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Our Mission

To protect and serve the community through the detection and prevention of crime, utilizing community oriented policing, current law enforcement technology, and a knowledgeable, responsive, well-trained, and accountable workforce that discharge their duties with fairness and equality, in strict adherence to the law Enforcement Oath of Honor.

 

Overview

The Police Department provides all law enforcement services for the town, including enforcement of all laws, ordinances and statutes, investigation, traffic accident investigation, emergency first aid, and assistance to citizens with non-emergency related matters. This is achieved through vehicular patrol, foot patrol, Segway patrol and with the assistance of our citizens who alert us to situations needing Police Department attention. The Code Compliance division is responsible for enforcement of the Town’s Code of Ordinances related to minimum housing, abandoned structures, overgrown lots, abandoned and junk vehicles, and other public nuisances within the Town.

A partnership with Rowan-Salisbury Schools provides partial funding for two School Resource Officers, assigned  to North Rowan High School and North Rowan Middle School. The officers provide assistance to students, staff, and teachers in resolving conflicts and ensuring a suitable learning environment is maintained at the schools. The officers may also be called upon to make presentations to the students in classrooms or other settings.

The department is aggressive in enforcing all laws and maintains a proactive enforcement attitude. Officers wear a shoulder patch to celebrate the great history and tradition of Spencer. All of the officers are proud of the service they provide to the community and continuously strive to improve their services.

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M.T. James

Chief of Police

Chief James began his law enforcement career in 1979 as a police dispatcher and campus police officer at UNC-Charlotte. In 1981, he was sworn in as a trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and assigned to Raleigh. He moved through the ranks of the Patrol and retired as a Major in 2009, after serving as the Director of Troop Operations for all troops throughout North Carolina.

In 2010, James was appointed as the Chief of Police in Spencer where he continues to serve. Chief James is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. In 1990, James completed the Northwestern University Nine-Month Police Administration Training Program at Evanston, Ill. Chief James received the State’s Order of the Longleaf Pine Award in 2009 from Governor Bev Perdue.

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