County Commission still undecided on policing for thousands of county residents

- The deadline has passed, but Mecklenburg County commissioners Tuesday night said they are closer to deciding who will patrol unincorporated areas of Mecklenburg county. The decision will impact more than 60,000 residents.

"We have to face the fact that we are in a dangerous world," said Commissioner Trevor Fuller at Tuesday night's special meeting.

Safety was on the mind of Mecklenburg County Commissioners Tuesday, but the decision keeping residents living in unincorporated areas of the county safe was delayed for another day.

"The clock is ticking and we really need to move this along as quickly as we can."

The discussion on what agency will patrol the county at times becoming heated, with one commissioner speaking about the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

"We just had an incident in Las Vegas where the response of the police was extraordinary, but it wasn't by accident-- they spent the resources," said Commissioner Fuller.

County commissioners can either stay with patrols from CMPD for a $14 million agreement over the next five years or move to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office for $11.5 million.

"My intention is not to be in the competitive process.. I am here to serve the community and keep it safe and I appreciate the opportunity to present it tonight," said Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael.

Whatever commissioners choose, taxes won't increase. Leaders say delays in the decision making process include confusion on service level and cost.

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff hoped for a final decision by October 1. Mecklenburg County leaders plan to make a final decision within the coming weeks.

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