Holly Springs continues to enjoy an extremely low crime rate compared to the state and nation, Chief Paul Liquorie told the Town Council at its Dec. 21 meeting in presenting the Police Department’s annual report.
With the recent trend of rising crime across areas of the country, Holly Springs’ 2021 property crime and violent crime numbers per capita compare even more favorably overall with N.C. and the U.S. than in the previous reporting period.
“Both violent crime and property crimes per capita are notably down over last year’s reporting period,” Liquorie told the Council.
“We are continuing to be proactive and highly visible in our growing community,” he added, noting the use of evidence-based methods, innovative strategies, and improved technology to keep Holly Springs safe.
The 2021 report covers the period from October 2020 through September 2021. It includes crime trends analyses, calls for service, arrest data, traffic enforcement, training, achievement and awards, and implementation of the officer body-worn camera program.
Community engagement includes formation of a new Police-Community Advisory Group, which will serve as a liaison between the department and community. The 10-member group will hold quarterly meetings that are open to the public.
Inaugural advisory group members are Angela Bailey, Catherine Cunningham, Ana Delaguila-Diaz, Jenison Domingu, Richard Ford, Dan Lawrence, James Liang, Bob Mayhew, Debrah McDougal, and Lindsay Ohler.
In other business at the Dec. 21 Council meeting, State Rep. Erin Paré announced that the new State budget includes $10.5 million for which she had advocated to benefit Holly Springs.
The funding includes $8 million to support new utility infrastructure associated with the recruitment of Amgen to the Friendship Innovation Park in northwestern Holly Springs. It also includes $2.5 million to supplement NCDOT funding for a new bridge on Old Holly Springs Apex Road over Little Branch Creek. The additional funding will enable the bridge to be four lanes wide instead of two.
The Dec. 21 meeting agenda also included two additional check presentations:
- Receipt of $15,000 in proceeds from the inaugural HERO Golf Classic. Holly Springs' Police and Fire departments will receive $7,500 each for safety and educational purposes.
- Receipt of $1,200 from the Holly Springs Skyhawks in proceeds from their annual Wings Over Springs remote-controlled airplanes and drones event. The funding will be used at Bass Lake Park