CAPE CARTERET, N.C. (WNCT) — The Cape Carteret Police Department has experienced several shake ups in the past few months, and they’re about to add another one to the list.
The department will be losing two of it’s most seasoned officers Tuesday. This comes after months of changes inside the department, including a new chief and an investigation into police practices.
Lieutenant Buddy Mitchell and Detective Ethan Borne are leaving their positions.
Town manager Zach Steffey said the officers’ departures have nothing to do with recent changes within the police department.
“These two instances,” said Steffey, “are really driven by moving up in their career, so I don’t think it’s a reflection on any sort of issues in the police department.”
But residents like Terri Ashby aren’t so sure
“Our officers,” said Ashby, “are willing to drive thirty minutes to an hour more every day just so they don’t have to be a part of this board.”
Steffey said the officers leaving will not impact the town’s safety.
“We’ve continued to provide 24/7 police coverage, and we’re going to continue to do that,” said Steffey.
And he said residents should have faith in the town leadership.
“They just need to have trust,” said Steffey, “in local government and in the hard work that we’re all doing to make sure there’s no interruptions to service in the police department. That we’re continuing to be an excellent law enforcement agency.”
Residents also expressed frustration that the results of the internal investigation into the police department were never released publicly.
“They can tell us that an internal and external investigation was going on,” said Ashby, “then let’s hear the details and find out what happened.”
The officers’ leaving was unrelated to the results of the investigation.
Steffey said the town’s portion of the internal investigation has been resolved.