetto in Wake Co. Glad to be relocated to a safer location.

  • NCSpeedDiva May 18, 2007

    The Holly Springs PD also now have some fancy new Dodge Chargers, saw one in my neighborhood the other day. I live in Sunset Lake and their presence is heavy through there even though it is an upper-middle-class neighborhood. The number on reason??? People WELL exceeding the speed limit of 20mph...you should see the cars flying down the road. Makes me so nervouse because of the small children. They've recently added more stop signs but that only makes people slow slightly.

  • Kristen_-_RN May 18, 2007

    SWinslow - Yes, I absolutely am a personal friend. And I suspect I know which board member you are friends with as well. Politics sure can be dirty pool when your bedfellows are on such an obvious and slimy vendetta... and I hope that I'm wrong.

    We have to agree to disagree on the 12 Oaks issue. The office of Mayor of Holly Springs can't possibly provide someone's income - being a part time position and paying, I believe, about $12,000 a year. That Mr. Sears or anyone else would choose to work in the town that they live in and love - well, I don't see the issue. It has to be handled with care (as is the precidence in every other town mentioned in the article you quoted.)

    Either way - Mayor Sears has done everything he can to support the HSPD (and Fire and EMS.) He will continue to do so, I believe. It's an error to blame him for this budget decision.

    That's what this article was about - not schools or 12 Oaks.

    Respectfully, Kristen