Community meeting called to discuss King Police abolishment proposal


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KING, N.C. — A community meeting has been set for Monday to discuss a proposal to get rid of the King Police Department.

The meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the King Public Library. King Police Chief Paula May will be attending the meeting, organizers said.

Residents will be able to sign petitions in support of the department at the meeting, organizers said.

Monday night, the King City Council asked City Manager John Cater and Mayor Jack Warren to talk with Stokes County officials about whether the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office should cover the town instead of having its own police force.

Cater issued a statement on Thursday:

If County officials are receptive to the idea of providing law enforcement services to King, then conversations will continue and numbers will be crunched until we have a resolution. At some point during this process, I have a high level of confidence that the City Council will call a public hearing on this matter so that the citizens can express their views before a final decision is made.

The proposal comes as the city tries to deal with a tight budget.

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