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Old 02-07-2008, 03:50 PM
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Hi all,

I've noticed that Leland, NC is looking for a new Chief of Police. I'm a police watch commander in NJ. I'm going to be eligible to retire from my job in NJ in the near future and my wife and I have been looking at NC to relocate (we have family in Pine Knoll Shores and Cary). I'm considering applying for the position. Other than what I'm seeing on the official web sites, I'd like to hear other people's impressions of the Leland area, the crime rate, the police department's reputation within the community, what the major issues are that are impacting the community and how the police department is helping (or could help), etc.

Also, if anyone knows off the top of their head whether NC accepts lateral transfers of sworn law enforcement officers from other states ... I'll ask that question of the state government, but I'd be curious if any locals have already gone through the process and know about it.

I've read online that the Leland police force has tripled in size from 10 officers to 30 in the past five years. That's explosive growth, is this because the area is building rapidly too? And is it true that most of the influx of new people comes from transplanted New York and New Jersey residents? If so, at least I know that no one will think I have an accent and I'll be able to find a decent bagel shop.

Finally, does anyone know where these new Leland PD officers came from? Are they all locals, and would the agency prefer to promote from within rather than bring in someone new who would be perceived as an "outsider" and who might meet resistance / resentment from those who are already working for the department?

Sorry to pepper you with all of my questions. Any replies or assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Last edited by JKC96; 02-07-2008 at 05:07 PM..
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Old 02-09-2008, 07:24 PM
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Leland is a mixed bag. Its definitely going through large growing pains. Roads were not designed for the traffic. Newer subdivisions have a mix of people from all over. Not sure there is a good bagel shop in town but if there isnt, there soon will be. Can't comment about the police department as I dont know much about it.
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