After nearly a century of serving the community The La Grange Police Department will dissolve beginning Wednesday.
Starting July 1st, the Lenoir County Sheriff's Department will take over, providing services for the town. However, the switch didn't come without controversy, community members voiced their opposition for months to the Lenoir County Commissioners but in the end it was money and how much the town manager says merging the forces would save that helped the county commission make its final decision.
All four officers with La Grange PD will be switching to the Sheriff's Department, so no one's out of a job. Now, nine deputies will be on patrol in the area, that's one less than before but authorities say they'll still be in control.
La Grange Officials say the move to eliminate its police department will not only save the town money but will also give the town more resources like an investigation division, SWAT team, and drug dogs. Authorities hope, this will help cut down on drug activity in the area.