Mills River explores law enforcement options

Mills River Town Council reviews options for the future of the town's law enforcement at a meeting on April 7, 2016.

MILLS RIVER, N.C. -- Town council reviewed options for the future of law enforcement in Mills River on Thursday.

A consultant recommended hiring an advisor to help leaders through the process of hiring a chief and coming up with a three-year plan to build a police department with six to ten officers.

Right now, the town relies on a Henderson County deputy for law enforcement.

The county increased the contract they had with Mills River for this service by $30,000 last year.

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Now, the county has decided to cancel that contract because Mills River wants its own police force.

Thursday night's meeting helped leaders see what it will take to start a police force from the ground up.

The town will have to add a service after its contract with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office expires in June of 2017.

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