It's been years in the making, and now Cape Fear Community College officials say they are getting close to staffing their police department and opening the doors of their new police department building.
The school purchased the foreclosed building across the street from the downtown campus earlier this year for $285,000. The building is currently being renovated and officials hope to have it functioning for the new CFCC Police Department by September.
Officials said they are also currently working on building up the new CFCC Police Force. Currently, the department has the chief and one other officer. Chief Daniel Wilcox said he will be hiring another officer in July, and hopefully five more after that.
The police department is being built up in phases, when complete Chief Wilcox said there will be 17 members.
Currently, the campus has a third party security company that can only observe and take reports. When a crime occurs an outside agency, like the Wilmington Police Department, responds.
"A lot of the incidents we have, most of them happen right quick. It would be nice to have police that are here and able to service them and the needs of those students right now, instead of having to wait for the response of an outside agency coming in," Wilcox said.
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