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Mecklenburg County commissioners vote to sever their service contract with CMPD

60,000 residents in some areas of Mecklenburg County will soon be looking for new police protection.

Outlying unincorporated areas such as those in Cornelius and Huntersville have complained for several years that monies paid to the city of Charlotte for police protection just isn't worth it.

They cite not only the high cost of coverage...an estimated eighteen million dollars annually...but a slower response time that they say can be handled more effectively by their own police forces.

Tuesday night, the county commissioners agreed with that assessment and, in a unanimous vote of 9 - 0, terminated an agreement with CMPD to serve the counties' six small towns and unincorporated areas currently covered by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.

It's an agreement that has been in place since 1996.

The change will take effect in July 2018.