Bladenboro Police officers switching uniforms

Staff report

BLADENBORO — Police officers in the town of Bladenboro will now have a different look, at least after dark.

During its regular meeting on Monday, the town board discussed an issue recently brought to its attention by a police officer who said it would benefit the officers if they were allowed to wear their “battle dress uniforms” when on duty at night because the regular uniforms reflected light.

Police Chief Chris Hunt confirmed that concern, saying the regular uniforms did reflect light at night, which hindered the officers whenever they were in pursuit of a suspect in the darkness.

After a short discussion, the board voted unanimously to allow the police officers to wear their BDUs while on duty after dark.

In other action:

— Bladen County Health & Human Service Director David Howell introduced himself to the board and gave a brief look at his previous experience.

— Town Administrator John O’Daniel said he had been in contact with Duke Energy about placing new street lights in a number of areas of the town.

— O’Daniel also told board members that CSX Railroad officials allowed the town to put dirt along the tracks near Councilman Billy Ray Benson’s home where it had previously washed out.

The next meeting of the board will be Monday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m.

Staff report

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