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Spring Lake looks to restore police powers

Posted January 19, 2011

— Spring Lake judicial leaders approved a plan this week to restore the local police department’s powers by the summer.

The department was stripped of law enforcement authority amid a criminal investigation that forced the resignation of Chief A.C. Brown.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office took over duties in Spring Lake on May 6, 2009, after two officers were arrested on charges including home invasion and falsifying evidence. Brown resigned amid reports that he and another officer were shredding files, and a judge put the State Bureau of Investigation in charge of all police files.

Troy McDuffie took over as the new police chief nearly a year ago.


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  • Sherlock Jan 20, 2011

    Yes, but I pay taxes for city police and it is a better department under better leadership than the Cumberland SO. The cityis not driven by votes, it driven by a care to take care of the community.

  • gnewsome1 Jan 20, 2011

    Spring lake is a part of the County and the sheriff's jurisdiction does not stop at the city limits.

  • Sherlock Jan 19, 2011

    It is about time, this has been a joke since the DA and courts took the department power for no reason that to give the Sheriff more power. Chief Troy has done an outstanding job and teh DA should have given the powers back when he was hired. It was the officer that did the crime not the departments new leadership. The officers that left were hired by Raeford PD and were conducting investigation the first day they were hired. I'm sure that officers with the SO have done the same, in fact several high ranking office w/ SO forged pay sheet against the county and teh DA and courts did not take Butlers Department from him.