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Spring Lake to restore police powers Oct. 1

Posted September 14, 2011

— The Spring Lake Police Department's powers to investigate felonies will be restored Oct. 1, according to officials. 

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 last year. 


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  • Sherlock Sep 19, 2011

    This is great news, they should have been doing this since the new Chief was hired, but cumberland had to get involved for their political part. It was the good old boy system at it finish. The same thing has happend at teh Cumberland SO but the courts would not touch anything that the sheriff does are would do, they do not have the power over him to do it.

  • anima69316 Sep 15, 2011

    The traffic is so bad I find it difficult for the police to enforce speed without endangering themselves. They only enforce the 35 mph zone next to the church, not the 55 mph one with everyone going 65-70.

  • danunger Sep 15, 2011

    I have a better idea....how about they simply start enforcing the speeed limit on Bragg Blvd? I have not seen evidence of a Spring Lake Police car during the morning or afternoon commute in months.